The future of football practice is here! Fleets of new robotic dummies take the field by storm.
Mobile Virtual Player (MVP) and Rogers Athletic are proud to officially announce the initial launch of the MVP-DRIVE at training camps of several NFL and NCAA football teams. MVP-DRIVE is the first remote-controlled, self-righting, mobile dummy designed to replicate an in-game experience by simulating the size, speed, and agility of a football player. By simulating player motion, MVP-DRIVE, enables teams to reduce player-on-player contact during practice. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Rams, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers are the first NFL teams to introduce the innovative technology in their training camps. At the NCAA major college level, MVP-DRIVEs have already hit the field at Notre Dame’s practices, and units will also be seeing action at West Virginia and at Dartmouth College this fall.
The MVP-DRIVE’s arrival at the Dartmouth football program is a home-coming, as the technology behind the mobile tackling dummy was a product of a design project initiated by Dartmouth’s football coach, Buddy Teevens, and carried out by engineering students at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering. Early MVP prototypes made their debut as the first mobile training devices during opening day of Dartmouth football practice in August 2015.
“Protecting athletes is critical and the very reason MVP was developed. It’s a solution that will allow youth, high school, collegiate and professional players to fully execute a tackle, eliminating player-on-player contact during drills, while maintaining the level of challenge associated with tackling a live person,” said Teevens, whose Ivy League program was among the first in the country to eliminate full contact and use MVP technology.
“The applications we are quickly finding are endless. It never gets tired and it runs at an appropriate football speed. In today’s NFL, with player safety the focus, I think it’s going to provide opportunities to improve without the hand to hand or man to man combat.” – Steelers Head Coach, Mike Tomlin
“In this day and age when we’re so concussion conscious and contact conscious, live contact between players you want to reduce as much as you can, but you still have to have the contact. This is an opportunity to hit a bag that’s moving. And a bag that moves around pretty fast.” – Rams Head Coach, Jeff Fisher
While the motorized MVP-DRIVE looks like an ordinary tackling dummy, it is far from it as it can quickly change directions and reach up to 20 mph (~5 sec 40-yard dash). The MVP-DRIVE can be used in a variety of drills, from tackling and blocking to running and passing, allowing players to practice at full-speed while minimizing contact.
Stay tuned as more teams across the country begin to implement the new tech and change the way the game is practiced. For more information, please visit the MVP-DRIVE site or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Order your MVP-DRIVE by calling 800-457-5337.
The MVP-DRIVE is manufactured and distributed by Rogers Athletic Company in Farwell, MI (www.rogersathletic.com) and is a collaborative venture between Rogers and MVP LLC.
About MVP LLC: Mobile Virtual Player, LLC is an independent, privately held company headquartered in Lebanon, NH, that specializes in innovating and developing game changing technology. MVP is focused on devices that simulate human motion and performance for sport and other training applications so athletes can train and compete in a safer environment. MVP is the creator of the first robotic tackling dummy. Using state-of-the-art mechanical and electronic design, MVP’s team of engineers and designers are revolutionizing how athletes train for any sport, safely. For more information, visit mvpdummy.com.