Gap-8 Punt Block
Blocking punts isn't really that difficult as long as you understand three thingsabout doing it:1) Overload the blocking.2) Defend against the fake.3) Get it done!This sounds kind of strange, but it's the most basic aspect of special teams at theyouth level. It's an axiom: youth punt
is considerably better than youth
.In the Gap-8, we overload the blocking by our alignment in the gaps. Despite thefoot to foot splits that most punt teams utilize, a player in the gap has thepotential to not only penetrate between the blockers, but they also have theability to confuse the blocking, and at worst, tie up two blockers for every one of our defenders.The corners are the punt blockers in this formation. This is a slightly differentalignment for the Gap-8 than isnormal. They have no pass coverageresponsibilities, and must be the fastest players on your team.Notice the paths to the offensive backfield taken by the Strong and Weaklinebackers. The linebackers are generally the best athletes you have in the Gap-8, and their responsibility is to cover the tight ends in bump and run coverage. Inthe case of a punt, the object is for the linebackers to strike the tight end anddrive him to the outside, in fact, while the tight end is trying to block him, thelinebacker should be blocking the tight end.Since the linebackers are generally your best athletes and the opposing tightends are generally weaker players, you should have a talent advantage that issignificant enough to allow the linebackers to wedge open a hole for the cornersto streak through.