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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 bucks each).

Angle Drill

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 their responsibility.
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