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Punt Drill / Play Book
We should appear at the exact alignment we began in only with depth off of the line of scrimmage. Guard ± Tackle ± Wing. Pads should stay down. Coaches Involved ± Coach responsible for Guards ± Tackles Wings. Each group should have similar speed and ability to get depth. . Through 5 yards. keeping the kick foot light. As players progress through this drill. and in the same stance as we began in. Weight should be on the post foot. pressing off post foot. we will drop to only three kick sets. gaining ground with kick foot. eyes up. kick foot at a 5 or 7 o¶clock position depending on which side of the ball we are on. post foot forward. numbers over the knees. Players should be square. Emphasis: Getting in a correct stance.Stance and Start Players Involved ± Guards ± Tackles ± Wings. Drill ± Align Guards ± Tackles ± Wings in proper stance with 6 inch split. Progression: This drill will be continued in our proper alignment with wing off the ball in our groups of 3. and focus on finishing low and under control. On ball movement players will kick back through 5 yards. eyes should stay up. all players with post foot on a line. On balls movement entire line should kick straight back. Knees bent and over the toes.
Slide the Line Players Involved ± Guards ± Tackles ± Wings. Emphasis : Players should start in a good position as noted in the Stance and Start drill. eyes should remain up and shoulders should remain square. Progression: This drill as well as the Stance and Start drill can be done in the chutes. Coaches Involved ± Coach responsible for Guards ± Tackles Wings. . Drill ± Align Guards. The post foot on the yard line should not come off that line. Pads can¶t come up as the player kicks back. On ball movement all players will kick back from hash mark to the numbers.Tackles ± Wings on yard line in proper stance with post foot on yard line at hash mark.
punt unit will strike and extend. Punch should be inside.O. extend and release. on ball all take three kick slides. Drill ± Align Guards. strike. Tempo can vary from slow to the fit. On the punch hips should sink.Tackles ± Wings in proper stance and alignment. Punt unit will get good depth in slides and be fast off of the L. elbows in. Coaches Involved ± Coach responsible for Guards ± Tackles Wings. to up tempo. while being fast off of the L. and feet should plant while engaging the strike.S. Progression: Coach can send 1 to 3 rushers at a time. thumbs up. and accelerate through.O. Coach can take 1 to 3 rushers and send them through gaps at 75% speed. and into the chest of the rusher. straight back. . Coaches are looking for square shoulders. Emphasis : Punt Unit needs to be able to get great depth. When the rush man has entered 6-12 inch strike zone.Step to Contact Players Involved ± Guards ± Tackles ± Wings. not opening up to the rusher before the strike.S.
but finish with a 10-yard escape into proper lanes. we want to see a solid strike and extension. After 3 kick sets the punt team should drop their hips and strike the core of the rusher. Hands inside. Drill ± From base to variations of looks.1 on 1 . emphasizing on communication and picking different looks. . Emphasis: The Punt team should be communicating who they are working to. When working releases we run this same drill. chop/rip. Depth off the line of scrimmage and the ability to take fundamentally sound kick steps while staying square vs.4 on 3 Half Line Players Involved ± Guards ± Tackles ± Wings. thumbs up. Coaches Involved ± Coach responsible for Guards ± Tackles Wings. full speed set by the punt team. a ³live´ rush are the key. push/pull. We will do this teaching variations of releases. Punt team should be in proper stance and alignment. club/rip. and twists. ect. We can also work this drill vs. Progression: Work this drill with variations of fronts and twists. elbows in. rush 4 men vs. a hold-up team working release drills. pointing out their man and communicating to each other to watch the ball.
we also want to develop consistency with the Coach with the clock.0 seconds. The Catch to kick needs to be at or below 1.On the Clock Players Involved ± Long Snappers . As punters warm up we will time snap to kick.08. . as accuracy is crucial to each snap. Coach will also track snaps that are outside the frame of the body of the punter. Coaches Involved ± Coach responsible for Long Snappers. Drill ± Every day we want a clock on different phases of the punt.Punters. Emphasis: The snap to catch needs to be at or below . During the individual section of the punt period the coach will time and record the focus of the days work. or catch to kick to emphasize the fact we are tracking this stat.2. The entire exchange needs to be at or below 2.
In this drill a coach will show the Long Snapper and Personal Protector a card with the entire Punt Rush team aligned.2 on 2 Players Involved ± Long Snappers ± Personal Protectors Punters.2 or less. rush 2 men vs. they will also show the card to 2 rushers that the Long Snapper and Personal Protector are responsible for. . The Personal Protector will call the protection as he sees on the card and each man should then be able to work to the correct man or gap. Coaches Involved ± Coach responsible for Long Snappers ± Personal Protectors and Punters Drill ± From base to variations of looks. full speed set by the Long Snapper and Personal Protector. catch the ball moving forward and get it off at 1. The Punter should treat this as a live look.
