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Offline DKarolak

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Help with Line drills
« on: August 14, 2017, 10:32:29 PM »
Hello, first time coaching 1-2yr experienced players (7-8 yrs), looking for Games & Drills to teach fundamentals of Blocking...

Thank you for any & all feedback

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Re: Help with Line drills
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2017, 10:43:42 PM »
PM me your email and I will send some things I have bootlegged over the years.
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Re: Help with Line drills
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2017, 11:18:10 PM »
I think this probably belongs on one of the Offensive boards...

King of Boards and Reach the Reacher are the two best I know of.  Competition Pull is also good if you run a lot of Power and Counter where your OL need to pull and wrap through a hole to block LBs.

--King of Boards is simply taking the good ol' Board Drill (line the players up on a board and have them fire off and try to base the guy off it), but make it into a tournament type of thing, crowning a "King" at the end.  Players LOVE it.  Have them go nuts cheering for each other to get really fired up.

--Reach the Reacher is similar to the board drill, except 2 OL who are lined up across from each other will be trying to reach each other--both go the same way and try to hook and drive the opponent off the OL.

Competition Pull is also good for teaching wrapping to the 2nd level.

--In a half-line setup, have a two players facing each other on opposite sides of the LOS.  They must each pull around bags, tracking each other, and come down hill to block the other guy.  You want them getting low with a good fit and proper head placement and hip roll on the opposite side of the LOS to block that guy.

If you have a sled you can do different competitive things like see which group can push the sled farther and straighter in 10 seconds.

1 on 1 pass pro is also good.  Pass blocker must protect for 4 seconds in a 1 on 1 drill to win.  Have a "QB" standing there to give the DL an aiming point.

Tire Flip Relays are a great conditioning thing.  Have one teammate take the tire down the length of your practice field while the next guy brings it back.  It works the same hip and core muscles as a power clean.  You can use big ol' truck tires for kids and accomplish the same things that HS and college players get with tractor tires.

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Re: Help with Line drills
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2017, 11:29:25 PM »
Bird Dogs! 

On Step (Head Up)
Fire Step (Gapped Defender)
Reach Step (One Man Outside)

For us they are directional.

On Step Split Crotch ( Play Direction Hand and Foot First)
Gap Step (Get play side hand and foot outside the defenders) 45 Degree Step
Reach Step (Lateral...Split the crotch with the inside foot Hook him with the outside foot and hand)  Very Difficult Block! 

With the On and Gap Step we are trying to block 1/2 a man and turn him away from the play direction.  If we cannot do so,  Take them where they are going as quickly as possible. 
Not MPP... ONE TASK!  Teach them!  :)

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Re: Help with Line drills
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2017, 01:46:09 AM »
1 board is better than sumo and 2 boards is better than king of the boards....and for $4.95 you can learn both....www.coaches-clinic.com.

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Re: Help with Line drills
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2017, 03:06:54 AM »
first time coaching 1-2yr experienced players (7-8 yrs), looking for Games & Drills to teach fundamentals of Blocking.

Just wondering why you're coaching the offensive line in the Double Wing if you've never done this before.

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Re: Help with Line drills
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2017, 09:43:03 AM »
I somehow missed the "Double Wing" part...

In that case, the King of Boards and Reach the Reacher drills aren't necessarily going to be that much use since you don't do those blocks much in that offense.

In the Double Wing, IMO, you're better off teaching every single player on the team how to:

1.  Get into a 3 or 4 pt. stance.
2.  Block down
3.  Kick out
4.  Wrap to LB
5.  "Shoeshine" block

That's because pretty much everybody on the team will have to do most of those things at some point and because you might need to move a kid from FB to G or TE to T.

Your drills should reflect this.

So with that said, "Competition Pull" is still a good one, but you need to work downblocks and "shoeshine" blocks on bags daily (hopefully you have bags) and kick outs on shields (hopefully you have shields).  You will also want to work the 2 on 1 double team against an opponent if that's how you teach blocking.

JJ has some good drills for you on his site, complete with diagrams:

http://www.coachsomebody.com/

The Downblock is the single most important block in the whole offense and at least 9 of the guys on your team (entire OL and WBs) will be doing this a ton.  I teach my players to open completely flat, get their head in front of the DL on their inside gap while "forming surface" with their outside thumb on their nipple to make the chicken wing, and aim to get their facemask to his far thighboard while fitting their outside shoulder to his near hip.  Then they just keep their feet moving.  Work this on bags and also work the "fit" of the block against live bodies--physically put the players into the position they should be in on a good block.

From there, the kick out block (for Traps, Counters, and Buck Sweep--the FB will do this on Power) and the "wrap" (for backside pullers on Power and Buck Sweep) are the next most important blocks to teach.  Then you teach the wedge scheme (not much technique there--just lean hard into the back of the near shoulder of the man inside of you and form a "V" with all 7 men on the C).

PM me and I'll be glad to help you with some drills to work those skills or coaching points as you teach them, or just post on here and I'll go into some more specifics.

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Re: Help with Line drills
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2017, 12:48:26 PM »
Just wondering why you're coaching the offensive line in the Double Wing if you've never done this before.

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I think we both know why. HC and "experienced" coaches take the backs and receivers and leave the new guy with the o-line. Then when things don't go well, yell about how guys better start blocking, etc.  At least this guy has the sense to reach out for help.

JJ's o-line manual if you are running DW.
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Re: Help with Line drills
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2017, 01:20:20 PM »
JJ's manual. Dumcoachs DCWT manual. Phill Willenbrock's wing t book is one of my favs. Rick Trickett's book. Michael's videos on C-Rob's site. Cisar's material. Some of that is free. Some has a low cost and one is a little pricier but worth every penny. The little tidbits in Trickett's book are awesome.