Genesis of the MVP

No Live tackling in practice

Buddy Teevens, Head Football Coach at Dartmouth College, has a very simple philosophy, which has led to dramatically better football teams:

1) No player will ever tackle a teammate in a live contact setting.
2) The fundamentals of tackling must be taught in controlled environments.
3) Simulate live tackling technique using mobile training devices, such as the MVP.

Watch Buddy in the video below discussing his philosophy of no live tackling in practice.  The video provides a few examples of drills that helped Dartmouth win the Ivy League Championship in 2015.

MVP Company profile & product fact sheet

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 that simulates human motion and performance for sport and other training applications so that athletes can train and compete in a safer environment. MVP created the world’s first rigorously engineered robotic mobile 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.

Product Description

The “Mobile Virtual Player” (MVP) is the only powered training device that replicates an in-game experience by simulating the size, weight and agility of an athlete. Resembling an ordinary tackling dummy from the outside, the MVP defies its ordinary appearance with its mobility, its self–righting, and its ability to be controlled remotely. Its motorized system is encased in foam, protecting the athlete while they train with an MVP. MVP technology represents innovative engineering by offering maneuverability and agility to training devices that have been stationary for decades.

MVP timeline activity

November 2015 / MVP LLC is formed

August 26, 2015 / MVP prototype debuts as the world’s first mobile, self-righting dummy at Dartmouth football’s opening day of camp

October 8, 2015 / MVP makes live national TV debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

December 2015 / MVP partners with Rogers Athletic Company  for production and sales

March – May, 2016 / MVP is beta tested by leading programs including:

Football: Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, University of Minnesota, University of New Hampshire, Western Michigan University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, St. Thomas Aquinas (FL), and Davenport University.

Rugby: USA Rugby Seven’s Olympic Teams (Men’s and Women’s), Dartmouth College

Summer 2016 / MVP Limited Edition Launch of first mobile tackling dummy for commercial use

January 2017 / Commercial launch