Improve on-field performance and player safety with coach-focused videos, drills, and core concepts.
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WHAT IS 
ATAVUS STARTER?
Atavus Starter provides coaches with an introduction to the Atavus Tackle System, an approach built around shoulder-led technique that is both fundamentally sound and safer. Atavus Starter includes introductory access to a drill video library and related drill sheets, equipping coaches with enough technique and practice planning to teach the basics of shoulder-led tackling.
WHAT YOU WILL GET
6 Videos on fundamental, decision making, and game-based drills
Video introduction to the Atavus shoulder-led tackling technique
Access to tips 
from elite coaches
FUNDAMENTAL DRILL VIDEOS
DECISION-MAKING DRILL VIDEOS
GAME-BASED DRILL VIDEOS
WHY CHOOSE ATAVUS FOR YOUR TACKLING CERTIFICATION?
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The Atavus Tackle System™ is based on a shoulder-led technique to improve the safety of athletes, improve their effectiveness and confidence, and give teams a competitive edge.
The first step of our process is breaking down the concept of tackling into both pre-contact and contact phases. There are a variety of skills for athletes to learn in each of these steps that are essential in order to maximize power and control to deliver momentum safely into a successful tackle. Learn how an athlete should evaluate a situation and their potential part in the tackle, decides how to take the best path into contact, and positions their body correctly to maximize momentum and power into contact.
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Atavus and elite coaches have teamed up ...
Coach Norris and Coach Gordon have teamed up to create a best in-class tackling certification course focused on supporting coaches to teach athletes how to execute proper movement and technique to play a safer and more effective game of football.
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Understanding the philosophy and principles of the Atavus Tackle System™ is just the beginning.
Putting into practice to develop your athletes is the critical next step. That’s why we have developed a comprehensive set of coaching tools and resources needed to support the implementation of our system to ensure the safety and confidence of your athletes and effectiveness of your program.
WITH ATAVUS STARTER YOU WILL

Get started
Learn the basics of shoulder-led tackling and coach a more effective and safe game of football.

Simplify implementation
Access coaching resources that help bring shoulder-led tackling technique onto the field.

Develop effective tacklers
each effective tackling with easy-to-implement, time-saving techniques and tools.

Improve performance
See better defensive results by using a proven technique focused on skill acquisition and retention.

Inspire confidence
Run more efficient practices using drills and technique that build confident tacklers.
“Atavus is cutting edge when it comes to tackling. Their job is to help you know what can make you a better tackling team."
– Mark Dantonio, Head Football Coach, Michigan State University
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WHY ATAVUS?
Atavus' technique is used by top programs at every level of the game. Our shoulder- led technique, game film analysis, and reporting has helped top college programs improve, and in Texas every high school and middle school coach is mandated to complete tackling certification through Atavus. We have an obsessive desire to help improve results on and off the field. We developed these online resources to provide coaches like you with the tools they need train athletes to play a more effective and safer game of football.
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