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Cover: put the "special" in special teams by being unconventional
Put the "Special" in Special Teams by Being Unconventional

with Lew Johnston,
Western Branch HS (VA) Football Consultant/Assistant Coach (former Head Coach),
5x District Champions, 4x District "Coach of the Year";
former Nansemond-Suffolk HS (VA) Head Coach; 2015 VISAA Division III State Champions

In any evenly matched game, more often than not, a game can be won or lost on special teams.

In this comprehensive video, Coach Lew Johnston diagrams his unique perspectives on the kicking game that will give your team the advantage. He breaks down every crucial element that makes up special teams play, including kick-offs, kick-off returns, onside kicks, punt coverage, punt returns, & PAT/field goals.

Johnston details the personnel requirements for each team and diagrams all kick coverage schemes without great kickers. He also explains how he would adjust his schemes to take advantage of a talented kicker. You'll get detailed discussion and game footage that cover positional techniques, common mistakes to avoid, in-play communication systems, trick plays, a motivational sticker program, and specific goals for each phase. All of these tips will help you win games by increasing your special teams' effectiveness.

Kick-Off Team

Learn how to strike uncertainty into your opponents with sporadic and unpredictable kick-off coverage. Johnston demonstrates how the kickoff coverage team can be a strength even without a great kicker by ball placement and personnel. He covers six different kickoffs from his system, including his "pop-up" kick in which the kicker kicks the ball high and into the sideline. This allows the kickoff coverage team time to contest the return before the other team has a chance to return the ball. Johnston also diagrams the middle "squib" kick and onside kicks that he has used with great success over the years.

Kick-Off Return

Discover a "hybrid" return that blends cross-blocking and wedge returns that's simple to teach and execute, but difficult for the kickoff coverage team to cover. Johnston breaks down:

  • Which personnel to use at each position to ensure good starting field position for your offense.
  • The correct blocking techniques for your front line and wedge players so they can execute their blocking assignments.
  • The correct distance between the returners and your wedge blockers and a communication system to increase the likelihood for a successful return.
  • Drills that will keep your kickoff return team focused and ready for surprise kicks or onside attempts.

Kickoff return is your first offensive play, and by keeping alignments & assignments simple, your return team will produce good returns and gain better field position consistently.

Shield Punt Coverage

Being a student of the game, Johnston teaches you his team's version of the "shield" punt and their punt return scheme. He describes rules and techniques used by each player on the punt team, including the punter, to ensure that the kick doesn't get blocked. He also shows how to adapt the shield punt scheme to short yardage situations to ensure your punter has enough time to kick the ball away. You'll learn the coverage responsibilities of each member of the punt team, as well as personnel considerations at each position.

Additionally, Johnston also diagrams four fake punt plays (two run plays, two pass plays) that will allow you to attack any weakness in your opponent's defense and keep them on their heels.

Punt Return

Implement a punt return that has the components of a block side, wall side and potential reverse return. Johnston goes into detail describing individual techniques for each position, including the returners, as well as coaching points for blocking kicks.

Field Goal and PAT Scheme

Learn Johnston's unconventional philosophy for PAT and field goal block schemes to increase chances for big plays and keep the pressure on opposing teams.

  • Learn why Johnston advocates for going for two-point conversions after the first two scores.
  • Learn the correct path for players to take in order to block field goal/PAT attempts.
  • Learn how to attack field goal/PAT blocking schemes from both the inside and outside of the formation.

Don't miss out on the ultimate 'special teams toolbox!' This video alone can be your 'special teams coordinator' this season. Learn how to prepare your special teams to be unconventional so your opponent must use extra time to prepare!

160 minutes. 2017.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: tony levine: strategies for building your kickoff coverage
Tony Levine: Strategies for Building Your Kickoff Coverage
with Tony Levine, University of Houston Head Coach;
former Special Teams Coordinator (2008-11)

Before Tony Levine took over as head coach at the University of Houston, he made his presence known as the special teams guru during the 2008-11 seasons. Under his tutelage, the Cougars set several school marks and tied or broke seven NCAA records. In this dynamic presentation, Coach Levine discusses assembling and coaching a directional kick-off team that puts your best players in position to be successful.

Pinning your opponent deep is a lost art in the game of football. Coach Levine shares a detailed breakdown of this critical component-from personnel to technique to schemes. He uses the whole part, whole method approach to demonstrate various ways to gain field position by efficiently and effectively covering the kick-off. The use of directional kicks and the coverage each position takes is explained using an overhead presentation and game film. His lecture covers:

    key indicators to determine where the ball carrier is goingdifferent techniques to beat blocks and get to the ball carrierrecovery techniques to use when players get out of their lanessplitting your kickoff team into a kick side and field side so your primary tacklers are always on one sideand more

Using a multi-media presentation that includes practice footage, Coach Levine covers team and individual position breakdown drills. He gives an unprecedented look inside a detailed kickoff coverage scheme. Game footage is provided to show the application of each drill.

With top-level offenses, the importance of field position and effective kickoff coverage is vital for defensive success. Turn your coverage into a championship unit this season.

Produced at the 2013 Portland Nike Coach of the Year Clinic.

