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1. Warm-Up Drill

This is a good way to begin practice. After a short stretching period, this drill gets players loose and warmed up, while also helping them practice their agility and footwork.

Development Goals

Improve balance, footwork, and change of direction.

Coaching Points
Place cones at corners of 15-yard square. Line up players at one corner of square. Players then:
(1) sprint to first cone,
(2) side-step to second cone,
(3) backpedal to third cone,
(4) sprint back to beginning of line.
Throw a football to each player as he or she finishes the drill. Repeat drill to other side after everyone has had a turn.

2. Passing Drill

Progressive QB
This drill helps refine and improve passing technique by concentrating on proper arm and hand movement.

Development Goals
Perfect throwing motion while using only the throwing arm.

Coaching Points
Pair off participants into two parallel lines. Players start on both knees, throwing to their partners five yards away. Show players how to follow through with their arm, so that their thumbs end up pointing down. Have each player begin with football held above his or her waist. Demonstrate how to throw from no higher than their ear.

After several throws, have players switch to kneeling on right knee. Then after several throws that way, have them switch to left knee.
Next, have them throw standing up with feet together.
Finally, have them practice a three-step drop, then a five-step drop before throwing.

3. Passing and Catching Drill: Run and Shoot

This drill helps players understand simple passing routes, from the perspective of both quarterback and receiver.

Development Goals
Passers: accuracy and how to lead receivers; receivers: how to run pass routes; defensive backs: how to watch receivers and cut to the ball.

Coaching Points
Divide your team into three groups. The first player in line is the first passer; the second goes out to play defensive back; the third is the receiver. (See diagram.) The outside groups run simple 10-yard square-out patterns, while the middle group runs 10-yard turn-ins or buttonhooks.

Rotate each line this way: After passing, the quarterback becomes the next receiver; the next player in line becomes the passer; the first receiver becomes the defensive back; and the first defensive back moves on to the next group. Make sure players get chances at all three positions.

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Last Updated: 09/23/2003