This page contains short routes. Here are some reasons to add short routes to your
•Many short routes are low risk.
•Short routes can loosen the defense.
•Short routes do not take much time to run.
•Short routes can compliment the option well.
•The Draw and Trap Draw are set up by these passing plays.
•Athletic QB's can use short passes to set up QB Draws.
•Short routes set up deep routes.
•Most defenses are designed to stop the run and the deep threat.
•Short routes are great 3rd down plays for conservative offenses.
Short Route Technique
This is a V-Out route. It is usually run
by someone that is split but not closer
than 6yds from the sideline. You can
run the regulare V-Out and the deep
V-Out. The deep V-Out can be run
between 12yds and 15yds depending on
the accuracy of your QB and the
strength of his arm. This route is hard
to stop when you run it in conjunction
with the complimentary routes.
Here we run what we call a roof over the
top of the V-Out. This gives our QB a little
option. We do not start with this option
because we want to establish the V-Out
first. When the Safety starts to jump on
the V-Out we run this counter which we
call "Python." Although easy to run this
combination depends on the receivers
running their routes hard and making
good breaks. The receivers do not have to
be fast but they do need to be quick and
have good hands.
The Hitch route has been a great route for many
years. Almost all teams run it to some extent.
However, there are so many options that the hitch
can open up. The first of which is the Hitch and
Go. Several teams run the hitch and go and some
teams run the hitch and go as a option for the QB.
If the Hitch is open the QB will let it go and if not
he drops two more steps and throws a go or a fade
This is a simple Hitch. Some coaches run it deep
others shallow. This is a regular hitch for us but
we also have a "deep hitch" which we run at
10yds. The hitch is not a hard route to learn most
kids were running it the day their fathers decided
to play catch with them. You can force a team to
cover a less talented receiver on the hitch which
can free up a faster and more talented receiver on
the same side of the field.
This is an good combination play that can
be installed easily but is hard to stop for
the defense. The QB has the first option
to throw the Hitch to the split end. The
Flanker is the second option as he runs a
flag behind the hitch. Some Corners will
try to split the difference and help on the
flag. A pump by the QB to the flag and
then a bullet to the Hitch can take
advantage of that type of coverage.
Some teams will try to zone this play with
an extra man. This opens up other
options and routes closer to the body of
This is a good example of a deep route that can be
set up with a short route. This play takes advantage
of a man to man defense. It can hurt a zone as well
with certain complimentary routes by the backs or
in conjunction with a spread type formation.
These are good plays for teams that have an
established running game because defenses are
hesitant to pull extra pass defenders out of the box
to stop them and they are fairly easy to teach.
You QB must be patient to make these plays work.
Try to keep the QB in a position to get a 1st down
without throwing the deep option. A third down
and five is great because the defense knows that the
short route moves the chains and may cover it
more closely opening up the deep route.
We would love to add more routes and
combinations to this page. If you have some routes
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