To fill in every spare nook and cranny of the time between the different periods of team instruction with drills which perefect the individual is not only a time-saving policy, but may often result in altering the fortunes of battle on some hard-fought field later on. One such drill which men must practice by themselves is the art of falling on or around the ball. An accurate style of launching the body at the ball, while it rolls on the ground, and of pinning it fast, will save many a fumble from becoming more serious when the time comes for the actual competition. The ends especially need to know this branch of the diving art. Every man on the squad has a few spare minutes which he can devote to this work under the eye of an assistant coach. These few minutes, if faithfully used throughout the season, will make the men proficient in a trick which requires infallible judgment of the eye and a quick leap. Work with the tackling dummy can be done in the same manner, although the dummy teaches no more than the form of a dive, while the effectiveness which makes the players a stone wall on defense can be learned only by tackling live, dodging runners. A particularly important phase of the tackling is daily work in sending the team down the field under punts.

A group which requires small groups of players at a time is the charging machine. From five to ten minutes of this work daily, especially with the forwards, will effectually strengthen the straight-arm work of the linesmen, and will quicken the slow men until the entire line springs into action as one player.