Pilot Program Announced

June 13, 2017

USA Football has announced a pilot program called Rookie Tackle football, a method of helping athletes ease into 11-man football. According to USA Today, Rookie Tackle will include smaller teams, smaller fields, no specialization, and no three-point stances. The pilot program will involve 24,000 students from 11 leagues all across the country.

Scott Hallenbeck, CEO of USA Football, said Rookie Tackle would help athletes learn how to play football before moving on to the 11-man version, but not serve as a substitute for it.

“Rookie Tackle is not going to replace 11-man football,” Hallenbeck told USA TODAY Sports. “That is not our position. This is additive and necessary for the ongoing advancement and growth of football.”

One goal is to ensure each player is on the field and in the action.

“Every youngster should have the opportunity to play meaningful time,” said Nick Inzerello, USA Football’s senior director of partnerships and education. “That’s why they sign up.”

Inzerello said that the smaller fields, which are 40 yards by 35 yards, would encourage more physical activity.

“We wanted to create a game that kids enjoy and ultimately help improve their skill development without losing the integrity of football,” Inzerello said. “It’s all football, whether it’s flag, Rookie Tackle or 11 player. Let’s celebrate that kids are playing football.”

SEARCH for Products
SEARCH for Vendors

The Evolution of the Lifting Platform

The days of the above ground weightlifting platform may be a thing of the past. More and more high schools, colleges, and professional strength and conditioning facilities who are either building a new facility or renovating an existing facility are going away from the traditional above ground lifting platform and choosing the inlaid platform, which … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Teaching Principles: Neck Rotation

Coach Bill ‘Jake’ Jacobs goes back to the basic teaching principles with Neck Rotation. View his demonstration.  CLICK TO READ MORE...

RP Sports: Revolutionary Sports Technologies

RP Sport’s goal is to provide elite athletes with the most innovative sports technologies that push you past the peak of physical limits and into the future of athletic performance. Working  with ATs,  pro teams, elite athletes, physio therapists and more, RP takes pride in offering only the most safe & effective recovery, performance, rehab … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Firstbeat readies sleep-monitoring system

A lot of attention is being paid to recovery in athletes as part of efforts to help them reach their optimal performance. Much of this attention has focused on training loads, with numerous systems being developed to track this data. Now, attention is turning to the importance of sleep. As explained in a blog on … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Research Supports Use of Sway Medical Balance Assessment

A study involving 184 Division II male and female student-athletes concludes that the accessibility and ease of use of Sway Medical’s Concussion Management System Application makes it an effective and affordable tool for balance and postural stability assessments. “In today’s society, electronic devices are widely used, and the SMBA (Sway Medical Balance Application) is easily … CLICK TO READ MORE...


Stay at the Top of Your Game!
Receive articles like this by signing up for our newsletters