Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

First Advisor

Jacqueline Waggoner


The purpose of this qualitative study was to answer the following research questions: 1) Why is zone blocking preferred over traditional blocking schemes? 2) How can zone blocking make our running game more successful? 3) How do athletes rate the difficulty of zone blocking versus traditional blocking schemes? 4) What do game films reveal about the athletes' utilization of zone blocking? This study took place in a small rural high school located in the Pacific Northwest. The participants in this study were the starting offensive linemen on the varsity squad. Information was gathered through a variety of methodological approaches including interviews, texts, instructional videos, . Surveys, evaluations and statistics. In order to protect the participants' right to privacy and anonymity, pseudonyms were provided for all participants in this study.