So one of the complaints I used to have as a ‘newbie’ Double Wing Coach was our inability to get live reps for our offensive line without setting up a scrimmage with another team. You see in youth football we often have only 16-18 kids (several of which don’t give you much competition against your starters), making it difficult to work live with your linemen to develop their footwork for blocking plays. And of course the Double Wing offense has 11 moving parts and the plays just don’t operate the same without 11 on offense. So now you need 11 on defense to get them a decent look to go up against and now you have a numbers problem. So I felt we had to find a way to simulate a live play with just half the available players.
Just so you know about our version of the Double Wing, we use a TKO blocking scheme for Power, Counter and Trap and of course the Wedge blocking scheme for Wedge and we use a variation of a Reach blocking scheme to get outside. Wedge we found was pretty easy to practice by using a Coach for the O-line to push against and this was actually for the safety of our players as well because that Wedge play really grinds up any Defensive Linemen who happen to get in the way. And of course when we run outside we don’t really get everyone involved so we could practice that pretty easily. But our Power Off-tackle scheme really does involve all 11 players and that is why it is so devastating.
I also realize that some guys use ‘rules’ blocking instead of TKO (we used that for many years as well) and I can assure you that these drills will also work great for your team. You can even get some practice reps for your X or G plays as well.
The first drill I am diagramming is our WALL DRILL. It is used mostly to work on our TKO wall blocking.