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Hawk Tackle

the rugby-style tackling technique

My Story

I designed the Hawk Tackle Dummy and Hawk Tackle Hit Pad out of pure frustration.

I started coaching rugby in 2008. After nearly ten years of trying to teach ex-football players how and where to safely place their heads in a tackle, my frustration boiled over and I spent my weekends in my garage cutting and shaping the Hawk Tackle Dummy and Hawk Tackle Hit Pad. I set out to build a tackling dummy that incorporates the head safe tackling technique used by rugby players for over a hundred years. I engineered a tackle dummy designed to teach and reinforce tacklers on proper foot, shoulder, and head placement for a safe and effective tackle.

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NFL Seahawks Look to Rugby for Tackling Techniques

NFL Seahawks Look to Rugby for Tackling Techniques

With growing concerns about head injuries in the NFL, coaches and players alike are placing a new emphasis on avoiding concussions. Seattle Seahawk...
Evolution of the Game: First, Teach Tackling without Helmet and Pads

Evolution of the Game: First, Teach Tackling without Helmet and Pads

It sounds counterintuitive to teach your players to tackle without pads. Helmets and pads are there to protect, right? So why would you learn to ta...
How to Use the Hawk Tackle Dummy to Learn Rugby-Style Tackling

How to Use the Hawk Tackle Dummy to Learn Rugby-Style Tackling

Marty Sarkees instructs to proper use of the Hawk Tackle dummy, which helps young players learn rugby-style tackling.