Special Teams Run the Hoop Drill


The purpose of this Special Teams Run the Hoop Drill is to teach and practice taking the correct path when trying to block a punt.


Split into 3 groups.

One person will go at a time out of each line.

You can use dots or bell dummies to mark the splits.

Outside defenders will attack up field and then run the hoop tight to the block point.

The 5 and 6-man will rip up field and work to the side of the punters leg.

Make sure they do not run into the punter.

The coach will be the punter and make sure that the defenders block the ball correctly.

Coaching Points

  • Running to lauch point, so they don’t run accidently into punter
  • Check for correct hand placement


  • 6 dots
  • 2 hoops
  • 3 Footballs

This Special Teams Run the Hoop Drill is contributed by ©2007 Randy Hedberg, at that time Head Coach at St. Cloud State University – The St. Cloud State Huskies are playing in the NCAA II North Central Conference (NCC).
Randy Hedberg is now the Associate Head Coach at the NDSU Bisons, which play in the NCAA Div I MVFC