52 minutes. 2014.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: winning the special teams battle: organization & installation
Winning the Special Teams Battle: Organization & Installation
with Carl Johnson, Jenks (OK) High School Special Teams Coordinator;
2x State Champions and four Runner-up finishes in nine years at Jenks

Special teams is a crucial aspect in a game that can dictate a win or a loss. It is often times overlooked in practice, because of a lack of practice time. Carl Johnson of Oklahoma powerhouse Jenks High School discusses the importance of proper organization to maximize practice time for special teams in order to help special teams excel to a victory.

Coach Johnson begins with the keys to success that has made him a top special teams coordinator and a huge component to Jenks football success year in and year out. Organization is broken down from preparation to the season with coach responsibilities to the way each special team period is set up. All of the roles and responsibility are clear and concise for positive results.

Installation for special teams from the preseason on are outlined for you in order to gain a grasp of how you can implement an effective installation plan. The succession of each special team is outlined and how they build up in each other day after day.

Coach Johnson displays his use of technology and how it organizes and maximizes the reps his players get throughout each week not only physically, but mentally. The importance of organization on game day is also stressed and the steps you can take to make your game day adjustments easy.

Place your special teams above the competition with Coach Johnson and organizing an effective seasonal and daily program that is organized for success. Use these ideas to make the BIG plays this season!

Produced at the 2013 Las Vegas (NV) Nike Coach of the Year Clinic.

2013.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: winning the special teams battle 2-pack
Winning the Special Teams Battle 2-Pack
FD-04478A: with Carl Johnson, Jenks (OK) High School Special Teams Coordinator;
2x State Champions and four Runner-up finishes in nine years at Jenks

Special teams is a crucial aspect in a game that can dictate a win or a loss. It is often times overlooked in practice, because of a lack of practice time. Carl Johnson of Oklahoma powerhouse Jenks High School discusses the importance of proper organization to maximize practice time for special teams in order to help special teams excel to a victory.

Coach Johnson begins with the keys to success that has made him a top special teams coordinator and a huge component to Jenks football success year in and year out. Organization is broken down from preparation to the season with coach responsibilities to the way each special team period is set up. All of the roles and responsibility are clear and concise for positive results.

Installation for special teams from the preseason on are outlined for you in order to gain a grasp of how you can implement an effective installation plan. The succession of each special team is outlined and how they build up in each other day after day.

Coach Johnson displays his use of technology and how it organizes and maximizes the reps his players get throughout each week not only physically, but mentally. The importance of organization on game day is also stressed and the steps you can take to make your game day adjustments easy.

Place your special teams above the competition with Coach Johnson and organizing an effective seasonal and daily program that is organized for success. Use these ideas to make the BIG plays this season!

Produced at the 2013 Las Vegas (NV) Nike Coach of the Year Clinic.

2013.



FD-04478B: with Carl Johnson, Jenks (OK) High School Special Teams Coordinator;
2x State Champions and four Runner-up finishes in nine years at Jenks

Special teams is an essential aspect of a game plan that is often overlooked weekly. Carl Johnson takes an in depth look at several strategies to help you maximize your teams weekly special teams strategy. Special teams can truly make or break a season on one single snap so the ability to prepare for these situations are vital.

Coach begins by establishing his weekly schedule he puts in place in order to develop a high quality game plan for his team. From the day after the game to just a few hours prior to the game coach takes you through all the components. He begins with the grading process he puts in place while reviewing the film in order to evaluate his payers in order to put the best 11 on the field.

Each special teams unit is broken down for his preparation which include:

  • Kick off
  • Kick off return
  • Punt Protection Coverage
  • Punt return
  • PAT/FG
  • PAT/FG Block
  • Onside/Hands teams

Coach analyzes each unit in order to find opponent tendencies to maximize the way they can take advantage of an opponent error in a single snap. He is very detailed in every breakdown as he dissects the opponents every move and situation, which makes this DVD valuable to every coach.

Maximize your special teams at any level this season through proper game planning in order to exploit your opponents deficiencies!

Produced at the 2013 Las Vegas (NV) Nike Coach of the Year Clinic.

2013.



DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: winning the special teams battle: game planning
Winning the Special Teams Battle: Game Planning
with Carl Johnson, Jenks (OK) High School Special Teams Coordinator;
2x State Champions and four Runner-up finishes in nine years at Jenks

Special teams is an essential aspect of a game plan that is often overlooked weekly. Carl Johnson takes an in depth look at several strategies to help you maximize your teams weekly special teams strategy. Special teams can truly make or break a season on one single snap so the ability to prepare for these situations are vital.

Coach begins by establishing his weekly schedule he puts in place in order to develop a high quality game plan for his team. From the day after the game to just a few hours prior to the game coach takes you through all the components. He begins with the grading process he puts in place while reviewing the film in order to evaluate his payers in order to put the best 11 on the field.

Each special teams unit is broken down for his preparation which include:

  • Kick off
  • Kick off return
  • Punt Protection Coverage
  • Punt return
  • PAT/FG
  • PAT/FG Block
  • Onside/Hands teams

Coach analyzes each unit in order to find opponent tendencies to maximize the way they can take advantage of an opponent error in a single snap. He is very detailed in every breakdown as he dissects the opponents every move and situation, which makes this DVD valuable to every coach.

Maximize your special teams at any level this season through proper game planning in order to exploit your opponents deficiencies!

Produced at the 2013 Las Vegas (NV) Nike Coach of the Year Clinic.

2013.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions


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