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Practice Tackling With the Sideline Drill

By Youth Football Online, 09/13/18, 12:00PM CDT

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By changing up who gets the ball this tackling drill is easy to make fun. As a coach it’s important to show players that they can have fun while still working on the essentials of the drill and working their fundamentals. 

The sideline drill is a great drill that combines change of direction with tackling to help players maximize their time. Players tend to love the drill because it adds some competition and is very easy to have fun with.

Drill Setup
The basics of the drill are that two players lie on the ground head to head with their feet going in opposite directions. The players should be lined up about 7-10 yards from the sideline and their should be a cone 5 yards behind each player. The coach will start the drill by tossing the ball to either player. Whoever gets the ball is the ball carrier and the other player is the defender.