Technique Tuesday – Linebacker Stance

March 29th, 2016

Perfecting the linebacker stance is key to being an asset on the field. By training your body to stay in the correct football stance, it ensures that every step a linebacker takes will make a positive impact.

  • Linebackers use a two-point stance, as opposed to the three or four point stance used by lineman. This gives the player good field vision, and they are ready to move.
  • Keep your feet a little more than shoulder width apart, with all of your weight on your instep. Toes should be pointed inwards. This ensures a well-balanced stance and prevents false steps.
  • Hips are the key to success. Everything in the stance comes from bending at the knees and hips. This helps players to stay low and in a good football position.
  • Do not bend at the back. This requires more time during movements, having to stand up and readjust. Bend only at the hips and knees to stay in the ready position.
  • Tuck your elbows into your sides, in a ready running position. This keeps you in the ready position, and your hands are tight, compact, and able to attack.
  • Your first steps should be a positive step, no more than six inches in the direction of the ball. Staying in the low stance allows you to be ready to move and not waste any time.
  • The first step you take out of your stance is the most critical. Use your first step as a foothold to push off of as you build speed for your play.
  • Keep your feet moving and your center of balance low. Once you make your initial move, make sure to run through the play, staying low with your chest up.

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