A team which is deficient in the kicking department operates at only 66% efficiency. You cannot expect to win at such a level of performance.
One out of every 5 plays in a game is a kick of some sort.
It should be noted, however, that something very unusal occurs on every kicking play in a game. One or more of the following three events take place on every kick, while they do not occur frequently on other scrimmage plays:
1. A sizeable amount of yardage is involved ( 30 yards or more). 2. There is a change of ball possession involved. 3. A specific attempt to score points is involved (PAT or field goal). The plays which involved the kicking game, therefore, are weighted heavily, insofar as they affect the tide and outcome of the game.
Many of the big breaks in a game occur on a kicking play.
Breaks usually happen when a team or a player is unprepared for situation. Where a team is prepared, the chance to capitalize on a break often presents itself at a most opportune time. The breaks in the kicking game often mark the difference between winning and losing.
A sound kicking game can be established more quickly than eitherof the other two phases in football. Players in the kicking game are special so, our motto is "Special People For Special Teams". Players in the kicking game must take great pride in their assignments and performance. You must set your goal to always win the kicking game. Steve Hall
We spend 15 minutes every day at the beginning of practice in what we call "specialties". This when we practice long and short snapping, holding, PATs, KOs, punting, catching punts and kicks. We don't actually line up and do KO team, for example, other than pre-game. If it is something special we are doing or the opponent is doing, we spend some specific time on that area of the kicking game.
During the season, we will spend 25 - 35 minutes depending upon the day of the week. Also, during hell week, we spend 30 minutes in the classroom and 60 on the field just for special teams. In addition, we will call a "surprise special teams drill" during the offensive or defensive sessions.
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Post by Coach Campbell on Jul 20, 2019 14:23:41 GMT
Special teams is an integral part of the football game. It has the potential to change the turn out of the game as much as a score on offense and a stop on defense. The football team must be aggressive, discipline, and strategic in special team play. The best players for the position will be recruited to special teams to provide the team with the best opportunity to develop favorable field position and make plays that will turn the momentum of the game. I know it won’t always be appropriate to place key players on the special teams phase of the game. This is often the only time starting players have the chance to get a breather before heading back onto the field. The coaching staff will make the effort to put the best players on our team to play roles on our special team groups.
The benefit of excellent special teams play will elevate the chance for a successful scoring drive and defensive stops to root to a win for the football team. It takes a player of character and discipline to play this role without the self-glorification but it is a vital responsibility in deciding the outcome of a game.
On kick-off return, the receiver coach will work on the kick returners to learn out to receive and use their agility to avoid tackles. The running back coach work with the front 5 players to learn the drop, cross, and blocking. The offensive line coach organizes the wedge players that block for the returner.
On Kick-off, the defensive back and line back coach will co-teach this group in special teams. The players are responsible to run down the field to cover cover and make open field tackle. This These two coaches have the most knowledge in delivering these traits to the player they coach in this group.
On Field goal and PAT and Punt, The offensive coordinator and offensive line coach will take care of the task. The team will use the biggest and toughest players on the team to protect in the field goal game. Our two best TE on the team will be positioned on the wings in the case of a fumbled placehold or a fake play. On PAT Block and Punt Block, The defensive coordinator and defensive line coach will be responsible for this job during practice. The majority of the defensive players remain on the field with a couple minor arrangements. These two have the best sense of the players on the field and will place them in the best situations to block and cover the play.
The coaching staff puts great importance in special teams. A game could be won or lost in this phase of football. If I become the head coach of a football program, I will continue to invest a segment during every football practice to special teams. A specialist section will be implemented everyday,about 5-10 minutes at the beginning of the practice,for the center/long snappers to work with the punters and field goal place holders. The kicking game is an important piece in the success of the football and must not be neglected in the preparation process. The mind set of the players behavior towards this phase of the game must change and it starts with the coaches. There will always be room for special teams at every practice. Having a built-in period every day in practice will show the players that special teams is important and will help alter their mentality in how they approach the game.
Post by Coach Campbell on Jul 20, 2019 14:25:57 GMT
Special teams are an often overlooked, but important part of the game. Success on special teams can change the outcome of the game, or at the very least give a team more opportunities at success. It is essential to convince players that their roll on special teams is important and them taking a play off or not fulfilling their assignment can result in a big play for the opposing team. Special teams are an important part of the week and have designated time every practice during the week. 15-30 minute periods are designated for PAT/Field Goal, Punt/Punt Return and Kick Off/ Kick Off Return. To keep players interested in this part of practice I often put them in situational drills (down and distance, tie game, only 5 seconds remain to make a field goal, etc.) or put conditioning or some type of reward on the other line if the scout team can return a punt, or we can recover an onside kick.
How I split up our coaches special teams responsibility is I try to have one coach be the special teams coordinator. It has been different positions in the past or even myself, but I have found that our receivers/defensive backs coach is a great person to deal with our returners, gunners and calling the special teams plays. I put our line coach in charge of all punt blocking and punt rushers. If we are lucky enough to have a coach who can work with kickers that is their job