In what Ohio State is planning to make an annual event, Buckeye coach Ryan Day and football staffers. for a second year in a row, welcomed youth and middle school football coaches to the Woody Hayes Facility for a clinic on how to teach safe tackling. The Safety Seminar drew nearly 250 coaches from Central Ohio and beyond, and was led by linebackers coach Al Washington.
"It's an opportunity to help the next wave of kids coming up," Washington said. "We have a great game and a great state for high school and youth football. It's important here and I think this is a great way to give back."
Head coach Ryan Day was on hand for the clinic as well and believes in this day and age, clinics like these are necessary.
"This sport has been a little bit under attack recently," Day told WTVN reporter Lori Schmidt on Tuesday night. "We want to make sure we're doing a good job of educating the community on how we're teaching tackling, how we're teaching blocking and also just take a hard look at how are we teaching the drills."
The coaches who attended were given a DVD featuring examples of safe tackling and a variety of tackling drills.
In addition to our Lori Schmidt, there were other members of the Columbus media on hand, including Clay Hall, sports director WTVN news partner, WSYX-TV. He had an opportunity to talk with Day one-on-one briefly. You can see that interview posted below.