Shield Punt Splits Are Critical

By FirstDown PlayBook on Jul 18, 2019

The majority of the high school punt teams have now gone to the Shield Punt method of punting the football.  There is a lot of merit to it when you can release your coverage before the ball is kicked.  However, there are some weaknesses with this style of punting the football.

Most of the time those players lining up to form the shield are bigger stronger and yes, slower players who will struggle to be a factor with coverage. This makes it all the more important to get your other seven coverage players out, while not sacrificing your protection.

One of the fundamental ways to make sure that you are going to have a chance to get your coverage down the field and maintain your protection for the kick point is to be very disciplined with your splits. These splits must fit your protection and your coverage scheme.

Today we have attached a short video that emphasizes the importance of teaching and demanding proper splits as you install your shield punt. In this video we use the older drawing tool but if you are a FirstDown PlayBook member then you know exactly how to go into the new 2.0 Draw & Edit version to find this!

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