Receiver Drills Using Tennis Balls

I found this interesting post on making your receivers better by focusing on a smaller target, like a tennis ball.  The best part is drill like this is also fun, so they kids get better while having a good time.

How Tennis Balls Help Make Drastic Improvements with Receivers : Football Drills & Plays

This is one of the receiver drills the players and I enjoy doing often. This drill is a fantastic way to improve hand eye coordination and will improve reaction time.

Receiver Drill Using Tennis Balls
For the receivers:
I have half of my receivers line up about 7-10 feet away from a wall, facing a wall. (Spread players out several feet)

Then I have the other half stand behind them with a tennis ball.

The drill starts by me telling the guys catching the ball, which hand to catch with, (alternating between right,left and both)

Then the player with the tennis ball throws the ball against the wall, and the object is to have the playing facing the wall catch the ball.(without knowing where the ball will be thrown)

For the more advance, you can adjust this drill by:

A. Having the players lie face down on the ground, then jump up as ball is thrown.
B. Have the players run in place (facing the thrower) then as ball is throw, players turn to catch ball.

This is a simple drill, however I have seen drastic improvements with receivers, after implementing this drill in practice.

So if you have the time why not give this a try?

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Receiver Blocking Techniques

Check out these great tips on wide receiver blocking.  This post covers many of the different kind of blocks most wide receivers are required to make.

A Few Wide Receiver Blocking Techniques
by FIGUREFOUR on Offensive Strategy

Blocking, like running a pass route, begins with the stance and take off. It is imperative that a receiver get off the line fast to give the defender the impression that he is running a fade route and will not cheat to stop the run. If you have not reviewed our discussion on lining up, getting in a proper stance, and exploding off the line of scrimmage, it is recommended reading for all facets of the receiver position.

When throwing a block, remember the defender’s run support keys. If the defender is on the edge, he has to keep his outside shoulder free to eliminate getting sealed from the sideline. For our purposes here, you will need to remember three basic concepts for the defender (assume cornerback) in a run support role: Force the offensive player towards the middle of the field, go through the receiver to get to the ball carrier, and don’t miss a tackle.

Stalk Block:

The stalk block is an effective technique often used when a receiver is lined up on the play side of the offensive formation. The receiver will need to be alert and show awareness to throw this block, as the receiver will need to position himself to be able to successfully stalk block. A common example of this block is a WR blocking the cornerback who is lined up directly in front of the receiver.

The first item that the receiver will need to identify is the depth of the defender off the LOS. A defender’s depth will dictate the angle that the receiver will need to take to put himself in proper position. This will also dictate the aiming point for the receiver as he attempts to block the defender. A defender playing closer to the LOS is more likely to be able to rip through a receiver and get to the football. Hence, the receiver will want to run at the defender (he may even use the defender’s inside shoulder as an aiming point) to assure that he keeps his body between the football and the defender.

Rule of Thumb: The receiver will also want to identify the technique that the defender is playing, as a defender playing a slide step will be able to look into the backfield and make a run-read quicker than a defender dropping into a straight backpedal. Typically, a defender playing a backpedal technique will be focused on the receiver and is more likely playing man as opposed to a defender playing the slide step.

Rule of Thumb: Regardless of the attack point chosen (whether outside the defender’s numbers or the middle of his body), the receiver must assure that he gets himself in the best position to eliminate his defender from the play. His goal is to close the defender’s cushion quickly yet under control. When the receiver is within a yard or two, he will break down, squatting to put his hips at a lower elevation than the defender’s. Remember this, in football the low man ALWAYS wins, as the sport centers around basic leverage.

Once the receiver is close to the defender, he will assure that he is under control and will mirror the defender. By mirroring the defender (similar to the technique a basketball defender uses when guarding his offensive opponent), the receiver can maintain proper body control AND maintain his position between the defender and the ball carrier. Often, a slide technique is used by the receiver to position and reposition himself based on the defender’s movements.

