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Kicking Game

Notes, plays, comments, etc. on the kicking game for the 2012 Washington Huskies football program

Kicking Philosophy
We take an aggressive and progressive approach to kicking teams play. We execute our kicking teams at a high level and force our opponents to prepare well or risk losing this phase of the game. We set the tone by utilizing speed and physical play. We want to be the aggressor and establish a toughness mentality. We pressure every punt or kick and hit return teams hard. We are relentless in our effort and intensity in every situation. Kicking teams that execute at a high level will consistently help shift the momentum in our favor. Winning the field-position battle, blocking a kick or punt, or scoring a kicking teams touchdown can deflate an opponent and give us the momentum.

Special Teams
Great teams have great special teams. Place the same emphasis on special teams as we do on offense defense. Evaluate special teams just like we do the offense and defense Choose great athletes who take pride and use good judgement Be aggressive and use special teams to change the momentum of the game Be diverse and force our opponent to prepare thoroughly or risk defeat Study, watch video, and develop a solid special teams game plan each week

Special Teams Landmarks Hold opponents to fewer than 20 yards per kickoff return Hold opponents to fewer than 10 yards per punt return Average at least 35 yards per kickoff return Average at least 15 yards per punt return Allow no blocked kicks or punts Block at least 3 punts or kicks No foolish penalties called on defense due to lack of discipline or effort

Kickoff

Types of kicks Deep Into the end zone/within the 10. Looking to pin them deep Pooch High, shorter kick. Looking for fair catch Squib Kick it hard and low, bouncing it along the ground. Looking for confusion On-side Attempt to get the high bounce and recover the kick.

Kickoff Coverage
Kicker, count your team. Dont be offside End men on line call across. Free ball after ten yards or if touched by a receiving team player. You will run past most potential blockers if you run. Keep your spacing. Evade early blockers to the ball side and return to proper lane. Run through blocker immediately in front of ball carrier. Contain man; be alert for reverse and unusual returns. Know your onside or squib kick responsibility. Know who folds as safety and contain. Go after the ball. FORCE THE OPPONENT TO PUT THE BALL IN PLAY INSIDE HIS 20-YD. LINE

Kickoff Parameters Kick Direction


Left Right Middle

Starting Position
Left hash Middle Right hash

Kickoff Kick Types and Coverage


Kick Type Deep Objective & Description Into the end zone/within the 10. Looking to pin them deep High, shorter kick. Looking for fair catch. Coverage Note Prefer that this goes into the EZ for a touchback. Height of kick gives our KO team time to get to the area.

Pooch

Squib

Kick it hard and low, bouncing it along the ground. Looking for confusion Try to recover the kick Various types here so a couple must be identified and implemented.

Onside

Hash

Variation of Pooch Kick it to 25-30 between hash and sideline.

Kickoff Pooch Kick Drill

40
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Kick from hash toward the other hash Award points based on where the ball lands Target areas are 5 yds x 5 yds. Markloff the area with 12 cones. Have someone else keep score and shag. Kicks outside the area are worth 0 points Divide total points by 50 to determine %

40 50

50 40 30 20 10 G
1 3 5 1 3 3

40 30

1 1
Mon Tues Wed Thurs

1 1 1

1 3

1 3

20

1 2

10

3 4 5 6 7

Kickoff

20
Target Area

30 40 50 40
L5 L4 L3 L2 L1 K R1 R2 R3 R4 R5

Positi on L5

Kickoff Base Alignments and Assignments Players Alignment Assignment


Next to L4 Shallow safety

L4

Next to L3

Middle safety

L3

Next to L2

Contain, stay in lane

L2

Next to L1

Base coverage, do not cross hash Gunner 1st to the ball

L1

Next to kicker, left side

Place ball on right hash,

Kick to the 20-30 outside the hash, do not kick out of bounds. After kick be the middle safety Gunner 1st to the ball

R1

Next to kicker, right side

R2

Next to R1

Base coverage, stay in lane

R3

Next to R2

Base coverage, stay in lane

R4

Next to R3

Base coverage, stay in lane

R5

Next to R4

Sideline contain

Note:

The idea is that if our kicker cannot put it into the end zone that we will not give the return team the chance to return the kick. We do not want a nice floating ball coming down to their best return guy on a full sprint. Kick the ball to the area in the 20-30 yard lines, outside of the hash. We will either kick it high so our defenders can get down and prevent the return, or pound it on the ground to cause bounces and hops.

