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Offline Michael

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Re: Single Wing Blocking
« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2013, 01:21:41 PM »
I meant for the little dudes. On rare occasion over the years we have had one 5 man available to us but the kids couldn't even move them. One season we had some single man sleds and even then it seemed like a pain in the butt to manage.

If they can lift it at all in the beginning of the year, than yeah, because then they can get better at it.

If not, then probably not, unless you can improve their hip roll without the sled enough such that they can eventually come back to it and lift it at least slightly.

I am not a fan of having a bunch of six-year-olds lean into a sled and go nowhere.  And my first year, I got to see it every practice (not my choice).
« Last Edit: November 23, 2013, 01:26:03 PM by Michael »
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Re: Single Wing Blocking
« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2013, 03:57:53 PM »
We practice 4 nights a week and when season starts, we practice 3 nights a week. We started putting in wedge as first play and broke it down, 1st step with foot closet to football and freeze. After they would get that then we moved on to 2nd step and teach shoulder to shoulder and wall block as a group. we always wall blocked unless the ball was ran for instance to our strong right off-tackle and then the tackles ( we ran unbalanced line) would double team the DT. We made it very simple and ran 4 run plays and flipped formation so 8 run plays total. The million dollar question would be how in the hell by seasons end we would do walk thru's and freeze at 1st step and half the lineman would step with wrong foot on the wedge!

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Re: Single Wing Blocking
« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2013, 11:48:08 AM »
We practice 4 nights a week and when season starts, we practice 3 nights a week. We started putting in wedge as first play and broke it down, 1st step with foot closet to football and freeze. After they would get that then we moved on to 2nd step and teach shoulder to shoulder and wall block as a group. we always wall blocked unless the ball was ran for instance to our strong right off-tackle and then the tackles ( we ran unbalanced line) would double team the DT. We made it very simple and ran 4 run plays and flipped formation so 8 run plays total. The million dollar question would be how in the hell by seasons end we would do walk thru's and freeze at 1st step and half the lineman would step with wrong foot on the wedge!

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I think I'd lose my mind !

You bird dog and get in plenty of practice. Is this an OL problem only....or the whole team?
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Re: Single Wing Blocking
« Reply #18 on: November 25, 2013, 12:57:53 PM »
I think "Same system, different coach" should be one of the poll choices.
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Re: Single Wing Blocking
« Reply #19 on: November 25, 2013, 01:24:32 PM »
I think "Same system, different coach" should be one of the poll choices.

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Re: Single Wing Blocking
« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2013, 03:25:08 PM »
Here is how I teach kids their right hand from their left (assuming they are right handed):

I say "Hold up your writing hand.  That's why they call it your right (write) hand.  Because you write with it.  Now you've only got one remaining hand left.  Hold it up.  They call that your left hand because it's the only hand you have left after your right hand."

If the kid is left handed, I ask "Which hand would stick out a car window to signal a turn while driving?  That's your left hand because that's the one you signal left turns with while driving a car.  You can't signal a turn with your right hand.  It's on the steering wheel."
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Re: Single Wing Blocking
« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2013, 07:32:30 PM »
The million dollar question would be how in the hell by seasons end we would do walk thru's and freeze at 1st step and half the lineman would step with wrong foot on the wedge!

Sounds like a possible discipline/focus problem to me.  If I had this problem after the first week or so with 11-12 year olds, my whole line would be doing up-downs every time it happened.  I am sure the problem would disappear very soon.
« Last Edit: November 25, 2013, 07:35:48 PM by 32wedge »

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Re: Single Wing Blocking
« Reply #22 on: November 25, 2013, 11:02:11 PM »
It's anyone that we put on the line. And the idea from dum coach is awesome! I will remember that one!! And 32wedge you are correct since you mention it, I look back and think they where a hard headed bunch. Maybe I was too soft. Thanks to everyone for the input. This forum is the best thing I have come across.

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Re: Single Wing Blocking
« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2014, 10:36:37 AM »
I have been running John T Reed's Single Wing for 4 years with an overall record of 11-14-1 and work countless hours with lineman who even at seasons end cant block or even take the correct first step with the wedge. I need a SW system that is simple for lineman to pick up without doing to much thinking. I coach 11-12 year olds

Ive coached that age group maybe 10-11 seasons
Ive coached the younger kids ages 7-9 the last 2
Neither had any problem at all picking it up
They don't need to know right from left with the exception of the RG and Center
They just need to know where their Inside Gap is
It's all in how you teach it
TINY understandable progressions built one on top of another with 1000s of reps in group, Teaching matters, how you teach matters, where you invest your practice time matters, how precise you are matters, how may reps you get in matters
This year I had 25 kids , 18 new to football and we averaged 35 ppg at age 7-9- very doable- second nature
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