As the defender approaches on a run-read, the receiver will maintain an optimal leverage position (keeping a low center of gravity) and will get into the defender’s body. The receiver will then “seal” his block by turning the defender either towards the sideline or towards the middle of the field. By sealing off the defender, the receiver creates a running alley for the ball carrier. Running backs are coached to watch the receiver, identify which direction the seal will occur, then cut off the blocker’s butt on the seal side.

The goal for the receiver is to engage the defender, get into his body, turn the defender, the drive, drive, drive. Once engaged, the receiver cannot be complacent to simply keep the defender at bay. He MUST show some leg drive and keep his legs moving to push the defender around.

Running off a Defender:

This technique is really straight forward. The receiver (through coverage recognition or through in-game experience) is 100% positive that the defender is focused on him (usually, this is a straight-man read). The receiver then fires off the LOS and runs a fade route, being sure to run his route at least 2 yards outside of the defender to the boundary side. Since the defender is focusing solely on the receiver, he will turn with the receiver and run with him down the field, effectively eliminating him from providing run support. The receiver should only try this if he absolutely knows the defender will turn and run with him. Otherwise, he should revert to the stalk block described above.

Crack Back Block:

A designed crack back by a receiver involves the receiver blocking a linebacker or a safety, from the outside-in, who usually doesnt see him coming until its too late. These blocks also usually involve an offensive play designed to go outside of the tackles. At the snap of the ball, the play quickly moves to the outside. The linebacker is reading the lateral run and tries to position himself outside to make the stop. The receiver runs something similar to a slant route, decleating the unsuspecting linebacker who is naturally drifting towards the boundary due to play design.

The receiver wants to get off the ball and immediately move towards the middle of the field. The receiver then needs to identify his target and put himself in the linebacker/defender’s path of movement. Immediately before contact, the receiver needs to be under control. He will lower his center of gravity and explode into (and through) the linebacker at impact. The result is the linebacker laying on his back, eliminating a playside tackler for the ball carrier. We should note that the execution of this block should be fairly rare. The corner should recognize the potential for a crack back as soon as he reads run and sees the receiver coming across the field. The defender will then warn his teammate of the crack back by screaming “Crack, Crack”. Trust me, a linebacker hearing these words will get his head on a swivel because being on the receiving end of one of these is painful.

To combat this, a defensive coach will teach OLBs to take a “crackback” alignment presnap. The LB is taught to line up close to the LOS and will square his body up facing the QB or the RBs. This basically takes the possibility of a crack block out of play because a) the WR would have to come behind the LOS to get in front of the LB and b) because you can’t execute a block into his back. That WR has to turn the LB or wait for him to turn to face before he can block him, or it is a penalty.

Crack back blocks also occur downfield. Often a defender will be trailing a play or coming across the field to try to make a play. In such a scenario, the defender is solely focused on the ball carrier. The downfield receiver identifies this and throws a vicious block on the unsuspecting defender.

There have been rule changes on the legality of this block, but I see them as a gray area and will describe the block as though such changes do not exist. I will also note that this block is a potential KO shot and can involve a severe collision for the player receiving the block.

Other notes:

Often, a smart receiver can take his man out of the play without even making contact with the defender. If the receiver is the playside receiver and recognizes that the defender across from him is in man coverage, the receiver can run a fly route towards the defender’s outside shoulder to get the defender to turn away from the play and run with the receiver. This is also effective in some Cover 3 and Cover 4 looks as well, as the defender has to respect the receiver’s deep threat IF he cannot read a run play quickly enough.

If the defender is utilizing a backpedal technique, the receiver should attack the defender just outside of his jersey number. The defender here is more likely to turn with the receiver, thus putting his back to the LOS. If the receiver realizes the defender is playing hard man and can get him to open his hips, he may wish to utilize the “Running off a Defender” technique. If the defender is playing a slide technique, he will be watching what is going on in the backfield AND the receiver. In the case of a “soft corner”, the receiver should attack the middle to inside of the defender off the LOS. In the case of a “hard corner”, the receiver HAS TO attack the middle to inside of the defender off the LOS. If the defender is playing further (7 yards or more) off the ball, the receiver has more room to work and should attack–aiming point to which the receiver should try to initiate contact–the outside the defender’s jersey number, especially if the play is a wide run (i.e., toss sweep or something similar). Otherwise, the receiver cannot allow the defender to get inside and thus must attack the middle of the defender because he cannot chance the defender using speed/balance to get around the blocker.

