A reference to the accompanying diagram will give a good general idea of the essentials in the construction of a serviceable tackling dummy. Three solid posts 15 feet in length, the cross piece mortised into the other two, which are sunk at least three feet in the ground, will provide the general framework, while a swivel pulley in the middle and a straight pulley mortised into one of the side pieces provide the tackle for the rope from which the dummy hangs. The dummy itself can be constructed of duck or heavy canvas, stuffed with excelsior or sawdust. No weight is needed to counter - balance the weight of the dummy, as the rope can be made long enough to permit its being held by a man at the other end.

The dummy should be held about six inches off the ground, and the rope should be long enough to allow its being paid out as the player makes the tackle.

The practice dive at the dummy should be varied in length. The long dive which is often necessary in a real game should be taken straight from the spring, not up in the air and then down at the dummy as many players will try to make it at first. The short dives should be made with such force that the dummy will be carried back in the player's arms for a considerable distance at the finish.

A tackling dummy similar to this can easily be provided for every football field. Do not do without i

A tackling dummy similar to this can easily be provided for every football field. Do not do without i.

The dummy can also be used in practice on offensive play, the candidates for the eleven being given work in warding and interfering. In this the rope should be held fast while the players go into the dummy low and hard with the shoulder or hip striking it. Flying dives, which form a spectacular and at times effective sort of interference, can also be practiced in this way. In all this offensive work players should be taught to avoid the use of their hands on the dummy.

The ground on which the players alight after making the tackle should be covered with straw, sawdust or some other sort of padding early in the season, although later on, when the men have become hardened to their work, the ground may be left in its natural state.

The tackling dummy should form a part of the training equipment of every team. It is inexpensive, takes up no room necessary for any other purpose and its benefits, are great. Another advantage of the machine is the fact that it can be used for practice by a very small squad, which can be coached in bo:h defensive and offensive tactics.