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the field. Please review your stations for the am and pm sessions and contact me if you have any questions or need clarification on anything. The athletes will rotate from station to station every 12 minutes. In this way each athlete will receive coaching from every coach for every skill set and we can maximize our use of time and learning for the kids. Please check the station you are assigned to on Saturday before the circuit begins and notify me or one of the Marauder assistants if you need anything. This year we will begin each session with a stance period that every station will do before the rotation starts. Warm-Up 8:50 am (Mike Long) Run Blocking Drills - AM Session (9:00am – 11:15 am, Ron Joyce Stadium) All stations will begin with Stance and Starts before the rotations begin Emphasize balanced stance for run and pass. Line up players on the line and explain to them the following check list for stance: 1. Feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart, slightly staggered with back toe in line with opposite instep. 2. Weight on instep of feet, not on toes or heals 3. only at most 20% of weight on down-hand, 4. off arm should rest on outside of knee (not on top), 5. back flat and head up. Coaches please check stances as instructions are given, as we have all skill levels at the camp. Take offs – first three steps should be 6-8 inch power steps with wide base. First step should always be with the play side foot (i.e. in the direction of their assignment). Finish with three short power-steps or starts in each direction, running through to 5 yards. Mike Long, Larry Guarascia, Dana Segin Station 1: Ladder Drill Emphasize quick feet and keeping forward body lean and good football position (i.e. shoulders over knees and knees over toes). Pump the arms (hands connected to toes). Feet need to move quickly and maintain one foot on the ground at all times (except backward hop). Start with the following sequences and add your own if time permits: 1. Forward - one foot in alternate box, 2. Forward - two feet in each box side to side then forward, 3. Sideways – begin with lead foot in box and back foot out of ladder – power step with lead foot hitting every box - back foot stays out of ladder and trails behind, 4. Sideways – two feet in each box front to back, 5. Backward hops – leap backwards with both feet landing in side by side boxes - try to clear one box and land in next one. Equipment: rope ladders Ryan Donnelly, Lee Knight, Jason Kana Station 2. Board Drill: Emphasize wide base with 3 short power steps to start, „stepping with the play-side foot first‟, and gain ground with the first step (ie step over the short board). Have players line up in three lines opposite the boards and take them through the following, first with no resistance, then against hand held bag holder: 1. drive-block (straight ahead), down-block left, down-block right, zone step (to board slightly offset to right, then left). Equipment: 3 long boards, 3 short boards, 3 hand held bags.
Remind blockers to arch back and drive head back as they punch. Equipment: blocking sled . while keeping their lead foot forward. Aiming point is near shoulder with our „nose and hands‟. Ralph Scholz. Have one person hold a bag at the other end of the sled so this drill can be culminated with a drive block as the blocker finishes. back-spin and skip one bag and strike next bag. On command. Use 3 points of contact [head and hands] with defender . From 2 point stance. Step 1. „lock out‟ arms and rise up through opponent. 1. 2. On the second command. On command. Begin in 3 point stance with opponent 1 yard off ball. On command. Our intention is to pin the defender away from the ball as he recognizes the down block and attempts to fight across our face to get to the ball. come out of stance and repeat step 2. ect. Ed Szpytma Station 3. Line up defenders holding pads offset one man away from the point of attack from the blocker. Begin in contact with defender. stress overall foot quickness to prevent defender from „fighting over the top. strike bag under the „armpits‟ with thumbs up. elbows in. arch the back and drive the head back as you strike the bag.reverse progression: Emphasize “bow the neck and eye the sky” and “stay lower than your opponent”. Repeat in opposite direction. On coach‟s command. Coaches please be mindful of time so that everyone gets reps. Begin on knees with nose close to the sled and butt back on heals. Form lines in front of each bag. On second command (when blockers have established movement) lock out arms and rise up through defender to create momentum and accelerate for 5 yards. blocker steps up with two power steps and strikes the bag on the numbers with head up 3. with hands up. Mike Derks Station 4. Form single line at end of sled. Drive Block . Carm Genovese Station 5. Pair the kids up on the line facing each other.„get the fit‟. Sled Drill: Emphasize low body position. Equipment: 3-5 hand held bags. Equipment: 3-4 hand held bags Brian Brock. then rotate players. Down Block: Emphasize importance of first step towards defender with near foot. Blockers power step sideways across the sled punching each bag on the numbers with both hands. Also.2 Rob Fuciarelli. feet staggered. Step 3. We must swing our hips around and point our tail to the ball keeping our bodies between the ball and the defender until the ball is past us. step into opponent and make contact with 3 points – target the numbers and drive the opponent off the ball. 4. Blockers go from 3 point stance and strike the first bag on the numbers.‟ Pair up on the line with space to allow movement and prevent injuries for this one. drive opponent off the ball. Start one step back from contact .in two point stance. Step 2. Please repeat this drill to both sides. Repeat in opposite direction.
