Drill Type:   Running Back Drill


In this youth football drill, the barrel serves as an offensive lineman or an offensive blocker.   And we’re running right behind the blocker, who is blocking a defender.

Set Up

  • Set up 6 dummies, 5 yards apart starting at the 5 yard line.


  1. The defender’s going to step one way or another. Whichever way he steps, if the ball carrier’s coming to attack and he steps and plants there.
  2. The runner should get his foot out wide. As soon as he gets it out wide, he plants.
  3. Then come right back inside and run right straight toward the next barrel.
  4. When he gets to the next barrel, if he went left the last time, he goes right this time.
  5. Zigzag in and out of the barrels, changing directions.

Coaching Tips

  • We don’t want to round off our steps. We want to make sure we plant with a good wide step, good wide base, and then come back the other way, get upfield, and make one quick move and go.
  • Remind your players to always come off your outside foot.