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Offensive Linemen Practice Plan – The One Pager

Offensive Lineman StanceToday I’ve got a great video post about coaching youth football offensive linemen. I’ve been working on the O-line practice plan video idea for a while. A friend of mine needed a some ideas about how to coach linemen so I put together a detailed practice plan for him based on what I have been doing the last 10 years coaching o-linemen. I call it the One Pager. It’s a 90 minute offensive linemen practice plan that can be used for the week to budget your practice time for you big men. So many youth pee wee football coaches only focus on the running backs, which is a huge mistake. Blocking is key to winning big games. This OLM practice plan gives you and your coaches a great outline to prepare your offensive linemen for your next game and season.

I developed the OLM One Pager from the 40 pages of blocking information out of my Power Wing Beast Offense Playbook for Youth Football and condensed the key points into a handy one page document. This is down from 3 pages in my last attempt at a quick look plan. Why one page? Another coaching friend of mine says he doesn’t read more than one page of anything, so this the One Pager 90 Minute OLM Practice Plan. This one sheet gives you pretty much everything you need to do with your OLM during the week based on my blocking philosophies from my PWBO book. You can buy the OLM Practice Plan One Pager for $1.99. If you do not have my book you should still be able to use the One Pager and it you have questions, you can contact me anytime.

O-line 90 Minute Practice Plan – The One Pager

 


O-line Practice Plan

  • 00-10 min    Alignments, Gap Splits, Stance,
  • 10-20 min    Steps and Get Offs
  • 20-35 min    Blocking Rules
  • 35-50 min    Blocking Techniques
  • 50-90 min    Blocking Drill Time

What does your offensive line practice time look like?  Would love to hear your ideas and comments.

OLM Practice Plan 90 min – The One Pager – $1.99
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O-line Practice Plan

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Remember to Play for Fun and Winning is Funner,
Coach Parker
Keller, Texas / Ft. Worth TX / DFW Metro

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Youth Football Blocking Schemes & Calls

blocking in youth footballFor the last several seasons I have been playing around with many different youth football blocking rules, schemes and calls to advanced our youth football offensive line blocking.  We are still not perfect and I would always love to get our blocks to the second line of the defense more, but we are succeeding at most of our blocking goals.

For awhile, I taught one blocking rule to our youth football players which was usually angle blocking.  Then I moved to severe angle blocking and used our full backs as a key trap blocker, then I tried GOD or GOL blocking Gap on Down or Gap on Linebacker blocking rules and that worked pretty good for most plays.  But, I just could not perfect the blocking for each play like I really wanted.  That’s when I started asking myself why do I teach the backs 24 plays and the lineman just one blocking rule.  After my epiphany, I decided to have different blocking rules for different plays and also add tags for the TE blocks.  And, this year I am adding tags to our running backs to make certain blocks on their fakes.

The main blocking rules and schemes I am using this year are:

  1. Wedge
  2. Angle Blocking
  3. GOO – Gap On Outside (pass)
  4. BB Split – Butt to Butt Split at Hole
  5. Zone Reach Angle Block
  6. GOD / GOL – Gap on Down or Gap on LB
  7. PIG – unbalanced Power angle block

Depending upon our play, we will choose one of these blocking calls based on the defense for that week.  We can also adjust in game for certain situations.  We are also tagging TEs and RBs with a call to block the DT, DE, LB, CB, SS or S depending on the play.  Plus our experiment from a few years ago is also still around, which we call “Chow”.  Our FB will line up head up on their top defensive lineman in our PIG alignment and blow them out with a double team from one of the offensive tackles.  This is a great power scheme.

As this Spring season progresses I will write more about our blocking schemes.  Stay tuned.

Remember to play for Fun and Winning is Funner,
Coach Parker
Keller, Texas / DFW / Ft. Worth, TX

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Are you blocking and tackling during youth football practice?

I am not sure why, but this season my brain keeps saying to me, “football is just blocking and tackling.”  Yes, I know this comes from Lombardi…

Some people try to find things in this game that don’t exist but football is only two things ; blocking and tackling. – Vince Lombardi

In past seasons, I’ve coached more, well talked more.  So far this season, we have been blocking and tackling more in drills. Maybe its because 15 of our 17 youth football players have played in Super Bowls before and our average playing experience level is 3 years.  It is really nice to coach top talent.  What I can’t believe is this is a rec team and not a select team.  The amount of youth football talent is Texas is incredible.

Since we don’t need to teach and coach as much in the past, we’ve added more stations so almost everyone is moving.  No time for horseplay.  We coach with quick bites of info to address mistakes but keep the drills moving at a fast pace.  It is still very early in the season, tomorrow will be our third week and two weeks before our first game.  So we have time to learn our blocking calls and blitz packages.  I must say this is my best hitting, tackling and blocking team in almost 10 years.  We have some great looking talent this year.

I have really kept my drills simple this year using the form and fit drills for both tackling and blocking and our main hitting drill has been variations of the Oklahoma Drill and a blocking drill similar to the Hex knock out blocking drill.  We try to keep these drills compact so the speed is minimal to reduce head impacts.  Our running backs have been doing many walk throughs while the lineman tackle and block.  We are trying to save the RBs for games, so they do a few reps and then off to the lite timing drills.

This week we will lessen the hitting impacts since we have filmed most of our practices and seen who and where players will end up on the depth chart.  I’ve also graded everyone and listed their weaknesses and strengths.  So we can watch for these issues in upcoming scrimmages.

Remember, at the end of the day not a whole lot matters except can your team block and tackle.  I know its maybe not politically correct to say it in today’s safety aware environment but but football is all about hitting.  Make sure you are teaching blocking and tackling so your players will be ready to hit in their first game.

One last thing, I heard this in a movie the other day.  “It’s not about winning or losing but who are we going to scare for our next game.”   So, even if you lose your next game, make sure your next opponents are afraid to play you.

Remember to play for fun and Winning is Funner.

Cheers,
Coach Parker
Keller, Texas / DFW / Fort Worth, TX
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Why Bear Bryant might not have liked Pop Warners new concussion rules – CSMonitor.com

I know that I have tried to limit hitting drills within our practices. I tell our players to save it up for the games.

In recent years, the National Football League has taken a strong stand against head-on-head hits in games, significantly ramping up punishments for offenders. Pop Warner has similar rules on the books.

But the new Pop Warner rules show the degree to which concerns about head injuries are permeating the sport. They limit full contact to one-third of practice time and prohibit drills that have players line up face-to-face more than three yards apart.

via Why Bear Bryant might not have liked Pop Warners new concussion rules – CSMonitor.com.

What do you think about hitting drills in practice?  Add a comment to this post.

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Coach Parker
Fort Worth TX / Dallas / DFW Texas

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