As an up-tempo spread based team, we are always looking to get our receivers as many catches as possible. Because we have short practices we often miss out on individual time where receivers can get the base catches that allow them to develop the skill necessary to make big time catches in games.
Running routes is one of the most under-coached aspects of football. The same way an offensive lineman needs to be coached on the details of each of his steps, wide receivers need to be taught the finer points of the routes they are running.
As a coach the thing that I can’t stand is a lack of efficiency. When our players are on the field during practice, I want to make sure they are always in constant motion and getting better at their skill sets.
Here are the 3 wide receiver progression drills we did at our international youth football camp. These drills are done in progression and they focus on the basic fundamentals of wide receiver play.
One of the most important parts of playing receiver is the ability to make and get out of cuts. At lower levels many receivers struggle to make hard cuts off their outside foot.
When coaching Tight Ends it can be difficult to find effective drills. Many times the receiving drills that coaches use come from Wide Receivers and are based around space and how best to use space.
Passing in the 2 Minutes offense is a unique situation that many coaches don’t prepare for. The common answer of coaches in two minute offenses is to throw the ball deep and to the sideline.
As teams have moved to quick timing routes rushing the passer has lost its effectiveness to stop the pass because the ball is gone before any lineman or blitzer can get there. As a result defenses have moved away from putting pressure on the offensive line to putting pressure on the Wide Receivers.
The quickest way to lose a game at any level is to turn the ball over. This is why the number one rule for every offensive player is that at the end of the possession we have the ball.
Wide Receiver Stalk Blocking Drills and Techniques There is a lot of talk about how the offensive line must be excellent blockers. I could not agree more!
Beating Man to Man Coverage in Youth Football Play-action Passing The best way to beat man to man coverage is with play-action passing plays. Most of the time an outside linebacker will be responsible for a tight-end or wing-back.
Youth Football Speed Training One of the biggest lies I hear young coaches tell players is that you can’t teach speed. To me, speed is like any other muscle, if you train it right, you can improve on it.
Wide Receiver Route Running Run crisp routes. The receivers must drive straight up the field then break into their assigned routes.