Line of Fire Drills
Line Of Fire Drill
This is the best drill for developing better hands.
This drill is designed to help develop better short
route receivers but we have found this drill to be
vital to the development of our receivers ability to
catch the ball anywhere on the field.
We continually tell our Quarterbacks that they are
not doing the receivers or the team any favors when
they don't fire the ball at the receiver. The pass
does not have to be as hard as they can throw it but
it needs to be thrown hard.
We rarely do this drill without (at least) helmets
on. If we do this drill w/o helmets we move the QB
back a considerable amount to let some of the
energy in the ball bleed before it gets to the
receiver. We like to do these drills with helmets
and shoulder pads.
This drill may appear to be simple. That is because
it is. Here we line up in the Line of Fire alignment
and run the Point Blank Drill.
You can adjust your spacing between the receiver
and QB with the cone to be whatever depth you
want. We generally space them at about 7yds.
Make the receiver run in place facing the QB. Stress
good hand position as the receiver catches the ball.
Make sure that the receiver tucks the ball securely
after each catch. Your receivers can run this drill
facing the QB or facing either right or left.
We use a manager or coach to catch the ball for the
QB when the receiver flips it back. You can do this
drill easily with two balls to each line but we have
done this drill with one ball and had the receiver
toss it back to the QB each time and it still went
quickly and smoothly.
We want to get as many high velocity catches per
receiver as we can. On some days we bring the Jr.
High out with our high school and can have as many
as six lines going at once. In general we only have
enough for the two.
You can further complicate the drill by having a
coach or manager stand to the front and the side of
the receiver and wave a foam "floaty" in front of
him as he attempts to catch the ball. Get the long
ones that are built like tubes. They are used to keep
children afloat in swimming pools and are
inexpensive to purchase at almost any department
store. (We got ours at Wal-Mart for a couple of
Here we use the same concept to practice running
and catching at angles. We still have the QB zip the
ball pretty hard. We want our receivers to get up to
speed quick, catch the ball, and tuck it.
You can also put the lines and QBs in a vertical
position to run this drill. If you do this it makes the
distance between changing lines less and it makes it
easy to go right or left on your angles.
In and Out Drill
The in and out drill lets get high reps on quick outs
and in routes that are thrown hard. Out offense
utilizes many in and out routes. This drill lets us
get a high number of routes to a high number of
receivers in a short amount of time.
Go, Fade, & Speed Dump Routes
By repositioning our QBs we can practice Go and
Fade routes. When you use this drill to polish Go
and Fade routes it becomes a regular pass drill that
teams all over the nation have used for years.
When running the speed dump we have the QB
throw the ball hard and we try to hit the receiver
about 7 yds. deep. In this drill we do not worry
about height but when we run regular dumps we
put a coach or manager between the receiver and
the QB. The coach will hold up a hand dummy each
time the QB throws to try to knock the ball down.
This works touch and obstruction.
Quick Slant Drill
Points to Stress and Tips
We always stress catching the ball with the hands in
the right position. <Catching>
It is important that the receiver get the ball tucked
quickly. To force a good tuck we make our receivers
yell blank or stripe as they tuck it.
When our receivers drop the ball we make them do
5 to 10 push ups. They do such a good job at
enforcing this that we rarely have to.
We try to stress speed and hands.
At times we tell our QBs to purposefully throw the
ball short, low, or high to make the receiver catch
the ball in almost all positions.
We never let our receivers gripe about where a ball
is thrown. They must understand that in a game the
QB has an enormous amount of pressure on him.
When the ball is in the air it belongs to them and is
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