Football Tutorials http://www.football-tutorials.com Football Plays, Drills & Practice Tips For Youth Football Coaches. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:18:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Quarterback Drop Fundamentals http://www.football-tutorials.com/quarterback-drop-fundamentals/3357/ http://www.football-tutorials.com/quarterback-drop-fundamentals/3357/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:18:13 +0000 http://www.football-tutorials.com/?p=3357 Quarterback Drop Fundamentals In today’s video blog post, I am sharing an awesome set of drills for working on the Quarterback Drop. Great for pre-practice, warm-up or end of practice conditioning, these quarterback drop drills will help you coach your quarterbacks more efficiently! Tandem Drops This is a basic drop drill where you will direct [...]

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Quarterback Drop Fundamentals

In today’s video blog post, I am sharing an awesome set of drills for working on the Quarterback Drop. Great for pre-practice, warm-up or end of practice conditioning, these quarterback drop drills will help you coach your quarterbacks more efficiently!

Tandem Drops

This is a basic drop drill where you will direct your quarterbacks on a 3-step or 5-step drop, and they drop in unison. I like to use this as a pre-practice and get as many reps as possible, so we don’t use the centers in this type of drill. You can use 3-steps, 5-steps, and even 5-steps where we run a wave drill, which works on trying to throw the ball through passing lanes.

3 Step Box

This drill can be used at the beginning of practice, or as a conditioner at the end. In this drill, the quarterbacks are taking a 3-step drop, and by running the drill in a box, it will allow you as the coach to watch every different angle of the quarterback and check out any flaws in his drop, and ultimately be able to coach him more efficiently.

5 Step Box

In this drill, the quarterbacks are taking a 5 regular (or 5 quick drop), and you want to check depth, the first 2 to 3 steps, the knees and if they are getting them up – all the different facets of a good drop. Again, running in a box allows me to get a proper angle so I can evaluate my players.

5 Step Line Drop

In this simple drill, it is the quarterback taking a 5 step drop straight down the line. Your only concern as a coach is to make sure the quarterback is not drifting. This can really cause problems in protection when the quarterback drifts in the direction he is going to throw. It really shortens the edge for the offensive tackle.

 

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The Popcorn Agility Drill http://www.football-tutorials.com/popcorn-agility-drill/3351/ http://www.football-tutorials.com/popcorn-agility-drill/3351/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 04:54:43 +0000 http://www.football-tutorials.com/?p=3351 This is a fantastic warm up and agility drill that we like to do to get the eyes and hands ready to go. This agility drill allows players to work on both agility and catching the football. Breaking Down the Popcorn Agility Drill In this agility drill, the coach is going to throw the player [...]

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This is a fantastic warm up and agility drill that we like to do to get the eyes and hands ready to go. This agility drill allows players to work on both agility and catching the football.

Breaking Down the Popcorn Agility Drill

In this agility drill, the coach is going to throw the player as many balls as he can while they are moving laterally.

Your focus is on working lateral movement, and not clicking the feet. Be sure to keep the head and eyes up. The player shouldn’t cross over, and they should stay right on the line the entire time.

The second time through, I sometimes add a second football and throw the ball a little bit harder, increasing the pace of the drill.

This agility drill can be pretty challenging. Your players who are good on their feet and good at moving laterally are going to do best at this drill.

 

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Bag Conditioning Drills for Agility http://www.football-tutorials.com/bag-conditioning-drills-for-agility/3345/ http://www.football-tutorials.com/bag-conditioning-drills-for-agility/3345/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:42:01 +0000 http://www.football-tutorials.com/?p=3345 Everybody has different bag conditioning drills that they use. Today, we’re going to focus on using them for agility training. For most of them, we’re going to keep our ball. Open field cut We’re going to face the coach and using high knees, focus on catching the ball, changing direction, and coming through. We use [...]

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Everybody has different bag conditioning drills that they use. Today, we’re going to focus on using them for agility training. For most of them, we’re going to keep our ball.

