Below is a sneak peek into USA Football's Advanced Tackling System, led by Andy Ryland and Richie Gray. The Band Tackle drill is part of the Fight to Connect series. Below you'll find a description of the drill, what it is used for, and an animation snippet from video content.
Traditional tackle drills focus on bags in motion before contact to mimic tracking but provide no counterforce post-contact. In gameday situations, ball-carriers attempt to break tackles, so defenders should be trained to combat that force after initial contact to ensure clamp and grip.
Because the bag within the Band Tackle drill can be pulled from the tackler's grasp, the athletes focus will be on the clamp and grip. Coaches still need to keep a vigilant eye for items such as cleats in the ground (we do not want players to be dragged) and finishing on top in a dominant position.
Descriptions for the core coaching points, known as Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in the Advanced Tackling System, can be found in the section overviews as well as the system's glossary.
The Advanced Tackling System instructional materials cover the Band Tackle drill -- and every other tackling drill -- in significant depth. Drills often fall underneath the Install aspect of our systems, helping you build the skills necessary to properly use any one of USA Football's Systems.
Your defense is only as good as each tackler. Equip your staff with a common language, a systematic teaching progression and evaluation tools to coach better tacklers.