Blocking_ Re-Examining Why & How We Do What We Do

Blocking is the skill we most often have to re-teach at every level of the game. This session will be an exploration of the various blocking practices we encounter, how they came to exist, and the mindset that will allow us to adapt, improve, and refine how we teach it. Some questions we'll explore... Should blocking even be valued in your program? How would we define successful blocking at various levels? Why should we examine how we teach it? What are some common ways it is taught and how can we improve them? When asked to teach blocking, coaches have a golden opportunity to reinforce values that will create sustained success for years to come. Or they can do what they've always done... line the kids up and start teaching the footwork. In this session, we're going to explore this more. It will be an argument for a higher focus on reading and vision from the very first moment the skill is taught, before the crossover step, the shuffle step, or any other footwork patterns are brought into play.

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