Balanced Middle Kick Assignments


Positio n
L1

Assignmen t
Wedge

Alignment

Coaching Points

Between K & L2

Stay in lane, cover the field, 5yard spacing. Stay in lane, cover the field, 5yard spacing. Locate ball, stay in front. Act as Safety Cover outside-in. Nothing gets outside Take direct path to the ball. Be under control but attack the ball aggressively. Stay in lane, cover the field, 5yard spacing. Stay in lane, cover the field, 5yard spacing. Stay in lane, cover the field, 5yard spacing. Cover outside-in. Nothing gets outside Take direct path to the ball. Be under control but attack the ball aggressively. After kicking, stay 10-15 yards in front of ball, act as Safety

L2

Wedge

Between L1 & L3

L3

Spy

Between L2 & L4

L4

Contain

Between L3 & L5

L5

Force

5-6 yards from sideline

R1

Wedge

Between K & R2

R2

Wedge

Between R1 & R3

R3

Wedge

Between R2 & R4

R4

Contain

Between R3 & R5

R5

Force

5-6 yards from sideline

Kicker, Safety

Middle of the field

After Safety Schematic


We can kickoff or punt the ball. If we punt you MUST stay behind the punter or you will be offsides.

Balanced Middle Kick Schematic

Balanced Corner Assignments


Positio n
L1

Assignmen t
Force

Alignment

Coaching Points
SPRINT! Take direct path to the ball. Be under control but attack the ball aggressively. Stay in lane, unload on blockers with recklessness Stay in lane, unload on blockers with recklessness Stay in lane, unload on blockers with recklessness Stay outside. Fold back and contain the ball. SPRINT! Take direct path to the ball. Be under control but attack the ball aggressively. Sprint down field, fill where needed SPRINT! Take direct path to the ball. Be under control but attack the ball aggressively. SPRINT! Take direct path to the ball. Be under control but attack the ball aggressively. Sprint to goal post. Stay outside. Cut field in half. After kicking high and deep to outside hash, stay 10-15 yards in front of ball, act as Safety

Between K & L2

L2

Wedge

Between L1 & L3

L3

Wedge

Just outside hash, between L2 & L4

L4

Wedge

Between L3 & L5

L5

Contain

5-6 yards from sideline

R1

Force

Between R2 & K

R2

Spy

Between R1 & R3

R3

Force

Between R2 & R4

R4

Force

Between R3 & R5

R5

Contain

5-6 yards from sideline

Kicker, Safety

Middle of the field

Balanced Corner Schematic

Positio n
L1

Assignmen t
Blocker

Balanced Onside Middle Assignments


Alignment
Between R1 & L2

Coaching Points

Block middle player Go for football. If not recovered then block in front of the ball Go for football. If not recovered then block in front of the ball Block 2nd player in

L2

Recover

Between L1 & L3

L3

Recover

Between L2 & L4

L4

Blocker

Between L3 & L5

L5

Safety

5-6 yards from sideline

Act as Safety

R1

Blocker

Between K& R2

Block middle player

R2

Recover

Between R1 & R3

Go for football. If not recovered then block in front of the ball Go for football. If not recovered then block in front of the ball Block 2nd player in

R3

Recover

Between R2 & R4

R4

Blocker

Between R3 & R5

R5

Safety

5-6 yards from sideline

Act as Safety

Kicker, Safety

Middle of field

Kick ball with good topspin, act as Safety

Balanced Onside Middle Schematic

Balanced Onside Plow Assignments


Positio n
L1

Assignmen t
Blocker

Alignment

Coaching Points
Block middle player Bury him! Follow the ball, recover after it goes the 10 yards.

Between R1 & L2

L2

Recover

Between L1 & L3

L3

Block

Between L2 & L4

Block 2nd player in

L4

Blocker

Between L3 & L5

Block 2nd player in

L5

Safety

5-6 yards from sideline

Act as Safety. Have contain responsibility as well. Block middle player Bury him! Follow the ball, recover after it goes the 10 yards.

R1

Blocker

Between K& R2

R2

Recover

Between R1 & R3

R3

Blockwe

Between R2 & R4

Block 2nd player in

R4

Blocker

Between R3 & R5

Block 2nd player in

R5

Safety

5-6 yards from sideline

Act as Safety. Have contain responsibility as well. Place ball sideways on top of kicking tee. Kick ball with topspin so it rolls slowly. Act as Safety

Kicker, Safety

Middle of field

Unbalanced Onside Plow Schematic

Positio n
L1

Assignmen t
Wedge

Unbalanced Middle Kick Assignments


Alignment
Between R1 & L2

Coaching Points

Stay in lane, cover the field, 5yard spacing. Stay in lane, cover the field, 5yard spacing. Cover outside-in. Nothing gets outside Take direct path to the ball. Be under control but attack the ball aggressively. Locate ball, stay in front. Act as Safety Stay in lane, cover the field, 5yard spacing. Stay in lane, cover the field, 5yard spacing. Stay in lane, cover the field, 5yard spacing. Cover outside-in. Nothing gets outside Take direct path to the ball. Be under control but attack the ball aggressively. After kicking, stay 10-15 yards in front of ball, act as Safety

