The kick off is the first defensive play of the series and sets the tempo for the entire team. It is also the longest, most physically demanding play in football.
Special teams units have a direct correlation with field position, which leads to points, and in turn wins and losses. Most programs claim to put an emphasis on special teams, but to be successful, it takes more than emphasis. It takes investment.
It is important to understand kickoff return as an offensive play. We are trying to score a touchdown. The attitude of this unit needs to be clearly defined. Our mental approach on kickoff return is the mindset to use aggression to beat aggression.
Your kicker and punter can incorporate visualization and imagery techniques into their everyday routines in many ways. Here are a few.
Using a simple kickoff return that allows players to block the same cover opponent can lead to great success.
As competitors, we all want to feel like we are contributing to the success of the team, punt return may be an avenue for a player to contribute.
In a game where timing matters, football coaches must measure not only the speed of their players, but the speed of their players’ technique.
The Citadel dedicates thirty minutes early in the week to continue the development of their special team’s fundamentals & coverage techniques.
We teach skills in a progressive manner, from the first action of the play to the last, and through spring into summer phases we will combine the skills.
Here are a number of methods for implementing special teams periods, drills and proper approaches to improving specials teams on an individual and a team basis to develop your kickers and punters.
Pete Lembo dives into all the different aspects of his special teams philosophy and why it has proven successful over the years.
Coach Kevin Doherty shares his philosophy on coordinating Special Teams and simplifying this phase of the game by complementing both offensive and defensive terminology, drills, and techniques.
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