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Offline Michael ODonnell

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Shield punt at the HS level
« on: May 02, 2017, 05:07:39 PM »
Anyone use or have to defend the shield punt at the high school level? What are the advantages and/or disadvantages of the shield as you see them? The line splits certainly appear to be inviting for the punt block team but there are certainly a significant number of college teams utilizing some aspect of the shield punt system. I have read through the reports/research from "xandolabs" and found it interesting. Thanks for the help.
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Re: Shield punt at the HS level
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2017, 08:18:40 PM »
A good shield punt is as close to unblockable as you're going to find.  That's one reason (along with a slight rules change) why so many college teams have gone to it.

We see it a decent amount in HS ball and I with agree with that line of thinking.  One team we faced had 7 guys spread out on the LOS from number to number with the 3 man shield providing all the protection--it looked inviting, but the shield was good enough to get all the time they needed and the spacing forced the coverage team to spread out to honor the potential for a fake.  We put in some blocks to "make them pay" but we never did despite making them punt a LOT that night.

I've never coached a shield punt personally, but I've studied it.  In the HS game, it's all about protecting the punter because so many kids may be slow to get the punt off or bobble the snap, which spells disaster.

It also messes with the angles for the rushers.  I've always coached them to come hard off the edge and try to get extension and aim to be fully horizontal in the air over the punter's foot when he goes to kick the ball.  That's how a lot of others do it.  However, here the angle's different.  Your athletic guys will be spread way out wide if the shield punting team is using the big splits so the only pressure has to come right up the middle--and right where the shield is.

On the flip side, punt coverage in HS ball isn't as big a deal because the punts are usually shorter--it's rare to outkick your coverage.  You're doing pretty good if you can net 30 yards in most places, and a lot of times PRs will just let the ball bounce around if it's not kicked right to them.  If they do have a real stud back there and he gets the ball, he's just as likely to score on your "coverage team" as he is on a shield punt, IMO.

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Re: Shield punt at the HS level
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2017, 12:38:46 AM »
If this is anything like the Rugby Punt BS, there needs to be a rule change! 

If the kid can advance towards the LOS and then suddenly punt, it cant be roughing the Kicker!  Whose to know if the kids will keep running or, essentially, drop kick the ball. 

Seen this called way too many times!  Its a deliberate move! 

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Offline Michael ODonnell

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Re: Shield punt at the HS level
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2017, 08:45:49 PM »
Coach Arnold - What is the rule change for colleges that would suggest more teams should consider the shield punt? Is it the one that prohibits "diving" over the shield wall? Thanks.
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Re: Shield punt at the HS level
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2017, 09:08:39 PM »
If this is anything like the Rugby Punt BS, there needs to be a rule change! 

If the kid can advance towards the LOS and then suddenly punt, it cant be roughing the Kicker!  Whose to know if the kids will keep running or, essentially, drop kick the ball. 

Seen this called way too many times!  Its a deliberate move! 

Now back to your regularly scheduled program!    >:(

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