BEST BLOCKING TECHNIQUES FOR YOUTH & HS FOOTBALL

 

A good concussion prevention program goes way beyond football helmets and protective equipment. We believe that in order to keep head injuries to a minimum, it is important to make sure that proper fundamentals are being taught and that the safest methods of blocking are being taught and practiced by players of all ages.

 

As Authorized Distributors of XENITH Football equipment, we promote the ENLIGHTENED WARRIOR concept of injury prevention.  Better head protection is just one component of a larger strategy that also includes emphasis on proper technique, rule enforcement and reducing exposures to risk. This also calls for proper injury recognition and management. By implementing the following rules, we can help keep players safe, healthy and strong.

 

BLOCKING RULES FOR THE ENLIGHTENED WARRIOR:

ELIMINATE HEADFIRST CONTACT

  • Teach proper tackling technique
  • Prevent ball carriers from lowering their heads.
  • Teach players to block with their arms and shoulders, not their head.

INVEST IN THE BEST HEAD PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

  • Promote Xenith’s One Player, One Helmet® Program, which:
  • Creates a partnership approach to safety.
  • Benefits players, families and teams.

IMPROVE RECOGNITION AND MANAGEMENT OF INJURIES

  • Encourage the presence of Certified Athletic Trainers at sporting events
  • Locate a true expert in the management of head injuries.

REDUCE PLAYER EXPOSURES TO RISK

  • Consider reducing the number and length of live contact drills.
  • Eliminate dangerous drills.

REWARD OUTSTANDING PLAY AND OUTSTANDING CHARACTER

  • Focus on what’s important.
  • Don’t focus on big hits.

HEADS UP BLOCKING

USA Football’s Heads Up Blocking helps coaches teach players how to properly engage with a defender, drive with the legs and maintain the correct body position for effective and safer play.

THE FIVE KEY POINTS ARE:

STANCE

GET OFF

STRIKE

STICK

FINISH

PARENTS OF YOUTH FOOTBALL PLAYERS

Let your league organizer know you want your coaches to be USA Football certified!

For more information, visit USA Football Heads Up.

bill-snyderUSA Football is a wonderful avenue to help young people understand so many things, particularly the fundamentals of the game as it relates to staying healthy. For youth coaches to be able to go through USA Football certification is really significant and important. It’s a great asset to them and, obviously, a great asset to the families of young people who play the game.

Bill Snyder, Head Coach Kansas State (Big XII)

WARNING: Football is a dangerous, collision sport where injuries are common. There is no such thing as a concussion proof football helmet and football helmets can not completely prevent concussions. However, the right helmets when properly fit can help reduce the risk of more serious injuries. Football helmets are not designed as concussion prevention, but rather as protection against skull fractures, contusions, and lacerations.