L2

Wedge

Between L1 & L3

L3

Contain

Just outside hash, between L2 & L4

L4

Force

Between L3 & L5

L5

Spy

5-6 yards from sideline

R1

Wedge

Between R2 & L1

R2

Wedge

Between K & R1

R3

Wedge

Between K & R4

R4

Contain

Between R3 & R5

R5

Force

5-6 yards from sideline

Kicker, Safety

Right or left hash

Unbalanced Middle Kick Schematic

Unbalanced Hash Assignments


Positio n
L1

Assignmen t
Wedge

Alignment

Coaching Points

Between R1 & L2

Stay in lane, cover the field, 5yard spacing. Stay in lane, cover the field, 5yard spacing. Locate ball, stay in front. Act as Safety Take direct path to the ball. Be under control but attack the ball aggressively. Cover outside-in. Nothing gets outside Swing around between L1 & L2. Take direct path to the ball. Swing around between L2 & L3. Take direct path to the ball. Take direct path to the ball. Be under control but attack the ball aggressively. Stay in lane, cover the field, 5yard spacing. Take direct path to the ball. Be under control but attack the ball aggressively. After kicking to opposite hash, stay 10-15 yards in front of ball, act as Safety

L2

Wedge

Between L1 & L3

L3

Spy

Just outside hash, between L2 & L4

L4

Force

Between L3 & L5

L5

Contain

5-6 yards from sideline

R1

Suicide

Between R2 & L1

R2

Suicide

Between K & R1

R3

Force

Between K & R4

R4

Wedge

Between R3 & R5

R5

Contain

5-6 yards from sideline

Kicker, Safety

Right or left hash

Unbalanced Hash Schematic

Positio n
L1

Unbalanced Onside Right Assignments


Assignmen t
Blocker

Alignment

Coaching Points

Between R1 & L2

Block offensive player to your side. Do not let him recover the ball. Cross behind right side, act as Safety. Protect vs. reverse/return to your side. Cross behind right side, act as Safety. Protect vs. reverse/return to your side. Block offensive player to your side. Do not let him recover the ball. Recover the football

L2

Safety

Between L1 & K

L3

Defender

Between K & L4

L4

Safety

Between L3 & L5

L5

Defender

5-6 yards from sideline

R1

Blocker

Between R2 & L1

R2

Recover

Between R3 & R1

R3

Blocker

Between R2 & R4

Block offensive player to your side. Do not let him recover the ball. Recover the football

R4

Recover

Between R3 & R5

R5

Contain

5-6 yards from sideline

Contain the ball, do not let it get out of bounds. Onside kick to opposite hash, go to the ball and act as Safety

Kicker, Safety

Left hash

Unbalanced Onside Right Schematic

Positio n
L1

Assignmen t
Blocker

Unbalanced Onside Left Assignments


Alignment
Between R1 & L2

Coaching Points

Block offensive player to your side. Do not let him recover the ball.

L2

Recover

Between L1 & L3

Recover the football Block offensive player to your side. Do not let him recover the ball. Recover the football

L3

Blocker

Just outside hash, between L2 & L4

L4

Recover

Between L3 & L5

L5

Contain

5-6 yards from sideline

Contain the ball, do not let it get out of bounds. Block offensive player to your side. Do not let him recover the ball. Cross behind right side, act as Safety. Protect vs. reverse/return to your side. Cross behind right side, act as Safety. Contain the ball. Watch return to your side. Onside kick to opposite hash, go to the ball and act as Safety

R1

Blocker

Between R2 & L1

R2

Safety

Between K & R1

R3

Defender

Between K & R4

R4

Safety

Between R3 & R5

R5

Contain

5-6 yards from sideline

Kicker, Safety

Right hash

Unbalanced Onside Left Schematic

Overload Onside Assignments


Positio n
L1

Assignmen t
Recover

Alignment

Coaching Points

Between R1 & L2

Go for the ball FLY!

L2

Recover

Between L1 & L3

Go for the ball FLY!

L3

Recover

Just outside hash, between L2 & L4

Go for the ball FLY!

L4

Recover

Between L3 & L5

Go for the ball FLY!

L5

Recover

5-6 yards from sideline

Go for the ball Keep ball in bounds

R1

Recover

Between R2 & L1

Go for the ball FLY!

R2

Recover

Between K & R1

Go for the ball FLY!

