Many youth football players are slow to the point of attack because they make a simple mistake–they false step. False stepping is taking a wasted step away from the direction you are wanting to move in. In today’s competitive football environment, any wasted movement that slows a player down can be the difference between a successful play and a failed one.

But false steps aren’t actually a step taken, but a result of mistakes in the players stance. The WR shouldn’t sink his hips to ready himself to come out of his stance only to rise up again. This is not only extremely inefficient, but this also causes the back foot to rise and come back down to the ground. This results in what is referred to as a false step.

A false step will compromise the timing of the passing game. By the time the foot comes up, the defensive back will have a hand in the WR’s chest, steering him completely out of his route. If you have weaker or slower players, false stepping is the difference between your quarterback being sacked by a blitzing linebacker and a successful block by your offensive tackle protecting the inside gap. It can mean the difference between your single wing tailback hitting a hole that’s open for a split second and getting stopped for no gain after the hole has closed.

When in your stance, keep a wide base. Your feet should be a little more than shoulder width apart, with your toes pointed inwards. This wide, stable base will ensure you’re well-balanced and prevent false steps.

Eliminate False Steps with The Read Step Drill

Check out this Read Step Drill, and with practice and repetition, you will eliminate these false steps in your game.


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