Earlier this month, the Ivy League’s eight football coaches unanimously voted to ban tackling from mid-season practices.
The move, done to limit injuries in the midst of the NFL’s concussion issue, began at Dartmouth six years ago.
Before the 2010 season, Big Green head coach Buddy Teevens, who worked as an assistant at Florida from 1999-2001, instilled the change in his program after meeting with St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher.
Eliminating tackling in practice has been a great move by Teevens, who’s seen injuries on his team drop dramatically.
Meanwhile, there hasn’t been any drop off in on-field production since the change. Rather, Teevens attributed Dartmouth’s health as a major factor in his team winning their first conference title since 1996 this past season.