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Concerned about player safety, I stopped tackling in practices at St. John’s in 1971. TackleBar Football addresses these same safety concerns, while still ensuring that players learn the proper fundamentals. TackleBar Football is a safer option for our young players.

John Gagliardi
Former Head Coach at St. John’s University. 489 career wins-NCAA Record


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


Children who do not participate in sports every day are at risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, dementia, stroke, and 13 different types of cancer among other conditions later in life.  Kids who play team sports experience psychosocial benefits including better interpersonal skills and decreased risk of depression. TackleBar Football is appealing because children still experience the joy and benefits of a team sport while their parents worry less about the risks associated with full contact.

Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD
Neurosurgeon, Hennepin County Medical Center, University of Minnesota
Co-author: “The Football Decision: An Exploration Into Every Parent’s Decision Whether Or Not To Let A Child Play Contact Sports’.


TackleBar Football encourages more youth to play by taking out the big hits and tackling.  We need to be open to new options for our younger players to keep them engaged.

EJ Henderson
9-year veteran Minnesota Vikings, currently Youth Football Manager for the Minnesota Vikings


Our conference schools were at a crossroads with declining numbers in our middle school football programs. We considered going to a modified game using helmets, should pads and flags. Through the process we were introduced to the TackleBar and we decided to give it a try. TackleBar Football made the game feel like real football without the tackling. It is an awesome tool to progress into tackle football at the high school level.

Jon Martin
Head Coach, Breck School


My sons play TackleBar Football. I believe it is a great option to build the foundation and fundamentals needed to play in high school and beyond. Every player matures differently, and TackleBar provides more opportunity to keep kids playing this great game.

Brooks Bollinger
Former NFL Quarterback and current varsity head football coach.




“TackleBar Football increased junior high football participation in our conference by 38% in one season!”
— Coach, IMAC Conference

“Parents were very pleased, kids had a blast, no one got hurt.”
— Mom, Providence Academy

“We’re teaching all the same fundamentals of football in TackleBar that we do in tackle.”
— Coach, Nativity-Groveland Football

“I especially like it because my parents wouldn’t let me do tackle.”
— 7th grader, Breck School

“TackleBar Football is real football. Loved it.”
— Dad, Nativity-Groveland Football

“The game gives undersized players a shot to play and learn without being overpowered and discouraged because of their size.”
— Coach, Minnehaha Academy

“Moms want their football sons to learn the right skills and be safe. TackleBar Football does this. I am more confident about his ability to play high school football safely.”
— Mom, Providence Academy