Coach Tom Bass brings more than 30 years of coaching experience to USA Football. Along with answering youth coaching questions, he also receives emails from young players. You can email the coach at NFLAskTheCoach@aol.com.
Ryan sent the following question:
Coach, I play defensive tackle for my high school team, but I'm not very good at getting around a defender. What are some ways that I can get around the defender and get inside the pocket?
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You don’t need to know what a power clean is or work out with weights to succeed in youth football. Pushing and pulling your body weight can create raw strength. These three exercises will give you the most payoff for your effort.
The jump from eighth to ninth grade is a big one in a football player’s life. Athletes go from being the biggest, strongest and fastest to nearly starting all over once they enter high school.
Soon-to-be freshman don’t have to make the plunge all at once, however. The process should be gradual to make it easier both physically and mentally.