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Ten Suggested Evening Snacks for Football Players

10 Simple Evening Snacks Suggestions for an Athlete

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Check out this great article on “10 Simple Evening Snacks Suggestions for an Athlete” written By Jenn Stranzl Sports Performance Nutritionist, RD, CISSN

” As an athlete, it is important to fuel your body every 3-4 hours. This is much different than the saying “You shouldn’t eat anything beyond 7PM.” Choosing a balanced evening snack is to your advantage because of the body’s demands as an athlete. For example, it is essential as an athlete to stock up your muscles with glycogen (the stored form of carbohydrate) well before practice/performance. Kind of like going on a road trip, you need to fuel up before going for the long haul. Make sure an evening snack includes both carbohydrate, protein, and may also include a small amount of fat.
1.1 glass of low-fat chocolate milk and a banana
2.One bagel with peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese
3.1 bowl of cereal with low-fat or skim milk
4.1 medium fruit with low or non-fat yogurt, topped with almonds
5.½ turkey or lean ham sandwich with lettuce, tomato, mustard, and one slice of cheese or ½ peanut butter and jelly sandwich
6.One bowl of oatmeal with fresh fruit
7.1 ½ graham cracker sheets (OR 12-grain bread) topped with peanut butter and sliced banana
8.¼ cup of mixed nuts with ¼ cup of dried fruit
9.1 granola bar and a cup of low-fat yogurt
10.1 low-fat string cheese and 2 ounces of crackers

Or, you may also mix and match one carbohydrate and protein source from each box:

Carbohydrate
•Banana
•2 tbsp peanut butter
•Handful of nuts (any)
•2 tbsp low-fat cream cheese
•1 slice cheese
•1-2 ounces of lean deli meat (turkey, ham, etc.)
•1 cup low-fat yogurt
•1 cup low-fat milk
•½ cup cottage cheese
•1 cup chocolate milk
•1 low-fat string cheese
•½ can of albacore tuna (in water)
•1 cup soy milk

WITH ….

Protein
•¼ cup dried fruit
•Granola bar
•1 handful of animal crackers
•1 cup whole-grain cereal
•1 handful of pretzels
•1 bagel
•1 english muffin
•1 slice toast
•1 pita
•Cup of fresh fruit
•1 cup 100% fruit juice
•1 packet of oatmeal
•1-2 ounces of crackers
•4 Fig Newtons

Also make sure you always are on top of your fluid intake. With a snack, drink a glass of water to help yourself keep hydrated. ”

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Defensive Line Drills

Having a dominating defensive line is a must if you are trying to establish a solid defense.  Far too many youth football coaches ignore the defensive line and look to hide their weaker players here.  What a mistake!

Check out this article from Sean McCormick teaching you how use the blocking sled on a daily basis to make your defensive line better.

Every Day Drills for the Defensive Line
From Sean McCormick

Every Day Drills (EDD’s) offer a great way for defensive line coaches to get the most out of practice time while keeping the players’ interest. Introduce players to these drills and explain the fundamental focus of each drill. Choose two or three of these drills daily to sharpen the player’ skills.

6 Point
Players are positioned in a six-point stance (Hands/Knees/Toes on ground). The buttocks of players should be touching their heels (as close as possible). On the whistle/ball simulation, players are to explode out of this stance – rolling the hips and firing arms out as if attacking o-lineman. Have players land on chest and stomach. Watch for proper firing out hip roll techniques. Also, make sure hands are ready to attack lineman with the thumb and forefinger forming a “V.” The forefinger is pointing upward. Players tend to point thumbs up, which can cause greater stress to wrist when the player strikes with the punch. Have players fire out and recoil (back in 6 pt.) until they pass a predetermined end point (10-15 yards downfield).