Hand fight Releases Players Involved ± Gunners Coaches Involved ± Coach responsible for Gunners Drill ± Form 2 lines 10 yards apart from each other. inside pressed or outside pressed look the Coach will work a jam and grab on the gunner attempting to release. Progression ± We do this drill as a warm up and jog. burst and jog to the back of the line heading back toward the original starting point. Working from a squared up. A Coach will give different alignments based on looks we want to practice or plan on seeing. Fitted arm pads are best for the coach. Gunners will work a variation of hand swats. . and clubs to knock the coaches hands off. and get a clean release. who is attempting to give the gunners a good punch and grab the jersey. Gunner will fight off the line of scrimmage.
takes their proper steps. and strikes vs. based on a live punt. air. All Punt Unit will hit their cone. to individual landmark. Hash. hash -the spacing will change as well. wings to fill alignment. Progression: We will work this drill with cones to teach landmarks and spacing. break down. Rt.Cover vs. works through cadence. Emphasis: As the ball is moved on the field from hash. the landmarks we should have initially. not fitting on the kick but. . middle. Hash entire punt team aligns. Coaches want to see proper spacing. guards to force alignment. We will end the progression by fitting to where the ball is actually punted. Gunners ± Personal Protector ± and long snapper take their fit on cones as well. Lt. Middle. to where we depart and eventually converge on the ball carrier. on each individual landmark. Air Players Involved ± Entire Punt Team Coaches Involved ±All Punt Coaches Drill ± From rotating sites on the field. to where the ball is supposed to be kicked. We will progress to take the cones out of the drill and work to where the ball is supposed to be kicked based on field position and call. stay square and chop their feet until the whistle in blown. Cones are placed for proper spacing: tackles working to contain alignment. and the landmarks/cones need to move with the drill. then release to cover the punt.
Punt Return Drill Book .
This can be done in chutes to ensure pad level throughout the get-off.Stance and Start Players Involved ± All down linemen of punt return team. The 2 on each side is responsible for aligning on our side of the L. Coaches Involved ± Coaches involved with front line play. Drill ± Align into proper gaps in a proper stance.S.O. Inside 5 calls ³watch the ball´ both directions once to his left and once to his right. Work getting off quickly and fluidly and getting into a comfortable stance. as possible. Progression: We work a 1-2-3 step progression from the ground up. stances should be consistent with all schemes. back flat. . Emphasis: The illusion is pressure at all times. We must be balanced and explosive. Keep stance consistent with all schemes.O. get as tight to L. shoulders square.S. Crowd the ball. Weight should be on front of the up field foot ready to drive off. Sprinters stance with front hand in front of your helmet.
Emphasis: As we get off the ball we are attacking. As the blockers backward momentum stops. and slows the release of the blocker. then tug and sit. giving the impression of being on a block side. Coaches Involved ± Coaches involved with front line play and those involved with 2nd row players. the get-off up to the drive. Take proper steps to insure body positioning and head placement. shoot hands inside and strike the ³steering wheel´. We need to win the hands battle by getting our hands inside the frame of the body. while chopping a wide base. . driving into the opponents body frame. Drill ± Align into proper gaps in a proper stance. We chop our feet to maintain a wide base and prepare to post and run whichever direction we are taking our man. Work each phase of the hold up individually until all skills have been executed. We need to be low and strike on the rise. Dropping your rear and tugging down. The strike and extension is violent and physical.Get to Fit Players Involved ± All down linemen of punt return team. up to the tug and sit. gets you under control. Progression: We work a 1-2-3 step progression from the ground up. The get-off up to the strike. Work a full speed get-off. any 2nd row players that will work as part off the hold-up scheme. to the post and run. extend and drive until momentum off blocker stops. the hold-up begins.
Coaches Involved ± Coaches involved with front line play and those involved with 2nd row players. As blocker release from tug and sit position. Drill ± Work from proper stance and alignment as taught in the previous drills. Emphasis: All the proper techniques to get to this point of the hold-up. Keeping contact on the breast plate we are going to widen and run on cover man¶s hip. tug and sit. Progression: This part of the hold can be taught from a slow tempo. strike.Post and Run Players Involved ± All down linemen of punt return team. Use strong hands and a violent punch to maintain contact with cover man. drive. full-speed capture the flag. Keep head up field and in front of the cover man. to high tempo. use techniques of get to fit drill to get-off. any 2nd row players that will work as part off the hold-up scheme. post on inside breast plate the direction we are taking our man. . get the feel and footwork down. and flip our hips to open with his.