Open field cut

We’re going to face the coach and using high knees, focus on catching the ball, changing direction, and coming through. We use the very high bags on purpose here. We want to emphasize high knee action. These are not little step-its; these are big sausage bags. Again, we’re working on high knees. Rapid arm fire, foot fire, and focus. The last time, they want to catch the ball, turn, and get up the field. When we come back, we’re going to go laterally across. Halfway through we’re going to switch directions in traffic and turn the opposite way. We’re looking for a smooth transition and agility. We also want to work on switching the ball to the other hando. If coach isn’t doing it in this progression, we would do that next.

High knee drill

This drill a little bit different than we ran last time. This is just one in the hole.

Coach will stand by a cone off to the side and flash the numbers with his fingers, so that the backs have to keep their head and eyes up. Again, we’re going to work this drill with really high bags. We want them to get high knee action. We want their head and eyes up looking down field into traffic, anticipating what their cuts are going to be.

“Bags and Cans” for agility and demeanor in traffic

In this drill, we’re trying to get players able to turn their hips in traffic after they get through the line of scrimmage. They get to the second level of the defense and they have to get around traffic and around blocks. They use their hips to use lateral steps. They’re through the line. They’re behind some blockers. They have to get through traffic. They’re using lateral movement to accomplish that. And that’s what this drill is working.

 

 

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3 Linebacker Tips for Coming Off The Ball! http://www.football-tutorials.com/3-linebacker-tips/3339/ http://www.football-tutorials.com/3-linebacker-tips/3339/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:43:30 +0000 http://www.football-tutorials.com/?p=3339 In today’s video blog post, we are sharing 3 great Linebacker tips for coming off the ball.  As basic as they may seem, these 3 key points will make the difference between safety and injury for your players, and winning or losing the game. 3 Linebacker Tips for Coming Off The Ball! Tip #1 – [...]

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In today’s video blog post, we are sharing 3 great Linebacker tips for coming off the ball.  As basic as they may seem, these 3 key points will make the difference between safety and injury for your players, and winning or losing the game.

3 Linebacker Tips for Coming Off The Ball!

Tip #1 – Lead With Your Hands

As a offensive lineman, you want to lead with your hands and control the defender with your hands. You want to follow up with your head as a balance – NEVER lead with your head! And finally, try to narrow the area of your hands and head. You want to get into a tight and strong position on the defender.

Tip #2 – Hands Inside

Don’t let your players use their hands on the outside. This is a security thing that you will see a lot, and it will result in a holding call! You want to condition your players to get into the proper position and have their hands inside. If you shoot your hands inside to the middle, at that point you can grab the middle and get your head inside and drive – which is the initial part of a block that you have to start with.

Tip #3 – Good Balance & Body Form

While moving in football, you never bring your feet together. This will make even the biggest man unstable on any football field. Good balance with the feet wide apart is key! Along with good hand and head control, the player should have good ankle, knee and hip placement, with the back straight. Keeping the back straight is important! An arched back doesn’t give you energy or power off the football, and can cause injury.

 

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How To Make Proper Contact with the Football Defender http://www.football-tutorials.com/make-proper-football-contact/3335/ http://www.football-tutorials.com/make-proper-football-contact/3335/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:33:09 +0000 http://www.football-tutorials.com/?p=3335 In football, its important to know exactly what should happen with the feet on contact with the block. In today’s video blog post, we are breaking down the exact technique to use to make proper contact with a defender. How To Make Proper Contact with the Football Defender When you are engaging the football defender, [...]

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In football, its important to know exactly what should happen with the feet on contact with the block. In today’s video blog post, we are breaking down the exact technique to use to make proper contact with a defender.

How To Make Proper Contact with the Football Defender

When you are engaging the football defender, you want to make sure you have a good, strong base. Without a strong base, the defender is going to be able to throw you off balance easily, because you have no strength in that position. So a good base is very important.

The foot contact on the ground should be comprised from the ball of your foot to the heel, so that the entire area of the foot is touching the ground. The toes should be slightly turned out, to allow you to maintain good foot control.

You always need to maintain good foot control because you aren’t always going to be working straight ahead. If the defender goes to the left, you need to be able to quickly follow him agilely. You want to mirror the player the entire time, while maintaining your solid balance.

