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Blocking Training

1. Stance

  •  3-point stance inside hand down and inside foot back ( numbers on the knees)
  •  Down hand is directly in front of the back foot
  •  Feet are no wider than shoulder width
  •  Very little weight on the down hand 50 to 60% of weight on front foot (bend at the knees and then place the hand down)
  •  Their eyes are up, tails down
  •  Have them get into a four point stance then move foot back and hand down

2. Linemen Position

  • (Rule: Tops of the helmets must be even with the center’s waist)
  • Guard’s down hands are even with some part of the center’s feet (adjust as you need to)
  • Guards set first, then tackles, then the tight ends (tight ends ensure there is no bow in the line

3. Line Splits

  • Foot to foot and no wider than a dollar bill (6 inches)

Keys

Alignment
1. Back of the Ball
2. Inside hand down
3. Narrow splits

Stance
1. Heel-toe stagger
2. Front heel down
3. Hand in front of foot
4. Wt. Back, Eyes Up

Get a Clue
(come to line)
Who are you going to probably block
Get a Key
(after snap)

Movement
1. Correct first step
2. Knees bent
3. Gap protection
4. Pulling square

Line Movement

Movement

  •  First step is key to successful block.
  •  First step must be towards the block. (Jab Step)
  •  Short step under control (one number on a knee)
  •  Knees must be bent to get a number on a knee, keeps them low with out bending at the waist.
  •  If drive blocking or double teaming you Drive step towards the target (block side foot jab step)
  •  If you pull you Drop step, inside foot opens and drops towards pull target
  •  If you shoe shine, reach, or cut-off you Open step with block side foot to target

 

Protect the inside gap

  •  Inside gap must be protected first

Pulling square

  •  Pull as square as possible
  •  Player pulls by reaching out and pushing next player’s hip past him.
  •  Maintain eye contact and read the field

Come up to the line and get a clue

  •  Who will you probably block when you line up

Basic Rules

PSTE (BASE)
Gap
On
Read up

AT Block (man AT the POA)
Gap
Read up

PSG & T
Gap
On
Area

Center
Man On
Away

Power calls for PSTE

“6” Call (DE on)
double team with PSWB
“9” Call (DE o/s-s)
Ignore DE he is kickout target
PSWB walls off first LBer inside
“7” call (DE gap)
block down
PSWB walls off first LBer inside
“8” adjustment
PSTE never blocks a man on him.
Gap / Down / Influence & seal 8 outside.

Drills for Run Blocking

Get in the Stance Drill

Teaches the DW 3-pt stance.

  •  4 to 6 columns with 4 to 6 rows of players
  •  All of them get into a balanced 4-point stance
  •  Place left foot up and right hand down
  •  Up foot heel is down
  •  Rest left arm on knee
  •  Very little weight on down hand
  •  Stay in stance for count of 10
  •  Switch and repeat drill for right foot

(fundamentals)

3 Point Stance Agility Drill

Teaches getting in and out of their stance.

  •  4 to 6 columns with 4 to 6 rows of players
  •  Left foot up stance
  •  On “DOWN”, “R”eady, or “HIT”
  •  From stance sprint 10 touch ground
  •  Back pedal back
  •  Get into stance
  •  All group do it and then switch to right foot up.

(fundamentals)

First Step Drill (Jab)

Teaches to take the first step towards the target.

  •  4 to 6 columns with 4 to 6 rows of players
  •  Left foot up stance
  •  On “DOWN”, “R”eady, or “HIT”
  •  Jab step with back foot
  •  Knee should be on a number
  •  V’s in the knees
  •  Hold position for 2 count
  •  Repeat three times
  •  Switch to right foot up and repeat
  •  Switch to left foot up and Jab step with left foot
  •  Switch to right foot up and repeat

(fundamentals)

First Step Drill (Drop step)

Teaches to open up for pulling.

  •  4 to 6 columns with 4 to 6 rows of players
  •  Left foot up stance
  •  On “DOWN”, “R”eady, or “HIT”
  •  Open step right foot inside with a jab step
  •  Knee should be on a number
  •  V’s in the knees
  •  Hold position for 2 count
  •  Repeat three times
  •  Switch to Right foot up stance and repeat

(fundamentals)

Cadence Drill

Teach the cadence count and reinforces the need to stay still.

