Blocking Schemes, What to do?

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I have been working on blocking schemes for my 5th grade team for the last 2 months.  We had a great season last year averaging close to 40 points a game running a version of the new Spin offense, but our pass blocking and interior line blocking was terrible.  After reading Reed’s site and searching Google I came across a book on blocking by Leo Hand. 

I bought a copy of Leo Hand’s excellent book on blocking, Attacking Football Defenses with Radar Blocking.  I have been studying the book for about a month.  I think for Jr Hgh Schoolers it makes since to run 10 to 12 Master Blocking Calls and Line calls but I just don’t know if my 5th graders can handle it yet.  I have also been reviewing the Severe Angle Blocking Presentation (SAB) by Coach Jack Gregory.  I am leaning toward SAB a blocking scheme because of the simplicity.  We have been running a Gap, On, Downfield scheme the last two years and I am not getting the productivity from my linemen.  Maybe I am expecting too much.  Let me know what you think.  I would appreciate the input. 

If you can get your hands on the Radar Blocking book, its well worht the $40 for the out of print book.  I picked it up online through Barnes and Noble’s used bookstore Network.  Hand has outlined just about every blocking assignment for you.

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  1. coach, IMO 5th graders should only run 10 plays. I run the split back veer offense and our blocking run is quite simple. First, we call plays based on technique; how the defense linemen are positioned. You can’t run every play against every def. front. Don’t try to put a square peg in a round hole. I don’t coach this age but I will tell you what plays our jr. peewees run and how we block them. The plays are called dive, pre-fake dive ( which looks like dive but is a double option), counter, and counter option, dive pass and counter pass.These two series, the dive series and the counter series is the basis of the offense.Our power series has 2 plays , power and boot pass. And finally we have the toss series, toss and handback trap. How do we block for each play? On dive we teach ” don’t block the EMOL ( end man on line of scrimmage). Every DEF. has a emol. If he, the Emol, makes the tackle without us gaining 3and one half yards, we run Pre-fake dive and option the EMOL. Again we don’t block him. Our TE blocks down. Our backside always scoop blocks to the playside. If we find the LB’s running hard to stop the dive or pre-fake dive, we call the counter which runs into the A gap. We have a coded “call ” if we want the guard and tackle to fold block. If we find the LB’s are now stopping the counter we call the counter option and again we don’t block the EMOL on the weak side. Now after running dive series to the Emol, we run power at him. We have a G scheme where our playside guard pulls and kicks out the EMOL. Now to even further confuse the Emol, we run toss at the EMOL and our TE hooks the EMOL. And when the DEF. trys to take away the toss, we run the handback trap where our backside guard pulls and kicks out the first down lineman on or outside of the playside guard. We usually have a coach assigned to watch and make sure that your DB’s our playing honest, if their not, we will run either dive , counter, or boot pass. We have 8 patterns, but we only run what the kids can and have learned. We will REP,REP,REP these plays until the “cows come home”. Our backs always come out in the same formation, 4 yds from the line of scrimmage behind our guards. However our REC’s and TE’s move often. We have 12 formations, but again we will only use what we can really teach and the players can learn. Our team believes that you can’t always block every player, (maybe too strong) so let’s read(option) them.We feel that if we can average 3 and one half yds per play or more, play good def., we have a good chance to win the game.

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