Purpose of the Drill: It creates muscle memory on proper hip roll and striking out with arms, and also conditions players’ stomachs for hits as they are landing on the ground. It also stretches the quad muscles.

Trap Drill
The defensive line faces the offensive line. A coach will instruct the offensive players to:

•Down Block – the line blocks at an angle towards the inside or outside of the opposing defensive lineman.
•Block Head-On – each player fires out to block the defensive lineman directly in front of him.
•Trap Block – an offensive player “steps” behind the center and runs to block a purposely unblocked defender who is “trapped” to believe no one is blocking him.
The defensive line has to react to each of the blocks. If an offensive lineman down blocks, the defender must read it quickly and get into position for taking on the trap block with a wrong-arm technique. This is a full speed drill.

Purpose of the Drill: This drill familiarizes defensive linemen with blocking methods used by opposing offenses.

Push-Pull-Rip Drill
A defensive player lines up facing an offensive blocker. On the snap of ball, the defender is to strike/punch (remember the “V” hand position), and proceed to use PUSH-PULL technique (One hand pulls the offensive player toward him, while the other hand pushes that side of player away from him.). The defensive player uses the Rip move to the “away” side.

Purpose of the Drill: It teaches the proper Push/Pull/Rip technique.

Club-Rip Drill
A defensive player lines up facing an offensive blocker. On snap of the ball, the defender fires out and uses the Club (quick closed hand punch of one side of blocker) move, quickly followed by a Rip from opposite arm.

Purpose of the Drill: It teaches the player a companion rush move to the Push/Pull/Rip technique.

Double Team Drill
A defensive lineman lines straight up on an offensive player. A second offensive player lines up next to first offensive player. On command, a double team block, a head-on block, or a down block will be performed. The defender must recognize which of the three blocks is being attempted. If it is a double team, he rips into double team and “gets skinny” by twisting upper body to make his shoulder pads perpendicular to the offensive linemen. The objective is to split the defenders, and get through to make the tackle. The defensive player must work on quick recognition. If he cannot split the double team block, the defender will create a pile-up by dropping to his knees while pulling down on the blockers jersey front/shoulder pads.

Purpose of the Drill: It simulates game-like conditions, teaching the player quick recognition of blocks, and preventing a successful double team block.

Pass Rush Drill: A defensive lineman lines straight up on an offensive player. At the ball snap, the defender practices the Bull Rush, Rip, Push-Pull-Rip, and Club-Rip techniques while staying in pass rush lane.

Purpose of the Drill: Defensive players perfect their pass rush techniques, and learn to locate the quarterback quickly.

Coaching Suggestion
Use a football-on-a-stick to simulate the football snap instead of blowing a whistle. This conditions defensive linemen to watch the ball being snapped by the center. (Slice a small wedge out of a sponge-like football, place the end of a yard stick into the opening, and duct tape the yard stick to the football. Angle the stick to make it easier for the coach to simulate the snap.)

If you can get a coach to dedicate to your defensive line, I will guarantee that your team will become a more dominate force in your league.

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Youth Football – Organizational Checklist

Here’s a great checklist from Jerry Campbell’s football forum.  This checklist will keep you organized which is of utmost importance when coaching a youth football tem.

Give this a good look and feel free to make changes to fit your unique situation.

OFFENSE: GENERAL STRUCTURE

Huddle alignment, information conveyed by QB, procedure for breaking huddle.
How plays are to be communicated to QB. Substitutions or signals (hand signals from sideline, wristbands, etc.).
Snap Count (cadence).
Audible System.
Formations & Alignment.
Personnel Groupings.
Numbering System.
Motion – Receivers & Backs.
Defensive technique numbering system.
Stance & Start – First steps

OFFENSIVE POSITIONS – The following position assignments should be covered on a daily basis;
Centers
Stance / Gripping the ball / Snap & exchange with QB / Steps / Blocks
Ace, Duece and Trey combinations
Mollie / Collie
Set the huddle

Linemen
Blocks: Base
Drive
Reach
Down
Trap
Log (Hook)
Combo’s (Ace, Duece, Trey)
Zone (Inside – Outside)
Scoop or Zone (Backside)

Pass Protection:
3 step drop (90-91 series).
5 step drop (60 – 61 series).
Play Action (100 series) – To or away.
Sprint Out (80 – Right, 81 Left).
Screens – To or away.
Assignments – Run & Pass (To or away).

