Special Teams

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Making Your Punt Team An Offensive Weapon PUNT FAKES Contributed by Coach Jerry Campbell When we hear the terms gimmicks, gadgets or tricks we have a tendency to either smile or shake our head in disgust. Regardless of your reaction, a well timed gadget play could propel your team to a win, with the downside of losing some field position if it is unsuccessful. ...

Using Multiple PAT Formations This article was contributed by Chris Summers Broomfield High School, Broomfield, CO Special Teams Coordinator & Offensive Coach Email:  csummers680@gmail.com Twitter: @coach_csummers Using Multiple PAT Formations To Keep Constant Pressure On The Opponent As a staff and a program we take great pride in our Special Teams unit.  We have achieved total buy in from players due to doing some unconventional and ...

Kickoff Coverage Middle The kickoff team can set the tone at the beginning of the game, or continue the momentum set by a score. Kickoff coverage requires players who play with reckless abandon. Additional characteristics of special teams’ players include unselfishness, team oriented, courageous and enthusiastic. As coaches, we must keep from confusing them with “technical sophistication”. ...

Starting Point for Your Kicking Game Installing Your Kicking Game Approach Special-teams play requires exceptional athletes. As such, each coach must work at identifying players with unique talents such as the ability to catch punts, sure hands for holders, confidence for kickers. etc. The players must be athletic, with great hand-eye coordination, and an incredible desire to compete. Balance, agility, and speed ...

Special Teams: Game Day Organization Tom Miller Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Line Colorado State This presentation presented by Coach Miller begins with coach sharing his special team’s philosophy and approach. Coach gives an in-depth explanation of his special teams goals followed by weekly time commitment for installing all phases of the kicking game with his actual breakdown involving Colorado States practice schedule. ...

Cluster Kickoff The scheme is designed to confuse blocking schemes. However, the coverage personnel must be disciplined to make sure that they get into the appropriate coverage lanes by their landmarks.                           Coaching Points • This is a very good scheme when teams do not adjust to  the huddle. • Directional kicking to areas left void as teams cover down the cluster can ...

Special Teams Organization Program #1 The following information is examples how some of the different programs from around the country organize their approaches for installing Special Teams. As the head coach I will take the role of the special teams coordinator during the weeks practice. I will breakdown the opponents film, and prepare a game plan for the coaches to ...

Punt Team Shield About the Author of this post: Jerry Campbell has over 30 years of high school and college coaching experience. He has experience as a head coach, offensive coordinator, and various position coaches. He has written numerous football coaching articles in various publications, is the author of over 30 books on coaching football, and has produced 12 ...

Kick-off Coverage Skills and Drills Bill Shackelford Sprayberry High School Atlanta, GA. Kick-off Coverages skills and drills as presented by Coach Shackelford is an excellent presentation based upon the information provided that fist covers what coach calls the golden rules and keys. The golden Rules and keys is an in-depth approach for installing the kicking game and especially the Kick-off Team. ...

Kicking Game Organization Organizing Your Staff and Special Teams Approach   The information included here is other coaches approach to the kicking game philosophy.  Success for Special teams comes with organization and implementation. Committing time for special teams everyday is a must and as a staff, you must stress to your players how important special teams are to the ...

Kickoff Return: Improving Field Position Andy Larussa Special Teams Coach UNLV Rebels Coach Larussa begins his presentation by sharing his blocking philosophy for the Kick of Return team and states this unit must have speed with feet and effort being the key. Coach shares his K.O.R. philosophy by starting off by always securing the ball first followed by great communication just to ...

Special Teams Organization and Approach Special teams thoughts from coaches from around the country is that special teams play is a crucial part to any championship team. We have all been part of a team which has lost a game because of poor special teams play. We all must realize the importance of special teams play! Everyone must feel honored ...

Punt and Punt Block Techniques and Fundamentals Andy LaRussa Special Teams Coach UNLV Rebels This PowerPoint presentation is provided by Glazier Football Coaching Clinics. You can also check out more videos like this one at the Glazier Clinics Online Learning Vault There is no sound with the presentation. Click inside the Presentation to Advance to the Next Screen or use the arrows at the bottom of ...

University of Pittsburgh Special Teams Philosophies Charlie Partridg University of Pittsburg Special Teams Coordinator Coach Partridge begins his kicking game presentation talking about his kickoff team and how he wants to win the battle of hidden yardage by field advantage and the seven steps to success with number one being get to the ball, eyes on the target, over the top, feet gaining ground, hands on blocks, feet still ...

Using Stats and Numbers to Win the Special Teams Game Josh Hood Head Football Coach Park Hill High School, Mo. Coach Hood begins his presentation talking about realistic practice organization which he calls a study of ball placement. Under realistic practice organization Coach Hood shares three vertical points of reference on the field and then discusses the five horizontal points of reference. Coach gives his stats to ...