 

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Breaking Down the Linebacker Hole Tackling Drill http://www.football-tutorials.com/linebacker-hole-tackling-drill/3332/ http://www.football-tutorials.com/linebacker-hole-tackling-drill/3332/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:27:09 +0000 http://www.football-tutorials.com/?p=3332 In today’s video blog post, we are talking about the “Linebacker Hole Tackling Drill”. This is probably my favorite tackling drill. In this drill, we use four cones to create holes, and the tackler doesn’t know where he is going. He is working on his ability to just “react” and adjust on the move. Note: [...]

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In today’s video blog post, we are talking about the “Linebacker Hole Tackling Drill”. This is probably my favorite tackling drill. In this drill, we use four cones to create holes, and the tackler doesn’t know where he is going. He is working on his ability to just “react” and adjust on the move.

Note: Without shoulder pads, you want to run this drill at half speed.  With shoulder pads, you can run this drill live at full speed.

 

Breaking Down the Linebacker Hole Tackling Drill

Set up four cones, and the tackler will have a choice to run between any of the three openings. (Once your players get used to this drill, you can let them run to the outside of the cones as well.)

We are simulating an I-formation tailback, and the linebacker is going to slide and pick the hole, driving the ball carrier with good form.

The player will run to the inside of a cone, and later, when we have gotten really good at this, we will add the cutback.

When you make contact, you want to try to get a little bit of lift.

Once the players have gotten relatively good at the angle tackle portion, you can move onto the inside-out relationship, by adding the cutback. So the tackler will head for the whole, and then the ball carrier will cut back. The tackler then redirects his course and comes across the face, changing his angle.

You can also use this to teach pursuit angles, and staying a little more inside. If you get too far to the outside where you are working the opponents outside hip, he is going to be able to cutback on you and you are really going to have to work to make that tackle.

 

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Breaking Down the Eye Opener Tackling Drill http://www.football-tutorials.com/breaking-down-eye-opener-tackling-drill/3326/ http://www.football-tutorials.com/breaking-down-eye-opener-tackling-drill/3326/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:19:17 +0000 http://www.football-tutorials.com/?p=3326 In today’s video blog post, we are talking about a fantastic tackling drill called the “Eye Opener Drill”. This tackling drill is designed to maintain a good inline (from tackle-to-tackle) position for linebackers, where they are maintaining an inside out relationship on a ball carrier and making a close and tight inline tackle. There are [...]

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In today’s video blog post, we are talking about a fantastic tackling drill called the “Eye Opener Drill”. This tackling drill is designed to maintain a good inline (from tackle-to-tackle) position for linebackers, where they are maintaining an inside out relationship on a ball carrier and making a close and tight inline tackle.

There are many variations of this drill, but this is a great one to use to teach basic position and tackling, and how to react to a ball carrier.

Breaking Down the Eye Opener Tackling Drill

You are going to start with a line of ball carriers, and after they finish, they will go to the tackling line.

Set up 2 cones with bags or markers positioned in between the cones to simulate “holes”.

The ball carrier can choose to go through any hole he wants, so he can run at an angle to force the angle tackle, etc.

He is going to fake at a hole, and then run through another hole at the inside of the bag. So the ball carrier can fake it at 2 holes, but the hole the carrier actually goes into is where the tackler has to react and make a tackle.

It’s important to make sure that the players don’t overrun or get out of control, and that they are maintaining good shuffle body position relationship.

 

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Breaking Down the Angle Fit Tackle Drill http://www.football-tutorials.com/the-angle-fit-tackle-drill/3320/ http://www.football-tutorials.com/the-angle-fit-tackle-drill/3320/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 07:48:31 +0000 http://www.football-tutorials.com/?p=3320 In today’s video blog post, we are demonstrating the Angle Fit Tackle Drill.  The Angle Fit Tackle Drill  is just like a normal Fit tackle, with the exception that we are going to come in for the tackle at a 45 degree angle.  We’ll also demonstrate proper stance, head placement and footwork. The Angle Fit [...]

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In today’s video blog post, we are demonstrating the Angle Fit Tackle Drill.  The Angle Fit Tackle Drill  is just like a normal Fit tackle, with the exception that we are going to come in for the tackle at a 45 degree angle.  We’ll also demonstrate proper stance, head placement and footwork.

