How to Down Block


A down block stops defensive penetration so that a run play can develop, ripping huge holes in the defense. Then the running back scores and the crowd goes wild. He gets all the glory while you work hard in the trenches, moving the biggest defenders out of his way and deferring all the credit. Such is life as an offensive lineman.

  • Get into a three-point stance and identify your blocking target. Locate his closer shoulder and determine which of your feet is closest to that shoulder.

  • Drive off your far-side foot when the ball is snapped, leading the charge with your closest foot.

  • Stay low with bent knees and a bend at the waist. Drive your head into the bottom of your target's nearer shoulder. Keep your hands out in front of your chest with palms up, pushing up and through your target's torso.

  • Drive your head into the middle of your target's chest, then snap the top of your helmet up into his eyes. Keep pushing with your hands and pumping your legs, driving your target straight back and down the field.

Tips & Warnings

  • Stay low, keeping your head below the head of your target at all times.
  • Do not overtly grab onto the defender's uniform or face mask. You will be called for a hold.

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