  •  4 to 6 columns with 4 to 6 rows of players
  •  Coach will call the count which can be on “Down”, “Ready”, “Hit”, or 2nd “Hit”
  •  Coach will have hands up and separated (like saying a prayer)
  •  He will call it and on proper snap count clap it.
  •  All players should clap it on the proper snap count as well
  •  If some one gets it wrong remind them it is a Illegal procedure and a 5 yard penalty on the offense.
  •  Repeat 5 or 6 times switching up the count.

(fundamentals)

Pulling Drill

Teaches the line to pull properly.

  •  4 to 6 columns with 4 to 6 rows of players
  •  Left foot up stance
  •  On “HIT”
  •  Left column goes then returns to right side
  •  Take an drop step to left and pull
  •  Maintain eye contact and read the field
  • Keep square, body points up field and legs move laterally
  •  Immediately reach out with playside arm and try to grab the far hip of the lineman to playside. This keeps them on target and square.
  •  Coach will point if he wants them to go inside or up field
  •  Repeat three or four times and switch sides and repeat process

(fundamentals)

Pulling Power Drill

Teaches the BSG & BST the Power block.

  •  2 columns with 4 to 6 rows of players (Guard & Tackle)
  •  Left foot up stance
  • With a cone for the center, PSG, PST and PSE at proper distances. Can also use three dummies left and right parallel to LOS and the center one is vertical to mark the center.
  •  The coach will line up on the playside and direct the lineman to wall up inside are to go up field
  •  On “HIT”
  •  Take an drop step to left and pull
  •  Maintain eye contact and read the field
  •  Keep square, body points up field and legs move laterally
  •  Go to end of line
  •  Repeat three to four times and switch side

(Recognition)

Pulling C (Counter) Block Drill

Teaches the BSG & BST the C block.

  •  2 columns with 4 to 6 rows of players (Guard & Tackle)
  •  Left foot up stance
  •  With a cone for the center, PSG, PST and PSE at proper distances. Can also use three dummies left and right parallel to LOS and the center one is vertical to mark the center.
  •  The coach will line up on the playside and direct the lineman to C block to playside (Guard kicks out past TE and Tackle pulls thru and blocks CB)
  •  On “HIT”
  •  Take an open step to left and pull (Guard is pointing chest to target and tackle is square with LOS and reading the field)
  •  OT maintain eye contact and read the field, OG maintain eye contact on target.
  •  Go to end of line
  •  Repeat three to four times and switch side

(Recognition)

(the Power and C block drills can be modified to teach the trap, tackle trap, O, G-O, and X blocks)

Initial Block Drill

Teaches the initial arm explosion for the classic drive block.

  •  Get into learning circle
  •  Standing up and facing coach
  •  Cross arms over chest with thumbs facing up
  •  On “Hit”
  •  Roll the arms up and the thumbs down
  •  This will pop the forearms up
  •  This is the basis of the drive block
  •  Repeat three to four times

(Recognition)

Initial Block & Contact Drill

Teaches the initial arm explosion and contact for the classic drive block.

  •  Two groups on line facing each other
  •  One side has blocking shields (4 to 6 shields needed)
  •  They are one yard apart (can do this with out pads)
  •  Shield is just up above the chin for the shield man
  •  Set up in a proper left foot stance
  •  On “Hit” the player will jab (drive) step with right foot and drive forearms up into shield (feet and body DO NOT MOVE ONLY THE ARMS)
  •  Repeat three to four times and switch stance to right foot and repeat.

(Fundamentals)

Block & Drive for 10 yards Drill

Teaches the drive block.

  •  Two groups on line facing each other
  •  One side has blocking shields (4 to 6 shields needed)
  •  They are 5 yards apart (must do this with pads)
  •  Shield is just up above the chin for the shield man
  •  Set up in a proper left foot stance
  •  On “Hit” the player will jab (drive) step with right foot and drive forearms up into shield and drive defender back 10 yards
  •  Keep feet pumping and drive upwards
  •  Repeat three to four times and switch stance to right foot and repeat.

(Fundamentals)

Pull, Block & Drive for 10 yards Drill

Teaches the pull block.

