t's a common misconception that you need fancy equipment to improve your D-Line. All the tools you need can be purchased for less than $100 bucks.

That's why for D-Line Examples #100 I'll be breaking down how to create your own DIY (do it yourself) equipment set.

Trash Cans

Instead of getting expensive pop ups, use trash cans to improve your D-Line's ability to hip flip and run stunt. You may even find a few laying around your school that you can pick up for free!

Cost: Free - $40 (link)

Lax Ball on String

Rather than carrying a bulky ball and stick around all day, simply attach some string to a LAX ball using a thumbtack and walla you have a grab and go tool to practice get off.

Cost: $16 (ball, string, thumbtack)


Rings can help break down complex movements, like flipping your hips, into simple step by step progressions (example below).

Cost: $15 (link)


Cones should be in any D-Line coaches starter kit. They provide a way to easily create visual landmarks for players (e.g. bend of the edge).

Cost: $12 (link)

Tennis balls

D-Line is all about stimulus response. The quicker the response the closer you'll be to making plays. Tennis balls can be used to develop this skill in both the pass and run.

Cost: $12 (link)

Goal post

If you're school can't afford a sled, a goal post is a great alternative to work hand placement and hip explosion and the best part is that comes with any football field!

Cost: free


A buddy to practice with is your greatest asset as a D-Linemen. All the drill equipment in the world can't simulate what a person can and can be especially useful in developing recognition to different blocking schemes.

Cost: free

A final word

In closing, you don't need thousands of dollars to develop a great defensive line. Just a bit of creativity and ingenuity.

As you can see below for less than $100 bucks you can develop all the block destruction and pass rush skills you need to create a truly elite defensive line.

DIY drill kit total: $95

  • Trash cans: $40
  • Lax ball on string: $16
  • Rings: $15
  • Cones: $12
  • Tennis balls: $12
  • Goal post: Free
  • Partners: Free

That's all for this week! Hope you all have a great week!

And whenever you are ready, there are 2 ways I can help you:

  1. Learn how to turn your D-Line into a block destruction machine here (1,100+ students)
  2. Learn how to develop top tier pass rushers and a lethal pass rush attack here (1,000+ students)
Sep 27, 2022
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