This page contains short routes. Here are some reasons to add short routes to your package.
•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 route.

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 the offense.

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.

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