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Cover: maximizing protection & coverage with the shield punt
Maximizing Protection & Coverage with the Shield Punt
with Courtney Messingham,
Iowa State University Assistant Coach;
4th in the nation in Punt Return Yardage Defense at 2.19 yds/return (2009)

Using the shield punt scheme, you can get seven players down field quickly, swarming to the ball and smothering any return before it gets started. Using this system, the Cyclones finished 4th in the nation in 2009 in yards per return (2.19) and 12th in the nation in net punt yards (38.3).

Iowa State Assistant Coach Courtney Messingham uses PowerPoint diagrams, practice footage and game footage to take you through an in-depth breakdown of the shield punting formation.

Use this formation to simplify your protection scheme and technique, put your better athletes on the front line, get your best long snapper on the field regardless of his size, and cut your coverage area down to 1/3 of the field.

Messingham gives you key teaching points and strategies for:

  • Choosing the best players to put at each position
  • Stance, alignment and splits for each position
  • Protection techniques and drills for each position
  • How to identify and number the defensive front to make the appropriate blocking calls on the field
  • Coverage lanes and responsibilities for each position.

In addition, Messingham shows you the three basic coverage schemes to use, complete with primary protection responsibilities. Game footage of each coverage scheme allows you to see how the scheme works.

The shield punting formation works against an 8-, 9- or 10 man front.

This in-depth presentation gives you everything you need to install shield punting into your special teams arsenal.


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Cover: shield punting: better protection, better coverage, better results
Shield Punting: Better Protection, Better Coverage, Better Results
with Paul Lounsberry,
Southern University Assistant Coach;
35 years as a football coach, including University of South Carolina, University of Central Florida, Temple University and Simpson College (IA)

The shield punt system is a simple and effective way to minimize your opponents' net punt return yards.

As an assistant coach under Lou Holtz at South Carolina, Paul Lounsberry's punt coverage teams faced fearsome punt returners every week in the SEC. Lounsberry needed a way to neutralize those returners' ability to break open a game with a great return. The shield punt provided exactly what he needed.

The traditional punt formation has only two gunners. Everyone else is tasked with protecting the punter until the kick is off, which means they lose time they could be using to go after the returner. The basic shield punt formation allows for much better coverage by spreading out seven gunners on the line of scrimmage with three defenders protecting the punter.

The shield punt is a simple formation that results in your opponents giving you fewer looks and allows you to minimize practice time spent on punt coverage. Your athletes have limited assignments which translates into quick learning and fewer reps in practice.

Lounsberry includes fakes and an innovative quick kick rugby style punt gives your punter a run/punt option.

In this DVD, Lounsberry discusses the formations, assignments and variations of the shield punt. Detailed diagrams show you exactly how to set up the coverage, and game footage shows you how to execute it.

Learn how to achieve better protection, better coverage and better results with the shield punt!

57 minutes. 2010.

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Cover: winning with the spread punt game
Winning with the Spread Punt Game
with J.T. Curtis,
John Curtis Christian School (LA) Head Coach,
2006 USA Today National HS Coach of the Year;
21 State HS Football titles

The punt game is on display in this DVD presented by legendary high school coach, J.T. Curtis. The "Five S's" form the foundation of winning special teams play. They are split, stance, set, strike and sprint. The center's first responsibility is to deliver the ball to the punter with perfect timing. Protection in this case is secondary. The center is given a zone to protect rather than a man so he can focus on the snap. The tackle and guard use a jump technique, jumping and hitting their man high. This technique eliminates the twist. The wider the end rusher gets, the more vertically set the wing gets. In Blue protection, all assignments are simply flipped to the opposite side. The Load call is used when the fifth man has any piece of the center. In high school, the 6-2 look is countered by the defense and their Man 33 Call. Another alignment is White Protection, demonstrated by Coach Curtis on the field with his players. When coaching the gunners, the split, shake, sprint, and stack techniques must be mastered. Little things are required during several drills, shown by Curtis.

58 minutes. 2007.

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