DEFENSIVE LINE TEACHING PROGRESSIONS:

OFFENSIVE LINE TEACHING PROGRESSIONS:

LINEBACKER TEACHING PROGRESSIONS:

RUNNINGBACK TEACHING PROGRESSIONS:

PHASE 1

  • Stance / Back Pedal
  • Shuffle Tech
  • Agility
  • Footwork
  • Speed Turn
  • Change of Direction
  • Body Control
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Ball Drills

PHASE 2

  • Base Tackling Fundamentals
  • Eyes & Leverage
  • Aiming Points / Safety
  • POA & Finish Drills
  • Situational Tackling & Turnovers

PHASE 3

  • Man Cover Work
  • Eyes & Footwork
  • Press Technique
  • OFF Technique
  • Route Reading & Leverage
  • Switch Man Technique
    • Communication
  • Lock Man Technique
    • Leverage
  • Defending the Deep Ball
    • Look, Lean, Locate

PHASE 4

  • Zone / Match Cover Defense
  • Zone Drops / Wall Drops
  • Basic Zone / Man / Match Cover Concepts
  • Live Half Skelly Execution & Coaching Points
  • Off The Line Blitz Game
  • Cover Zero Blitz Tech

RECEIVERS TEACHING PROGRESSIONS:

DEFENSIVE BACK TEACHING PROGRESSIONS:


PHASE 1

  • Stance
  • Agility
  • Footwork 1st & 2nd steps
  • Posture
  • Hand/ eye placement
  • Duck progression
  • Run blocking - technique/ fundamentals hand/ hips
  • Man concept - base/ reach/ cut/ off/ down block

PHASE 2

  • Run concept - man, zone inside/ outside
  • Run game progression frontside vs backside
  • Double teams - post man / drive man
  • POA and finish drills vs LB's
  • Gap scheme (drills for each)
  • Zone scheme (drills for each)

PHASE 3

  • Pass Protection Intro
  • Understanding alignment
  • Pass sets - inside/ outside vs alignments
  • Hand placement/ targeting/ striking
  • Angle A & B
  • Picking up the blitz
  • Agility drills - power/ kick steps
  • Agility drill progression

PHASE 4

  • Slide protection - half/ full line
  • 5/6/7 man defender concepts
  • Stunt & blitz pickup vs concepts landmarks
  • Pass rush counter techniques
  • Twist games and reading the LB in pass
  • One on one pass rush drills

QUARTERBACK TEACHING PROGRESSIONS:

What: Phases are a set of teaching regiments designed for optimal coach-to-athlete retention

Why:Breaking the lessons down into planned phases increases the athletes understanding and well-rounded improvement

When: Over the entire course of the winter academy

Where: Our Burlington, York Region & Waterloo Region academies

How: Our coaches have had success at the highest level of Canadian football and they have planned their phases accordingly to resonate most with members of the academy

Introducing the newest addition to our Winter Academy* - Position Specific Phases

*Phases are for Burlington, Waterloo & York Region Academies only


PHASE 1

  • Basic Passing Fundamentals
  • Footwork

PHASE 2

  • 3 Step Drops, Plant, Throw
  • 5 Step Drops, Plant Throw
  • Hitch & Throw
  • Under Centre & Shotgun 

PHASE 3

  • Pre-Snap/Post Snap Recognition
  • Understanding the Philosophy
  • Timing & Anticipation

PHASE 4

  • Play Action & Movement
  • Throwing on the Run
  • Pocket Presence & Awareness
  • Movement Within the Pocket
  • Extending the Play Outside the Pocket

PHASE 5

  • Understanding Concepts in the Passing Game
  • Attacking the Defense
  • Coverage Recognition & How to Exploit the Weaknesses


PHASE 1

  • Stance
  • Agility
  • Footwork
  • Change of Direction
  • Body Control
  • Ball Security Work / Ball Drills

PHASE 2

  • Mesh Work With QB's
    • Proper Hand Placement
  • Footwork for Different Run Plays
    • Various Backfield Sets
  • Run Reads for Different Run Plays
    • Zone, Counter, Toss, Lead
  • Eyes & Vision Through Drills
    • Reaction / Cut Drills
  • More Ball Security With Drills for Breaking Tackles (Stiff Arm, Etc)

PHASE 3

  • Pass Protection Work
  • Keys
    • Coverage Rotation
  • Technique
    • Hand Placement & Footwork
  • Run Blocking Drills (For Fullbacks)
    • Work With O-Line at Times
  • Teach Different Blitz Options With O-Line
    • Improve Vision & Communication

PHASE 4

  • Passing Game Work
  • Ball Drills
    • Deep & Shallow
  • Route Concepts With Technique Improvement
  • Coverage Reads
  • Ball Security 
    • Catch, Tuck, Stiff Arm

PHASE 1

  • Stance
  • Agility
  • Footwork
  • Change of Direction
  • Body Control
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Ball Drills

PHASE 2

  • Base Tackling Fundamentals
  • Eyes & Leverage
  • Aiming Points / Safety
  • POA & Finish Drills
  • Situational Tackling & Turnovers

PHASE 3

  • Run Game Keys
  • Proper Footwork & Hands
  • Different Run Concepts
    • Zone, Counter, Zone Read
  • Taking on The Double Team
  • Shuffle / Chase Technique
    • 50/50 or Gap Eliminate
  • Pull / Sub Game
    • Spill Tech or Box Tech

PHASE 4

  • Pass Rush Fundamentals
  • Stance / Width for Different Concepts
  • Get Offs and Cross Keying the Waggle
  • Inside Hand With Rip & Reach
  • Long Arm, Spin Move & Counters
  • Zone or Wall Drops 
    • Defensive Ends
  • Cover Zero Blitz Tech


PHASE 1

  • Stance
  • Agility
  • Footwork
  • Change of Direction
  • Body Control
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Ball Drills

PHASE 2

  • Base Tackling Fundamentals
  • Eyes & Leverage
  • Aiming Points / Safety
  • POA & Finish Drills
  • Situational Tackling & Turnovers

PHASE 3

  • Run Reads
  • Run Game Play Progressions
  • Gap Scheme
  • Zone Scheme
  • Shuffle / Chase Technique
    • 50/50 or Gap Eliminate
  • Post Hand & Attacking the Double Team 

PHASE 4

  • Pass Game Defense
  • Zone Drops / Wall Drops
    • Man Technique
  • Basic Zone / Man / Match Cover Concepts
  • Live Half Skelly Execution & Coaching Points
  • Blitz / Pass Rush Technique & Fundamentals
  • Off the Line Blitz Game
  • Mugged Up Blitz Tech
  • Cover Zero Blitz Tech


PHASE 1

  • Stance/ First steps
  • Agility
  • Footwork
  • Change of direction
  • Stance/ first steps
  • How to properly catch a football

PHASE 2

  • Blocking Fundamentals
  • Eyes and hand placement
  • Route Tree (quick game) teach stemming
  • Catching on the move/ body control tracking football

PHASE 3

  • Route Tree (5 step)
  • Eyes & footwork
  • Working against press technique
  • Running routes vs off man
  • Tracking ball with a defender present
  • How to break a DB leverage

PHASE 4

  • 2 man route concepts (switch release)
  • Reading zone (finding holes/ pulling defenders to create space)
  • Working as a unit in half skelly with the QB
  • Man and zone running
  • Attacking the football once it's in the air