Changing directions quickly and fluidly. strike. drive.Flip the Hips Players Involved ± All down linemen of punt return team. Coaches Involved ± Coaches involved with front line play and those involved with 2nd row players. Stay on and in front. ride the hip and keep our heads up field. The longer field we have to work the more often the scout player can cross the hold-up. any 2nd row players that will work as part off the hold-up scheme. Emphasis: All the proper techniques to get to this point of the hold-up. Aim to strike again in the breast plate. Scout cover man will knock off hand contact and cross the face of the hold-up. use techniques of get to fit drill to get-off. Drill ± Work from proper stance and alignment as taught in the previous drills. Progression: This part of the hold can be taught from a slow tempo. full-speed capture the flag. get back to our aiming point. get the feel and footwork down. tug and sit. then post and run. to high tempo. . We want to drop our hips. and open back-up to rejoin contact.
ride the hip. Get back into the post and run position. Re-tracing the path off the hold-up. hand on breast plate. We must get our heads back in front. Drill ± Work a full speed get-off and hold-up. Hold-up now retraces back to post and run position. Emphasis: The block doesn¶t stop until the play is over. Effort is key! Progression: This drill can be done at a slow pace up until ball carrier crosses the hold-up. gets us back into the post and run position. any 2nd row players that will work as part off the hold-up scheme. . Best block may be no block if it will cost penalty yards. Coaches Involved ± Coaches involved with front line play and those involved with 2nd row players. then full-speed once the ball passes the hold-up and the retrace begins. Work a punt returner past the block and down field. if scout player cross the hold-up. head in front.Retrace Players Involved ± All down linemen of punt return team. Work a good tempo through the progression. post and run. flip the hips.
Drill ± Work a full speed get-off with emphasis on attack angles. Emphasis: Get-off and attack. Great effort is needed to finish the play. and be prepared to execute a block. . Coaches Involved ± Coaches involved with front line play and those involved with 2nd row players. accelerate to best path of landmark. Depart after ball is kicked for wall side landmark. After ball is kicked. with hands up and head fighting across the body. Progression: Work the angles to landmarks on air. Work shield block. pressure the kick. drop hips. then with a scout team. Pressure punt based on the design of the attack. and gap assignments. Place bag with scout player at landmark to execute the block. any 2nd row players that will work as part off the wall scheme. we need to see the traffic that we will be working through. no block may be the best block! Work re-trace from the wall landmark back down the field as ball carrier cross the initial landmark.Wall Side Landmarks Players Involved ± All down linemen of punt return team. widen base and strike up and through the bag.
Kickoff Drill Book .
staying in our lanes. breakdown and make the play. if we fight over a block and leave our lane we must get back into our proper assignment.Execution Zone . Zone 1 . Zone 2 .Attack Zone .Defeat the man assigned to block you . and a plan to defeat the block.20 yard line we must be in a position to depart to our fit. while maintaining full speed. Have a plan and execute to defeat the block.Full speed sprint. Zone 3 . where the defender is coming from to block us. Hit your assigned gap full speed.By the opponent's 25 .we must be lane concious. Reading our keys and identifying the return.Kick-off Cover Reaction Zones. Bewtween the 35 yard line when the ball is kicked and the opponent's 40 we must have awareness of the return.Acceleration Zone . continue to track the returner with your inside eye. R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 K L5 L4 L3 L2 L1 Acceleration Zone Execution Zone Attack Zone .
eyes inside in a proper stance. make sure eyes are up. hit the line full speed. depart for kick. KO team should be recognizing return that is coming at them.Stance and Start Players Involved ± Entire Kickoff Team. This is part of the acceleration zone of the Kickoff Team. Coaches Involved ± Entire Kickoff Coaching Staff. have kickoff team accelerate 15-20 yards as a scout KOR team set-up their return. one coach with a whistle give the kicker the clock start. and approach. . have kicker take his game day routine. and accelerate through 10 yards. Progression: Get-off and read keys. and send the kickoff team off to a full speed. Drill ± Align properly based on installed kickoff scheme. Focus on departing when the man in front of you crosses your alignment. departure for 10 yards. Emphasis: The kickoff team should all be properly aligned.
or Left Hash. break down and shuffle their feet in their proper gaps. 1¶s and 2¶s should fit in proper spacing to a four man wedge.Get to Fit Players Involved ± Entire Kickoff Team Coaches Involved ± Coaches responsible for Kickoff team. feet buzzing. the 1¶s 10X2. and departing as the enter the execution zone. Middle. shoulders square. full speed through the acceleration zone. all Gaps of the wedge should be filled. Drill ± From a full line get off. squeezing shoulders square feet buzzing. The kickoff team must depart correctly every opportunity. shoulders square feet buzzing. and be square and broken down as well. Kickoff team should hit their fit. Align a scout wedge to fit and angle either on the Right Hash. the 2¶s should be 5X5 off the last man on the wedge. . Emphasis ± We should look like a gap controlled cover 2 defense. send kickoff team down field full speed to fit on a four man wedge. and game day approach.
