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    Football Blocking Sled

    My son (10 yr old) LOVES tackle football after playing in his first (abbreviated) season this past fall. So I made him a blocking/tackling sled from some scrap shipping steel I had laying around - bought the pad online. Flame bend the ski's using an O/A torch and welded a plate post so we can stack those 45lb plates up and really make him work it! Depending on how hard and high he hits it I might need to plug some skid plates into the front tips but the weight of the a$$ end and pad itself might be enough to prevent that for now! ..... I'm pleased - he is super excited - so that is all that matters! Thx for looking

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    Re: Football Blocking Sled

    is this at his school?
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    Re: Football Blocking Sled

    no - actually - this is a 10,000sq ft warehouse we no longer actively use to store product in attached to my office. It has become a sorts of gymnasium with turf, a basketball hoop (court in background), batting cage, bench seats, soccer goals, lacrosse goals etc. to miscellaneous tools - it's getting a little out of hand - but when you find those deals - they get snatched up - then we put them in the 'warehouse' ..... the sled will go in my back yard eventually - but a fitting picture surface!

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    Re: Football Blocking Sled

    Quote Originally Posted by jfk92 View Post
    no - actually - this is a 10,000sq ft warehouse we no longer actively use to store product in attached to my office. It has become a sorts of gymnasium with turf, a basketball hoop (court in background), batting cage, bench seats, soccer goals, lacrosse goals etc. to miscellaneous tools - it's getting a little out of hand - but when you find those deals - they get snatched up - then we put them in the 'warehouse' ..... the sled will go in my back yard eventually - but a fitting picture surface!
    Nice job you done with that, that young fella will get lots of use from it

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    Re: Football Blocking Sled

    Nice. I’d 45* the bottom ends and weld on caps

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    Re: Football Blocking Sled

    Quote Originally Posted by motolife313 View Post
    Nice. I’d 45* the bottom ends and weld on caps
    I don’t play football and I know they make sleds like this but I’d be inclined to loop the ends together.


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    Re: Football Blocking Sled

    I agree on tying the ends together or adding two pieces at the end.
    Maybe set it up for someone to stand on or to set weights on it.


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    Re: Football Blocking Sled

    Quote Originally Posted by BD1 View Post
    I agree on tying the ends together or adding two pieces at the end.
    Maybe set it up for someone to stand on or to set weights on it.


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    Maybe mount a chair facing backwards and have a “chairleader” sit in it for extra weight and incentive


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    Re: Football Blocking Sled

    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Maybe mount a chair facing backwards and have a “chairleader” sit in it for extra weight and incentive


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    OK, that's it. I gotta have a beer in your honor Terry, cheers
    I think a "Cheer leader " on the chair would really be an incentive.


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    Re: Football Blocking Sled

    Unless it's a male cheerleader.

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    Re: Football Blocking Sled

    Agree on tying the ends together - currently just plastic capped - but know - the right thing to do is connecting them. Will lower impact stress compared to when the nose of a ski digs into the ground - and that's better for equipment and future NFL stars bodies! Right now - it's plenty a$$ heavy for these 10 yr olds. Plus I have the weight plate mounting post as well - but it'll be refreshing to take out the grinder for something other than a recent weld

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