SEATTLE – Launched in 2015 to improve the efficiency and safety of the tackle, Atavus Football today announced the Pac 12’s Washington Huskies and the defending national champions Ohio State University Buckeyes are its first collegiate program partners.
Working onsite and through remote assessment with coaches from each school, Atavus is developing specific Tackle Plans for the Buckeyes and Huskies comprised of five core drill types; periodization across off-season, pre-season and in-season; sequencing of and time allotments for the drill types; and analysis of teams' tackling programs over time. Along with these leading NCAA Division I programs, Atavus also announces its partnership with the Lakeside (WA) High School and the Bellevue (WA) Junior Wolverine Football teams.
“As Football evolves with bigger, faster and stronger athletes, plays happen more quickly and create a larger tackle area for coaches to address,” said Rex Norris, Head of Football for ATAVUS. “Coach Ash at Ohio State and Coach Choate at UW are leaders who understand that we as coaches must get our plans and practices right for our players to be more efficient, more effective, and safer on the field.”
In today’s faster game, Football players need to problem solve and think on the field in a different manner than before. Atavus is using Rugby principles to create a new culture around tackling, giving athletes the confidence needed to react more instinctively to their surroundings. Rugby’s distributed leadership model, which requires virtually every player to think and make split-second decisions, is appealing to coaches as Football evolves.Full Story