Chris Shaw from KICKNATION and Kevin Oliver, graduate assistant at Texas Tech University, have shared with AFCA Weekly the five keys to making sure your fake field goal attempt has its best chance of success.
Kickers and punters can incorporate visualization and imagery techniques into their everyday routines in many ways. This is a natural approach to the mental aspect of the game and should be incorporated as part of the skill-training process. These techniques can effectively increase the kicker’s and punter’s abilities to perform under pressure by increasing their confidence.
Every coach is familiar with the old adage that field goals and field position win football games. In order for this to come to fruition, kickers and punters must develop a strong training regiment and be held accountable for their actions every day – week-in and week-out. Unfortunately, and perhaps oddly, the kicking game is often the least-coached position in a program.
For the coverage team to be successful, each man must carry out his assignment. Successful kickoff coverage is a team effort. Intense effort and desire are also part of a successful kickoff team. In addition to effort and desire, players in this unit all have speed, toughness, agility, and football sense.
The long snap needs to be perfect every time and there is no room for error. In order to achieve this type of consistency, snappers need to focus on their mechanics, because every inch and second counts.
Kickoff coverage is a vital part of a team’s quest to control field position. When you pin an opponent deep in his own territory, you dictate his offensive options. If your opponent is forced to start the possession inside his own 20-yard line, his chances of scoring greatly diminish.
Kickoff Block-Destruction Progression – Cornell University uses a base method to teach block-destruction to our entire special teams personnel. It is important to understand the following fundamental tools before inserting them into the kickoff or adding different and specific techniques.
Utilizing the Shield Punt is one of the most efficient ways to protect and cover your punts at the high school level. It provides you the ability to get seven special team’s players downfield and into coverage quickly, and by alignment alone, makes punts difficult for opponents to go after and block. This article features statistics coaching tips, diagrams and video to help you install the Shield Punt into your Special Team’s playbook.
“When we used this fake against Sacramento State, it was 4th-and-1 at our 30-yard line. It was a risky call, but I was convinced they would rush hard and the play would be wide-open. This fake punt was designed to counteract the extremely heavy rush that teams were utilizing against our ‘shield’ punt formation.” – Rob Ash, Head Coach, Montana State University, Former AFCA President
The circuit we use involves four drills necessary to develop the techniques used by players on our punt block unit. The first time through the circuit we will do three of the drills to allow multiple reps for each player. The second day, we will utilize all of the drills.
On special teams, you have only one play to be perfect. There is no fifth down for the special teams.
Teaching your punt and kickoff coverage units the proper habits leads to critical special teams fundamentals. The Hard-Turn Drill reinforces all the key aspects of coverage that keep your players in their lanes and taking proper pursuit angles.