Video:How to Block in Footballwith Dustin Luck
Learn how to safely, and effectively, block in football.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Block in FootballMy name is Dustin Luck. I’m a former offensive guard at the University of Kentucky. We are here today with About.com to talk to you about the basics of a block.
Perfect the Blocking StanceWhat we are going to start with first is the proper stance. You want to start with your feet a little further than shoulder width apart, and you want to point your toes in. This will help you keep your balance once you get into your stance. You’re going to bring your right foot if you are in a right-footed stance or your left foot if you are in a left-footed stance back. I’m going to bring my foot back into my in-step. As you can see, my toes are in the middle of my foot.
Now the next thing, grasp your hands together, drop your butt back and juts sit up. You want your eyes, your head and your chest up.
Steps to BlockingNext I’m going to bring my hand out in front of me to where I am comfortable. Then you’re going to take your off hand and place it on your knee cap, so that when I come up I can explode into the guy.
Your first two steps are the most crucial thing in making a successful block. Your first step is going to be your position step. What you are going to do is position yourself to make a block, step in a center up on him. Second step is your power step. So, you are going to position up on him and explode this foot through. This is going to allow you to match his force when he’s coming at you and you are coming towards him.
Hand Placement During a Football BlockThe last thing we are going to talk about is hand placement. The inside guy winds, and what that means is, say the defender has his hands in between your arms, that guy is going to beat you. So we work on drills just for hand-placement. Say this is where his arms are, you want to get yours right here. In the inside of his armpit right on his numbers. And that's what you want to look for in making any type of block. And that’s how you make a proper block.
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