Tight Punt Team Key points • Put your best players on the punt team and spend and spend the necessary practice time practicing. The punt. • Don’t consider “Punt practice time” an “after practice” Activity. • Center should strive to snap the ball back in In 7 to 9 tenths of a second • Punter should be able to the ball off within 1.1 to 1.3 seconds • ...

Shoot-Out Punt Return About the Author of this post: Jerry Campbell has over 30 years of high school and college coaching experience. He has experience as a head coach, offensive coordinator, and various position coaches. He has written numerous football coaching articles in various publications, is the author of over 30 books on coaching football, and has produced 12 ...

Jesse James and Wyatt Earp Punt Returns The predominant protection scheme used today is the “spread punt” where the long snapper and personal protector have the A-gap. The track to the block spot is vertical, and then bends to the block spot. As such the middle pressure approach is tailor made for the middle return. The mirrored alignment can stretch (horizontally) the ...

Coaching Punters   Special teams play provides field position and point production. However, their success often hinges upon the specialists, primarily the kickers’ abilities. The kickers are responsible, just as the other players on the team to work hard to improve their technique putting them in a position to excel in the game. As a coach, you need ...

P.A.T. & Field Goal Team P.A.T./F.G. Protection Axioms •  To huddle or not too huddle. • Be alert to Holder’s call of live color. Fake will come in from bench. • Be alert for “FIRE” call –right or left. • “Green” means we are kicking the ball –calls off fake. • Block an area –Don’t block a man –Get big and use good techniques. • Know all rules pertaining to blocked ...

Power of the Punt Team: Protect, Cover, Extra Possession & Fake Jeff Genyk Coach Genyk starts his presentation by sharing his key coaching points for installing his punt team and punt coverage. Coach provides illustrations and bullet points for his presentation that allows any coach looking to understand the punt and coverage team the ability to install his approach. Coach takes you through the front ...

Punt Return and Block GENERAL PRINCIPLES 1. Return men must take pride in catching punts—both in practice and in games. You must know the opponents punter…study film and scouting reports. 2. Must stay penalty free. A penalty often means giving the opponent the ball back with 1&10. 3. Must stay onside –there are is no excuse for being off sides. 4. Disguise your responsibility…make the punt team ...

Kickoff Coverage: Alignment, Assignment, Skills, and Drills Keith Bruno Special Teams Coordinator Albright College Albright Kickoff Coverage: Alignment, Assignment, Skills and Drills Coach Bruno starts his presentation by providing a 2-year possession efficiency drive results and the percentage break down on the possibility of scoring based upon starting position for kickoff return teams and the offense. Coach Bruno provides an excellent presentation on how to install ...

Kick-Off Return Kickoff Return Axioms • After 10-yards, it is a free ball. It must be handled. (Also applies to punt on kickoffs after safety). • Captain: Count team in huddle. • See ball off tee • Know approximate distance and direction of ball before executing block. • Returners: Use judgment on handling and returning ball from end zone. 4.0 second rule. • Returners must have complete knowledge of ...

Kickoff Coverage Team Part 2   Click here to read Part 1 of this article. Alignments All coverage personnel should face the kicker. Your horizontal alignment is critical for covering the field. Your vertical is subject to change based on preference. BEING A RANGER AND COVERING IS NOTHING MORE THAN DESIRE COMBINED WITH AN ALL-OUT SPRINT. Your horizontal basic lanes (Ricky, Larry) are as ...

Kickoff Coverage Team This is part 1 of this post. There is a link to Part 2 of this article at the bottom of this post. PHILOSOPHY: 1. Intimidate our opponent with aggression. 2. Set the state of the football game with tough contact on ball carrier. 3. Show coverage which will carry throughout the game and season. 4. Show speed of our football team with desire ...

Special Teams Reminders To be a SPECIAL TEAMS member means that we must be committed to the value and importance of the kicking game. We must believe that the SPECIAL TEAMS will ensure the team of winning at least three or more games each year and keep the team in the close games so we can have the ...

Pulaski Onside Kicking Kevin Kelley Head Football Coach Pulaski Academy High School, AR. On-Side Kicking Coach Kelley begins his presentation explaining why coaches normally on-side kick and then gives his reasons for his approach. Coach shares the advantages of on-side kicking which is opportunity to gain possession, it effects opponents preparation for overall game plan, lessons chance of a big return, easy ...

Kickoff Drill Circuit Please make sure that your sound is on and click on the video to play. PUT YOUR CURSOR OVER THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER OF THE VIDEO AND CLICK (IMAGE LOOKS LIKE THIS) TO WATCH THE VIDEO ON FULL SCREEN TO BE ABLE SEE LARGER DIAGRAMS AND VIDEOS Click the play arrow to view the video. This is ...

Kickoff Coverage Wiley Please make sure that your sound is on and click on the video to play. PUT YOUR CURSOR OVER THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER OF THE VIDEO AND CLICK (IMAGE LOOKS LIKE THIS) TO WATCH THE VIDEO ON FULL SCREEN TO BE ABLE SEE LARGER DIAGRAMS AND VIDEOS Click the play arrow to view the video. This is ...

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