This drill focuses on generating explosiveness through the hip roll, while incorporating the some of the finishing stages of the tackle.
- The tackler and ball carrier should line up five yards apart facing each other.
- On the coaches signal, the tackler runs toward the ball carrier at half speed.
- At the moment of contact, the tackler should explode from the hips with a rising blow, club his hands around the ball carrier, grab the back of his jersey, and lift him up off the ground.
- At the same time, the ball carrier will jump in the air, allowing himself to be picked up by the tackler.
- The tackler will drive the ball carrier back five yards while holding him, then set him down gently.
- This drill should be run at half speed.
- To start out, the ball carrier should time his jump to minimize the strain on the tackler and make it easier to make the lift.
- The tackler should focus on rolling his hips while engaged in contact with the runner.
- Make sure the tackler’s head and eyes are up, and the back is flat, not rounded.