The Offensive Line Baseball Swing and Punch Drill teaches the offensive linemen how to get out of their stance quickly, efficiently and ready to pass protect.
This drill emphasizes 3 main points in pass pro,
- the first is getting out of your stance and upright as fast as possible,
- the second is to get his hands up and
- the third is to deliver a punch.
- The O-lineman will be in a 3 point stance facing the line of scrimmage.
- The defender will stand perpendicular to the LOS, one step over the line (forcing the OL to take a small kick).
- The defender will be holding a shield upside down and sideways, like a baseball bat.
- On the coaches command, the defender will swing the bag at the o-lineman’s head, attempting to contact the facemask.
- The o-lineman must get upright and punch the bag away from his face.
- The o-lineman must move his feet in this drill, its not stationary.
- If your players lean on their punch a lot, have the defender throw a fake swing every once in a while to check if the offensive player is leaning.
- A more advanced form of this drill is to have the offensive player remove their helmet.
- This really makes them focus on getting upright, getting their hands up and not leaning into the punch.
This Offensive Line Baseball Swing and Punch Drill is contributed by ©2007 Tom Langton, at that time Offensive Line Coach at Kean University – The Kean Cougars are playing in the NCAA III – New Jersey Athletic Conference.