R3

Recover

Between K & R4

Go for the ball FLY!

R4

Safety

On hash between K & R5 Split between hash and sideline

Act as Safety.

R5

Safety, Contain

Act as Safety, Contain.

Kicker, Safety

Middle of the field

Top the ball so it bounces to the middle of our rush.

Overload Onside Schematic

After Safety Assignments


Positio n
L1

Assignmen t
Wedge

Alignment
Between R1 & L2 3-point stance behind K Between L1 & L3 3-point stance behind K Between L2 & L4 3-point stance behind K Between L3 & L5 3-point stance behind K

Coaching Points

Stay in lane, cover the field, 5yard spacing. Stay in lane, cover the field, 5yard spacing. Stay in lane, cover the field, 5yard spacing. Take direct path to the ball. Be under control but attack the ball aggressively. Cover outside-in. Nothing gets outside Stay in lane, cover the field, 5yard spacing. Stay in lane, cover the field, 5yard spacing. Stay in lane, cover the field, 5yard spacing. Take direct path to the ball. Be under control but attack the ball aggressively. Cover outside-in. Nothing gets outside Kick for height and distance. Stay 10-15 yards in front of ball, act as Safety

L2

Wedge

L3

Wedge

L4

Force

L5

Contain

5-6 yards from sideline

R1

Wedge

Between R2 & K 3-point stance behind K Between R1 & R2 3-point stance behind K Between R2 & R4 3-point stance behind K Between R3 & R5 3-point stance behind K

R2

Wedge

R3

Wedge

R4

Force

R5

Force

5-6 yards from sideline Middle of field. Kick normal alignment. Punt slightly ahead of team

Kicker, Safety

After Safety Schematic


We can kickoff or punt the ball. If we punt you MUST stay behind the punter or you will be offsides.

Kickoff Return

Things to Know about Kickoff Returns


After 10 yards, it is a free ball. It must be handled. Five or four men between ten yards and fifteen yards from ball. Middle man is group leader. Make sure you have a complete team. Be sure of deep kick before turning your back on ball. Know approximate depth and location of ball before executing block. Safe man, use judgment on handling and returning ball from end zone. Safeties, know who is Call man and direction of return. Know your onside return and regular return. NO PENALTIES, FOR WITH EXTRA EFFORT THIS CAN BE A GAME BREAKER.

Kickoff Return Base Alignment

Kickoff Return Position Descriptions


Position
F1 LT

Name
Front Left

Alignment
Align on the 49 yd. line. Split the difference between the sideline and the numbers to your side. Align on the 49 yd. line. Split the difference between the hash mark and the top of the numbers to your side. Align on the 49 yd. line, slightly off-center to the right or left of the ball. ALWAYS be alert for low, hard squib kicks by soccerstyle kicker. Align on the 49 yd. line. Split the difference between the hash mark and the top of the numbers to your side. Align on the 49 yd. line. Split the difference between the sideline and the numbers to your side.

F2

LG

Front Middle Left

F3

Front Center

F4

RG

Front Middle Right

F5

RT

Front Right

U1

LE

Up Left

Align on the 30-yd line, on the numbers

U2

RE

Up Right

Align on the 30-yd line, on the numbers

D1

LFB

Deep Left

Align on the 25-yd line, slightly outside the hash mark.

D2

RFB

Deep Right

Align on the 25-yd line, slightly outside the hash mark.

R1

LS

Return Left

Align on the 5-yd line using the width of the goal posts for spacing.

R2

RS

Return Right

Align on the 5-yd line using the width of the goal posts for spacing.

Kick Return Depth Chart


Left Tackle Left Guard Center Right Guard Right Tackle

Left End

Right End

Left Fullback

Right Fullback

Left Return

Right Return

Middle Wedge Assignments


Position
F1 LT R3

Assignment

Coaching Points
Open to the inside and sprint to the 35 yd. line. Gather by the 30, inside on the #s, Work for insideout leverage on R3 Same technique as F1 only work for inside-out leverage on R2

F2

LG

R2

F3

R4

Open to R1. At a point between the 40-35 break out and block R4. Try to work under the F1 and F2, inside-out Same as the F2 only block the L3 inside-out

F4

RG

L3
Same technique as the F1 only block L4 inside-out

F5

RT

L4
Shuffle inside toward the LFB and work inside-out on R1. Establish contact between 25-30 yd. line.

U1

LE

R1

U2

RE

L2

Shuffle inside toward the LFB and work inside-out on L2. Establish contact between 25-30 yd. line.

