Cross blocking is a technique I will use at every age level except for first year tackle or flag players. Any players competing in their first year need to be able to man, drive and pass block before they get into any other type of blocking.
The Cross block, is exactly as it sounds and is executed by having two blockers cross in front (or back) of each other to attack the defensive line. I will Cross block with the following positions:
- Guard and Tackle
- Tackle and Tight End
- Tight End and Slot
- Guard and Guard (unbalanced line)
The only player on the line we do not run a Cross block with is the Center. We need to make sure he is concentrating on executing the snap.
Depending on the play, we will advise the player who goes first when executing the Cross block. We work on the timing, as this is crucial for this block to succeed. We use the Cross block to give us a better angle to block against certain defenders. This is especially apparent with the Slot. Our Slots have great angles versus the outside linebackers and defensive ends so we have them cross on a regular basis. If the defense lines up in the gaps, we can call a cross, which gives us a better blocking angle while freeing up a defender to release and block a linebacker.
As you progress throughout your season adding the Cross block will help your youth football offense more effective.