Safe Blocking

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What is Safe Contact Blocking?

Safe Contact Blocking technique emphasizes making primary contact with the hands. This technique creates fundamentally sound blockers which is a critical element of football. The primary blocking technique taught in Safe Contact carries over to all situational blocking. The technique also carries over to all positions.

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About the technique

This technique teaches blockers to keep their head up and initiate contact during blocks using their hands. It emphasizes using the hips and hands to generate power through the block. The posture as well as angle of the tackler will determine which approach the blocker takes towards the tackler.

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How is Safe Blocking taught?

Safe Blocking teaches the skill of blocking through a reverse progression module. The skill is broken down into four components that are taught from least complex to most complex. Each stage of the progression model is also taught using a whole-part-whole method meaning that the whole skill is first demonstrated before being broken down into its individual elements. Following working on the individual elements of the movement separately, the whole technique is then put back together.

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The pre-contact position is the first step in the blocking progression. It is the final position that a blocker will get into before making contact with a tackler.

Blockers will start with their hands placed in the post strike position, with their eyes at or below their hands. On the coaches command the blocker will then drive their feet keeping their arms bent and their eyes up, finishing with an extension of the arms.

Blockers will start in a 6 point stance with their toes dug into the ground. On the coaches command the blocker will snap their hips and strike with their hands. The head will remain out of the contact. The blocker’s eyes will remain at or below their hands while keeping their arms slightly bent.

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