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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.

Please leave a comment below or Contact Me.

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

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Bowling for Onside Kicks Drill – Fun Youth Football Drills

Today I’ve got a youth football drill video on Bowling for Onside Kicks drill. It’s a fun youth football drill to help teach your players how to receive and catch onside kicks.

I’m reviewing this drill today because a coach asked me the other day about kick returns. This drill is the first area we teach to our kick return team, since we want to see who has good hands to put on the front line. Not everyone can receive an onside kick.

Special Teams Pee Wee Football Drill - Bowling for Kicks

Check out the Special Teams drill in more detail by watching the youth football drill YouTube video.

I hope you enjoyed the Bowling for Kicks pee wee football drill. Do you use a drill similar for your Special Teams Kick Return team. I would love to hear from you. Let me know if you have a favorite drill and maybe I will highlight it on my social media channels. Leave a comment below or Contact Me.

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

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Fox Chase Rabbit to Hole Drill – Pee Wee Football Drill

I’ve got another pee wee football drill that I thought we would get into today and this drill is the Fox Chase Rabbit to Hole Drill for running backs. This is a great drill to teach youth football running backs to hit the hole without stutter stepping and hit the hole quickly and not try to read the hole for very long otherwise they’re going to get tackled from behind.

In the drill, you set up a tackler to tackle the running back from behind running the football through a gauntlet drill, half line or full scrimmage.

fox chase rabbit youth football drill

Purpose:
To teach running backs to hit the hole hard and quick and not stutter step before hitting the hole.

Set Up:
Set up your favorite running back gauntlet drill or use one similar to below. Or you can use half line or full line in a scrimmage situation. Have a chase man (Fox) ready by a coach about 5 to 7 yards behind the ball carrier. Ball carrier or the Rabbit will run to hole and coach will release the Chaser or Fox to tag or tackle the Ball Carrier from behind. You can also have a second Fox chase the Rabbit ball carrier to the Ladder / Sidelines as an extra to the drill.

Coaching Points:

• Make sure to describe to your RBs how the drill works.
• Run the drill as a walk through tag before going live.
• Fox tackler should be smaller than ball carrier
• Fox should not tackle low but basically grab waist of ball carrier.
• Ball carrier should not slow down or stutter step at hole.
• We like ball carriers to cut once through the hole
• Adjust depth and speed of Fox with coach timing the release

For more about the pee wee football drill watch the video below.

Fox Chase Rabbit to Hole Running Back Drill

I hope you enjoyed the Fox Chase Rabbit to Hole Running Back pee wee football drill.  Do you use a drill similar for your running backs.  I would love to hear from you.  Leave a comment below.

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 / Ft. Worth / 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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