What do swimming pool liners, planks and a medicine ball have in common? These are all items that are easy to come by and work very well in your football practice plans. They can all be used for your various football practice drills AND they provide great results!
Swimming Pool Liner Drill
I am using the plastic liner from an old swimming pool to do this drill. The plastic is about an 1/8 inch thick so it works great.
Cut the heavy plastic into 8 inch strips 6 feet long.
Use 3 of the strips–and place them in front of center, guard and tackle.
On the strips I have heavy dummies held there by other players.
on cadence, lineman will come off the ball and hit the dummies, using shoulder blocks or hand techniques, with the holders putting resistance on the bags.
This works on keeping the feet apart on the drive blocking and also the man holding the bag going backwards.
If they bring their feet together they will slip on the plastic and hit the ground.
You can do this going straight forward, pulling guard or also on a 45 degree angle depending on how you want to set up the drill. Then they just rotate from blockers to holders.
It is a simple drill but the kids love it because it is harder then they think to keep their feet apart during drive blocking.
In my practices, with linemen, I use a 2 X 10 planks. From their down position I have them step over the plank to exaggerate their 1st or 2nd step.
I will then use another plank perpendicular with a team mate holding a blocking dummy so the player can block with the plank between his feet so he learns to widen his feet.
Get a ball (medicine bal) have your Offensive linemen chest pass it to each other as they explode up from their stance. This will help them in pass protection.