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Zone Blocking 2-11

Zone Blocking 2-11

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ZONE BLOCKINGMANUAL
Kevin WestPlease Return – Reward Offered – Telephone 303.933.6044
 
Run Blocking Techniques on Zone Blocks
GENERAL INFORMATIONLINE SPLITS -- 18"DEPTH — The down hand of the Guards, Tackles and Tight Ends will beeven with toes of the Center.ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE O-LINE – Linemen will have LEFT HAND DOWN.ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE O-LINE -- Linemen will have RIGHT HAND DOWNCOVERED LINEMAN – When a Defender is HEAD-UP OR ON EITHER SHOUDER of aparticular o-lineman and is
on the line of scrimmage in a 3 or 4 point stance.
UNCOVERED LINEMAN – When a Defender NOT on or between THE SHOULDERS of aparticular o-lineman and is
on the line of scrimmage
in 3 or 4 point stance.
A A “X’s” show the original position
O O
of the feet. The “O’s” show the
B
O O
B feet in the positions as describedC
O
X X
O
C below, with the
step letter
alongD
O O
D side of the step (A thru E).
OO
E
A. Drive Step
- 6 inch directional step toward Aiming Point. This step will be taken in aSTRAIGHT FORWARD direction 
Usually used for Base / Drive block.B. Lead Step
- 6 inch directional step toward Aiming Point. This step will be taken slightlyoutside of straight ahead and the toe will be pointed in a slightly outwarddirection. 
Used for an inside Zone, Down or Chip block C. Slide Step
- 6 inch directional step toward AimingPoint. This step will be taken at a 60degree angle and it will end with the toe still pointed straight forward.Used for Outside Zone Blocking when covered with a HEAD UP defender.
D. Drop Step
-6 inch directional step toward Aiming Point. This step is taken going in aslightly backward and out direction and ends with the toe pointed slightly in anoutward direction. 
Used for Outside Zone Blocking when covered and facing an OUTSIDESHADE defender
.
E. Bucket Step
-6 inch directional step toward Aiming Point. This step is taken in a backwardand “in” direction ending with the toe / heel angle at a 45 degree angle and thetoe pointed distinctly outward.
Used for Outside Zone Blocking when uncovered
. 
 
Run Blocking Techniques
1. BASE Block 
The base block is the heart of any blocking scheme and the most important to master.Thistechnique will be used by linemen MOSTLY on our Inside Zone (Base) play when they arecovered and their inside team mate is also covered. It is important to note that our linemen willhave the option of blocking the defender any way the defender wishes to go. The mostimportant aspect is to get movement upfield, laterally, or both hands to
STAY ENGAGED
(
 Be a part of the Tackle
) until the play is over. In our offense the BASE call means that thelineman will not be involved in a combination or Zone block but, instead, he will be workingalone.
A. Aiming Point
On each of our blocks, the linemen will be given an aiming point.The line-man must get his head gear to that aiming point and fight to keep it therethrough the execution of his block. The aiming point for the Base block is;
MOST OF THE TIME, THE “AIMING POINT” WILL BE THE STERNUM(BREAST BONE) OF YOUR ASSIGNED BLOCK . (THE POINT BETWEENTHE NUMBERS OF THE DEFENDER 
.)
All linemen will keep their shoulders parallel to the path of the ball carrier. This will preventlinebacker run throughs by allowing the linemen to see the defensive movement.
B. Approach (Seek)
Always explode off the line of scrimmage on the correctsnap count. This is accomplished by knowing your responsibilities andALWAYS taking the correct initial step. Your initial step in a Base block will be with the foot nearest the defender you are blocking. After this step you mustroll off the take off foot aggressively and with your head up. By keeping your head up and your back flat, you will better be able to get under the defender‘s pads. Aim the “nose” of your helmet (crosshairs) for the proper aiming point.This can only be accomplished with your HEAD AND EYES UP. 
“A man can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.” 
C. Contact (Destroy) 
Throw your arms back on your first step and POP hands intoaiming point with as much force as possible. First contact must be with theHANDS followed by the “nose” of the helmet in order to maintain control andcontact with the defender. The lineman‘s hands will make contact with thedefender at the Aiming Point (Sternum) with the thumbs up. A lifting action(Bench Press) will be utilized to allow the lineman to roll the hips into thedefender (LIFT HIM OUT OF HIS SHOES). This hip roll llows the lineman touse the strong leg muscles and to maintain the Power Angles. To finish the block,the lineman will arch the back and “climb the ladder” while driving the feet.Keep a wide base with your feet and take SHORT CHOPPY POWER STEPS tomaintain contact.

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