Hawk is a must-have training tool for football programs that truly place a premium on player safety. His realistic look and feel, complete with reactionary limb movement, enhances the training value of numerous drills, while keeping them fun and safe.
Players love hitting Hawk — they can engage him at full speed and using full force without fear of injury to themselves or their teammates. Hawk’s internal skeletal frame includes adjustable joints can be positioned to maintain any desired body stance, while his foam body cushions any impact.
Hawk can serve to reduce player on player contact during in-season training sessions, while also allowing players to continue practicing proper technique and the fundamentals during off-season restricted-contact periods. Moreover, players can sharpen their skills on their own time, even in solitary sessions.
Hawk’s human form makes him a great tool for teaching and practicing the safe Heads Up Tackling technique. It provides players with an anatomically accurate target, rather than requiring that they imagine one from a silhouette drawn on a cylindrical or rectangular pad. Coaches can monitor that their players have the correct posture at the point of impact, that they’re hitting with the front of their shoulders and with their heads up and to the side (away from contact). Players can open their hips and shoot into Hawk without holding back, throw double uppercuts under Hawk’s arms, and grab the back of his jersey as they finish the tackle. They can safely drill proper tackling technique over and over again without any player on player contact.
Hawk’s positionable and reactive arms and legs open up a slew a training possibilities not available with any other football training aid or tackling dummy. His arms are especially valuable for defensive and offensive linemen to sharpen technique and timing. They can practice various moves to clear their opponents’ arms (e.g. rip moves, swim moves, etc.) and get them off-balance (drive into their arm pits under the shoulder).
Hawk never needs to take a break from getting hit. What is most evident from these videos is how quickly players can learn and improve upon their technique when working with a realistic opponent willing to get hit again and again. Best of all, the benefits of the training are obtained with no injury risk — with no player on player contact.