Basic Drills to Include in Your Football Coaching Videos
Feb. 22, 2016, 5:18 p.m.
When one thinks of the greatest football players of our time, the Tom Bradies and Peyton Mannings that seem to keep the audience permanently on their feet, one often remembers specific awe-inspiring plays these athletes make during a game. However, these unforgettable feats of prowess are not possible without rigorous dedication to the basics. These athletes have spent countless hours on the field running drills and doing simple exercise to fine tune their skills and physique. It is this dedication to hard work that chisels these players into the superstars that are immortalized in the Hall of Fame.
Keeping in mind the above, it’s important to teach your young athletes not only the drills themselves, but to show them the proper technique on how the drills are done. The perfect way to do this is through solidly done football coaching videos. Well-crafted videos will help the visual learners on your team. They will get to observe their sports heroes perform these basic drills and get to practice like the pros.
So, which football drills should you include in your video? Here are a few ideas.
As the “control tower” of the team, the QB has a mountain of responsibility on their shoulders. As almost every play starts with a hike to the quarterback, they must be instructed on passing the ball, handling the ball themselves, and good agility to evade the defenders that want a piece of their hide.
Individual pass routes: This drill will help your quarterback and your receivers at once. Have receivers run differing routes in quick succession, while the quarterback completes passes. This will help your quarterback with accuracy and signal-calling, and your receivers with agility and reception skill. This will also improve the overall chemistry of your team.
The Scramble: It’s important for a quarterback to have good footwork. In this drill, the QB will drop back and run to the right in an angle, drop back again, then run to the left. This drill will improve your QB’s agility as well as their ability to keep vision even while in motion.
Running Back Drills
As your premiere player for moving the ball on the ground, the running back should be coached in agility, but also how to force their way past burly blockers and be able to take a hit when someone brings the thunder. Here are some drills to help your running back pound the rock.
Rope drills: All you need for these drills is to lay down rope in a two-column grid, with squares. You can then have your back perform a variety of exercises. The running back can quickly alternate from column to column to improve cutting power or bunny-hop to each square to improve jumping ability.
The Gauntlet: In the gauntlet, the back must run through a line of their team members while protecting the ball, while the team members try to knock the ball out of their hands. This drill will prepare your running back for the opponents that will try their hardest to make them fumble.
Wide Receiver Drills
Wide receivers often make the flashier plays in a game. Your receivers will need to work on reception ability, agility, and ball-handling skills to make the pivotal catch at 3rd and 9.
Route-running drills: Perhaps the most important drill for the receiver, and one that takes infinite forms depending on the size of your playbook. This will improve every skill a wide receiver needs to function.
Blocking drills and ball-handling drills: Similarly to running backs, receivers will need the ability to take a hit and protect the ball when they get hit. Have your receivers run routes and give them resistance after the catch to steel them for the enemy team.
The big guys on the offensive and defensive lines generally aren’t the center of attention, but these unsung heroes are absolutely vital in protecting your QB or opening viable routes for your backs. Alternatively, the big guys on the defense are vital in being the first line of attack to get to the QB for a sack or stop the running play before it even begins. These drills will enhance these juggernauts’ capabilities to protect or attack the ball as needed.
Offensive Line runblocking and passblocking: In these drills, the offensive line will focus on creating routes for the running back to go through, or falling back to create an impenetrable pocket for the quarterback. This will improve your O-line’s strength, technique, and chemistry with the team.
Defensive Line run-stopping and pashrushing: These drills look at the other end of the coin and will improve your D-line’s ability to block the run and to stymie the pass plays. By combining the offensive line and defensive line on these drills and having them compete, you can improve both lines’ ability to protect or attack the ball.
These players will serve as the bastions of defense when a play gets past your defensive line. These athletes will need the agility and visual acuity to catch a sprinting runner that got away from the initial tackles.
Linebacker tackling: The linebackers are the warriors that watch the quarterback from behind the defensive line and make tackles outside the line when a runner or tight end slips free. These drills would improve a linebacker’s reaction time, ability to watch plays unfold, and make strong tackles that bring down the ball carrier.
Cornerback and safety coverage and interceptions: These drills will have your cornerback or safety practice covering a receiver during a route and trying to intercept the pass. They will improve the defensive back’s ability to react to a receiver’s actions at the line of scrimmage and their ability to make the vital, game-turning interception.
The above are just a few of the drills you can put into your football coaching videos to bolster your athlete’s abilities. For a possible solution to the video side of things, check out our site to learn more about our software.