Drill Type: Special Teams Drill
Sometimes the situation of the game calls for an onside kick. Sometimes a coach likes to use an onside kick as an element of surprise as well. This special teams drill helps the kickoff team practice executing an onside kick.
- Players will line-up to onside kick to the left or to the right of the formation.
- Each player will be given a specific role that they have to fill.
- In the diagram above, the kick will be to the right side. The players on the right side of the formation will each have a specific role.
- All the players, except the player nearest the ball and the player farthest back, will charge forward and simply try to block the opponent from getting to the ball.
- The player nearest the ball will signal for the rest of the players to take off and then will turn and try to recover the ball.
- The player farthest away will allow the players in front of him to block the opponent and he will try to recover the ball.
- This drill should be run to both sides.
- Coaches should look to make sure all the players are correctly fulfilling their given roles.
- Also, coaches should make sure players are leaving on time and not going offside.