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Atavus is the world’s leading authority on tackle performance, analysis, and coaching technique.
For the last 5years, Atavus has focused solely on tackling, and through their work, they have developed a systematic approach and process to teach tackling. When we considered all our options, in order to have a lasting impact, we knew we needed to work with experts who could not only teach the technique but provide the additional resources and expertise coaches have been asking for.
Combining actionable data with analysis from successful and experienced coaches, Atavus delivers measurement and insight to improve the performance of players, coaches, and teams. With customers in professional, college, and high school football, the Atavus Tackling System has proven effective at all levels of football.
How is this different? What makes the Atavus technique special?
What separates the Atavus tackling system is that we have taken a comprehensive look at contact in and around the tackle. As a result, we have produced the best resource for educating both players and coaches, and it help programs at every level. It is not age specific and can cross over into multiple sports.
The technique focuses on making contact with the shoulder and keeping the head out of the tackle. The goal is to have controlled movement, make effective contact and to maximize both power and control.
But the Atavus System is more than just technique and drills. We have developed a system that engages the athletes through a player-centered approach and increases motor skill retention using a progression-based approach that incorporates varying levels of contact. As a result, the coaches have more confidence teaching, which increases the players confidence in execution.
What is included in Level II certification?
Level II certification will help expand on the foundational concepts taught in Level I and provide a process to implement the approach and evaluate the performance of your athletes.
What do coaches have to do to be certified?
The certification process will be available in two formats. The first and initial option is an on-site training, consisting of a presentation followed by a live assessment which must be passed to receive certification. The second option beginning in April 2021 is an online platform, which allows coaches to achieve certification at their own pace but consists of a similar educational presentation and final assessment.
How long does the certification process take?
The certification will initially include an in-person presentation followed by an online assessment. The initial events will take place through the THSCA F.A.S.T Clinics at various locations across the state with the final event being THSCA Coaching School in July 2021.
When will I need to complete the Mandatory Tackling Certification?
Atavus, the leader in tackling consultation and analysis has been selected by THSCA and UIL to provide mandatory tackling certification for all high school coaches in Texas. Certification sessions begin with the F.A.S.T Clinics on February 22nd, 2021. The deadline for tackling certification is August 1st, 2021.
Can I access the Atavus Digital Tackling Academy prior to attending the in-person tackle presentation and assessment?
No. Whether coaches choose the on-site training or online version, beginning in April of 2021, coaches must first pass the tackling certification assessment in order to access the Atavus Digital Tackling Academy
Coaches who have completed the on-site training can access their exam results via the Atavus Digital Tackling Academy. For the on-site training, attendees will be notified within 2 weeks after taking the exam. Starting in April of 2021, coaches who complete the online certification course will immediately receive their test results after completion.
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What will this cost the high school coach in Texas?
There will be no additional cost to current coaches if you receive the training at Coaching School. THSCA F.A.S.T Clinics will have a fee of $25 and the online training beginning on April 1st will have a fee of $35. Certifications will be valid for two football seasons. If you complete training in 2021 it will be good until 2023.
Has this been done before?
No this is the first mandatory tackling certification implemented by any state.
What coaches will need to be tackle certified?
All Football Coaches must be certified by August 2021. New coaches to the state will need to complete Level I certification. Coaches who have previously completed Level I certification will need to complete Level II certification.
Why make this certification mandatory not optional like other coaching certifications?
The UIL Legislative council thinks that making this an optional certification would not convey how strong we feel about taking necessary steps to protect the game of football and make it safer.
What has the early response been from the coaches?
It’s been overwhelming. Texas high school football coaches have a reputation for being among the biggest innovators of the game and we applaud them for understanding that the game is changing.
Why does THSCA believe this is the best way to tackle?
We think it’s mandatory to take the head out of the tackle and after vetting companies, Atavus stands alone in its research, drills and knowledge in the art of tackling.
Who is keeping up with the certifications?
All CCP certifications will be logged in Register My Athlete on the UIL Portal. THSCA and Atavus will relay all those persons who have passed certification at a THSCA in-person training to RMA for verification.
Can I complete ALL of my required CCP courses including the Tackling Certification at coaching school?
Yes. However, all sessions will have limited seating so we suggest you arrive early to registration to pick-up tickets for those that require a ticket for admission. The other CCP courses that do not require a ticket will also have limited seating and we will close those doors when we reach capacity. We will have staff on hand in the registration hall to answer any CCP questions you may have.
What else does Atavus provide?
Those coaches who have passed the certification test will have online access to additional Atavus materials including training videos and drills. For a fee Atavus will analyze and keep up with your tackling throughout the season and/or come on to your campus and teach tackling to your staff and team. On campus training sessions do not suffice for CCP Certification.
When and where will I get my results from the Tackling Certification?
Results from in-person certification typically take two weeks to finish. Results from online certification is immediate. In the event you have not passed the certification test you will be given options for next steps.
Is the tackling certification free online?
No. There is a $35 fee for the online certification beginning on April 1st.
Where and when are the FAST Clinics?
FEBRUARY 22, 2021 - ESPORTS STADIUM ARLINGTON & EXPO CENTER
FEBRUARY 23, 2021 - LONGVIEW HS AUDITORIUM - LONGVIEW, TX
MARCH 24, 2021 - DELMAR-TUSA SPORTS COMPLEX - HOUSTON, TX
MARCH 31, 2021 - FLOUR BUFF HS - CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
APRIL 5, 2021 - BOWIE HS AUDITORIUM - EL PASO, TX
APRIL 6, 2021 - LUBBOCK HS CAFETERIA - LUBBOCK, TX
Is there a cost for the FAST Clinics?
Yes $25 and you must pre-register online with a credit card on the THSCA website. No onsite registration will be available. Registration will be available online through the THSCA website beginning February 2021.