Tight Ends: (Same as linemen plus…)
How to carry the football.
How to catch the football.
Pass Routes.
Releases for routes.

Running Backs:
How to carry the football. Left & right.
How to catch the football.
How to key blocks as to where to run.
Blocks: Lead / Kick out / Load / Perimeter / Pass Protection Blocks
Assignments: Ball to or Ball away.

Quarterbacks:
Stance
Snap & exchange with center.
Snap count / clear – assertive – slow.
Gripping the ball / ball position.
First steps.
Handoffs / ball position.
How to carry the ball.
Faking.
Mesh If Applicable.
Throwing motion. Entire body (not just arm movement).
Pitch – Option motion. Left & Right.
Defensive fronts & adjustments to formations.
Defensive secondary alignments & adjustments to formations.

Pass Drops:
One Step.
Three step.
Five step.
Seven Step.
Sprint out.
Play action.
Boots
Screens
Draws
Assignments: Run / Pass

DEFENSE: GENERAL STRUCTURE
Huddle
No Huddle
Formations and adjustments to them.
Motion and adjustment to it.
Signals for defensive calls.
No huddle offenses adjustments.
Personnel groupings.
Sideline organization.

DEFENSIVE POSITIONS
Down Linemen:
Stance & Alignment.
Gap control.
Keys.
First step and blow delivery.
Reaction to different blocks:
Drive / reach / down / trap / zone / scoop (backside)
Pass rush techniques.
Line stunts. Pass or Run.
Contain responsibilities.
Tackling & pursuit drills.

Linebackers:
Stance & Alignment.
Gap control.
Keys.
First step and blow delivery.
Reaction to blocks and backfield action:
Drive / reach or zone / down / trap / pass protection.
Reaction to different types of passes and protection.
Pass drops and coverage’s.
Stunts – run or pass stunts.
Contain responsibilities.
Tackling & pursuit drills.

Secondary:
Stance & Alignment.
Sideline, hash marks, and field position adjustments.
Keys.
Coverage’s: Zone (concept behind it). Man. Combination of zone & man.
First steps.
Reaction to pass routes or run.
Techniques vs. run blocks.
Techniques vs. pass routes.
Different alignment adjustments for certain coverage’s. Press drills.
Contain drills.
Tackling drills & pursuit drills.
Stunts.

KICKING GAME:

Regular Punt, Spread Punt & Coverage
Tight Punt & Coverage
Alignment and technique.
Center Snap
Punter
Quick Kick & Coverage
Fake Punt Run / Pass
Reaction to blocked punt.
Rules
Punt Return
Alignment and technique.
Field Ball, Fair Catch
Right – Left – Middle – Reverse
Punt Block
Rules
One or Two Returners Deep?
Hold Up?

Kickoff
Alignment and technique.
Kicker : Deep Onside – High Onside – Squibb
Pooch
Coverage
Kickoff After Safety
Rules
Harsh Marks or Middle Kick

Kickoff Return
Alignment and technique.
Middle – Right – Left – Reverse – Specials
Expecting Onside (Hands Team)
Kickoff Return After Safety
Rules
Star Burst
Personnel Groups

Extra Point
Alignment and technique.
Fake
Fire vs. bad snap
Reaction to blocked EP.
Swinging Gate If Applicable
Rules
Two- point plays.

Field Goal
Alignment and technique.
Fake
Reaction to blocked FG.
Field Goal after fair catch.
Rules.

Extra Point and Field Goal Block
Right – Left – Middle – Look for fake.
Return
When to return Kick or let the ball hit the ground.

I know it’s a long list, but I think it is about as thorough of a list that I’ve ever seen.

