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Drills: Blocking in space
« on: September 20, 2016, 10:56:27 AM »
Blocking in space seems to be a pretty common issue with youth teams.  The best team I've seen blocking in space was James Sansone's Black Knights out of CT.  They ran Cisars stuff to perfection.
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Re: Drills: Blocking in space
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2016, 11:01:40 AM »
Blocking in space is tackling in space minus the tackle


Close the space with footwork

Then use the technique taught once youre in "striking" distance...
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Re: Drills: Blocking in space
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2016, 11:03:25 AM »
Blocking in space is tackling in space minus the tackle

Then I've seen a lot of youth defenses that block in space.

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Re: Drills: Blocking in space
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2016, 11:31:04 AM »
We've run a few types of drills for this.  One is one that I've diagrammed here a few times for OL to release & block FBI while not letting opponents cross their faced outside-in.  However, I've had teams that just didn't get it conceptually, while others took to it easily.

Another is to add a lead blocker to an angle tackling drill.

Last year Tim came up with a simple yet effective idea, which was to add lead blockers to the sideline tackling drill.

When you add lead blockers to open-field tackling drills, it's as much about the ballcarriers learning to follow the blocks as it is about the blocking.

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Re: Drills: Blocking in space
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2016, 12:14:45 PM »
Blocking in space is tackling in space minus the tackle


Close the space with footwork

Then use the technique taught once youre in "striking" distance...

I agree they are similar, yet I can't help but feel that blocking in space is probably more difficult than tackling, considering you can grab just about anything you can get ahold of (minus the facemask and the back of the pads) in a tackle.  A tackle in space is against a ball carrier who has one hand to deflect you along with whatever kind of juke moves he can pull off.
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Re: Drills: Blocking in space
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2016, 12:55:09 PM »
We are using our tackling wheel to work on open field blocking...we are getting better at it....we have low numbers so having some one live to block during team play polish it tough.

Last night we also when "half line" which for us is wall side/pull side...when working the pull side, the defense looks really weird...2 DT (one for the C and back side TE), 1 DE (for the BB's kick out), an OLB for the G,  2 ILBs for the play side wing and the pulling Tackle.

I should have done this sooner...
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Re: Drills: Blocking in space
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2016, 01:08:58 PM »
@spidermac -

tackling wheel the same as a tackle tube? 

Someone else mentioned half-line stuff, I just can't really compute how that would work.  We pull our backside, which means that 4/7 linemen need to know how to pull and block in space.  Being it's a majority, seems like running some pulling/blocking in space drills independently of scrimmaging would be time better spent...just not really sure of what I can be doing that's going to refine this skill.
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Re: Drills: Blocking in space
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2016, 01:28:17 PM »
We use the same approach as Zach mentioned. The footwork for closing the distance with anybody that you don't want to allow to get past you (ball carrier or a defender to be blocked) is pretty much universal regardless of whether or not they have a ball in their hands or not. Most of the time when we miss a block in space it's not after the contact point its that we never got to the contact point because our footwork sucked. My O-lineman usually get beat in space because they are out of control. Once we have our hands on the defender we are usually fine.

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Re: Drills: Blocking in space
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2016, 01:31:37 PM »
@spidermac -

tackling wheel the same as a tackle tube? 

Someone else mentioned half-line stuff, I just can't really compute how that would work.  We pull our backside, which means that 4/7 linemen need to know how to pull and block in space.  Being it's a majority, seems like running some pulling/blocking in space drills independently of scrimmaging would be time better spent...just not really sure of what I can be doing that's going to refine this skill.

Believe so...big foam donut covered in blocking dummy material?

I attached how we do it....just flip it over for left runs and right runs. I use a half round to replace the lineman that are missing...I lay it parallel to the LOS to replace the pullers and at a 45 degree angle to represent the wall side lineman.
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Re: Drills: Blocking in space
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2016, 02:42:27 PM »
Dealing with this now... We've got some super aggressive linemen who drive at their guy so hard and fast that they miss... They are easily sidestepped... Same for our lead blockers...

I'm telling the kids to breakdown before contact and then explode once they are within striking distance. Going to run angle tackling this evening with two lead blockers and three defenders.
« Last Edit: September 20, 2016, 02:47:02 PM by Mudbug »

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Re: Drills: Blocking in space
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2016, 10:52:37 AM »
Blocking in space is tackling in space minus the tackle

Exactly.  We teach our linemen every tackling drill we have, then have them repeat the drill without the wrap and takedown.  When our linemen play from a 2 pt. stance, we teach them exactly the same way we teach our Linebackers, (except that we leave out pass coverage drills).

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