My problem is motivation. Not sure how to get them to give me some more effort. I don't want to yell and I don't want to spend my practice having them run laps. I'm open to any suggestions since we have 4 games left in the season.
You must have a blocking rule for them to follow. Knowing who to block and blocking the correct man is more important than how well they block. Removing doubt about assignments allows them to be more aggressive.
Do you film? If not ask your parents to film the game for you.
Do you teach hands or shoulder blocking? I went to shoulder blocking this year as opposed to hands (I have the same ages). The reason why isn't that I think a shoulder block is superior to a hands block (whole other debate). What I found with hands blocking was for a lot of the kids at this age it turned into a "chicken fight". Shoulder blocking demands that they put a "body on a body".
- Quick 1st 2 Steps, man who gets his 2nd Step down first has the advantage.
- I'd tell you to have them stay low but the truth is a lot of them play high at this age, when they do the stronger ones always win.
- Stress to keep the feet moving, wide base. DRIVE, DRIVE, DRIVE.
- During drills excessivley praise the effort/technique you are looking for when you see it.
- You can also teach a CRAB/SHOESHINE block.
Rep them everyday. Teach them to HIT...not block. Blocking isn't fun, hitting is.
Bag Work with emphsis on 1st 2 steps.
Board Drills 1 on 1 - push your man out of the circle.
Oklahoma type drills.
- Coach Marty likes this