weaving between the bags. 2 hand strike.4.5¶s. get vertical and weave between the bags while running full speed.5¶s seeing the wedge form. 4 and 5¶s on the 50. Emphasis ± The cover man must be violent to strike the bag and continue to run. and work the wedge forming away. We are simulating the 3. . while working over the top of the frontline block. Each punch should turn the shoulders of the bag man. and 40 yards lines. We work a progression of hand strikes through each rep.5¶s on either side. a coach to organize the scout wedge and returners. Work the wedge forming to the cover men. Drill ± Align 3 bags five yards apart over the top of the each position. We must get through the last bag and depart to our fit. look for depart angles and proper fits on the wedge. Hit our fit and buzz our feet.4. club rip and club swim.One Hand ± Two Hand Players Involved ± The 3. 45.4. We want to see guys get back into their lanes. Progression ± Work 1 hand strike and weave. The cover team runs full speed down the field as the scout wedge forms on the 20 on the hash. Coaches Involved ± Coaches of 3. the 3.
If the point man comes straight ahead then he becomes the man to defeat. at 20 yards cover man will read a triangle of 3 men working to the right. we want to beat him to the spot and wrap him up. Drill ± From 1 line cover men have 15 yards to get full speed. if the point man works to the left. .4. breakdown and finish the play. most Kickoff Returns ± the 1¶s and 2¶s can also gain skills with this drill by making reads full speed. the cover man should expect a man to block him from his right. breakdown and finish the play by forming up on the returner. and learning to defeat blocks.Read the Triangle Players Involved ± Inside 3. cover man should use strike techniques we teach. Cover-men get to a cone on his initial stem placed another 15 yards further ± as he hits the cone a returner is sent off in either direction to a spot five yards ahead. the cover man should expect a blocker from his Left. Coaches Involved ± All Kickoff Team Coaches ± 1 coach send the cover man off and direct the blockers. We defeat these blocks over the top. If the man directly over the top works to the Right. We want to see the cover man get back into his lane. club rip ect. 2 hand. and 5¶s are the players most likely to use this drill vs. Emphasis ± We want to see recognition of the direction the triangle works. 1 coach send the returner off to a cone as the cover man gets within 5 yards. using either side to win. get to our lanes. the left or straight ahead. 1 hand.
Kickoff Return Drill Book .
keys to read prior to the kick. This is a quick review of why align where we do. bad ball rules.Stance Start Players Involved ± Entire KOR team. . eyes and landmarks. Emphasis ± Each coach should have a checklist of situations to run through. from the basics up to week to week adjustments. Coaches Involved ± Entire KOR coaching staff each at their designated positions Drill ± Everybody properly aligned. and what we may have to adjust to. quick review of landmarks.
These landmarks can change based on the angle of the kick. Emphasis ± We are preparing for a 12 ± 15 yard sprint that gets us in a position to square up and align our bodies with leverage to the man we are blocking. but a general rule is over the top of the man outside of your blocking responsibility. square up and loose a little ground. whip the hips around. and the scheme called. buzz feet.Drop to the Landmark Players Involved ± Frontline Players Coaches Involved ± Coaches involved with frontline play. (usually 2 coaches) Drill ± Full speed drop to cone representing the landmark of each position. .
. (usually 2 coaches) Drill ± 3-5 yard head start by the frontline. Emphasis ± Get squared up and feet moving as we get over the top of our landmark and begin loosing ground. We should be shuffling feet and sliding to maintain leverage on the outside breast plate of the man we are blocking.Maintain Leverage ± Hand Strike Players Involved ± Frontline Players Coaches Involved ± Coaches involved with frontline play. sprint to landmark. cover man 75-100% speed sprint to cone behind and offset of landmark. frontline keep leverage of cover man with hands behind the back.
drop hips and strike bag. widen base and strike on the rise. Emphasis ± Frontline sprint back and square up. . drop hips. Take cut-off angle to the point. cover man 100% to spot parallel to landmark cone.Beat to the Point Players Involved ± Frontline Players Coaches Involved ± Coaches involved with frontline play. lose ground before turning and running. (usually 2 coaches) Drill ± 3-5 yard head start by the frontline. sprint to landmark. frontline man take angle to edge of wedge. give stutter and burst.
Do not actually attempt to pick up the cone. stay up. cover man 75-100% speed to a cone 10 yards behind and inside of the frontline player. (usually 2 coaches) Drill ± 3-5 yard head start by the frontline. Frontline has leverage on the cone.Capture the Flag Players Involved ± Frontline Players Coaches Involved ± Coaches involved with frontline play. or cross his face. Frontline protect the cone. Emphasis ± Work a progression up to this point so that all 3 paths to defeat the block have been covered and practiced. or touch it with your hand. sprint to landmark. run through him. . cover man has 3 ways to get there: beat him with speed.