by Chuck Klausing
At my clinics and seminars, I ask the following question. "think of the top coaches and name a few of their characteristics?" The answer may vary from disciplinarian, organized, motivates or to a good teacher.
Many people that have watched my teams said we were great at blocking. They asked me why and how I taught it. Perhaps, the secret was how I motivated the teaching of the shoulder block.
I believe most people divide the block into three parts. They are:
3. Follow Through
Many times I have watched the Olympic Gymnasts, Skaters, and Divers being graded on a ten-point system. I said to myself, why not grade my players on a similar system.
I divided the shoulder block into ten points:
2. Take off-starting count
3. Step 1 - I believe the first step in a right shoulder block is with the left foot.
4. Step 2 - I believe in the near foot near shoulder.
5. Roll shoulder 0 I teach to roll the shoulder parallel to the ground.
6. Head Up - and press to shoulder - So important to prevent injuries
7. Body square with power angles
8. Accelerate - accomplished with good sled work
9. Roll hips
10. Press out - with arms when stalemate
I have used this motivating teaching method with pros, colleges, high schools, and youth teams. Many start with "0" but with good teaching, become a "10". It makes me feel good when I walk by a practice and a player will ask me to grade their blocking.
A perfect block is a "10"!
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