 

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Youth Football Parent Meeting

I have my own methods I use for communicating with my parents.  My way, is by no means the only way of introducing yourself to the parents.  Some coaches are “over the top” parent friendly, while other barely grunt at the parents.  I believe in a happy medium.  Here’s another coaches thought regarding the parent meeting.

 

By Marty Schupak
Youth Sports Club

When most youth coaches think of preseason preparation, they envision grueling conditioning, long stretching sessions, creative new plays and strategies, understanding team dynamics, and attending league meetings. One topic that belongs on that list is what I call a “parents meeting.”

Each sports season, I organize a parents meeting before we step on the field. I make this meeting a requirement and ask that at least one parent from each family attend. During the meeting, I lay out my goals and expectations for the season and explain to parents how I run my practices. I always leave a fair amount of time for a question-and-answer period. In anticipation of the parents’ meeting, I print a handout of approximately three to four pages, which lists all of the members of the team and coaching staff, each player and coach’s phone number, a brief list of my coaching philosophies, and some organizational items.

People might say, “Well this is only youth sports. It’s not high school.” This is true, but I have learned over the years that a parents meeting will make for a better run season for the kids, the parents and the coaches.

One of the key topics I cover during a parents meeting is how I expect players to arrive at least 45 minutes before the start of a game. It’s important to set this expectation early and also to explain that you are especially appreciative to parents who have very busy schedules either with other children or with regards to competing priorities (karate, music lessons, school work, car pools, etc).

I also like to address what is most important for the parents. In youth football, playing time is an issue and an explanation from the coach should be covered. Many football leagues will have their own playing time requirements and if yours does, explain the policy to the parents.

In soccer, playing time as well as position play are two of the biggest concerns to parents. In recreational soccer, playing time is usually dictated by the league policy. If you are coaching in one of the more competitive travel soccer teams, you must detail your philosophy and tell the parents outright that some players will be playing more than others. As far as position play, you can let parents know that you will try to be a little flexible but cannot guarantee anything.

Another important point I like to cover is that because of my own busy schedule, I cannot run a taxi service for any players. Parents must be at practice five minutes before it ends. When I first began to coach, I never addressed this and after each practice I had a car full of players to drop off. As coaches, this cannot be part of our jobs for more reasons than one.

I also explain that I’m willing to address any complaints parents might have during the season under one condition. I developed a standard policy of not taking any complaints for at least two games. This cuts down on a lot of phone calls and most of the times a complaint by a parent about playing time is taken care of by the third game.

Since I instituted this policy, I have had only a handful of complaints (and that covers the last 18 years!). It’s a long way from when I first started coaching and I would go home to be greeted by two or three messages on my answering machine.

As a coach, there are a lot of responsibilities and I try to cut down on the phone calls as much as possible. One system a lot of people use is the phone chain. This is effective only some of the time. Another system I use which is similar is the buddy system.

At the beginning of each year I ask for a couple of parent volunteers to help with the phone calls. Then I assign each player a buddy. So if there are 20 kids on the team, there are 10 pairs of buddies. The first thing I tell them is that if there is any question on practice time or location, call their buddy before they call me. And if their buddy isn’t home, call someone else on the team list. And make sure you utilize emails but do not count on them alone.

If it is raining, I call my two phone volunteers and divide the calls in half. Remember, each player has a buddy so they should never make more than five calls and maybe a call back to me. Any system you try isn’t fool proof and during the course of the season, you can expect your share of calls.

Getting players to practice on time is a key to any youth sports team. In soccer, try giving the players numbers as they come and No. 1 will be the first player in all shooting drills. In football, the first three players to arrive at practice will be team captains for that particular practice, will lead the team in warm ups and get a star on their helmet. Explain this at the parents meeting and I guarantee they will make an effort to get their kids to practice on time.

Once I began running parents meetings, I found that complaints were cut down at least 50 percent. Remember, you are volunteering your time and you have a right to make the season run as smooth as possible for yourself, and that’s the way you want it to be for your team as well.

