Post by CoachWeitz on Apr 13, 2015 11:35:40 GMT -6
I'm looking for some help here. I was talking with some of our youth coaches and they mentioned that a sled would help them out a lot for both blocking and tackling progressions. At our school we have several sleds but they are high school sized and on a different field than the youth league practices on. I looked online for sleds and they seemed a bit out of our price range. Does anyone have a solution to this? Am I missing a cheap supplier? Can we build one? I figure we can't be the first program to go through this.
Thanks for your help!
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Post by coachrobpsl on Apr 25, 2015 18:11:40 GMT -6
I have never seen a kid block or tackle a sled during a game. Not that they can't help but they are not necessary. Our program is very successful and we do not have sleds. Shields can be used as can simple stepped progressions(fit and form) into players. There are a few hand made sled designs out there on the internet. I can't speak for them as I have never built any of them. I don't like sleds because they do not react like actual players. I have also heard many youth coaches complain of not having equipment and not being able to properly coach their kids. In almost all cases those coaches were using a lack of equipment to cover up their lack of knowledge or ability to actually coach. I would be more inclined to get some home made chutes made from PVC or even manufactured chutes instead of sleds. Boards would also be a bigger priority. The 2 biggest problems with youth olinemen imho(this applies to d linemen as well) is standing straight up at the snap and the second step being too far and too close(as in width) to the 1st step. Given the time restraints youth coaches face, I would(and do) focus edds on these 2 issues.
Post by coachcorrea on Apr 26, 2015 0:12:41 GMT -6
Def agree coach i believe when working on o line progression's there's no better training method than engaging and fitting on a live person they are more inclined to react in a way that simulates reaction's come game time.
I use handshields, also. Since I coach o-line for different age groups, I use the large towels in place of chutes. The towels are laid on the ground and folded to different widths to accommodate the different player sizes & age groups. The towels keep the players' feet wide and they learn to chop & drive with small steps.
We are a hands blocking team. Our EDD's consist of what we call 'Perfection Drills'. We perfect their stances, getting those first two 6-inch steps off, staying low, exploding into the shield/dummy and driving their feet. They have to be perfect as a unit, also. If anyone is in an incorrect stance we all start over before taking that first step. If anyone is off on the first step, we all start over before progressing to the second step, etc...