The Rip-Spin-Crossover-Swim Drill for D-Linemen

The different attacking moves of a defensive lineman all get worked on in this great practice drill provided by the Youth Football Coaches Association.

The drill has four parts, where the defensive lineman works on four escape moves—the rip, the crossover swim, the swim and the spin. All four are great ways to lose an blocker and get to the ball carrier.


A diagram of the drill.

For a printable .pdf of this drill and others, visit the YFBCA website.

The Rip-Swim-Crossover-Spin Drill

Start the defensive lineman in a three-point stance, with four offensive lineman or dummies lined up in front of him. Staying low, the defensive lineman fires off the line. Attack the four blockers in front of you in this order:

  1. A rip move (undercut swing of inside arm)
  2. A crossover swim to the outside (inside arm swims over to side of offensive lineman)
  3. Swim over defender's outside shoulder with inside arm, driving elbow into the back.
  4. A spin move off the offensive lineman

The founder of Youth Football Coaches Association and current director is Joe Bouffard. Bouffard, affectionately known as Coach Bouf, is a veteran of 16 years of coaching experience at various levels that include youth, high school and college. While at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, Coach Bouf employed a passing attack offense that has led to 2007 and 2008 Class MM State Championships. Currently, Coach Bouf serves as offensive coordinator at Fairfield Warde High School in Connecticut.

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