Rule Blocking Vocabulary for Youth Football Offenses

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Many youth football coaches have heard GOD, GOO, MOMA, and GOL, but what do they mean?  They refer to blocking rules.  Here are a few rule blocking terms that you should include in your offensive blocking vocabulary.

  • GAP – refers to space between the linemen.   GAP rule is block GAP toward the ball or playside for Center. 
  • On or Over – On refers to the defensive linemen who are head up or outside shade of o-lineman, Over refers to Linebackers
  • Down – Continue blocking the next man on the line.
  • Downfield – Block down field
  • GOD – Gap ON Down or Downfield
  • GOO – Gap On Over
  • MOMA – Man on Man Away
  • Linebacker – block the most dangerous Linebacker
  • GOL – Gap, ON, Linebacker
  • Inside or Outside – block d-linemen in the GAP or On the next lineman to his inside or block outside gap and over for outside call.
  • Fill – Tells lineman to block any defender in pulling lineman’s area
  • SAB – Severe Angle Blocking – angle blocking scheme at 30% angle on play side either in or out.

I read a few weeks ago that GOD is the most popular youth football blocking rule.  If you are not using blocking rules with your youth offensive line, you should develop a set of simple rules today.  I am developing a set of Master Calls that define rules for that call to address certain plays for each lineman; Sweeps, Counters, Reverses, Pass, Off Tackle and Gut plays.  I am going to give each lineman a wristcoach specific for that position so it will help the linemen remember the rule for that Master Blocking Call.

For Example:  Sweep Right – Buffalo (Buffalo is the Blocking Call)

PSE   – Inside, On, Linebacker
PST   – Inside, On, Linebacker
PSG  –  Gap, Pull & Trap
C     – Man On. Man Away
BSG   – Gap, Pull & Lead
BST   – Fill
BSE    – Inside, On, Downfield

Source: Radar Blocking, Coaching Offensive Linemen & SAB Presentation by Coach Jack Gregory

Let me know what blocking rules you are using.  Good Luck this season.

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  1. I retired after 20yrs as a defensive coordinator at the H.S. level , or so I thought. An old friend asked me to help coach his son’s 4th grade team. I said yes! Turns out he also wants me to coach the o line. I figured I would employ simple rule blocking, on-over-playside-backside. Any opinion you have on this would be greatly appriciated.

    1. As a former HS coach and now youth coach, the one rule in our non-pulling blocking offense is…”Inside, On, Backer ” ! This works for both the playside or backside lineman. Communication is key here. The lineman must talk, presnap, to make sure ALL defenders in the box are accounted for.

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