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Ultimate Guide to Coaching Youth Football


Youth Football Drills

Practice drills can be crucial to success on the playing field. While players in all sports can benefit from drills, those designed for youth football are generally meant to provide position-specific practice. If you have an inexperienced team -- or if you do not yet know who will be playing which position -- you may want to have all players participate in all of the drills. Moving through several drills during the course of each practice session can help make sure that no one drill becomes tedious.

For receivers, you can try a drill in which each player catches a pass, tucks the ball -- or cradles it the forearm, holding it close to the side of his body -- and then immediately freezes. The receivers should look at the football and stare at it, frozen, until told to release. To finish, players can either throw it back to the quarterback or run up the field. This drill stresses the importance of tucking the ball away after a catch.

A drill that may work well for linemen is to have the defensive linemen arrange themselves opposite the offensive linemen at the goal line. The offensive player should assume a blocking position and, at the sound of the whistle, try to drive the defensive player backwards across the line with his body and score. You or another coach should check each player's body position and make corrections as needed.

Now that you know how to effectively teach drills, it is time to explore two types of offensive plays in football. Read on to learn about running plays and passing plays.