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Offline Vince148

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Line Splits?
« on: February 04, 2012, 11:55:07 AM »
With the OL facing straight ahead, what are the line splits? I saw something where the guard can get closer to the snapper in foot to foot suggesting that splits may be a little wider, but I never really found what the actual splits are supposed to be. Are they foot to foot? same as DCWT?

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Re: Line Splits?
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2012, 08:27:31 PM »
Line splits are a Function of SPEED and DISTANCE to go.  The pulling guard/center must be timed up to wrap TIGHT to the inside edge of the hole on a kickout.  And the runner must be GLUED to his outside hip. 

The slower the puller, the tighter your splits have to be. Generally speaking, foot to foot splits will let a puller with a butt as wide as Texas get there. 

The faster the puller, the greater the line splits.  In theory, this prevents the puller from hitting the inside edge of the hole ahead of the runner (before the runner gets on his outside hip).  In actual practice, this doesn't happen as widening the splits also increases the runner's distance to the hole.  So most UBSW teams start with zero splits (except for the DC UBSW TE) and then look for collisions or tangled feet which increasing the splits might solve.  Even then, it's usually only one player who increases his line split from the next player inside him (and not everyone) and then by only 6".

The reason for the zero splits is the puller is right next to the snapper and the puller is saying "Adios!" to the snapper on ball movement.  This leaves the snapper having to cover the gap between himself and the puller while also hiking a ball.  This is so hard to do the snapper is called "half a man" in UBSW (i.e. half a blocker).  So, by closing up the splits to zero, we reduce the size of the gap the snapper must defend.     
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Re: Line Splits?
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2015, 03:28:10 AM »
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