The Best Football Drills

Football is one of the sports where coaches can most affect the outcome of the games. Often, the difference between a team winning or losing a game is how effectively the coach has prepared the players. This preparation begins weeks before a team even plays the game. The best teams will be drilled repeatedly so that the fundamentals of the game become second nature. For coaches who want their teams to have a leg up on their competition, here are some of the best football drills to work on.

Sprint Drills

In today's football world, it is all about being able to run up-tempo offense. The teams that can do this most effectively will have a huge advantage over their competitors. This is important on both sides of the ball. The best way for teams to be able to handle the up-tempo style of play is to run sprint conditioning drills.

These drills are both easy and difficult at the same time. They are easy because it is simple for players to sprint when they are fresh. However, they are hard because simple sprints become brutal when players have to run them over and over again.

Coaches who want to get their players in phenomenal shape should have their players run interval sprints. Here is an example of an interval sprint workout that will quickly improve a team's conditioning:

- 2 x 10 yards with 10 seconds of rest between sprints

- 2 x 20 yards with 20 seconds of rest between sprints

- 2 x 30 yards with 30 seconds of rest between sprints

- 2 x 40 yards with 40 seconds of rest between sprints

- 2 x 50 yards with 50 seconds of rest between sprints

- 2 x 40 yards with 40 seconds of rest between sprints

- 2 x 30 yards with 30 seconds of rest between sprints

- 2 x 20 yards with 20 seconds of rest between sprints

- 2 x 10 yards with 10 seconds of rest between sprints

Players should be giving all-out effort when they run these sprints. Coaches should have players run these sprint interval drills at the end of practice when players are tired. This will maximize their effectiveness.

Passing Drills

Teams can no longer rely on just running the ball if they want to succeed. Coaches must spend lots of time during practice working on passing drills. The quarterback and wide receivers should work together for about half of the allotted daily practice time. Receivers need to work on running crisp routes, and quarterbacks need to work on throwing crisp passes. Having the receivers and quarterbacks drill together will really help them get their timing down.

Tackling Drills

One of the worst biggest challengers coaches face today is an epidemic of poor tackling. This is due to the fact that not enough coaches work on getting their teams to tackle properly. Coaches need to remedy this by spending a quarter of their practice time working with the defense on tackling drills.

While players are being drilled on tackling, they need to be tackling the proper way. That means tackling low on the body. The goal should always be to drive through the legs rather than the upper body when tackling. They also need to be tackling with their heads up to prevent head and neck injuries.

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This article was published on 11 Oct 2014 and has been viewed 1460 times
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