First of all let me say that if your blocking rules are working for you and you are winning most or all of your youth football games, by all means stick with what works for you and with what you and your football coaches know.
On the other hand if you are considering having your youth football team learn GOD or (Inside Gap, On, Unconditonal Down)
and are comparing it to Solid, Track or SAB blocking here are some things to consider:
IN GOD blocking we are not going to ask our least athletic players to do things they can’t do. In youth football we are often left with many smaller and/or unathletic linemen to work with, even starters. In youth football if you are coaching a non-select football team you can’t cut players or send them to a JV squad, they are on your team and most of you have minimum play rules requiring that you get them playing time.
As you know from doing close quarters blocking and tackling drills, even these weaker players have a chance in those drills. But once you put them “in space” in the open field with blocking or tackling drills, the weaker kids fail miserably. So why would you put these players “in space” against the other teams most nimble players? The linebackers? That makes zero sense to me. Weaker less athletic offensive linemen are going to whiff 9 times out of 10 on athletic, fast, moving, “In space” linebakers. So you are wasting 2-3 players every play using this method and in essensce start off playing each play with 8 or 9 vs 11 football.
In GOD you are getting lots of double teams and down blocks, very easy blocks to execute on defencive lenemen in very tight quarters. We dont even need to teach a difficult reach block in this scheme. In GOD we are pushing those double teamed defenders to the second level, and the offensive linemen are getting to see some success even against much bigger kids. As we push those defensive linemen to the second level we are making the linebackers get off their normal pursuit paths. With SAB blocking you get ZERO double teams. If you have weaker smaller linemen or even one weak and small linemen, and he is facing a big stud defensive tackle, how is he going to move the defender one-on-one off the line of scrimmage? He won’t, but he can if he gets help on a double team.
In the Single Wing Offense we may pull a player, but we will only be pulling our most athletic lineman, he can block linebackers, but putting our other 6 linemen, our very weakest and least athletic kids on the other teams most athletic and fastest kids ( linebackers) doesn’t make much sense to me. I’ve taught track blocking, when we ran it in the “I” formation. Our linemen rarely blocked anyone and became very frustrated. Our kids were moving along a stationary track, while the defenders were moving all over the place, most of our kids rarely blocked anyone at all, there was too much confusion of whether the defender was on their track or not. We didn’t win many football games with it either.
In GOD the kids know who they are going to block each and every play, with track blocking it depends on who they see as they get down the track. Too much looking and too much hesitation in my book for coaching youth football. I have found that hesitation and looking and lack of aggression often go hand in hand. In GOD the kids know who they are going to block and because of that confidence and knowledge my kids are usually the aggressors.
Teachng GOD is a snap, we start teaching the word GOD in the very first football practice, by the end of the first week everyone has it down. By the second week even our first year players usually have it down cold. It’s certain and simple, they like that. They don’t have to think real hard to make it work and we don’t put them “in space”. Since we switched to GOD blocking my offensive line has ALWAYS been the most dominant one in the league, it is the way to go in youth football.
This has been another post into Dave Cisar’s Winning Youth Football Site
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