In football there are two main types of blocking schemes. These two are Zone Schemes and Gap Schemes.
One thing that offensive lines struggle with at all levels is how to adapt the blocking schemes for the upcoming opponent. One way to decrease these questions is to use less blocking schemes so that the offensive line is comfortable against different looks.
One of the major things that all defenses struggle to do well is line up correctly to a formation. Most coaches spend hours of practice time every week working with their team on how to correctly align to each formation.
The Set and Punch Drill is a great tool to get offensive linemen efficient practice on their pass protection. The drill is designed to work on the footwork, punch and finish of the pass sets.
The Counter Play is one of the most universal schemes in football. The Counter blocking scheme allows the offense to use gap blocking and misdirection to create a vertical seam in the defense.
The A Gap Power Blocking Scheme is one of the most used run schemes in football. It allows the offense to get a double team at the point of attack while also bringing a Guard from the backside to lead up on the playside blocker.
Last month we had our first international youth football camp in Vienna, Austria. We focused on the very basic techniques and broke the kids up by position.
One recurring themes throughout the game of football is limiting the amount of concepts. By limiting the amount of concepts players have to learn coaches can spend more time on the techniques and skills that are needed to execute them.
Pulling offensive linemen in youth football is always a difficult task. Many times players are on the offensive line because they are not able to move well.
The Outside Zone blocking scheme is one of the most universal schemes in football. Behind the Inside Zone it is the second most popular scheme at the professional and college level.
Offensive Line- Cross Blocking in Youth Football Cross blocking in youth football is a very underrated blocking tactic. Cross blocking (“X”) will give your offensive linemen better blocking angles.
Run Blocking Progression Drills My coaches and I put our offensive linemen through run blocking progression drills. The first drill will be our fire-out drill.
Skip Pull Technique for the Offensive Line “Skip” pulling is a type of pull that emphasizes keeping shoulders square to the line of scrimmage and keeping eyes on the defense. Also, it allows the linemen to pick up any defenders that might slip through the cracks at the point of attack.
Teaching the Three Point Stance In almost every youth football practice or game that I’ve been involved with I have seen incorrect offensive line stances. Teaching the three point stance properly is one of the most important techniques for offensive linemen.
The Shotgun Snap in Youth Football The shotgun snap in youth football is being used more than ever. Mobile QBs and spread offenses are really starting to open up on the youth football level.