Audience and Occasion Analysis
My audience will learn basic football skills not only tackling and the speech will motivate the audience to want to play better and safer football. My audience will be able to gain skills to assess their situation before deciding which tacking technique that will guarantee possession or a take-down. The speech will emphasize on the importance of playing fairly in a tough and threatening situation, while still playing competitively.
Being a player personally indulging in consistent professional training, I can systematically explain to the audience how to challenge an opponent effectively with a tackle.
I’ve chosen the chronological pattern of organization because tackling is a simple step by step procedure depending on the kind of tackle.
The audience of my speech will be academics especially students, and students being regular participants in extra-curriculum activities including football will gain valuable information concerning the game.
In the recent match between Detroit and Philadelphia, Detroit’s Nick Fairley tackled Foles badly by driving above the hip leading to a foul. This not only damaged his reputation in the league, but also cost Philadelphia a 40-yard touchdown which changed the score to Detroit 14 – Philadelphia 12 (King P. 2014).
I intend to provide crucial information on assessing a play by an opponent, deciding on the best kind of tackle to execute and the methodology of implementing a proper tackle to gain back possession. There are two ways how a football tackle can be taken:
- In approach. The player engages a progressing opponent with high bursts of speed.
- When being approached. When a defender intends to block a progressing opponent.
- In approach
It’s executed when an opponent is advancing fast and, by racing towards him challenges to take down the opponent. The following steps are prescribed:
- Determine the angle of pursuit i.e. wide or narrow depending on the opponents speed, then close the distance between the two of you making sure you don’t over pursue and the opponent to run you by (Frollo J. 2012).
- Get into a rigid stance before making contact in order to gain balance by lowering your hips, bending your knees and spreading your legs and shoulders. While keeping your initial momentum, make contact leading with your inside shoulder.
- Contact is made by charging your lead shoulder into the opponents hip which, allows you to wrap his legs just below the butt with your arms in order to take him down.
- When being approached
The technique is not very different from when you make an approach; the main difference is the burst of speed and power. When being approached momentum will be lower than making a challenge (Frollo J. 2012).
Remember that when using any tackling technique balance and safety is most important. When a tackle fails one is required to collect himself back again and continue back to playing very quickly, while safety is important maintained by always keeping your head up and eyes on the ball.
King P. (2014). Best of Times, Worst of Times. The MMQB. Retrieved from: http://mmqb.si.com/2013/12/09/nfl-week-14-monday-morning-quarterback/
Frollo J. (2012). Proper tackling has a science of its own. USA Football. Retrieved from: http://usafootball.com/health-safety/proper-tackling-has-science-its-own