Effective Zone  Blocking Techniques Kevin Boyd Co-Head Coach; Offensive Coordinator Crocus Plains Plainsmen 2005 Rural Man...
What is Zone Blocking? <ul><li>Zone blocking is simply a style of blocking that allows for those blocking to block an area...
Why Zone Blocking? <ul><li>Outnumbers the defense at the point of attack </li></ul><ul><li>You don’t need physically super...
<ul><li>The initial movement of the lineman begins with two steps. If a lineman is covered, there is a jab step and a gath...
Covered Lineman <ul><li>1 st  step is a six inch playside jab step, drawing elbows back </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd  step bring...
Uncovered Lineman <ul><li>1 st  step is a playside scoop step, drawing elbows back </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd  step brings the...
<ul><li>Fold </li></ul><ul><li>Crossover Cut </li></ul><ul><li>Trap </li></ul>Zone Techniques <ul><li>Zone Scoop </li></ul...
<ul><li>Used for both inside & outside zone run </li></ul><ul><li>Each lineman zone scoop steps playside </li></ul><ul><li...
Combo <ul><li>Basis for all zone blocking </li></ul><ul><li>Covered man posts up </li></ul><ul><li>Uncovered scoop steps t...
Go <ul><li>Used with Combo  block </li></ul><ul><li>Use double team to LB </li></ul><ul><li>Let the defenders decide who y...
Slide <ul><li>Used backside when DT lines up in gap </li></ul><ul><li>A form of a cross block </li></ul>
Fold <ul><li>Used backside when DT lines up in 1 technique on Centre or 3 technique on Guard </li></ul><ul><li>Used with C...
Crossover Cut <ul><li>Used in combo with Fold </li></ul><ul><li>Cut man steps toward defender, then cuts & rolls three tim...
Trap – 1 Call <ul><li>Used obviously for a trap play, but can be used for other plays such as an inside lead </li></ul><ul...
Trap – 2 Call <ul><li>A “Two” call means a LB is being trapped </li></ul><ul><li>As a general rule, the first defender out...
<ul><li>As with zone run blocking, zone pass pro effectively eliminates stunts and twist </li></ul><ul><li>O Lineman are r...
Zone Pass Pro cont’d Switch call used -  Guard takes DE and Tackle takes DT
Drills <ul><li>Make drills relevant to the skill </li></ul><ul><li>Practice skills that will be used in that week’s game –...
<ul><li>It’s very important to rep out the linemen in their first two steps </li></ul><ul><li>Start out with one step (3-5...
<ul><li>After the second step, have the linemen stay low and drive out of the chute </li></ul><ul><li>You can also have a ...
<ul><li>Use the same 2-step principles for the zone scoop steps </li></ul><ul><li>Start straddled in the chute and step ov...
<ul><li>Use a five-man sled to work on moving in unison </li></ul>Zone Scoop cont’d
Combo <ul><li>Covered man posts up </li></ul><ul><li>Uncovered scoop steps towards DL </li></ul><ul><li>Get good fit & dri...
Go <ul><li>Stand behind the o Linemen and point to the defenders where to go </li></ul><ul><li>Use after the combo in dril...
Slide <ul><li>Start off with defenders in place </li></ul><ul><li>Progress to D Lineman shooting the gap and the LB flowin...
Fold <ul><li>Have a DL with a bag line up on an outside shade </li></ul><ul><li>Have a LB flow across </li></ul><ul><li>Ma...
Crossover Cut <ul><li>Have player hold bag on top & stand to the side </li></ul><ul><li>Cut man steps toward defender, the...
Trap <ul><li>Use both situations for Trap drills – a “One” call & a “Two” call </li></ul><ul><li>Use three O Linemen for a...
<ul><li>Work on individual pass pro techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Work as a unit – line up five on five and stand behind O ...