D1

LFB

L1

Same as D2/RFB On the Go call will double with the RFB on L1

D2

RFB

L1

Drop and shuffle to a spot 12 yds. in front of the ball carrier. Responsible for forming the wedge and double on L1 If you catch the ball: Start upfield for 5 yards and break with the wedge. If you do not catch the ball: Get over and make sure the ball is caught. Yell Go and then block any defender that threatens.

R1

LS

R2

RS

Middle Wedge Schematic

Sideline Return (Right) Assignments


Position
F1 LT

Assignment
Wall #1

Coaching Points
#1, top of the alley. Get up in the wall (#1, top of the alley). Block to the inside.

F2

LG

Wall #2

Set up in the wall (#2 in the alley). Block to the inside.

F3

R1/L1 (MDM)

Block R1 or L1 (most dangerous man) to the return side. Go after him NOW. Be very aggressive.

F4

RG

Wall #3

Sprint back to get into the wall (#3 in the alley). Setup 3-5 yards from the RT. Block to the inside.

F5

RT

Wall #4

Sprint to the 25-30 yd. line. Set up wall on the hash (#4 in the alley, the bottom). Block to the inside.

U1

LE

Wedge #1

Set up wedge #1 in the wedge, the top-most player. Get close enough to touch adjacent teammate. Set up wedge #3 in the wedge. Get close enough to touch adjacent teammate.

U2

RE

Wedge #3

D1

LFB

Wedge #2

Set up wedge #2 in the wedge. Get close enough to touch adjacent teammate.

D2

RFB

Wedge #4

Set up wedge #4 in the wedge. Form the base of the wedge 3-5 yards from the ball. Get close enough to touch adjacent teammate. Catch the ball: Get into the alley between the hash to sideline. Do not catch the ball: Ensure the ball is caught. Make the Go call and lead the play with the FBs and Es.

R1

LS

R2

RS

Sideline Return (Right) Schematic

Sideline Return (Left) Schematic

Punt

Punt Protection
Be sure you are in a legal formation!!! Cut down splits when kicking within 3-yard line. Punter check dead line of the end zone. Personal protector, check your position in relationship to punter 8 yards in front and remind punter of end line. Personal protector, do not give ground and take alignment on correct side. Get into return alley. Personal protector calls when all set, and alters for overload. Know clocking rules and be ready for alert call. Early down kicks should never be blocked. Be alert for punt check-off (Fake Punt) Line may adjust splits until personal protector gives Set command. Center must wait 1 full second after Set command before snap. Punter alerts team to ball direction. Right Left Short

A PUNT MUST NEVER BE BLOCKED ON US. HAVE PRIDE IN YOUR PROTECTION.

To Punt or Not
The decision to punt is dependent upon many factors, including (but not limited to):
Field position yardline, hash Distance for 1st down Morale Condition/ability of the kicker Condition/ability of the snapper Weather Quarter Time remaining Score

While these factors must be considered when making the decision, there are general rules that will be established to help in the decision process:
We will always punt inside the -30 Between the -30 and 50 we will decide We will never punt once we cross the 50
If we do it will be with the intent to pin the opponent within the 10 yard-line

Punt Coverage
Know our coverage call. Review Cover 1 and Cover 2. Dont hold back Run full speed After 10 yds. Locate ball over inside shoulder. Stay in lanes and fan out. First man down, take a shot across the bow. (Gunner) If you have contain, you must contain. Be aware of a reverse. Dont overrun ball, balance up and take hitting position. If a fair catch signal is give, always anticipate fumble. Do not interfere with safety mans right to catch ball. Down the ball only if it is going to end zone or bouncing toward your goal line. If a fair catch signal is given on 10 anticipate fake fair catch. You cannot touch ball until it touches the ground or your opponent. On downing ball, do not leave it. Official stops the play. Ball bouncing into end zone untouched is dead. (Know your muff rules) PUNT COVERAGE IS A TRUE INDICATOR OF A TEAMS DESIRE TO WIN. PUNT RETURNS ARE ALLOWED THROUGH CARELESSNESS OR LACK OF CHARACTER.

Punt Kick Types and Coverage


Punt Type Boom Objective & Description Get the ball down the field as far as possible Coverage Note

Corner

Aim for a corner inside the 10

Pooch

Very high, shorter, going for a fair catch or stop within the 10 Keep the ball away from a specific player

