Today we’ve got another post on youth football drills. We’re going to talk about what I call my Everyday Drills (EDs) or drills that I always do weekly. These pee wee football drills keep sticking to my practice plans each season for my youth football teams aged 6 to 12 years old. I do many football drills to address specific weaknesses or for fun to lighten up practice, but these EDs are my go to drills that on a weekly basis are pretty much in every practice.
Everyday Drills for Youth Football
- Pop Pass Pod
- Snaps Pod – QBs & Centers
- Agility Course Warm Ups or Dynamics
- 2 Line Fundamentals
- Quick Hands
- Block Engage
- Seahawk Roll Tackles
- Stance / Snap Get Off
- Grab Cloth Finger Grabs
- Angle Tackle Drill
- Contain Pod
- O-Line Alignments, Steps and Rules
- Blocking Box
- Running Back Hand Offs
- Running Back Plays / Holes
- Big Oklahoma / Half Line
- Game Simulation Walk Thrus
My Everyday Drills start with a warm-up drill which I like called the Passing Pod. We do this before practice so the QBs can warm up their arms and the Centers can get snap reps. Everyone runs routes and gets warmed up. Many coaches will use this as their main warm up drill vs agility course or dynamic warm ups. I also like the Snaps Pods drill where you have 3 or 4 centers snapping to 3 or 4 QBs or Running Backs and the QBs switch Center after each snap. We try to get in at least 10 to 25 reps here before practice. You can combine these two drills if you have enough QBs and Centers. Each Pass Pod could have 2 QBs and 2 routes to throw, which would give your four QBs and Centers tp rotate around.
Everyday Drills Video
I am also big on the Agility Course for warm-ups, especially for linemen. We do about a 50 yard course with ladders, shuffles, bags, tires, rings, cones, bear crawls etc to get everyone warmed up and ready to go. It is also great conditioning for players. But the biggest positive is quicker feet with our linemen.
One of the main stays in my warm ups since 2006 is two line fundamentals. I usually put guys with a partner every season. We line up in two lines facing each other so we can take roll quickly and also talk about our practice goals, plans and any other team info like game times, jersey changes, grades, etc. Once we are done talking we will do quick Stance, snap count get off, hands drills, Seahawk tackling roll tackles, blocking form fits, Grab Clothe finger grabs and maybe a simple angle tackle drill to finish it up and get a quick water. Great way to do Dynamic Warm ups too.
Since the Defensive Ends are so critical in our 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense scheme we do a Contain Pod drill weekly if not everyday. We discuss position responsibilities, gap and track requirements in great detail with tackle wheels & Yoga Balls or live players. This is basically a half line drill with DTs, DEs, iLbs, and DBs.
With the Offensive Line everyday we will go through an Alignment Gap Split Pod, Steps Stance Get Off Pod, Rules & Engagement Pod, and a live hitting drill like the Blockling Box which I will name a Knight of the Hootchikawdawa (fun name for King of the Hill). Or will we will go through a full Blocking Pod or Board Type Drill.
The Running Backs will break off and do hand offs ball protection drills like the RB Gauntlet Drill. They will also work on play, hole, and track recognition. They will do a ton of walk thrus for timing. We may also have them do a cut drill, stiff arm and or ladder drill to make sure they understand not to cut back inside so much.
We also like to end with a Half Line Scrimmage or a Big Oklahoma Drill. We can get everyone involved and run through all the fundamentals we have been teaching in a live environment.
On the last practice before the game, we like to run a Game Simulation Drill which simulates a real game with all three phases of football; offense, defense, special teams including the coin toss and naming the Captains.
I know each practice I try to get in one tackling and blocking drill. Also make sure to have some special team drills for your special team period, like the Pursuit Drill and the Bowling for Onside Kicks drill. If you are returning punts, make sure your players are catching 25 to 50 punts a week.
What do you think of my Everyday Drills for Youth Football? What drills do you use every practice? I would love to hear from you.
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Keller, Texas / Ft. Worth TX / DFW Metro