Have you ever played basketball or have you ever heard a basketball coach teaching his players to widen their base and extend the hips for leverage? Well, it’s no different when it comes to applying proper blocking techniques. I don’t care if you’re a lineman or a receiver, you can’t block effectively without a wide base and without kicking your hips backwards to create leverage. Additionally, you have to be able to move laterally with your opponent and you can’t do that with your feet too close together. The two key elements of blocking are a wide, low base and never cross-over your steps, always shuffle your feet.