On the third step. Emphasize keeping hips together and pad level low so defender can‟t split the double team. Equipment: 8 tennis balls Mark Verbeek. Line up a centre and two guards on the line. In 4-5 lines. On command. who fires off to catch the ball and lock out arms with good low take off. The DT being trapped holds a bag. This is one situation where the „chicken wing‟ technique is useful. Equipment: none John Salavantis. Power Double: covered man post-block. rip across his face with your upfield arm and hook him placing your body between the ball and the defender. the ball holder tosses the ball ahead of the blocker. but they need to „fire out of their stance‟ and create forward movement quickly in order to catch the ball (the ball is essentially the opponent‟s numbers for this drill). line up a defender offset in the gap to the front side of the offensive lineman. second blocker reaches and hooks the defender that his partner passed up. Bring hips together so opponent doesn‟t split the double (one coach hold the hand held bag between their hips so they can carry it as they move up field with hips together). After they do the take off they become the ball thrower and rotate accordingly. Reach Block: Emphasize „reach and rip‟ technique. drive the defender off the ball in the play-side direction. Trap Blocking: Emphasize „running the rail‟ and keeping head to the inside of defender being blocked. iii. uncovered man begin with a slide (lateral) step toward his partner. Matt O‟Meara. Bob Macdonald Station 9. Slip Scoop or Reach Scoop: first blocker slips past the defender covering him and goes to the second level (ie linebacker).3 Mike MacDonald. Double Teams: i. Stay low and shoulder to shoulder to drive opponent off ball. one yard off. Place two defensive tackles opposite the guards. Equipment: 6 hand held bags John Malinosky. Have two adjacent blockers on the line with one defender opposite in two point stance and rotate after each rep. The play side guard rips across the FS DT‟s face to the second level (middle linebacker). Keep your feet moving. Reach step down the line with play-side foot in the direction of the point of attack and sprint across your opponent‟s face. ii. Run Take-off Ball Drill: Emphasize quickness off the ball with hands up. Dale Sanderson Station 6. Remind the kids that they should be in a balanced stance to start. Wheel your tail around to the ball staying between the ball and your opponent. Together. Line players up in 3 lines of blockers with 3 kids in front. Sean McKenna Station 7. Brian Hutchings Station 8. Zone Double: two adjacent linemen zone step to your play side and engage the first man who threatens your play side gap (place defender opposite front side offensive lineman). Equipment: 4-5 hand held bags . slightly offset on one knee holding tennis balls. The BS Guard trap steps to mesh with the centre and runs the rail to block the FS DT – position your head to the inside of the defender and make contact with the outside shoulder and forearm (chicken wing). The centre steps first with his BS foot to down block the BS tackle.
