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Darrell Hazell: Returning the Short Kickoff

Darrell Hazell: Returning the Short Kickoff
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  • Aggressively return the football versus sky kicks and pooch kicks to improve field position and score points
  • Learn how to identify indicators to determine how the opposing team will kick the ball
  • Identify the best special teams players on your roster for maximizing your success on game day
  • Teach your players to initiate and stay on blocks on kickoff return


with Darrell Hazell, Purdue University Head Coach;
former Kent State University Head Coach, 2012 MAC Coach of the Year

A kick return can change momentum within a game in the blink of an eye. Fair catching a sky kick or pooch kick typically establishes the line of scrimmage around the 25 yard line and reduces your chances of scoring. When the ball is returned beyond the 40-yard line, the offense scores 40% of the time (2 out of 5 possessions). Darrell Hazell has designed a kickoff return aimed at maximizing field position when returning sky kicks and pooch kicks. Coach Hazell explains how to run the return and uses multimedia slides and practice footage to break down his simple rules.

Coach Hazell begins with his philosophy of the short kick, which involves timing and spacing for success. The simple rules for this kickoff return system can be easily implemented, and coaches may find it matches many of the man return schemes they use today. You will learn:

  • six simple rules to running a kick return
  • indicators you can steam from your opponent's kick off team to give your return team a clue where the ball is being kicked
  • The important elements of the kick return game by position in order to keep effective timing and spacing
  • Tips and strategies to win your third of the field in order for an effective return, rather than worrying about the whole field
  • a drill he uses to identify players he thinks will have a knack for doing well on special teams
  • how to use a kickoff scrimmage to show your players the impact of great special teams play can have on the outcome of a game

Effective blocking techniques are covered in depth. Coach Hazell discusses four steps associated with great return blocking. The two-step punch drill will help teach your players to effectively initiate and stay on blocks. It focuses on how to use a violent hand strike and maintain leverage on a player once they engage them.

Take this philosophy and key strategies in the kick return game to your team this season. Become more efficient on offense by giving your team a chance to get the ball beyond the 40-yard line each kick return.

Produced at the 2014 Orlando Nike Coach of the Year clinic.

47 minutes. 2014.

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