The video that I would like to discuss for this project is individual techniques for defensive backs. This video was done by Coach Nick Rapone of Temple University in Philadelphia. This film is titled Defensive Back Play from A-Z by Coaches Choice. I chose this short film because of my love of coaching the defensive secondary positions on the field and in the classroom. Coach Rapone gives a break down of the correct way that a defensive back should get ready to play pre-snap. During the film, he used two of his players Kevin Harvey and Leon Washington to aid him in his teaching.
The introduction is on the starting point of the stance that is used by DB’s. This part of his teaching gives three points of emphasis. The first is that DB’s level or center of gravity is at an even plane. The second point of emphasis is that the player keeps his weight over his knees. The third and final point that he made about the pre-snap stance is that he wants to be task specific about the skills that are used on the field of play.
The stance is outlined with Kevin as his assistant. Coach Rapone breaks down the stance one step at a time with the part of his teaching being a nice comfortable stance. The player should have one foot in front of the other so that he can be ready for the snap of the ball. During the breakdown of the stance, he also gives the importance of having the player’s weight on the balls of his feet with a little air at the back of the feet. In this stance, the player’s knees are bent and his back should be at a 45 degree angel. Coach Rapone also teaches that the player’s head and eyes should be up and the shoulders and arms should be relaxed.
I enjoyed this video, and I have learned the correct fundamentals that are involved so that I can teach players how to get their stance ready for pre-snap. I felt the entire video was coaching based and all about technique. I will use this as a teaching tool for student athletes in the future.
This segment was provided by Cleon Tollerson. Cleon is a third year student at American Public University majoring in Sports and Health Sciences with a concentration in Coaching studies.