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Offline mtozi

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Bear Crawl Not Allowed
« on: August 25, 2016, 05:56:35 PM »
We have been doing great in our scrimmage and two jamborees this year with our 10-1/GAM defenses.
After our last jamboree, a ref came up to me and said as head of the officials in our league he wanted to tell us that we will not be allowed to get in a four point stance and bear crawl in league play.  I asked him why, and he said blocking low at the LOS is against league rules this year.  I calmly told him that defenders do not block, offensive players do, so that rule shouldn't have anything to do with us.  He said that low contact on the LOS will not be tolerated.
So now I am wondering what technique should we use.
I am tempted to have the kids get into a four point stance and shoot low without bear crawling.
Or we can get in a three point stance and shoot at the outside player's hip/thigh as a replacement for the shin split.
Or we can get in two point stances and have them rush through the gaps using swim and rip techniques.

My line is fairly athletic and we have a few really aggressive beasts.
Any thoughts on what you think would be the best mode of attack to replace the bear crawl/shin split?

Offline ZACH

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Re: Bear Crawl Not Allowed
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2016, 07:37:33 PM »
Shint split is not a bear crawl

Its a very low take off

Put them in a low 4 point sprinter stance and set a pvc pipe at at about 2 feet high and have them fire off under it...it will look like crap for a bit but the boys will adjust

Or

When theyre gapped have them fire out and hit with the outside shoulder to the near offensive lineman of that shoulder.

You want to prevent the down block first and foremost. If they reach you do the opposite...if they reach and down block just work on a speed rush.

Thats really i got
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Re: Bear Crawl Not Allowed
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2016, 09:54:17 AM »
I calmly told him that defenders do not block, offensive players do, so that rule shouldn't have anything to do with us.  He said that low contact on the LOS will not be tolerated.


mtozi, you are missing the point, and actually you're wrong about this comment. In the national codes, they don't specify O/D when discussing things like contact below the waist. For example, in the codes (Fed) that prohibit cutting outside the FBZ, it applies to both sides of the ball - neither the offense nor the defense can go low on a non-ball carrier. So this ref is exactly right in how he's interpreting it. And that's as it should be.  If the O can't go low, neither should the D.

Shin splits or whatever Zach calls them will likely be illegal as well. The point is they don't want players below the waist level making contact, period. Right or wrong, that's what they're doing.

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Re: Bear Crawl Not Allowed
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2016, 10:01:19 AM »
mtozi, you are missing the point, and actually you're wrong about this comment. In the national codes, they don't specify O/D when discussing things like contact below the waist. For example, in the codes (Fed) that prohibit cutting outside the FBZ, it applies to both sides of the ball - neither the offense nor the defense can go low on a non-ball carrier. So this ref is exactly right in how he's interpreting it. And that's as it should be.  If the O can't go low, neither should the D.

Shin splits or whatever Zach calls them will likely be illegal as well. The point is they don't want players below the waist level making contact, period. Right or wrong, that's what they're doing.

If you cant cut block you cant bear crawl..make sense...

But as i said its a low take off... with an aiming point.

If you cant Coach it don't use it and move on to another technique
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