- For Coaches
Learn the principles of contact necessary to apply and resist force on the gridiron with the concepts from USA Football’s Contact System.
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There are multiple ways to access USA Football's in-depth resources and drills related to the Contact System.
The foundation for all forms of contact. Required to generate force driven by the hips.
Playing long takes the helmet out of contact, offers control of opponents with vision of the field.
"Low pad level” isn’t the key to leverage. It’s the level of the hips as they “ascend” or “uncoil.”
The ability for a player to remain balanced with a solid base in a proper position to make a play.
To engage or attack an opponent at an angle off the centerline.
Instead of striking an opponent on the same plane, where the winner is often determined by who is bigger, stronger and faster, force deflection offers success through mechanical advantage.
Force deflection works on the premise that force can be generated and control can be established without momentum and helmet-to-helmet contact. This is achieved by striking opponents with the hands on a low to high plane using the hips as the sole driving force for power as opposed to sequentially driving the feet.
Contact is delivered by the hands, but it’s the player’s hips that drive the engine.
Players do not need to take a big initial step to initiate contact. When players take big steps or drive their feet, they disable the greatest source of power in their bodies – the hips – and eliminate the ability to uncoil. Taking a big step not only works against them by compromising the base, but it now puts the helmet and head closer to the contact zone.
Instead, energy is transferred from the uncoiling of the hips into the arms and focused out through the hypothenar into the contact surface of the opponent.
Explore the principles of the Bridge, Pillar and Buckle Fits and teach your players the basic foundational knowledge for Blocking and Defeating Blocks.
Instead of trying the stop a defender on a horizontal plane, the bridge technique deflects the opposing player’s force and redirects it where the offense wants him to go.
The Pillar technique allows players to apply and resist forces on the field as well as defend and disrupt the block at arm’s length without giving up control or compromising position.
Buckle Fits for Shoulder Contact
The Buckle technique provides offensive and defensive players sustainable power and control for high-speed contact when blocking and defeating blocks using the shoulders.
This is the 4-step progression for blocking and defeating blocks.
The first element in the C.U.F.F. progression, teaches the pre-contact body positions used within Bridge and Pillar Techniques.
Teaches how to extend or explode from the hips prior to contact to help players maximize force through their hands for the initial strike.
focuses on the strike or initial contact delivered onto an opponent. It touches on everything from hand placement to the optimal arm length required upon contact.
The final step of the C.U.F.F. progression, highlights techniques that develop players’ abilities to secure or win-back control of their opponent after the initial strike.
The skill progression for Blocking & Defeating Blocks is based on the Contact System, and there are several ways to take advantage of it, whether you're an new or experienced coach or a youth or high school coach.