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Offline CoachJohn

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"Picket Fence" Kick-Off Return?
« on: March 18, 2014, 08:10:15 PM »
Is a Picket Fence return the same as building a wall of blockers (10 yards or so) off the boundary line?

Does anyone have a diagram of this style of return?  What kind of spacing are between the blockers?
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Re: "Picket Fence" Kick-Off Return?
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2014, 12:24:31 PM »
We have run this return
Like a lot of things in youth football- it depends on the age
Because the depth of the kick will determine your spacing and where you start the wall

We hinge on #6 line 1
The hinge is based on scout- or what the kid has kicked so far in the game
At age 8-9 we hinge on the 35 and wall to the 50- 6 players so about 3.5 yards apart

Against the better teams- wont get much of a chance to run it, the almost always onside kick
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

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Re: "Picket Fence" Kick-Off Return?
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2014, 09:51:52 AM »
Thanks for the info, Dave.
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Re: "Picket Fence" Kick-Off Return?
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2014, 12:45:54 PM »
My advice on the wall-
1)save it up for when you need it or the opp wont see it
2) The runner takes 3-4 strides forward before angling to the wall pivot, you want to set up those defenders

That's ONE of the reasons we usually play in an out of league or out of state Labor Day tournament- to work on some of those things

If you run a LOT of wall- you have to make darn sure you practice the onside vs it- as some of your front line kids will want to peel away quickly to get to their landmarks

Also- it's real tough if the hashmarks aren't marked. Not a problem where we play- BUT on some HS fields after the Frosh- JV and Varsity have played their games- and then maybe some rain- the hashmarks are pretty faint. Has happened to us before on away games.
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

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