Coaches, How do you teach your Dline at the 12 year old level or younger? At the older levels I've used some of coach Gollas techniques with a lot of success. Can the same techniques be used with the younger kids. Thanks Randy
As long as you are teaching them the fundamentals of the positions and keep it to what they are capable of learning at their level, then go ahead. I have always believed that if a player isnt understanding it, then the coach is either teaching too high or doesnt have a good grasp of it himself.
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Here are some brief highlights of the points of emphasis about first step, alignment, etc...from a pretty good d-line clinic tape by Dan Brook at Tennessee.
Tennessee plays their d-linemen on one edge of the o-lineman, not head up, so they always have their d-linemen put their COVERED hand on the ground with their covered foot staggered back toe to heel. Their first step replaces their down hand with their staggered foot, no more no less (need to gain ground to get upfield but don't want to overstride to lose your base). The down hand is the "stab" hand, it does not come back and load/cock to deliver a blow, but gets into the o-lineman's chest/number immediately to keep the olineman from really being able to get his hands on the d-lineman and deliver a blow.
The outside hand grabs cloth on the o-lineman's outside shoulder in the d-lineman's gap of responsibility. According to coach brooks, the first step is to get penetration, but by their second step, the d-lineman needs to know what the o-lineman is trying to do to him (ie base him, reach him, down block, pull, etc). The "grab" hand hangs straight down from the shoulder when the defender is in his stance (instead of "cocked" back like many youth linemen tend to do) in order to help him get it into the defender as quickly as possible.