Crazy 8 Drill – Youth Football Coaching

Over the last few months, I have been working with my two sons to quicken their feet at the QB position and Crazy 8 Drillwork on their ball handling.   I found a drill that I love, the Crazy 8, 5 cone drill.  I set up the drill in either a 5 yard box configuration or a 1 yard box configuration with one cone in the middle.  The player starts at one of the outer cones and runs an 8 shape cutting off the cones and then runs to the next cone to repeat until back at the starting cone.  At each cut the ball carrier positions the ball in their outside cradle, so they are continuously moving the ball from left to right depending on the cut.  As QBs, I also have them run the drill with the ball nestled in their chest moving the ball left and right to help them cut quicker off the cones.

Updated Video 10/7/16

The key to the this drill is short compact choppy steps.  You must keep compact and cut with the outside foot.  My oldest is tall and lanky and this drill is perfect for him to learn to keep his steps short and compact. Otherwise his long giraffe legs creep wide.  I tell him to think of himself as a leopard.

I also have them do 3 step drop drills using the 5 yard box set up.  They position themselves like they were under center, take a quick three step drop then sprint forward, then shuffle down to next cone and repeat until back at first cone.  We do this clockwise then counter clockwise.

The boys love this drill.  I think because of the crazy 8 figure.  I set up a five yard box and a yard box and have them compete against each other; Two one yard finishes to one five yard finish.

I will be using this drill in practice this year.  Good Luck this season!

Thanks
Coach Parker


 

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