Away

Rugby

Low line-drive kick aiming for a side, looking to get roll

Huskies Base Formation

Huskies Alignments
Ball middle Huskies AWAY FROM OUR SIDELINE

Ball on the left hash - Huskies to RIGHT

Ball on the left hash - Huskies to RIGHT

Punt Depth Chart


Gunner Tank Grenade Snapper Grenade Tank Gunner

Huskies

Headhunter

Headhunter

Punter

Punt Calls
The PUNTER is the quarterback for the punt team and will make all calls In the huddle the call will be Green, Black, Gold, or White Red or Blue will be made once the team is in formation The play (Green, Black, Gold, White) will be signaled to the PUNTER The sequence and cadence will be: PUNTER makes sure the Huskies is on the correct side of the formation and checks for defensive overload Once the team is in formation the PUNTER makes the call to the team Huskies Green, Huskies Red, Huskies Blue, Huskies Black, Huskies Gold, Huskies White After the call the PUNTER will call Set and the Huskies and GUNNER will make their shift After the Huskies has been set for 1 second the GUNNER will go in motion This is an automatic move by the GUNNER Once the Gunner is in the proper position (based on the call) the PUNTER calls for the ball. The SNAPPER snaps the ball and the play is executed

Call Green Red

Meaning Good to go Right There is a possible overload to the right of the formation Left There is a possible overload to the left of the formation RAIDER fake 49ER fake COLT fake

Note/Coaching Points Regular punt The motion GUNNER will motion to the right side of the formation and settle a an extra blocker from the wing position The motion GUNNER will motion to the left side of the formation and settle a an extra blocker from the wing position Pass to the Huskies side of the formation Run to the Huskies side of the formation Run away from the Huskies side of the formation

Blue

Black Gold White

Huskies Base Punt


Position
LT Tank

Assignment
Block zone/gap on the C-gap Contain Step up and block B-gap Fan out between Tank and Snapper SNAP THE BALL! Run right to the return man Step up and block B-gap Fan out between Tank and Snapper Block zone/gap on the C-gap Contain To Huskies Side: Step off the LOS, go in motion across the LOS. Protect any threat off of edge Away from Huskies: Attack return man. Step up and fill the A-gap Fill lane between Snapper and Grenade to his side. Step up and fill the A-gap Fill lane between Snapper and Grenade to his side. Step onto the LOS, making sure the Gunner steps off. Fan outside of Tank Punt the ball to the 1/3 of the field to the short side (away from Huskies). Be safety to punt side.

Coaching Points
Dont allow any returns outside and funnel all returns inside the coverage

LG

Grenade

Snapper

First priority is to snap the ball to the punter.

RG

Grenade

RT

Tank

Dont allow any returns outside and funnel all returns inside the coverage

LE

Gunner

RE

Gunner

Take the most direct path to the return man

LUB

Headhunt er

RUB

Headhunt er

WC

Husky

Punter

Huskies Base Punt


Ball on the left hash - Huskies to RIGHT

Huskies Fake Punt RAIDER


Position
LT Tank

Assignment
Scoop/zone block to the Huskies side

Coaching Points

LG

Grenade

Scoop/zone block to the Huskies side

Snapper

Scoop/zone block to the Huskies side

First priority is to snap the ball to the punter.

RG

Grenade

Scoop/zone block to the Huskies side

RT

Tank

Scoop/zone block to the Huskies side To keep things proper the GUNNER should go in motion for 1-2 steps before the PUNTER calls the snap Try to get the attention of the return man and get in his way.

LE

Gunner

Run a Fade (9) route

RE

Gunner

Away from Huskies: Attack deep safety

LUB

Headhunt er

Scoop/zone block to the Huskies side

RUB

Headhunt er

Scoop/zone block to the Huskies side Step onto the LOS, making sure the Gunner steps off. Run a 5-yd out (3 quick) Receive the snap and roll out to the Huskies side. Throw, or run. Read the cover on the GUNNER. If he goes with GUNNER throw to Huskies.

WC

Husky

Punter

Huskies Fake Punt RAIDER


Post-shift Husky and Gunner have changed position

If a fake is to be called, the PUNTER will relay the audible to the punt team. This fake will be run if the opponent does not cover the Huskies. The GUNNER will not go in motion. Regular cadence is called and when the ball is snapped the PUNTER will roll out toward the Huskies. The Huskies will run a 5-yd. out (3 quick). The playside GUNNER will run a fade (9). The PUNTER reads the coverage on the GUNNER. If the defender goes with the GUNNER the ball is thrown to the Huskies. If the Huskies is covered throw to the GUNNER. PUNTER can run if both receivers are covered.

Huskies Fake Punt 49er


Position
LT Tank

Assignment
Scoop/zone block to the Huskies side

Coaching Points

LG

Grenade

Scoop/zone block to the Huskies side

Snapper

Scoop/zone block to the Huskies side

First priority is to snap the ball to the punter.

RG

Grenade

Scoop/zone block to the Huskies side

RT

Tank

Scoop/zone block to the Huskies side

LE

Gunner

To Huskies: Go in motion across the formation

Away from Huskies: Attack deep safety

RE

Gunner

Away from Huskies: Attack deep safety

To Huskies: Go in motion across the formation

LUB

Headhunt er

Pull out and log block 1st defender to inside

Playside HEADHUNTER will turn up inside first.

