COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State football program has had a long tradition of paying forward to youth coaches locally in central Ohio and well beyond to all parts of the state. Another chapter in that was written on Tuesday night as approximately 200 coaches attended head coach Ryan Day’s Youth Tackling Safety Seminar on the indoor field of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
The event, which was being held for the second consecutive year, aimed to give youth and middle school coaches the proper training and techniques to teach safe tackling. It was run by linebackers coach and Columbus native Al Washington, who has previously been part of coaching staffs at Boston College, Cincinnati and Michigan.
“It’s an opportunity to help the next wave of kids coming up,” Washington said. “We have a great game and a great state for high school and youth football. It’s important here and I think this is a great way to give back.”
In addition to watching presentations by Washington and quality control coach Matt Thurin, attendees also had the opportunity to hear a presentation from Kevin Ries, the Buckeyes’ football equipment manager, who talked about proper equipment and – perhaps most importantly – fitting.
Included in Washington’s and Thurin’s presentations were clips of safe tacking – and how it’s taught – shared from Ohio State games and practices. All attendees were given a free DVD on tacking fundamentals to share with their respective teams and youth organizations.