Safer Contact. Strong Fundamentals.

Safer Contact. Strong Fundamentals.

TackleBar™ Football is a safer approach that preserves the tradition and fundamentals of the game.

New: Spring 2019 TackleBar League
A new Spring league providing players with a safer football option with an emphasis on fundamentals and fun!

TackleBar Football Announces Official Partnership with the Minnesota Vikings. Read more...
The Minnesota Football Coaches Association has partnered with TackleBar Football. Read more...
Former NFL Player Mike Williams Joins TackleBar Team. Read more...

What is TackleBar Football?

TackleBar Football is a safer approach to the game that preserves the tradition and spirit of the sport. Players wear traditional football equipment, plus a TackleBar harness that holds two foam bars across the lower back. The defender must track and engage with proper form tackling technique while wrapping the ball carrier and ripping a bar from the harness. With this approach, players stay on their feet rather than taking the ball carrier to the ground.

Coaches, directors, and commissioners… YOU are paving the way for a safer game, and TackleBar Football is your partner. We look forward to working with you!

Why TackleBar Football?

Decreases injuries by reducing hits and high impact collisions

Teaches proper shoulder tackling technique

Ideal transition between flag football and tackle football

Increases participation

TackleBar for Games

TackleBar Football is an ideal transition between flag football and tackle football. Kids get to put on helmets and shoulder pads and experience a safe level of contact, while learning positions, stances, plays, and formations. TackleBar Football allows kids to have the authentic football experience and learn proper fundamentals in a safe and fun atmosphere.
TackleBar for Games

TackleBar for Practice

Many programs are using the TackleBar harness during practices, scrimmages, and passing leagues to require players to utilize proper fundamentals without putting their body through the wear and tear of live tackling.
TackleBar for Practice

Wrap and Rip

The TackleBar harness teaches proper shoulder tackling technique and skill development. The defender must track and engage with proper form tackling technique while wrapping the ball carrier and ripping a bar from the harness. Players are able to practice proper breakdown, body positioning, and engagement. It’s a true simulation of live tackling without putting players through the wear and tear of full contact.
Wrap and Rip

See TackleBar in Action


TackleBar Football seems to be a very good alternative to teach the fundamentals of football, while minimizing/eliminating injuries to players. I see this form of the game a better fit for young players; I do not see the need of starting tackle at such a young age.

Glen Mason — Big 10 Network Analyst – Former Head Football Coach: Kent State, University of Kansas, University of Minnesota