|Austin #46 and #76 creating a seam for the runner.|
Blocks don't have to be perfect. Just control the defensive line for a few seconds, create a seam for a speedy runner. If you can get the tackler off balance, just keep her out of the seam for a few seconds, your ball carrier can zip through and head up the field.
|Strength against strength. Lily, #61, has position and|
is winning against her opponent.
Effective blockers learn to get lower than the defensive player. Lower means leverage. Lower gives the blocker an edge. Control. When I played in the offensive line, it was illegal for blockers to use their hands. Our technique was to keep hand near chest and drive the forearm into the midsection of the opponent. Today blockers tend to stand up more than when I played but still aim to get position on the opponent by getting lower and leveraging her backwards.
Blocking isn't just for the line. The best running backs and receivers know to block when someone else has the ball. I picked up an interesting series of photos during the Dallas game. Monica is a running back but in this series she blocks. And with remarkable results.
|Monica facing three would-be tacklers. Toni Fuller is the running back.|
|Monica nails the first of the three. Although she doesn't hit the|
others, her block throws them off their path toward Toni.
|And Toni scoots past Monica's block and uses her speed to elude|
the other tacklers for a substantial gain (Toni is hidden from view by
another Outlaw player coming to help.)
The block doesn't have to be perfect. Tackling a shifty runner is difficult under any circumstances. Doing it when a blocker is in your way makes it that much more difficult.
When I revisit a game in freeze frame on my computer, with Photoshop to zoom in an enlarge images, I'm always fascinated by the blocking. I love the line play because that's where I spent my not-too-illustrious career. And I love watching running backs heading up field running interference for the ball carrier.