“Who” to block is as or more important than “How” to block for most youth football teams.
Even the greatest block on the wrong player can result in football plays that go for losses.
On the other hand, many times even a poorly executed block on the right player can impede the defender long enough for your team to get a descent gain out of the play.
Some things to consider:
1)In order for your team to effectively block the right player on each play, you must have a simple and sound blocking scheme and rules.
2) You must teach the scheme to the players in a fashion they can understand it and where it becomes second nature to them.
3) Your offense must take the time during practice to make sure that every play is run perrfectly. Make sure the correct player is being blocked every play and with proper first steps and head placement using methods like “birddogging”.
4) Technique is important too, but “Who” to block is often the most neglected area with most youth football teams.
Our complete set of blocking rules, implemetation plans and techniques like “birddogging” are covered in chapter 11 of the book “Winning Youth Football a Step by Step Plan“.