Riddell Partners With TackleBar to Advance Football Tackling Technique

Although certainly not a favorite among independent team dealers, Riddell should receive some kudos for taking some significant steps to make its key sport of football safer. Its most recent move is a partnership with TackleBar Football to expand awareness and accelerate adoption of TackleBar technology with coaches and league administrators.

The TackleBar technology, worn with traditional football equipment, includes a harness that is attached around players’ midsections and holds two removable foam bars on the lower back. The TackleBar design teaches and requires players to use proper tackling technique while engaging ball carriers and then ripping off a foam bar to end the play.

With this approach, players learn to refine their technique without tackling to the ground. TackleBar teaches proper skills and sound fundamentals, preparing youth players for an eventual transition into tackle football. At the high school and college football level, programs use TackleBar as a tool in practice to refine technique and teach tackling without added contact and impact exposure.

“We are excited to establish a partnership with a company that has the expertise and proven success of Riddell,” says TackleBar CEO Tim Healy. “TackleBar offers a modified game, which will be appealing to coaches and league administrators that Riddell representatives are working closely with. By working together, we look forward to expanding TackleBar’s presence to teams and leagues in all 50 states and beyond.”

TackleBar (tacklebar.com), which debuted in 2016, was created to ensure kids continue to have an entry point into football that is authentic, technically sound and safer. TackleBar is used by teams and leagues in 27 states, and internationally, serving as an ideal option for transitioning between flag and tackle football.

“Our strategic partnership with TackleBar makes this coaching tool and modified game more accessible to coaches and athletes, which is sure to provide an improved experience for everyone involved,” adds Kyle Borland, Riddell VP–sales for Riddell.