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  1. 1. Effective Zone Blocking Techniques Kevin Boyd Co-Head Coach; Offensive Coordinator Crocus Plains Plainsmen 2005 Rural Manitoba Football League Champions
  2. 2. What is Zone Blocking? <ul><li>Zone blocking is simply a style of blocking that allows for those blocking to block an area and not be specifically tied to a particular defender. </li></ul><ul><li>Two or three players work in unison to block an area for the ball carrier, rather than working alone. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why Zone Blocking? <ul><li>Outnumbers the defense at the point of attack </li></ul><ul><li>You don’t need physically superior athletes </li></ul><ul><li>Easily adapted to many offensive styles </li></ul><ul><li>Effectively neutralizes slanting & stunting defenders </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The initial movement of the lineman begins with two steps. If a lineman is covered, there is a jab step and a gather step </li></ul><ul><li>If a lineman is uncovered, there is a scoop step and a gather step </li></ul>First Two Steps
  5. 5. Covered Lineman <ul><li>1 st step is a six inch playside jab step, drawing elbows back </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd step brings the trailing foot up field in between defenders feet, explode arms forward at PS # </li></ul><ul><li>Shoulders square to LOS </li></ul>
  6. 6. Uncovered Lineman <ul><li>1 st step is a playside scoop step, drawing elbows back </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd step brings the trailing foot up field in a sweeping manner, explode arms forward </li></ul><ul><li>Shoulders square to LOS </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Fold </li></ul><ul><li>Crossover Cut </li></ul><ul><li>Trap </li></ul>Zone Techniques <ul><li>Zone Scoop </li></ul><ul><li>Combo </li></ul><ul><li>Go </li></ul><ul><li>Slide </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Used for both inside & outside zone run </li></ul><ul><li>Each lineman zone scoop steps playside </li></ul><ul><li>Blocking an area, not a set defender </li></ul>Zone Scoop
  9. 9. Combo <ul><li>Basis for all zone blocking </li></ul><ul><li>Covered man posts up </li></ul><ul><li>Uncovered scoop steps towards DL </li></ul>
  10. 10. Go <ul><li>Used with Combo block </li></ul><ul><li>Use double team to LB </li></ul><ul><li>Let the defenders decide who you will block </li></ul>
  11. 11. Slide <ul><li>Used backside when DT lines up in gap </li></ul><ul><li>A form of a cross block </li></ul>
  12. 12. Fold <ul><li>Used backside when DT lines up in 1 technique on Centre or 3 technique on Guard </li></ul><ul><li>Used with Crossover Cut </li></ul>
  13. 13. Crossover Cut <ul><li>Used in combo with Fold </li></ul><ul><li>Cut man steps toward defender, then cuts & rolls three times </li></ul>
  14. 14. Trap – 1 Call <ul><li>Used obviously for a trap play, but can be used for other plays such as an inside lead </li></ul><ul><li>A “One” call means a DT is being trapped </li></ul>
  15. 15. Trap – 2 Call <ul><li>A “Two” call means a LB is being trapped </li></ul><ul><li>As a general rule, the first defender outside of the hole number called is being trapped </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>As with zone run blocking, zone pass pro effectively eliminates stunts and twist </li></ul><ul><li>O Lineman are responsible for their area (usually inside gap) and aren’t trying to follow a particular player </li></ul><ul><li>Lineman use a “switch” call to pass a defender off into another zone </li></ul>Zone Pass Pro
  17. 17. Zone Pass Pro cont’d Switch call used - Guard takes DE and Tackle takes DT
  18. 18. Drills <ul><li>Make drills relevant to the skill </li></ul><ul><li>Practice skills that will be used in that week’s game – e.g. if the team you’re facing lines up in gaps, then work on the slide technique, etc. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>It’s very important to rep out the linemen in their first two steps </li></ul><ul><li>Start out with one step (3-5 reps each side), then progress to two steps </li></ul><ul><li>A chute is quite valuable for these steps </li></ul>First Two Steps
  20. 20. <ul><li>After the second step, have the linemen stay low and drive out of the chute </li></ul><ul><li>You can also have a player with a bag standing in front of the chute for added resistance and positioning </li></ul>First Two Steps cont’d.
  21. 21. <ul><li>Use the same 2-step principles for the zone scoop steps </li></ul><ul><li>Start straddled in the chute and step over to proper position </li></ul>Zone Scoop
  22. 22. <ul><li>Use a five-man sled to work on moving in unison </li></ul>Zone Scoop cont’d
  23. 23. Combo <ul><li>Covered man posts up </li></ul><ul><li>Uncovered scoop steps towards DL </li></ul><ul><li>Get good fit & drive </li></ul><ul><li>Rotate scoop to post, post to defender & defender to back of line </li></ul>
  24. 24. Go <ul><li>Stand behind the o Linemen and point to the defenders where to go </li></ul><ul><li>Use after the combo in drill plan </li></ul>
  25. 25. Slide <ul><li>Start off with defenders in place </li></ul><ul><li>Progress to D Lineman shooting the gap and the LB flowing </li></ul><ul><li>Can do both movements separately </li></ul>
  26. 26. Fold <ul><li>Have a DL with a bag line up on an outside shade </li></ul><ul><li>Have a LB flow across </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure the O Lineman fights across the face of the LB </li></ul>
  27. 27. Crossover Cut <ul><li>Have player hold bag on top & stand to the side </li></ul><ul><li>Cut man steps toward defender, then cuts & rolls three times </li></ul>
  28. 28. Trap <ul><li>Use both situations for Trap drills – a “One” call & a “Two” call </li></ul><ul><li>Use three O Linemen for a more realistic feel </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>Work on individual pass pro techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Work as a unit – line up five on five and stand behind O Line </li></ul><ul><li>Point to two D Linemen to twist </li></ul><ul><li>All O Linemen snap up in ready position and the two who have active D Linemen react appropriately </li></ul><ul><li>Use Zone Scoop drills for sprint-out protection </li></ul>Zone Pass Pro
  30. 30. Kevin Boyd [email_address]
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