RUB

Headhunt er

Pull out and log block 1st defender to inside Step onto the LOS, making sure the Gunner steps off. Scoop/zone block to the Huskies side Receive the snap and sprint to the Huskies side. This is a right now play where the PUNTER takes the ball and runs without hesitation.

WC

Huskies

Punter

Huskies Fake Punt 49er


Post-shift Husky and Gunner have changed position

If a fake is to be called, the PUNTER will relay the audible to the punt team. This fake will be run if the opponent covers the Huskies with man coverage. The GUNNER and Huskies will employ the regular punt shift. This time the read will be the defender on the GUNNER. If the defender follows the GUNNER then we will run the sweep to the sideline. The HEADHUNTERS will pull out and log block any defender flying to the ball from the inside. The line will scoop/zone block to the nearest defender. The PUNTER will take the snap and sprint to the numbers and up the sideline.

Huskies Fake Punt - Colts


Position
LT Tank

Assignment
Scoop/zone block away from the Huskies side

Coaching Points

LG

Grenade

Scoop/zone block away from the Huskies side

Snapper

Scoop/zone block away from the Huskies side

First priority is to snap the ball to the punter.

RG

Grenade

Scoop/zone block away from the Huskies side

RT

Tank

Scoop/zone block away from the Huskies side To Huskies: Go in motion across the formation. Scoop/zone nearest defender Away from Huskies: crack 1st defender coming from inside.

LE

Gunner

Away from Huskies: crack 1st defender coming from inside. To Huskies: Go in motion across the formation. Scoop/zone nearest defender Playside HEADHUNTER will turn up inside first.

RE

Gunner

LUB

Headhunt er

Pull out and log block 1st defender to inside

RUB

Headhunt er

Pull out and log block 1st defender to inside Step onto the LOS, making sure the Gunner steps off. Scoop/zone block away from the Huskies side Receive the snap and sprint away from the Huskies side. This is a right now play where the PUNTER takes the ball and runs without hesitation.

WC

Husky

Punter

Huskies Fake Punt COLTS


Post-shift Huskies and Gunner have changed position

If a fake is to be called, the PUNTER will relay the audible to the punt team. This fake will be run if the opponent does not follow the GUNNER across the formation. We will run a sweep to the overloaded side using the motion man to gain a numbers advantage. The motion GUNNER will scoop/zone the nearest defender. The playside GUNNER will crack on the nearest defender flying out to the football from the inside. The HEADHUNTERS will pull out and either log block or execute a kick-out block. The PUNTER will sprint to the numbers and up the sideline or cut up inside the kickout block by the HEADHUNTER(S).

Punt Pooch/Corner Kick Drill


1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Kick from middle of field toward the corners Award points based on where the ball lands Target areas are 5 yds x 5 yds. Mark off the area with 15 cones. Have someone else keep score and shag. Kicks outside the area are worth 0 points Divide total points by 50 to determine %

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Punting Overview Formations


Tight Formation used when snapping from inside our own 5/10 Stupid Rugby-style from 4 yds behind LOS Spread Normal punting formation

Ball and Shoulder Coverage


Objective:
To teach Punt/Kickoff Team about lane responsibility and how to maintain leverage on the Return Man. We set up 3 Lines 5 yards apart. 20 Yards away we place one cone right in the middle. Set up two cones 5 yards deeper 15 yards apart. Put a return man in the middle with a football. On the whistle the coverage team sprints down full speed breaking down 2 yards prior to first cone with the #2 man being just in front of the cone and other defenders maintaining their 5 yard relationship. On the whistle return man will move side to side and force the defender to shuffle and keep the ball on his inside shoulder. On Second whistle return man will explode upfield, defenders will close quickly from each side and hide on.

Equipment:
3 Cones, 2 Footballs, Whistle

Description:

Coach:
Preach full sprint into coverage lanes, and leverage on the return man. Make sure they keep square and in a good football position. Have second man in strip the ball.

Punt Return

Punt Block
Get off with ball; should not be offside. Look at the ball. Go to kicking area. Dont rough the kicker. Automatic return away from block side or wide side of field. Option on automatic return. Partially blocked punt crossing line of scrimmage is as if it had not been touched. Fourth down put not crossing line of scrimmage will be our ball, so try to advance it. (Do not fumble) Third down punt not crossing line of scrimmage is free ball, so get possession. Field goal block and return procedures same as punt block and return procedures. Know who has spy responsibility, and know which side is rushing. A BLOCKED PUNT IS USUALLY GOOD FOR A T.D.

