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Everyday Drills – Youth Football Drills

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.


youth football agility course


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.


two line football fundamental drills


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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Remember to Play for Fun and Winning is Funner,
Coach Parker
Keller, Texas / Ft. Worth TX / DFW Metro

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Tee Time Pee Wee Football Drill

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 Pee Wee Football DrillsTee 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.

Coaching Points:

  • 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,
Coach Parker
Keller, Texas / Fort Worth / DFW

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Staying low while tackling in pee wee football

lw8_89_tackleA friend of mine called me last night.  He said his 12U team is not tackling low.  They are tackling pretty good but some are having trouble breaking down and staying low to make tackles.  We talked about not all tackles will be low since they might be open field pursuit tackles when a player just needs to save a big yardage gain.  He explained that his team is tackling good he just needs some more practice staying low to work on a few players fundamentals and keep everyone fundamentally sound.

I told him we use our tackling bags and with a red tape line around them representing a players belt and have our players break down and tackle below the red line on the tackling bag.  We also do the close quarters SeaHawk angle tackling drill where players are just arms length apart already broken down and one step into a near thigh low shoulder roll tackle. Lastly we do a two line drill where we are close quarters again and one player jumps up and the tackler wraps and holds up the jumped player to make sure we have wrapped up and we also do a grab cloth drill from two lines.  One players turns and acts like a running back and the tackler grabs his jersey “Cloth” and the runner takes off.  This helps us make sure we know we can grab cloth and help will come soon.  Heck grab anything to save the tackle.

I have written an article on form tackling before, you can find it here, Is From Tackling Overrated.  Each and every season, I teach proper mechanics of form tackling, especially the Seakawk Tackling System, but I am big on making tackles not worried about what they look like.  That does not mean I do not like the fundamentals, I just know in most game situations a “true” form tackle is not always able to be applied because the ball carrier has other intentions.  We also teach the Seahawk Pec tackle for open field tackling situations.  Sometimes a high tackle is required or last ditch must move on a “jitter bug” running back.  But I will agree with my friend, staying low, both in tackling and blocking to gain leverage is a basic football fundamental and must be taught and perfected by every player to be successful.

Here are some more drills to stay low….

King Size Sheet Low Board

Coach Casey has a few more videos I like on blocking but this old sheet drill to stay low is perfect for all.  Just use an old king sized sheet as a low pole board drill.

 

Basketball Break Down

I’ve used a similar drill to this drill but used a basketball with youth football players versus a yoga ball with these bigger players.  You can also use a smaller tennis ball and scoop with two hands and then have them tackle a dummy bag.

 

SeaHawk Tackling and Drills

I love the Seahawk Tackling system.  This is very similar to what I was taught in high school.  Plus, I played Rugby a season.  I am very big on the shoulder roll tackles.

 

Low Pad Hits @ 1:23

I have never used this drill but I will this week.  I really like this to get across some muscle memory about hitting low.

 

Staying Low using a Tackle Wheel @:20 @:35

A friend of mine made me two tackle wheels and they are great.  This open tackle drill at 20 and 35 seconds are awesome drills to get your players tackling low.

 

I hope these drills and suggestions help you coach your team to get low during tackling and blocking.  Let me know if you have a few drills that you use to help your team stay low.

Remember to Play For fun and Winning is Funner!

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Coach Parker
Keller, TX / Fort Worth, Texas
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Tackle Football Baseball Youth Football Drill

Here is another free youth football coaching video on my version of the Team Tackle Football Baseball drill for youth football players.  My team this season absolutely loved this team competition drill.  This was our most requested drill to run in practice.  I’ve seen this drill run by other coaches over the last 10 years or so and this was the first season I added it to my youth football practices.  I am so glad i did too.  Enjoy the video.

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Team Football Tackle Baseball Drill

  • Two Teams
    • Captains Pick Teams
    • Batters / Blockers – Batting Team – Off
    • Tacklers – Fielding Team – Def
    • Coaches are Umpires
  • Baseball Base Running Rules
    • Traditional Diamond
    • Tilted Rectangle Harder to Score Home
  • Game is 3 to 5 Innings
    • All start on the whistle
    • 3 outs per inning
    • Fumble is an Out and 1 pt for Def Team
    • Tackled before touching base is an Out
    • Flagrant penalty by blocker is an Out
    • Flagrant Penalty by Def is 2 bases
  • Scoring Similar to Baseball
    • Runner Scores at Home plate for 1 point
    • RB Fumble is 1 pt for Defense
    • Coaches score each play / Inning
  • Players must stay square to Mound
    • No Lead Offs
    • Def – 2 Tacklers
    • Off – 1 Blocker and 1 RB
  • Winners get Water First
    • Losing Team 10 Up Downs

Tackle football baseball drill

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Play for Fun and Winning is Funner,
Coach Parker
Keller, Texas / Ft. Worth TX

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