Simple Youth Blocking Schemes, What to do? Studying to be 1 of best at Blocking!
I have been working on simple youth blocking schemes for my 5th grade team for the last 2 months. We had a great youth football season last year averaging close to 40 points a game running our Speed pee wee football version of the new Spin offense, which is a spread version of the double wing, but our pass blocking and interior offensive line blocking was terrible. After reading Reed’s youth football site and searching Google I came across a book on blocking by football coach Leo Hand.
I bought a copy of Leo Hand’s excellent book on blocking schemes, Attacking Football Defenses with Radar Blocking, to adjust my team’s youth blocking schemes. I have been studying the coaching book for about a month. I think for Jr High Schoolers it makes since to run 10 to 12 Master Blocking Calls and Offensive Line calls but I just don’t know if my 10U 5th graders can handle it yet. I have also been reviewing the Severe Angle Blocking Presentation (SAB) by Coach Jack Gregory, a Double Wing Offense focused coach.
I am leaning toward SAB a youth blocking scheme because of the simplicity and it is similar to the angle blocking scheme I used in Junior High School. 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 worth the $40 for the out of print book. I picked it up online through Barnes and Noble’s used bookstore Network, I just found one today on Amazon. Hand has outlined just about every blocking assignment for you. Trickett’s book Complete Offensive Line is also great too and rounds out a nice football bookshelf on youth blocking schemes.
My 2016 article Blocking in Youth Football is from a new coaches clinic video series I developed for my local pee wee youth football league. The video post reviews youth blocking scheme fundamentals like violent shoving, hand are weapons, GOD, GOLD, Wedge Blocking Schemes, Quick Feet, 2 and 3 point stances.
To be the best youth football coach takes organization, communication, commitment, dedication, reliability, passion and knowledge of the sport: offense, defense, special teams, overall rules of football and your local little league’s specific program rules. Coaching Youth football offensive line is one of the most important coaching responsibilities in pee wee football. The offensive line coach must be passionate about coaching youth blocking schemes and techniques. The players must see and feel his knowledge and passion for the coaching Offensive Linemen and blocking fundamentals.
Many youth football head coaches will assign themselves as the offensive line coach, and not the running backs coach, because they know that blocking is key to any successful youth football team. The importance of youth blocking schemes cannot be over emphasized to new and rookie little league football coaches. Put the team first and learn all you can about youth blocking schemes to make your team the #1 blocking team in your youth football league.
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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.