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Sharpen Punt-Team Skills With These Effective Drills

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© December, 2006


by Brian Kopecky
Special Teams Coach, Lyons Township High School, La Grange, Ill.

MAKING TIME FOR your special teams during practice is critical to success. Since practice time is precious and limited, all of our special-team drills are efficient, designed to work multiple tasks simultaneously and are run at game speed.

To get quality special team’s work in, we work our kicking game into our other practice segments. If we’re working on our red-zone offense from the 20-yard line and with a third-and-six situation and if the offense doesn’t get the first down, we’ll have our field-goal unit quickly attempt a field goal. A coach times the field-goal unit with a stopwatch and makes sure that the unit gets onto the field within the proper timeframe.

When your players are performing a special team’s drill, it’s very important to have several coaches watching the drill. We have a saying, “If you try to watch everything, you’ll end up seeing nothing.” There’s just too much going on in one special-team drill for one coach to properly assess performance.

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