Youth football gives young players the opportunity to learn the basics of the game. At the third grade level, most plays are running plays and the key to making those plays successful is teaching the linemen how to block correctly. As a coach, you can use a number of drills to teach youngsters the fundamentals of line play.
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Blocking Pad Drill
Line up three of your assistant coaches five yards from the line of scrimmage. Each coach should be about two yards apart from each other. On your signal, your offensive lineman takes off from his three-point stance and drives his shoulder into the pad held by the first coach. Your player will then take two steps backward and then drive into the second pad, then take two steps backward and drive into the pad of the third pad. Your player should deliver three crisp low blocks. Many youngsters will get "tall" after the first hit. You have to make form corrections immediately so your player stays low when he is hitting.
One-on-One Blocking Drill
Place two cones 8 yards apart on the line of scrimmage. Place an offensive lineman on one side of the line and a defensive lineman on the other side of the line. Place a running back behind the offensive lineman and a linebacker behind the defensive lineman. On your whistle, your offensive lineman attempts to block the defensive lineman and the running back tries to run through the hole.
Sprint And Block
Conditioning is an important part of youth football. In this drill, your player will sprint at full speed from the goalline to the 20-yard line where he will hit a coach who is holding a blocking pad. After finishing the block, have him sprint back in the opposite direction and hit another coach who is holding a pad. Have your player get at the end of the line and do the drill at least two more times.
In many occasions in youth football, a coach will try to set up a running play in which two of his offensive linemen block one defensive lineman or one linebacker. In this drill, two of your offensive linemen will drive their shoulders into the opponent's midsection. In most cases, the blocker farthest from the ball will use his inside shoulder while the blocker closes to the ball will use his outside shoulder to push the defensive player backward and out of the way.