Know the Game to Coach the Game

Learn the strategies and rules to coach Rookie Tackle next season.

Focusing on the key rules and strategies as well as covering the Rookie Tackle Rule Book, this course gives coaches a better understanding of the game they will be coaching in the fall.


Core Rules Overview

Explore the Rule Book and learn the rules and strategies within the Rookie Tackle program.

Modifications for 6 / 7 / 8 Player Teams

Learn how you can modify Rookie Tackle based on the amount of players you’d like on your field. This course will include additional resources for each specific game type and how to make the program work for your organization.

“Partnering with USA Football to implement the Rookie Tackle program is a decision our league believes will enhance the youth football experience for our players and their families. After experiencing the game at its highest level, it is essential that our sport adopts a ‘right age, right stage’ philosophy for the best interests of our kids.”

Chad Pennington, Rookie Tackle Pilot League Commissioner and Former NFL Quarterback

What is Rookie Tackle?

Rookie Tackle was created with input from youth football leaders throughout the United States to improve the playing experience for young athletes.

It serves as a bridge-game between flag football and 11-player tackle – and is a part of USA Football’s Football Development Model (FDM).

To learn more about Rookie Tackle and how to start a program in your league, click here.

About the Football Development Model

Focused on sound principles of long-term athlete development, USA Football’s Football Development Model provides a road map for how we coach, play and learn the game at every level.