  •  Two groups on line and offset to right of each other for 5 to 6 yards
  •  One side has blocking shields (4 to 6 shields needed)
  •  They are 5 yards apart (must do this with pads)
  •  Shield is just up above the chin for the shield man
  •  Set up in a proper left foot stance
  •  On “Hit” the player will drop step with right foot and pull towards target remembering to keep square and drive forearms up into shield and drive defender back 10 yards
  •  Keep feet pumping and drive upwards
  •  Repeat three to four times and switch stance to right foot and repeat.

(Fundamentals)

Man & Hole Drill

Teaches the number/holes to the players.

  •  Line up 7 shields or cones up as the line (from BSTE to FSTE_
  •  Put the players in a half circle behind the line
  •  Explain that the players on the line and the WB’s to each side are numbered to designate the hole.
  •  EXAMPLE 88 SUPER POWER = ball to the backside of 8 man (WB)
  •  Now call a number and have the player point to the number
  •  Repeat until all numbers are used, do not end on a mistake(Recognition)

Pancake Block Drill

Teaches players to follow through on the drive block.

  •  Place a row of tackle dummies perpendicular to the players
  •  Reset the dummies after each rep
  •  One player 1 yard away from “PIT” facing the other player with a shield chin high (requires pads) (can increase distance to work on driving (2 or 3 yards)
  •  The other player sets up in a 3-pt stance (left or right) five yards away
  •  On “Hit” the player charges and drives player into the pit using the proper drive block.
  •  This drill teaches to follow through with the block until the defender is finished
  •  Players rotate
  •  Repeat three to four times each

(Fundamentals)

Initial Wedge Block Drill (Eyes Wide Shut)

Teaches the offense to properly wedge a defense.

  •  Have a line set up on the LOS
  •  Then position the line into the wedge
  •  Guard’s inside shoulder in the ribs of the center
  •  Tackle’s inside shoulder in the ribs of the guards
  •  Tight end’s inside shoulder in the ribs of the tackles
  •  WB’s outside shoulder in the inside ribs of the tackles
  •  Then have everyone but the Center close their eyes
  •  On “Hit” they go has far as they can before the Wedge falls apart or the whistle blows
  •  The players must keep their eyes closed and trust the center to guide them up the field.

(Fundamentals)

Wedge Block Drill

Teaches the offense to move into the wedge.

  •  Have a line set up on the LOS
  •  Place a man with a shield at the NT position
  •  Tell him he must give ground and offer a little resistance, but he must GIVE GROUND. Imagine a buffalo stampede and that’s what you will see.
  •  On “Hit” they line moves into a wedge position at ½ speed, as they improve move to ¾ speed and then full speed.
  •  They finish the block off moving the NT backwards until the whistle blows
  •  Must open up to the inside and slide into the wedge getting contact quickly as they move forward into the middle of the defense.
  •  If even front the man of the 2 or near 2 is the target and the 2 man becomes the center of the wedge with everyone aligning on him.

(Fundamentals)

Who Do You Block Drill

It reinforces who the line needs to block.

  •  Set up a set of cones in a defense (odd and even fronts should be practiced or the defensive sets that a particular defense is going to run against you)
  •  Have the line set up on the LOS facing the cone defense (no pads required)
  •  They set and on “Hit” they stand and point to the cone they think they need to block using their blocking rules based on the play
  •  Go through it 3 to 4 times per play and to each side.
  •  Ask each player his rule his and who he will probably block the first time. Correct any mistake they make and have them repeat their rule.
  •  You can adjust the cones or tell the players that a particular cone is slanting outside/inside.
  •  You can run through all of your plays against specific defense and test the line and entire offense on blocking.

(Recognition)

Shadow Block Drill

It reinforces who the line needs to block and the first step used. (Bird Dog Drill)

  •  Set up a set of cones in a defense (odd and even fronts should be practiced or the defensive sets that a particular defense is going to run against you)
  •  Have the line set up on the LOS facing the cone defense (no pads required)
  •  They set and on “Hit” fire out (first step) to who they think they should block
  •  Go through it 3 to 4 times per play and to each side.
  •  Stress that they need to get a pre-snap read (get a clue)
  •  Check for proper first step and arm explosion (open step for shoeshine/ drop step for pull/ jab (drive) step for base or double team block
  •  You can adjust the cones or tell the players that a particular cone is slanting outside/inside.
  •  You can run through all of your plays against specific defense and test the line and entire offense on blocking.

(Recognition)

Live Progression Drills

Teaches players to drive block in a live progression.

 

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