GOD Offensive Line Blocking Rules vs SAB and Others for Youth Football Coaches

Written by Dave on April 11th, 2007

First of all let me say that if your blocking rules are working for you and you are winning most or all of your youth football games, by all means stick with what works for you and with what you and your football coaches know.

On the other hand if you are considering having your youth football team learn GOD or (Inside Gap, On, Unconditonal Down)
and are comparing it to Solid, Track or SAB blocking here are some things to consider:

IN GOD blocking we are not going to ask our least athletic players to do things they can’t do. In youth football we are often left with many smaller and/or unathletic linemen to work with, even starters. In youth football if you are coaching a non-select football team you can’t cut players or send them to a JV squad, they are on your team and most of you have minimum play rules requiring that you get them playing time.
As you know from doing close quarters blocking and tackling drills, even these weaker players have a chance in those drills. But once you put them “in space” in the open field with blocking or tackling drills, the weaker kids fail miserably. So why would you put these players “in space” against the other teams most nimble players? The linebackers? That makes zero sense to me. Weaker less athletic offensive linemen are going to whiff 9 times out of 10 on athletic, fast, moving, “In space” linebakers. So you are wasting 2-3 players every play using this method and in essensce start off playing each play with 8 or 9 vs 11 football.

In GOD you are getting lots of double teams and down blocks, very easy blocks to execute on defencive lenemen in very tight quarters. We dont even need to teach a difficult reach block in this scheme. In GOD we are pushing those double teamed defenders to the second level, and the offensive linemen are getting to see some success even against much bigger kids. As we push those defensive linemen to the second level we are making the linebackers get off their normal pursuit paths. With SAB blocking you get ZERO double teams. If you have weaker smaller linemen or even one weak and small linemen, and he is facing a big stud defensive tackle, how is he going to move the defender one-on-one off the line of scrimmage? He won’t, but he can if he gets help on a double team.

In the Single Wing Offense we may pull a player, but we will only be pulling our most athletic lineman, he can block linebackers, but putting our other 6 linemen, our very weakest and least athletic kids on the other teams most athletic and fastest kids ( linebackers) doesn’t make much sense to me. I’ve taught track blocking, when we ran it in the “I” formation. Our linemen rarely blocked anyone and became very frustrated. Our kids were moving along a stationary track, while the defenders were moving all over the place, most of our kids rarely blocked anyone at all, there was too much confusion of whether the defender was on their track or not. We didn’t win many football games with it either.

In GOD the kids know who they are going to block each and every play, with track blocking it depends on who they see as they get down the track. Too much looking and too much hesitation in my book for coaching youth football. I have found that hesitation and looking and lack of aggression often go hand in hand. In GOD the kids know who they are going to block and because of that confidence and knowledge my kids are usually the aggressors.

Teachng GOD is a snap, we start teaching the word GOD in the very first football practice, by the end of the first week everyone has it down. By the second week even our first year players usually have it down cold. It’s certain and simple, they like that. They don’t have to think real hard to make it work and we don’t put them “in space”. Since we switched to GOD blocking my offensive line has ALWAYS been the most dominant one in the league, it is the way to go in youth football.

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This has been another post into Dave Cisar’s Winning Youth Football Site
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13 Responses to “GOD Offensive Line Blocking Rules vs SAB and Others for Youth Football Coaches”

  • Coach J says:

    Love the article, but Coach under GOD blocking rules what does a lineman do when/if a LB moves up to a previously unoccupied gap a split second before the ball is snapped?? It would seem that the LB would have a decent chance of sneaking into the backfield if the OL had decided already that his responsibility was “On” and not “Gap” because the gap was previously unoccupied. At least it would seem that it would make the lineman confused as to whom he should block or how he should react in this circumstance.

  • davecisar says:


    Good question, the inside gap is always the first responsibility. Olinemen need to keep their heads up and continually scan their front prior to the snap. If a linebacker is hovering near the LOS, there is a high probabilty he is coming, if the LB is further back than a yard at the snap, doubtfull he’s going to make it into the backfield in youth football.