I find allot of what he does very similar to what I do, but in today’s day and age email, texting and a website are much better options for communicating than using a buddy system or phone tree.

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The Proper Way to Catch a Football

Here’s a great tip from Jerry Campbell football on the proper way to catch a football.  It’s a great read!

1. Keep your eyes on the ball at all times. A good way to stay zeroed on the ball is to watch the “X” on the tip of the ball.Everytime you take your eyes off the ball you increase your chances of dropping it. If you aren’t focused on the ball when it hits you in the hands, catching it becomes pure luck.
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2. Extend your arms toward the ball, as the ball approaches, so your hands meet it at the furthest possible point. Do not run with your arms extended. Extend your arms right before the ball reaches you.

3. Make a triangle with both hands, palms facing away from your body. Thumbs pointing at each other, all other fingers pointing up. You want the tip of the ball heading for the open space in between your two hands. If the ball is below the waist, palms still face out, but put your pinkies together,if you are running and the ball is coming over you should also put you pinkies together.

4. Catch the ball, letting it get about halfway between your hands before clamping down on it with all your fingers. Keeping your eyes on it the whole time. (If the pass is below the waist let the ball slide through the inside of your palms about halfway and then clamp down on it)

5. Proceed to tuck the ball away, under your arm on the opposite side of any defenders.

6. Now that the ball is caught, run with it (football game), throw it back (playing catch), or whatever the game you’re playing requires you to do.

7. Make sure that you see in your mind catching the pass. And under no circumstances think about not catching it. Don’t forget when the football touches your hands or any part of your arms try to tuck it in.

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Free Safety Drills

We do a few drills at my level for our free safety. The main ones we do are backpedal and break drills. We work on breaking at different angles and teaching them how to plant their feet appropriately (t plant). We also do these drills with open field tackling.

Another drill that I like for a cover 1 or cover 3 team is to have the safety backpedal between the hashes and send receivers up each hash. The safety is responsible for watching the QB’s shoulders to determine which way he’s aiming when his hand breaks from the ball. When it does he breaks toward that hash and makes a play on the ball, either picking it or stripping it from the receiver.

One drill that really improved my safeties ability to play the ball was our pick drill. It is similar to the drill above. You line up two safeties beside each other but with 10 yards between them. On the snap, they must backpedal. After a couple seconds, the coach will lob a ball in between the two players, the players are not allowed to break their backpedal until the ball is in the air. The first thing the safeties do is go for the interception, but when they realize they can’t get it, they strip the ball. What this does is it teaches them to strip if they can’t pick it, but it also teaches them that if they have a chance at an interception, how to hold onto the ball when somebody is trying to strip it. If one gets the interception, the other player does 10 push ups. If a player strips it, the one who had it stripped does 5 push ups. Hope these drills are what you had in mind!

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Nick Medinger
Head Coach
Overhills Middle

Games are won during the season, Championships are won in the off-season.

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Teaching Your QB the Right way to Throw

There is a dynamite DVD set made by Sonny Detmer that teaches the young player the correct mechanics for throwing the football.  If you want your child to have a chance at playing the QB position then this DVD is a must have.  The video is readily available at Amazon.

Hubert “Sonny” Detmer is one of the most respected coaches in Texas high school football. During his 40 plus year coaching career, he has worked at eight different high schools where his teams have many playoff appearances.

He pioneered an easy to learn passing system that is very difficult to defend. His teams, which set several seasonal and career passing Texas records, were one of the few teams that threw the ball to win games.

During this time, he developed and refined a natural method to teach proper throwing mechanics. He continues to instruct quarterbacks of all ages in this method that uses three simple drills to give the perfect passing form. Proof that his method works is in Detmer’s two sons, Ty and Koy, who set Texas high school passing records. Ty won the coveted Heisman Trophy in 1990 playing at BYU and at Colorado, Koy threw for 5390 yards, second-most in school history. Both sons went on to collectively play in the NFL for 23 years.

No this by no means you will have a guaranteed college scholarship by following the steps in this video set, but I can assure you it will make your quarterback better.

 

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