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Offline Milehighmagoo

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O linemen games?
« on: October 08, 2017, 11:57:16 AM »
Looking for a fun game/drill that lends itself to what we do. We're a simple down blocking team. They enjoy king if the hill but I'm looking for other ideas. No tug of war. That's not my idea of a drill that lends itself to anything we do in a game. This is for youth football. 10 yr olds.

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Re: O linemen games?
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2017, 12:26:59 PM »
We do Quick Draw tournaments.  All o-line pair off and get in stance. On cadence they take first steps and punch hands to numbers of opponent.  Guy with inside hands wins.  Next round, Losers pair of with other losers (consolation bracket), winners pair off with winners.  We keep going until we get a champion.  Takes less than 5 minutes.


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Re: O linemen games?
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2017, 01:09:25 PM »
Looking for a fun game/drill that lends itself to what we do. We're a simple down blocking team. They enjoy king if the hill but I'm looking for other ideas. No tug of war. That's not my idea of a drill that lends itself to anything we do in a game. This is for youth football. 10 yr olds.

Do you pull?  If so, do a competition pull thing as a half-line drill.  Set up bags or cones to represent the wall of down blocks, then have your guys pull around the edge and try to wrap and block each other.  The one who delivers the best blow on the other guy's side of the LOS wins.

I also like the good ol' King of Boards and Reach the Reacher, too, but those are a bit different than what it sounds like you're looking for.  You can also line up a pair of OL across from each other and offset and have them down block the other guy to their left.

You can also do sled races.  Divide the kids into groups and give them 10 seconds to drive a sled.  The team who drives it the farthest wins.  For down blocks, you can turn them sideways before the snap and have them turn and drive it that way.

Then you can do 1 on 1 pass rush/pass block drills like Mirror Drill, Blocker vs. Rusher, etc.  Not sure how much you pass block, but those are good.

Another way to make things competitive is to do some 1/2 line drills.  Do a 1/2 line with the left, then a 1/2 line to the right.  Put scout 1/2 lines on each of them and run plays.  Score the one who blocks the best as the "winner."  Go to 10 reps or whatever and see who wins.

In team, set a goal for your OL: they need to open up holes for a certain amount of rushing yards in X amount of time or reps.  If they meet their goal, they get a reward (break from conditioning, pizza, McDonald's, Gatorades, whatever).   Make the goal high and hard to reach, but still attainable if they have a very good practice.

Really, if you give them goals to work towards or declare winners and losers in each drill, just about any drill you do can easily become a game.
« Last Edit: October 08, 2017, 01:12:45 PM by coacharnold »

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Re: O linemen games?
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2017, 09:41:50 PM »
Pull Drill is Good.  I happen to like Sumo, especially for linemen!  Its all about Leverage, Dominant Hand Position,  and Footwork.  I intentionally pit them against each other! Michael's Cone Drill is another one that pits one against one! 

Kids like it too! 


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Re: O linemen games?
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2017, 11:07:49 PM »
Michael's cone drill?

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Re: O linemen games?
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2017, 11:10:59 PM »
I run Sumo all the time.  Kids like to have team Sumo.  Pick 2 captains (usually not biggest kids) and they each draft a team.  Each captain picks a person from their team to match up with the other team in a match.  Winner gets a point.  Winning team has to pick their participant first, so there is some strategy.  Go through all matchups and add up points.

Losing team has to do push-ups.  If they lose by 1 point, they do 5 pushups.  Lose by 2 points, 10 push ups.  Etc.

I find the kids get excited about sumo and they battle for each other, so it is OL work, team building and aggression all in one. 

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Re: O linemen games?
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2017, 11:27:01 PM »
We do this as well. Lots of fun.

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Re: O linemen games?
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2017, 10:23:49 AM »
Michaels 2 board  and up the ante

Winner stays
Each loser does 10 push ups or what ever


Conans wheel
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Coach stands on edge... players stops on opposite.  On cadence player fires and drives. Object is to make as many full circles as possible in x amount of time.  Mark starting point. If the sled doesnt move far make it teams of 2

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Re: O linemen games?
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2017, 01:46:02 AM »
Sumo as well here.  However, one year I did something totally different with unexpected results.  Up against the #1 undefeated team last game of regular season.  I doubt anyone would try this but here's what I did.  We formed two teams.  Each team got four plays to score.  Everybody was eligible.  Kids took turns calling plays in the huddle.  Only rule was whoever called the play had to call it to himself.  Dads were allowed to play (They had had to play two hand touch on players while players only had to play one hand touch on them.).  It was a blast (I played too.).  We did it all practice for the entire week.  Didn't even take water breaks.  Just played.  Kids were totally pumped and talking about how "We should have been doing this before."  Played the champion team and just whooped the snot out of them.  It wasn't even close.  I remember one play where their QB was reached and sacked by four kids (I'll be he still remembers it.).  I did not know what to think afterwards.  Never tried it again.  But, if I was having a piss poor season, then yeah.  I'd try it again.  Just to see what happened.
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Re: O linemen games?
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2017, 02:52:45 PM »
I realize that I'm late to the thread.  But, here are a couple of things that we do with our O-line.

1. In games, we have a 'roller-skates' competition on who can drive their opponent back the farthest before the ref blows his whistle.  If the O-lineman gets a pancake we add +5 yards to the total distance.  The record for total yards is 18yrds. 13yrds +5yrds for the pancake.  The best roller-skate was 15yrds. But, there was no pancake at the end or, that lineman would have the best total yards.  There are plenty of close seconds.

2. During O-line practice when we go half-line or full-line, I use the worse player on the team as the RB.  This season we have a tiny player that is slow, timid and knows nothing about football.  He doesn't even know the holes.  His plays are run to <Lineman's name> left leg or, to the right leg.  It is a real workout for our O-line to get him any yards, at all.  The O-line has to drive harder, sustain blocks longer and, get really vicious about moving their football forward.  If the RB gets less than 3yrds, the O-line does up-downs.

Bonus is that the player is a lot less timid and less afraid of contact than he was before.  He now plays on my special teams.  He may not be much of a football player.  But, he is developing the heart of a lion!
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