I’ve got another youth football drill and it’s called Tee Time. The Tee Time drill is a goal line drill for both your defensive guys and your main running backs. I have to give a shout out to Coach Shawn Smith. A few years ago, I learned all about Tee Time from him and his staff when I was coaching with his Select teams; the Keller Raiders.
Tee Time is a great toughness drill. It is called Tee Time because you can set up the drill with 3 cones in a Tee Formation but Ive modified my set up a tad. This is a great drill to use on combination with the Fox Chase the Rabbit through the hole drill to get your back powering through the holes instead of stutter stepping, especially when you need tough yardage. You ball carriers will need to run low and hard to get the win. If they run high and do not drive into the defenders they will not get the win.
This is also a great drill for your defenders to learn how to tackle a power running back trying to get a first down or short yardage TD. Defenders must stay low and drive the ball carrier back. If they just hit the power back, the back will run over them for the win.
Tee Time Drill
Purpose: To develop good tackling techniques for your Defense in a competitive drill against your top Offensive running backs so they learn how to run tough and low at goal line protecting the football and falling forward to score.
Set Up: Two lines of Defenders on either side of one running back line. 4 cones in 5×5 yard square or rectangle 3×5 or 5×7 depending on size needed. Tacklers stand up and run around far cones to come back for goal line tackle. RB is on back with feet toward goal line. RB is trying to score at Goal line with tough run.
- Determine size of Tee Time box based on speed and size of players.
- This is a toughness drill and should be used a few times a season. Players will get boo boos.
- Make sure tacklers have heads up but are low and driving back ball carrier. Tackles should be at belt buckle not at shoulder pads.
- Make sure running backs are lowering shoulders and punish, driving through the tackle and Defenders.
- RBs should fall forward and protect the football.
- RBs must be quick and get off back.
- Can also have tacklers on back if needed.
For more about the Tee Time drill, check out the drill video
I hope you enjoyed the Tee Time Drill. Thanks again, to Coach Shawn for this drill. Let me know if you have a favorite drill and maybe I will highlight it on my social media channels.
Remember to Play for Fun and Winning is Funner,
Keller, Texas / Fort Worth / DFW