Film to Field Friday on Coach and Coordinator – Fight to Prepare

By Keith Grabowski | Posted 6/7/2019

In this special video version of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski sits down with Andy Ryland, senior manager of education and training, Fordham University (N.Y.) assistant coach Vince DiGaetano and Hightstown (N.J.) High School head coach Ryan Fullen to discuss the use of analytics in tackling and how video evaluation helps create both the practice plan and the game plan.

The discussion focuses on the Hightstown’s tackling analysis, specifically on the “Fight to Prepare” skills.  Fight to Prepare is from USA Football’s Advanced Tackling System. A defense is only as good as each tackler. The system utilizes a common language, a systematic teaching progression and evaluation tools to coach better tacklers. Video examples from Hightstown are used to point out areas needing improvement. The coaches discuss the drills that can be used to correct the errors.


This private analysis by Andy Ryland or any master trainer is not a part of any Advanced Tackling System subscription at this time and exists as an example for how you can leverage the resources within the system.

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Show Notes:

0:15 Coaches introductions

1:02 What Coach Fullen wants to get out of the session

1:55 Coach’s areas of concern with his team’s tackling and technique before starting the system

3:15 Definition: Fight to Prepare

4:42 Key performance indicators (KPIs)

5:58 Analytics breakdown of Coach Fullen’s film

9:37 HUDL categories

10:11 Clip 1 breakdown

12:43 Clip 2 breakdown

15:05 Clip 3 breakdown

15:42 Clip 4 breakdown

16:26 Data analysis

16:59 Clip 5 breakdown

23:12 Clip 6 breakdown

26:13 Clip 7 breakdown

28:54 Clip 8 breakdown

31:36 Drills breakdown based on film

32:43 Ricochet Choice Drill breakdown

36:24 Pong Drill breakdown

38:24 Coach Fullen’s practice film of the Pong Drill

41:10 Swoop and Drive Drill

44:30 How the Five Fights have helped reshape how Coach Fullen coaches

47:05 How the Five Fights fit into Coach’s scheme

48:20 How it’s affected Coach DiGaetano’s practice and team

52:54 Using drills to help more than one aspect of the game

56:20 How the Five Fights affects the culture of his team

58:25 Coaches’ sign offs

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