Football Tackling

Chapter 9.1

How do players stop the forward-progress of the ball-carrier in football? Get ready to learn about tackling in football.

Introduction

We've already learned about the two ways that a team can move the pigskin in football.

  • Running the ball
  • Passing the ball

Tackling

Any player that has possession of the ball is called the ball-carrier.

Defensive players can stop the forward-progress of the ball-carrier by tackling him to the ground.

Rookie Road Football Tackling Image

A tackle is the act of bringing a player to the ground by force.

Sacks

A sack is when a defensive player tackles the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of yards.

The Player Is Down

In NFL football, the ball-carrier is considered tackled or downed when both of his knees touch the ground.

Rookie Road Football Downed Player Image

In NCAA college football, the ball-carrier is considered tackled or downed when at least one knee touches the ground.

In either case, when the ball-carrier is tackled to the ground, the scrimmage down ends.

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