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CCS Coaches Participate in Heads Up Training

CCS Coaches Participate in Heads Up Training 07/25/2019

Cabarrus County Schools has partnered with USA Football to provide student-athletes and coaching staffs across its seven high schools with access to cutting-edge tackling techniques and safety tactics which are being taught on its campuses the week of July 22nd. This is the fifth year CCS has partnered with USA Football for this training.

USA Football’s Advanced Tackling System (ATS) clinic builds on the foundation of basic tackling skills. Developed in conjunction with international, multi-sport tackling expert Richie Gray, the system employs a progression of drills and terminology to better develop all types of tackles while helping coaches analyze and improve their defenders’ success through key performance indicators. 

USA Football’s Andy Ryland, a former Penn State linebacker and former member of the U.S. Men’s Rugby team, is USA Football’s primary ATS instructor. Ryland meets with college and high school football programs coast to coast, introducing staffs to the ATS to gain a competitive advantage.

“The Advanced Tackling System provides further depth into our Heads Up Football Training as Cabarrus County Schools strives to give our players the most up to date and safest techniques”. 

--Bryan Tyson, Director of Athletics -- Cabarrus County Schools

USA Football is a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and is the sport’s national governing body. The organization partners with leaders across sport and medicine to develop techniques, standards and athlete development models for greater performance and smarter play. Within the USOPC family, USA Football stands among leaders in coaching education with more than 600,000 coach certifications completed through its in-person and digital curricula since 2012.