After watching injuries pile up while participation numbers dwindled at Lakeside School, head coach Mike Lengel changed the way his team tackles, quickly going from “here’s a new way to tackle” to “this is how we tackle.”
With safety at the forefront of people’s minds, the Georgia Independent School Association determined partnering with Atavus and requiring all football programs in the association to be Atavus certified by the start of the 2020 season was the best way to protect players throughout the state.
Rockwall’s partnership with Atavus has put his coaching staff on the same page, inspired his players and quelled any fears voiced by parents.
Justin Carrigan and the University of Texas-Permian Basin embraced the Atavus shoulder-led tackling system, and their results are speaking for themselves.
The UIL and the THSCA signed a five-year extension with Atavus to provide mandatory tackling certification to Texas coaches.
Coaches don’t need to be sold on the importance of great tackling to the overall product they put on the field, yet many coaches are still using the same, outdated and limited tools to teach their players how to tackle.
The pyramid was born out of one simple goal we wanted to achieve: Keep the offense out of the end zone. While there are a host of goals worth shooting for, the ultimate success of a defense rests on the concept of preventing the opposing offense from scoring.
The goal of coaching tackling is to get ball carriers on the ground in the safest way possible. “Devil Tackling” has given Duke’s defenders the tools to successfully complete that objective.