Punt Return
Check signal man (usually player over the center) for return or block. Safety responsible to set backs to cover field. Refer to two deep or three deep. Know where you field ball in relation to return. Dont be offside. End men on line call across. Dont rough the punter. Dont let the ball hit the ground. Dont clip Stamp block. (High in the numbers) Call Peter if not handling ball. (Peter call designates to the remainder of the team to pull off blocks and stay away from ball) Know who has spy" responsibility on return and block. Generally, do not handle punts inside our ten-yard line. (Astro-turf, inside eight-yard line) Never go into return unless sure punting situation. Know our procedure for quick kicks and unsure kicking downs. Know rule of first touch. Official downs the ball. EASY WAY TO MAKE BIG YARDS. EACH TIME THE SITUATION COMES UP, YOU MUST THINK THIS IS THE BIG PLAY .

Position Assignments Return Right


Assignments for a punt return to our right LG Take their gunner outside down the field Line Attack the position in front of you. Make sure the kicker is going to punt, then disengage and run to form wall.
LE Attack their wing/EMLOS. #1 in the wall LT Outside of #1 from center. #2 in the wall C Over their snapper. Cannot hit the snapper but can go past on the side. Be back a yard or so. #3 in the wall RT Outside of #1 from center. #4 in the wall RE Attack their wing/EMLOS. #5 in the wall. Farthest to run so if the wing stays in to block, read the kick and get out of town.

LBs Align inside of the EMLOS/OT. Make sure the ball is kicked. Will spy the wing going down field and the kicker. Then peels back in front of the wall
Left LB will spy the kicker. Right LB will spy the wing, looking for release

Personal Protector Takes the wing coming downfield and drives him away/past the returner Return CATCH THE BALL. Break to sideline to get between the wall and the gunner

PAT/Field Goal Defense

Field Goal and PAT Defense


Move into your block alignment in sure field goal range and situation. Know who has Spy responsibilities. Be alert for fake field goal. Single safety back and be conscious of filed position, time and score. Automatic return away from the block side or to wide side of field. Know which is our rush side. Rush from one side only.

DONT BE OFFSIDE, BUT GET OFF WITH THE BALL BLOCKING A FIELD GOAL OR EXTRA POINT CAN WIN!

PAT/Field Goal

To Attempt a Field Goal or Not


The decision to attempt a field goal is dependent upon many factors, including (but not limited to):
Field position yardline, hash Distance for 1st down Morale Condition/ability of the kicker Condition/ability of the snapper Weather Quarter Time remaining Score

While these factors must be considered when making the decision, there are general rules that will be established to help in the decision process:
We will always kick inside the 30 if it is more than 4 yards for a 1st down The play preceding the attempt will be made with the intent to place the ball most advantageously for the kicker

Field Goal and PAT Protection


Kicker will bring in play. (Possible fake) Be alert for no huddle, if time is a factor on field goal. Field goal must be covered know your coverage. Be alert for Ice Call on bad snap (or bad hold goes to automatic Run/Pass Option) Always be alert for possible run back Use Cover 2. Field goal coverage rules are the same as punt rules
This has been used by some teams as a more powerful and/or accurate means of punting the ball.

A PLACE KICK MUST NEVER BE BLOCKED ON US.

Notes & Special Items

Fair Catch Rules


Ball cannot be advanced after fair catch signal. Only the player signaling fair catch is protected. Protection of receiver ends when the ball touches ground. You do not have to field it, but you cant block covering men. Coverage team, anticipate fair catch fumble. Do not use fair catch unless necessary. Cannot interfere with right to fair catch. Only the man fielding the ball should signal the fair catch.

Procedure After Taking Safety Kickoff coverage team puts ball in play. Twenty-yard line is restraining line. Line up on fifteen-yard line. Five men on each side of kicker. Kicker is safety. Any intentional safety will be a bench call, and taken from punt formation. Ball will be put into play either by punt or place kick.

Receiving Ball After Safety Kickoff return team on field. Use normal K.O. return. Move up restraining line. (Ten yards from ball) A fair catch may be used in any kicking situation. May also use 3-deep in this situation with your punt handlers. IN KICKING SITUATIONS, CHAMPIONS KEEP THE PRESSURE ON.

Touchbacks Anytime the ball crosses the goal line on a kick it is a touchback This is normally seen on a kickoff or punt But it also applies to a field goal attempt
We could line up for a 50 yard field goal and put the ball into the end zone its a touchback and they get the ball on their 20 It might be advantageous to do this if we were worried about our punt protection or punter wasnt that good

Thus spake the master Coach:

It is time for you to leave.

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