Thoughts on Choosing Youth Football Offensive Lineman

A reader posted a comment a few weeks back asking; “What’s the best way to devise an o-line depth chart? How do you decide who plays guard or tackle?” These are two great questions and there are many strategies to develop an offensive line. Let me offer my thoughts which I am sure there will… Read More

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COOL Clinic DVD Collection ’96-’10

I just received my COOL Clinic DVD Collection from 1996 to 2010.  COOL stands for Coaches of Offensive Lineman.  This is a society of NFL and college level offensive line coaches that hold an annual clinic just about blocking and offensive line play. The entire COOL Clinic set includes 98 DVDs.  I reviewed the 2008… Read More

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Portable Blocking Sled – King Crab By Gilman Gear

We introduced the Gilman Gear’s King Crab Sled at our 7-9 year old practice this week and the response was great.  The kids loved the new piece of equipment to use and the challenge to push it around the field.  I let another coach use the King Crab Sled at our Tuesday practice and he… Read More

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King Crab Sled into Youth Football

I just received my King Crab Sled from Gilman Gear. I’ve wanted one for about three years, when I first saw it in American Football Monthly.  My initial reaction is it is going to be great.  It is very compact and light.  My 8 year old and 11 year old brought in the box and once… Read More

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Blocking Tips for Youth Football Offensive Lineman

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… Read More

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Coaches of Offensive Line Clinic DVDs Video

I recently received the 2008 Coaches of Offensive Line Clinic DVDs.  There are 8 DVDs in the 2008 set.  The Mushroom Society graciously sent them to me for review and to share with my youth football league in Arvada, Colorado.   The cost of the 2008 Offensive Line Clinic DVD set is $80 plus shipping. After watching… Read More

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Offensive Line Clinic – Mushroom Society

I feel pretty lucky stumbling on the Mushroom Society’s website run by a group of professional Coaches of Offensive Linemen, COOL.  They host an annual offensive line clinic in Cincinnati.  The 2009 clinic is May 15 &16.  What’s really cool about http://www.thecoolclinic.com is that you can order the Clinic DVDs from 1996 to 2008.  The list of… Read More

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Rule Blocking Vocabulary for Youth Football Offenses

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… Read More

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Dominating Offensive Line Play for Youth Football – DVD Review

Winning Youth Football’s Dominating Offensive Line Play for Youth Football DVD is packed with useful pee wee offensive line football information for the youth football coach. I am in the middle of redeveloping my offensive line schemes and calls and this was a refreshing “hands-on” knowledge transfer from a very successful youth football coach, Dave… Read More

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Learning Offensive Holes, Gaps & Position Names

One of the first things I teach my young football players is the offensive holes, gaps, position names and formations.  Once we establish our base offensive vocabulary, then it is much easier to learn running and blocking assignments.  To do this I developed a t-shirt system very similar to the using a numbered fire hose, but… Read More

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