Position pairs of linemen facing each other in a line at cones. Begin with balanced stance review with their outside foot back. One partner kneels at the cone holding the tennis ball. Larry Guarascia. Lee Knight. while the other faces the ball in a good football position. „take away the inside‟ with their first two steps depending on their position) and drive their head back. and then rotate until all have reps. the kneeling partner tosses the ball at the other‟s face as the blocker snaps out of his stance. Remember to use ball weight appropriate for the player size. Please remind the blocker to stay low and to move his feet and step into the punch. Medicine Ball Punch Drill: Emphasize importance of quickness while punching with open hands. As they get the hang of it the thrower can increase the speed of the throw. Mike Long. throws head back. Rotate groups when all sets are corrected. Ensure they are making proper quick sets and not rolling out of stance.4 Pass Blocking Drills – PM Session (1:00 – 3:15. 8 tennis balls Ryan Donnelly. Remind the linemen to take two position steps as they snap into their set. Ron Joyce Stadium) All stations will begin with Pass Set before the rotations begin Emphasize getting out of stance and into pass set as quickly as possible to avoid getting beat by the speed rush (i. One (defender) holds the medicine ball about 11/2 yard from the line. First. please review balanced stance concept from morning session. while the other partner gets in a 3 pt. and punches hands out. Equipment: medicine balls of various weights .e. while stabbing hands inside with thumbs up and maintaining low body position. On command. stance facing one yard away from the ball. The tendency is for them to keep feet planted because they are focusing on the ball. do not roll out of stance).e. Line the players up in lines of 5 by position. steps inside. If time permits. Jason Kana Station 2. Players must take two position steps (i. Repeat this 10 times. Rotate after 3 throws so all get reps. initial power steps or kick slides can be added. while catching the ball (if he doesn‟t catch the ball praise him for punching the ball). Equipment: 3-4 cones. then snapping into pass set while driving the head back and snapping the punch. Have the players take several pass sets on coach‟s cadence. Position two linemen opposite each other on the line. Dana Segin Station 1. Quick Set Drill: Emphasize that the first key to success in the pass game is the quickness with which we get out of our stance and into our pass set. On command. the thrower throws the medicine ball toward the blocker‟s face and the blocker punches the ball back to the thrower.
Bull-rush: Have the defender hold a hand held bag for this one. On command. Pass Protection Progression . so they don‟t bang heads. Remind them that at the end of the block they should be positioned with their tail to the QB or launch point. bending at knees with head up and tail towards QB (drop back pass launch point). Set up 2-3 stations with two bag holders opposite lines of OL. defender pushes straight up field.5 Rob Fuciarelli. If the rusher is ripping to the blocker‟s left.“Get the fit” by engaging and locking out arms with inside position. while keeping tail pointed to the QB. May have to hop both feet back to gain position and stop the charge. Mike Derks Station 4. they can defeat any pass rusher. lock out arms and power step on 45 degree angle backwards against the resistance. The blocker must: 1. Repeat the other way. 1. 2. the defender makes a move to the „outside‟ and the blocker must maintain the inside out position (stay between the QB and the defender with tail pointed at the QB). the blocker places his left hand on defender‟s near chest/shoulder and his right hand on his near hip (tell him he should feel the hip bone). Equipment: 3 pairs of hand held bags Ralph Scholz. In this way the pass blocker power steps down the line without giving ground. 1. On command. Equipment: none Brian Brock. Make sure they know what line goes first so we avoid possible injury. Please teach the kids that if they can counter these 4 moves. Play Action Pass: Emphasize that the more aggressive the OL is the more the defence is convinced it‟s a running play (we want their lbers to play the run so we can throw over the top). pick up and replace feet. Ed Szpytma Station 3. then settle and pass block the opponent. keeping tail pointed at QB as you drive defender past QB. Pass Protection Footwork: Emphasize that we should always have one foot on the ground when pass blocking. 2. Out of 3 point stance. Partner up on a line. 3. don‟t cross feet. spin. 4. Repeat the other way. One side – the pass blockers. Carm Genovese Station 5. the „pass rusher‟ moves up the field to the „inside‟(give group a direction) and the pass blocker is forced to Power Step up with the inside foot to take his lane away. Equipment: 5 hand held bags . swim. rip. Pair up players facing each other on the line. Rip: On command. The blocker Kick Slides (keeps weight over inside foot and kicks outside foot. Next. widen base (feet) and drop his anchor (tail) 2.Drop back (This drill is broken into 2 stations for the sake of time – See 6): Emphasize that there are only 4 basic pass rush moves or combinations thereof – bull rush. the defender sinks one arm and shoulder down to a side of the blocker and pushes up field. then locks out arms and drives own head back to create separation (Squat and Lock). have two blockers do an agressive „run cross-block‟. They “squat and lock” with good body position. don‟t click heels – always have one foot on the ground) in a 45 degree angle back to protect the pocket (give ground grudgingly).
