Maximizing Kickoff Returns with Gap Scheme Principles

by John Weaver
Maximizing Kickoff Returns with Gap Scheme Principles


Want a simple was to become more efficient in your kicking game ... especially the kickoff return team. This course will allow you to maximize practice time and simplify how to make your KOR team special. During our State Championship run in 2020, the average starting point when teams kicked to us was the -42 yard line. Included: Game and practice footage of several returns.


The Coach


John Weaver

WR Coach (2021, 2020 & 2019 State Champs) & Head Boys Track (6 x State Champs 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 23) at Madison-Ridgeland Academy


John Weaver is in his 11th year at Madison-Ridgeland Academy as the Wide Receiver's Coach and Head Boy's Track Coach.

Back-to-Back-to-Back State Champion Coach (2021, 2020 and 2019)

In the 2019 campaign in football resulted with a State Championship as well as breaking the Mississippi High School Passing Record for most yards in a game with 593 in the Championship Game. Four of his receivers caught over 120 yards that night. Weaver also spearheads the Boys Track program claiming 3 of the last 5 State Championships (2015 - First in school history, 2017 and 2019).

Weaver will also be coaching WR's in winter of 2021 with Team USA

Below is an exerpt from The Right Defense For Your Program Volume 2 by PJ Gibbs outling the WR unit that Weaver runs at MRA.

While most leaders are good at casting a vision for their teams, they rarely define how each position group fits into that vision. As Wide Receivers Coach at Madison-Ridgeland Academy in Madison, Mississippi, establishing a shared identity inside his position group gave Coach John Weaver a chance to deepen relationships with his athletes and promote unity. Coach Weaver started by naming his unit. While players suggested names such as “Money Crew” or “Flight School,” the group opted to call ourselves the “Air Raid Brigade,” or ARB for short. The ARB serves as an extension of our team offense, which is built on air raid concepts, adding the discipline of a well-coached military unit.

When it comes to creating an identity, however, it is not the unit name that matters, but rather the principles the identity is built on. The dictionary defines identity as “the distinguishing character or personality of an individual.” A second definition simply states: “oneness.”Since its inception in Spring 2018, the ARB continues to evolve under Coach Weaver’s leadership. While the team welcomes everyone, ARB membership is exclusive. Every ARB member undergoes a process of indoctrination into the ARB micro-culture, beginning with being given a call sign. Inspired by the pop-culture movie “Top Gun,” call signs become a distinguishing characteristic of the players under Weaver’s command. Players are not allowed to name themselves. Instead, call signs are assigned by the group to a new member based on that person’s unique qualities. Coach Weaver uses each call sign to embrace individuality within the group while building oneness. When an ARB member graduates, call signs are retired, never recycled, ensuring that every ARB member leaves their own unique legacy on the group. ARB member Landon Fulcher, call sign “Suave,” put it best, stating: “The ARB is a family and we all have different roles, each person is one piece that fits perfectly in a puzzle. We all push each other to be the greatest we can be individually for the betterment of the entire team.”

Coach Weaver has a call sign too. To his players, he is not “Coach,” he is “Pilot,” a leader who not only knows the way, but someone who is behind his players every step of the way. Rayf “Vinsanity” Vinson said, “I just remember when Coach Weaver first started the ARB and since he was our coach and leader, he had to be called Pilot.”

Ratings and Reviews (8)

Ryan Culloty

Outstanding presenation and clinic. Kudos!

Apr 6, 21 11:08 AM

David Eddins

I thought the breakdown and different videos helped understand what the team needed to do.

Jun 11, 21 07:01 AM

Alford Lee

This course was very detailed and organised. Well done!!

Jun 27, 21 03:57 PM

Armond Scott

This is just what I needed. Love the detail and seems straight forward to teach

Aug 5, 21 10:18 AM

James Righter

Great stuff from Coach Weaver! We have been successful using his scheme and our kids truly believe we are going to get a great return...excellent clinic Coach Weaver

Sep 27, 21 07:00 PM

Lambert Brown

Very detailed KOR presentation that fits every team. The drills, presentations, and game film make it easy to teach to players and staff. Great job Coach.

Oct 18, 21 09:28 PM

Evan Berneche

Great course! Very easy to install. Doesn't take up a lot of practice time and easy to "flip it". We hadn't run a kickoff back in over 4years and this year we had 3 and 2 very close to being TDs. Our average starting position was routinely around the -40.

Jun 6, 22 10:30 AM

Tony Rodriguez

This course is great! Coach talks it, chalks it up, shows you how to practice it and then gives game cuts examples so you see it all come together easily. 1 of the easiest & simple clinics I have have ever watched.

Jun 12, 22 06:43 AM

This Course Includes

24 hours on-demand video
Streaming from mobile and TV
Lifetime access
Certificate of completion
100% money back guarantee

Course Info

Rating: (8)
Caterory: Football/Special Teams
Bookings: 99
Videos: 9