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… Read More

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

Blocking Calls for Offensive Line in Youth Football

I’ve been helping a couple of  Ft Worth area youth football teams this season with their offensive line coaching.  We’ve installed Rule Blocking and a few blocking calls so the boys can adjust at the line of scrimmage.  If you would like to research more about blocking Calls, read Radar Blocking.  For us at the 7-11… Read More

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

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 is that you can order the Clinic DVDs from 1996 to 2008.  The list of… Read More

Kick Return Blocking – Special Teams

The other day, I was talking to another youth tackle football coach about how his 4th grade youth football team blocks on kick returns.  We did not do a great job blocking on kick returns last year, and I want to see how other coaches are blocking kick off defenders.   He says he makes sure the kick… Read More

Kick Return Blocking – Special Teams

Our youth football kick return blocking is not that great.  We did better this year by assigning players to block but we can do better.  We missed many blocks and one that hurt us in our final play off game last season.  After reading Coaching Offensive Linemen by Dave Christensen and James Peterson, I learned… Read More

Blocking Schemes, What to do?

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… Read More