with wide base. if they are separated by more than one man we can use man blocking and stay with our own man. The blocker gets in a good football position. We only force the switch in pass protection when two defenders are adjacent. Place two linemen facing each other between the cones (cones should be about 3 yards apart). Swim: on command. Coaches please remind kids we have no pads and to keep their bodies under control for this one. Please rotate the players after 15 – 20 second reps. stop watch . Spin: emphasize that this is the one time in football that we want to be passive. Equipment: none John Malinosky. Please walk through these concepts with the kids first and ensure they use good footwork and hand placement. On command. Equipment: none Mark Verbeek. We must jump the penetrater if he is aligned over us to stop his penetration. the defender slides back and forth between the cones attempting to avoid the blocker. The blocker must try to stay nose to nose with the defender without losing his balance or body control. Conversely.) Pass Protection Progression (This drill is broken into 2 stations for the sake of time See 5): Emphasize that there are only 4 basic pass rush moves or combinations thereof – bull rush. Repeat drill in opposite direction and rotate so all get reps. Equipment: small cones. When we recognize the twist (T-E. When the defender comes around. Mirror Drill: Emphasize the importance of changing direction quickly in a good football position. rip. The blocker with the looper aligned over him must slide and force his partner off onto the looper. Twist Drill: Emphasize that they must take an honest pass set and read the defenders before they can force the switch. Blocker keeps head up to recognize swim move. Push with left hand and pull with right hand while stepping to put defender off balance. To force the switch. E-T. while we maintain our relationship between the defender and the QB. then power steps to the right toward defender and punches the near armpit with his left hand and the near chest with his right hand. Sean McKenna Station 7. When we recognize the spin (see the back of defender) give ground and slide in the direction of the spin. rusher swims to right of the blocker. and head up. (5 con‟t. Teach the kids that if they can counter these 4 moves. then take over the penetrater. square him up and block him aggressively. Dale Sanderson Station 6. we must stay at the same level. if the defenders are not adjacent it is too difficult to stay on the same level so we can jump the penetrater and track the looper – use a man to man scheme.6 Mike MacDonald. they can defeat any pass rusher. spin. swim. good squat. but must place his hands behind him. T-T) from two adjacent linemen we will “force the switch”. Brian Hutchings Station 8.
Single punches straight ahead (use the first set to correct the technique) 2. High-Low: punch high on the bag then low with both hands. Remind players to hold their hands with thumbs up and to keep their hands up in front of them with arms partially extended. low right. Rotate the group after each set of 15 seconds. 3. low left.7 John Salavantis. 5 players hold the hand held bags. similar to a Martial Arts punch. Have players line up in 5 lines opposite the bags. Also. punch with an open hand and make contact with the heal of the hand not the palm of the hand. he holds the bag for the next blocker. Bob Macdonald Station 9. Alternating corners of bag – high right. When one player is done. Snap the Punch Drill Emphasize thumbs up and elbows in. Snap the wrist on the punch to deliver the most impact. Don‟t place hands too close to chest to prevent having too long a punch. high left. Go through a punch progression of 15 second sets: 1. Epuipment: 5 hand held bags . Matt O‟Meara.
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