My son is making the transition from QB to tight end this season, so he and I have been focused on blocking. He was my best blocking back last year when we ran the Single Wing offense, so he’s a hitter. The offensive line and especially the tight end position blocking assignments are new to him.
Last night I re-watched the COOL clinic video of the Ohio State offensive line coach’s chalk talk presentation, Dave Cisar’s video Dominating Offensive Line Play and Championship Productions Becoming a Champion Offenive Lineman by Ed Thomas. I also did a little lite reading of Reed’s, Coaching Youth Football book.
In no particular order, below are few points that stick with me:
- Your body will follow your eyes. Keep your head up! Head down and you will go to the ground.
- Keep your feet wide and drive. Do not hit and then stop your feet.
- Be quick off the ball. Do not set back on your heels.
- Use your hands. The use of hands might be the most important skill in blocking.
- Eye a specific target, elbow, inside numbers, legs.
- Keep your hips low so you can load your hips and drive.
- Engage with your hands on their inside shoulder pads, biceps. Stay engaged or on their butt!
- Keep your balance stay in control.
- Stay wide in the hole. Short choppy steps.
- Remember the snap count. This might be the most important skill!
If you have some other blocking points for youth football players, post them.
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