The Angle Fit Tackle Drill

In this drill, instead of coming straight on like do in a normal Fit drill, we are going to come in at a 45 degree angle. And when you tackle, you want the outside foot forward when you make contact. Ideally, that inside foot comes down on your gather step and your outside foot comes forward when you hit and wrap.

Breaking Down the Angle Fit Tackle Drill

- Tacklers should crouch down low with a good knee bend, so their helmet is at mid chest level and their head comes across the players front.

- The weight is forward ahead of the base when contact is made, and on the strike, the tackler will explode, rolling the hips.

You are trying to square up the opponent and keep him from going up field. Your opponent isn’t going to stop for you, so you must be sure to drive your feet and if that ball carrier is still moving, you have to keep moving with him and either drive him out of bounds or onto the ground.

 

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The Double Foot Shuffle Agility Drill http://www.football-tutorials.com/double-foot-shuffle-agility-drill/3314/ http://www.football-tutorials.com/double-foot-shuffle-agility-drill/3314/#comments Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:04:05 +0000 http://www.football-tutorials.com/?p=3314 In today’s video blog post, I am sharing a great agility drill called “The Double Foot Shuffle” Agility Drill. The double foot shuffle allows your athlete to work on their left or right movements. While this is an excellent drill for football, it is also a great agility drill to use across many other sports [...]

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In today’s video blog post, I am sharing a great agility drill called “The Double Foot Shuffle” Agility Drill. The double foot shuffle allows your athlete to work on their left or right movements. While this is an excellent drill for football, it is also a great agility drill to use across many other sports as well.

The Double Foot Shuffle Agility Drill

The athlete begins by placing each foot in the box, and then bringing both feet out to one side, making sure that they are stressing the outside movement or outside cut back toward the inside. You want to make sure the athletes remember that this is a side cut shuffle exercise.

The inside is a quick motion in and out. The outside motion is a stabilizing movement and a power movement. The outside step is a fast twitch muscle movement that is controlling all of the body movement at one point in time, all the way through, giving the athlete more control, speed and agility.

He should stress each step, and move his arms quickly, as the arms will complete the sequence and the movement all the way through and allow the quickness and agility of this drill to come out. As quickly as the arms move, the feet will follow. So increase the speed of the arms to increase the speed of the feet.

Agility Drill Important Points to Remember:

  • The athlete begins in a ready stance, knees slightly bent, weight strong and balanced.
  • The athlete should concentrate on the movement to the side and the cut.
  • Make sure you are always placing that foot down so that the athlete can stabilize themselves.

 

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“Explosion Lift” Tackling Drill for Working the Hip Roll http://www.football-tutorials.com/explosion-lift-tackling-drill/3308/ http://www.football-tutorials.com/explosion-lift-tackling-drill/3308/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 07:36:34 +0000 http://www.football-tutorials.com/?p=3308 In today’s video blog post, we are featuring an excellent tackling drill that really focuses on working the hip roll, using not only the hips, but also the knees, ankles and waist, which now all become a part of it this important mechanic. “Explosion Lift” Tackling Drill for Working the Hip Roll Sometimes people don’t [...]

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In today’s video blog post, we are featuring an excellent tackling drill that really focuses on working the hip roll, using not only the hips, but also the knees, ankles and waist, which now all become a part of it this important mechanic.

“Explosion Lift” Tackling Drill for Working the Hip Roll

Sometimes people don’t think about the waist as part of the hips, which is why you always hear coaches say “bend at the waist” to get the hip roll. But it’s got to be a combination of all 3 – the ankles, knees and waist.

This tackling drill focuses on the explosion of the tackle and developing the hip roll. You are not going to be tackling on this drill, you are just going to work on getting the hands inside, and on contact, roll the hips and try to get the player in the air as high as you can get him.

Because this isn’t a full speed drill, you are going to ask your offensive players to jump up a little, timing it so that when the tackler gets there, they are jumping up in the air, getting a little lift, simulating a full speed explosion for the defender who will then try to get him up as high as he can.

The big thing to remember in this tackling drill is to use the hip roll, get the offensive player in the air, and keep him there for a little while.

Younger players are going to have a little bit of trouble with this drill, but it is great for your older players. If your players work on it, and practice consistently, they can get really good at this move.

 

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