Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Midget Football - Teaching Set Pattern Blocking

What is the most excellent style of blocking to for youth
football players? An bigger number of coaches decide to
learn a particular manner of blocking, like GOM, and are
stunned when their offensive line has problems. Exact
blocking rules like GOM (gap - on - man) seem excellent to
teach youths, but what appears decent on paper, or in
hypothesis just isn't so in the actual world. A great
number of coaches ignore the fact that if your opponent has
stud players in different defensive line positions, your
GOM blocking schemes may be lacking in usefulness. For
illustrative purposes, let us assume the defensive nose
guard on the defensive side is beating your offensive line
center and rushing into in your backfield. Your scouting
report will supply the information where the stud players
on defense will be lining up. An exact rules blocking
scheme like GOM has no substitute rules to account for a
superior defender. Most likely you will need to double team
this participant, and depending on which offensive lineman
you use to double team, the remainder of your offensive
line will be following rules that might permit some
defenders to be unblocked.
A related coach from some other program asked us the
following question, "We are toying with the idea of zone
blocking our offensive line, and I understand a nice
amount, enough to be threatening. I am the offensive line
coach. I like the mentality of double-teaming on the strong
side. What is the best way to have the players to realize
who peels off to get the linebacker? What is going on, on
the other side of the play? Are any offensive lineman
required to block alone? When using the 5-3 defensive
gameplan make sure all of the defensive lineman will be
blocked? Is this too complicated for young players and
should I use a more basic head up assignment?"
Our response is 100% to utilize zone blocking. Man blocking
is substantial and unavoidably needs to be taught the
correct way to the kids, but zone blocking allows for more
valuable designs and sets up double team blocks
mechanically. The exchangeable reward to zone blocking is
you can teach your lineman to start with a double team
block and then inform one of the lineman to leave the
double team block and go block the next defender.
If you are sold on using zone blocking, then you must get
the rest of the staff on board. All assistant coaches need
to agree to the blocking schemes decided by the head coach.
The running backs coach must demand that the backs learn
how to carry the ball when the offensive line is zone
blocking. The running backs need to be aware there will be
many more chances for cut back runs, so if you teach the
backs the right running fashion, you can predict some large
Jim Oddo has been coaching youth football, both tackle and
flag, for over 23 years. In addition to his coaching ideas,
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