PASSING SKILLS


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  1. Two Knee Drill: ( 20 passes) -- The purpose is to warm up the arm and, at the same time, teach concentration on target and ball release. Pair off about ten yards apart directly in line with each another, kneeling on both knees. Receiver will hold both hands up, giving the QB a target to throw to. Don't throw hard and concentrate on target.

  2. One Knee Drill: (20 passes) -- Put your knee on the throwing side down. Place the ball on the ground, grip it with just the throwing hand, lift it up with one hand, cock it high with two hands, and throw it to partner. Exaggerate follow through, pick up grass. Use the arm only and lead with elbow. Helps to develop stronger are and wrist snap. Switch the down knee for variation.

  3. Feet Parallel Drill: (20 passes) -- Purpose is to warm up the arm, and at the same time, and at the same time, teach concentration on target and passing technique. Pair off about 12 yards apart directly in line with each other. Increase the distance as you warm up. Don't exceed 20 yards and do not take a step with your foot. Helps to develop stronger arm.

  4. Opposite Foot Drill: (20 passes) -- Right hander with right foot forward in heel to toe relationship. Basic warm up and to teach how to throw off the wrong foot. Simulates throwing off wrong foot while scrambling or sprinting out. Point the toe in the direction of the throw. To throw with body, must rotate hips. If thrown with correct motion, you will be forced forward on the ball of your right foot and weight will follow through.

  5. Normal Foot Follow Through Drill: (20 passes) -- Same as above except step with correct foot. Right hander step with left foot. Point the toe in the direction of the throw. Throw and follow through. When throwing at release of ball, turn hand to outside and palm down. This motion assures tip of ball will be up for soft pass. Over-emphasize the follow through until it becomes an automatic part of throwing motion.

  6. Circle Toss: (3 minutes) -- Run in a circle playing catch and reverse the action. Release the ball quickly. Square the shoulders and hips to target. As a variation, one man can stand still and the others run around him. Change direction and switch positions.

  7. Down the Line: (200 yards) -- Run the length of the field and back playing catch. Keep 10 yards apart. Release the ball quickly. Square the shoulders and hips to the target. Work to increase speed.

  8. Sprint Out Drill: (20 passes) -- Sprint right and left. Throw to other QB or target. Release the ball quickly. Square the shoulders and hips to target. Practice throwback pass also. Get a depth of 6-7 yards.

  9. Set Up Drill: (20 passes) -- Concentrate on speed on getting back. Get depth, step up and throw to a target. Start at 20 yards and work to 40 with lowest possible trajectory. Throw hard and soft. Use centers if possible. May time drops.

  10. Individual Pass Routes Drill: -- In addition to working on the passing drills that have been mentioned, it would obviously be to your advantage to throw to an end or a back running any of our individual pass routes. You should work the most on the routes that are the most difficult for you to hit constantly.

The drills and program presented are not extensive or long, but rather are realistic in time required to practice and equipment needed to complete. The strength of this program is that it is simple and easy to complete.

If what is presented is practiced diligently, consistently, and without change, and correctly then we can expect you to improve your techniques of quarterbacking, especially in the area of the drop back, the set-up, and the delivery of the ball in passing.

There are many drills that could be used that are not included here. Take a few drills at each workout period and work on these that best suit you and your abilities. We believe that these are good drills and accomplish much of what we want. Taking everything into consideration, drills are fine, but we still must practice most those things we will be doing in the actual game. Think- work hard- make every effort to be the best QB by working constantly to improve all your skills.

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Last Updated: 09/23/2003