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ABC KickOff

ABC KickOff

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Published by: Coach Julien on May 15, 2010
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Coach: The only kick-off I have taught since about 1980 is the "ABC":B is the main, regular (deep) kicker. A is a pop-up on-side kick (OSK) specialist,who practices only one kind of kick -- he tops the ball, which ideally goes off theground and up into the air in front of R1-R3. C is a sidewinder -- he kicks OSK'sthat scoot along the ground off the side of his foot, arriving 10 yards downfieldin front of (ideally) L3 and L4.We send the kick signal into the huddle with one of the players -- "A, B or C" isall we call. "B" is the regular deep kick-off, although we can designate "B Right"or "B Left" to kick away from a fast return man. (Note: We have also used a"B2" kick-off, where B kicks through the middle of the ball at the receiving manright in front of him, a screaming line drive if done right, with our cover guysconverging for the rebound.) On the B kick, A and C cross behind B and carryout regular coverage duties. You can assign your normal men to safety andheadhunter duties on the B kick -- it's business as usual.When "A" is called, B approaches the ball as usual, but A cuts in front of him anddelivers his specialty kick, which if it works right bounces off the ground andarrives 10 yards downfield just when R2 (a good vertical leaper) does. R1 andR3 block receiving team members who are near the ball -- if there is only one,they double team him (5 in the diagram). The kicker's technique is simple. Bwill tee the ball up almost vertically; when A kicks it, he aims for a point betweenthe top of the laces and the stripe on top and kicks it at about 75% power,aiming for the zero in the number 50 on the field. It will usually bounce lowonce or twice, then pop up high in time for R2 to leap for it."C" Is similar -- B fakes a kick, but C scoots in front at the last second anddelivers his "grass-cutter" OSK -- a classic "sidewinder" low OSK technique tokeep the ball on the ground, traveling hard and fast. He should aim for the far

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