COLUMBUS, Ohio – Staff members from the Ohio State football program spent time on Tuesday evening paying forward to youth coaches by inviting them to a free safe tackling clinic inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
The goal for the evening was clear: give youth coaches the proper training and techniques to teach safe tackling.
“We all love the game of football and feel like it’s part of our responsibility to pass these important drills and techniques on to the people who will mold the next generation,” said Tim Hinton, Executive Director for Football Relations / Special Assistant to the Head Coach. Hinton spent 34 years as a high school and collegiate head coach, including four (2012-15) as the Buckeyes’ tight ends coach.
“The best way to inspire and help athletes reach their potential is to be prepared, and this clinic will help these coaches be the best possible teachers in the area of safe tackling techniques,” said Hinton.
Approximately 170 coaches attended the clinic, which was run by co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Alex Grinch. It lasted for 90 minutes and also included a demonstration on proper equipment and fitting from Kevin Ries, athletic equipment manager for the Buckeyes.
Not only did Grinch share philosophies and fundamentals for safe tackling, he also showed clips from Ohio State games and practices as examples. To help the coaches take the lessons they learned back to their communities and teams, each attendee was given a free DVD on tackling fundamentals.