Local coach, Cleveland Browns work on modified tackle football for kids

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NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio– There were touchdowns inside North Royalton’s high school football stadium Monday, but these are no ordinary youth football scrimmages.

“What this project we are working on is modified tackle football,” said Chuck Kyle, St. Ignatius’ head football coach and Cleveland Browns youth football adviser.

Kyle, along with the Browns and USA Football, are piloting the program right here in Northeast Ohio.

“All the other sports do this. Hockey plays half rink, basketball has a lower rim, baseball there is T-ball. Football goes right from flag to 11-man and we need to do something here,” Kyle said.

So what’s different? Seven players, instead of 11.

“The only person in a 3-point stance. The other lineman are in a 2-point stance so the heads are up. There there is no banging of heads here,” Kyle said.

There is also a much smaller playing field, along with no punts, kickoffs or field goals. Kids also rotate and get a chance to play all positions.

USA Football will determine if all or some of this version of the sport may be recommended to youth football organizations as a potential division in the future.

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