Hi, this is Sean Hobson, for Expert Village.
What we want to talk about now is to keep our running backs and receivers from turning
the ball over when being tackled. We want them to have a couple of things they can use.
The main thing is to keep that ball protected. The ball is the most important thing on the
football field. That’s what you score with and that’s what the other team scores with
so we want to protect it at all costs. So, when our running backs and wide receivers
have the ball and they’re going to be hit straight on, we want them to try to cover
the ball up squeezing both tips keeping that ball from popping out. That’s the first thing
we’re going to show as we walk through it (video demo). As he’s getting ready to be
hit we want our running backs and receivers to cover that ball up and protect it when
they’re taking a hit. The next things you’re going to do is if you’re carrying the ball
in the left arm and you’re running to the left side of the field and you’re going to
get hit from the inside, you want to make sure to switch that ball from the inside right
hand to the outside left hand. This is what it looks like (video demo). If he’s running,
in order for him not to get hit, he’s going to switch the ball to the outside hand. And,
you’ll do it just like that on the reverse side. If you’re carrying it in your left hand
you’ll reverse it to the right hand to keep from getting contact on that inside arm and
coughing the ball up. These are two good techniques you can use to stay out of a tackle.