This may sound elementary to coaches in older age groups but I honestly believe that it is imperative that you practice form tackling EVERY SINGLE PRACTICE. There is no need to spend a whole lot of time on it…maybe 5 minutes….but it will pay dividends in the long run.
I pair everyone up with someone of similar size, line them up face-to-face about 2 yards apart and have them walk thru the progressions of a form tackle. Each of my assistants is responsible for 4 kids and we make sure everyone is using proper form before we move on and speed up the drill. This is not a full-speed drill and we don’t take the players to the ground, however, we go half speed and ALWAYS emphasize that the tacklers are to “grab cloth” EVERY SINGLE TIME. You may not be able to make the perfect tackle in a game but you can darn sure grab the ball carrier’s jersey when you’re trying to make that tackle! Hold that guy up until your buddies come to clean his clock!
Once we complete this drill, we’re ready to move on to full-speed tackling drills. Everyone knows that football is about blocking and tackling, however, it’s always been my philosophy that football is more about knowing HOW & WHO to block and tackle than anything else.