    When you are drilling your olinemen with GOD, you have 5-6 defenders across from them, you start with the quizz, one by one each olinemen goes through the progression and tells you who he is going to block. Then you align, first step freeze it, second step fit it and freeze. All this is in the oline DVD and more etc Obviously the next progression, have players move before you first step freeze, second step freeze. You have to prepare them for this type of tactic, be able to respond to it and feel confident they can do it. Panic is not a problem if you rep it in this fashion.

    If linebackers are going to play those dancing games, you want to run a lot of first sound wedge plays, then go to no play. If they can’t time the snap count, that approach is pretty useless.

  • Mark Johnson says:

    These are great blocking rules. But one question, in the case of the center being in the middle, what would be his “inside” gap, or would the other linemen’s rules dictate who he blocks. For example, if defensive linemen are in both a gaps, who would he block?

  • davecisar says:

    Good question
    The Center blocks Man On, no one there he steps playside
    On traps, counters and reverses, his rule is MOMA- Man on, Man away from the play

  • Coach Paul says:


    We utilize the GOO rule, very similar to GOD. In lining our offense up against different fronts, I am still seeing unblocked defenders. We run out of a Power I with a single TE. This gives me 6 down lineman. Do you inlcude your TE in the blocking scheme? If so, this typically leaves the DE unblocked. Should my center always check ON. If he is uncovered he should then block playside Gap??

  • davecisar says:

    We kickout the edge defender with a running back on powers, on sweeps we pin him in with the Wing. We ALWAYS block every line of scrimmage defender minus the backside away edge. If he gets us from behind he is jumping our snap count or crashing and we score with a complementery play or send backfield action at him. Center steps playside with exception of traps and counters where his rule is MOMA, man on man away. The TE is on the LOS- he adheres to the blocking rule BUT the rule is just the rule. We have multiple schemes, trap, G, power, counter, sweep etc- on those plays it tells the line what they are going to do. Everyone blocks GOD except for 1 or 2 players who do something different. The base rule is just part of the scheme

  • Coach Ken says:


    I’ve been following GOD rules from your book for three years. Im guessing its a 2009 edition. Where can I get updated blocking rules. The MOMA is new to me and I wonder what else I should have.

  • davecisar says:

    Coach Ken

    Note your book also has the MOMA rule- man on man away for the Center on the 31 trap and 43 reverse plays. We’ve always run those 2 plays that way.

    Best of luck

  • Chad says:

    We are new 5th 6th grade staff and I’m O line coach. I like not requiring O linemen to block backers. But, GOD seems to leave backers dangerously unattended. Do I just need to figure out how and when to pull an athletic linemen? Any other general strategies? We’ll run double tight split backs. (I ordered the O line CD but don’t have it yet.) Thanks!

  • davecisar says:

    Our offense always pulls 1 Lineman. Our backs also block Linebackers. Since we are a direct snap Single Wing team and play 11-vs 11, our QB is not a handoff machine, we don’t play 10 vs 11 etc. So we have plenty of backs to lead the play AND we use a lot of backfield action to take defenders away from the play. IF someone runs something like a 4-4, we just wedge every single down until they move into a 5-3 or 6-2. No 4-4 team has a chance against a half way decent wedge play.

  • Chad says:

    Thanks coach. Wedge blocking’s not allowed in our league and we do have a traditional QB. I think we’ll have to use a lot of lead blocking out of the backfield against 4-4.

  • TOM K says:

    Coach, I have been running the Single Wing for the past 2 seasons but out of a Balanced formation (League Rules). This year I am taking a travel team (due to the success I had running SW) and I can finally run unbalnced. I have been drawing up certain defenses and running G.O.D. against it. The one problem I see is when Defenses line up with Defenders over the RG, C, and RT. It prevents the RG from Pulling. I know the correct call is “STAY” Keep the RG home and run 16 Power or Sweep. I guess my question is “IS THERE A CALL OR RULE or AUTO-STAY CALL” for this type of incident.

  • davecisar says:

    I usually don’t bother trying to force the issue, there are MANY more efficient plays to run including 14 Power and 14 Trap, neither of them require the RG to pull. More on that in the Single Wing 303 Materials.

    When we don’t want the RG to pull, we call “no”, meaning the RG doesn’t pull.

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