Adding competition to your football practice is a great way to engage your players and teach them new skills or polish the ones they already. Here are two drills that work especially well with middle school age players.
Tie a stout rope between the goal posts.
Have the offensive and defensive linemen line up on each side of it.
The object is to fire off the football staying low and see which linemen controls the other without coming off above the rope. You can start out at one height and keep getting lower.
I use this at the middle school level and just adding this friendly competition and gimmick to teaching a skill seems to hold their interest as they learn while still having fun.
Firing of the Ball Drill
Start out in a 4 point stance.
Have some calling out “down,ready, set, hike”.
At that time have a player jump up and out with head up,arms straight out and jumping out front as far as they can.
Do this 5 times in a row then take 10 second break and repeat.
Do this a couple times in each session every time.
After 2 weeks you will increase your firing off time.