Ohio State will hold a tackling safety seminar next week to teach youth and middle school football coaches about the fundamentals of safe tackling, Urban Meyer announced Tuesday on Twitter.
Inviting youth & middle school coaches to attend a Youth Tackling Safety Seminar on Tuesday, May 22. A very important opportunity! pic.twitter.com/68r2sU39WQ
— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) May 15, 2018
The seminar, which begins at 6 p.m. next Tuesday (May 22) at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, will have free admission. Coaches who attend the seminar will also receive a free DVD on tackling fundamentals.
Alex Grinch, Ohio State's new co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach, will lead the seminar along with other Ohio State personnel, according to Meyer's announcement.
The safety of the sport of football, especially at the youth level, has been a hot-button issue in recent years, particularly in the wake of injuries like the spinal injury suffered last December by former Ohio State and current Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier.
Grinch said while presenting at last month's Ohio State Coaches Clinic that the Buckeyes' No. 1 priority when teaching tackling technique, in the interest of safety, is instructing players to keep their head out of the tackle.