would be to let one get away because of asituation which we were unprepared for. Ionce spoke at a clinic about preseasonpreparation and was told by a coach thatthere was no way they could prepareeverything for the opening game. Myresponse was, “How can you not?” The fol-lowing chart is our pre-season checklist forspecial teams, and is very similar to ouroffensive and defensive charts. It is thecoordinator’s responsibility to see that weare adequately prepared for every situationwhich appears.
___ deep middle ___ deep corner ___ squib ___ pooch ___ onside - shift ___ onside - angle ___ onside - middle ___ after safety
___ wedge ___ vertical ___ wall ___ cross ___ hashmark kick ___ unbalanced kick ___ onside ___ squib ___ pooch ___ protect ___ after safety
___ spread ___ tight ___ uncovered ___ Fire call ___ react to block ___ react to fair catch ___ freeze ___ from end zone ___ take penalty ___ all fakes ___ take safety ___ Gopher punt
___ normal kick ___ no time outs ___ take penalty ___ Fire call ___ react to block ___ all fakes ___ free kick
___ kick block - edge ___ kick block - middle ___ questionable kick ___ special formation adjust ___ substitution procedure ___ time out procedure ___ pre game ___ halftime warm up ___ sideline procedure ___ net procedure
___ hammer ___ 10 up middle ___ twins middle ___ inside 10 yd line ___ short punt ___ fair catch ___ defend fake ___ bad snap ___ 10 up block ___ special block ___ last chance blockWe’ve been at this long enough to knowbetter, but still take for granted that kidsknow things which we think are obvious —and find out that they don’t know them atall! As an answer, we have developed a listof critical reminders and coaching points foreach special team. Although the list is post-ed along with other kicking game informa-tion, it is important to cover the “obvious”things in meetings. Fair catch rules, liveball/dead ball, when to handle punts, block-ing behind a play, etc., are typical of thekinds of things that can end up getting youbeat because they simply weren’t covered.The bottom line is that we can’t expect kidsto know anything unless it’s been taught.
Regular Season Practice Schedule
Although the focus of this article is onpreseason special teams preparation,emphasis on the kicking game remainshigh during the regular season as well.Time devoted to the special teams during atypical week would look like this:
20 min. of special teams drills.
15 min. of Victory Periodand 20 min. of team period.
Th u r sday:
20 min. of special teamsscript.
Between extra point and field goalattempts, the kick block team will likely havea number of opportunities to get on the field.We spend considerable time practicing ouredge and middle blocks. Although simple indesign, they have been quite successful.
Edge Block RightRight C:
Align on line of scrimmage,attack one yard in front of holder, you arethe block man.
Align on line of scrimmage, mancoverage on up-back.
Align three yards deep, head up onup-back, man coverage.
Align three yards deep on tight end,head up, man coverage.
Align head up on tight end,drive him down into C gap.
Align on outside shoulder of tightend, you are the recovery man.
Align head up on up-back, attackhis inside shoulder.
Align in C gap on block side, attackthe holder.
Align in B gap on block side, attackthe holder.
Align in Agaps, attack the holder.
Middle BlockRight C:
Align on line of scrimmage,outside shoulder of upback, you are blockman.
Align on line of scrimmage, out-side shoulder of upback, you are recoveryman.
Align head up on upbacks, mancoverage.
Align head up on tightends, man coverage.
Align in Agaps, attack theholder.
Align head up on guards anddrive them to B gap.
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Diagram 2: Middle BlockDiagram 1:Edge Block Right