Tips & Drills For Football Receivers!

Check out these awesome, easy to follow tips and drills for football recievers. Learn how to dominate your sport!
Back Of The End Zone

Purpose
The Purpose of the drill is to help the players adjust to catching the ball near the end zone

Procedure
Players line up near the end line and run across at half speed. The coach throws the ball high and in front of the players who have to stay as close to the end line as possible and catch the ball.

Coaching Points
Emphasis is placed on balance and control of the body to make the catch in the end zone and not out of bounds.

Submitted by: Toby

Blind Ball A & B

Purpose
To develop the players' quickness in turning their body around for the ball. The purpose is also to emphasize getting their head and shoulders around quickly.

Procedure
"A"- A player lines up about 10 yards from the coach with his back to the coach. The coach then throws the ball toward the player and when the ball is halfway to the player the coach says "Left or Right". The player turns as quickly as possible and tries to catch the ball in his hands.

"B"- Using the same Procedure as "A" the player turns just his head and shoulders around as quickly as possible.

Coaching Points
Emphasize quickness to turning body or head and shoulders around catching the ball with the hands.

Submitted by: Toby

Blurr A & B

Purpose
This drill is designed to help improve the players concentration on catching the ball.

Procedure
"A"- One or two players are lined up eight yards in front of the net facing each other (1 yard apart). The receiver runs about * speed behind them and tries to catch the ball in his hands. The two players in front wave their hands in front of the ball but do not try to touch it. This drill is ran from both sides.

"B"- First player stands with back to net facing coach. Second player stands to one side of player #1- sideways and faces coach. Drill starts with coach throwing a ball to player #1 with player #2 waving his arms in front of player #1's face but not touching the ball.

Coaching Points
Emphasize concentration on catching the ball no matter what the distraction, catch the ball out front with your hands.

Submitted by: Toby

Circle

Purpose
This drill is designed to improve quickness and reaction the ball.

Procedure
The coach lines up 5 players with 4 of them making a small circle. The player in the middle is three yards from each player. Each player in the outside has a ball. The drill starts when the man in the middle faces one of the outside players and the ball is tossed to him. The player catches the ball, flips it back to that player and turns quickly to his right. The next player does the same thing and the player in the circle goes around to his left and to his right.

Coaching Points
Emphasize quickness in turning and catching the ball in the hands.

Submitted by: Toby

Elimination

Purpose
This drill is designed to improve the player's quickness and reaction to the ball.

Procedure
This drill is somewhat like musical chairs. The coach lines up four or more players. The coach has them kneel on one knee and face him. The drill starts when the coach flips the ball to any player, using a basketball chest pass. When a player drops a ball, he must leave the drill. The drill ends when there is only one player left.

Coaching Points
Emphasize following the ball and catching it in their hands.

Submitted by: Toby

Find The Quarterback

Purpose
The purpose of this drill is to work on quickness, and picking up the ball in mid air.

Description
The QB's stand in a circle facing each other about 20 yards apart. The receiver stands in the middle by calling out of the QB's name, who then starts to throw the ball. At the same time the receiver turns and faces him. After the receiver catches the ball he tosses the ball back to the QB and gets ready for the next name. The first time the drill is run, the ball is thrown * speed to let the receiver find out where each guy is positioned.

Coaching Points
Emphasis is placed on quickness, turning to QB and catching the ball.

Submitted by: Toby

Firing Squad

Purpose
To help the receivers total concentration on picking the ball up in the air, with some distraction.

Description
Receiver stands in front of net facing QB. The coach stands behind the net and the receiver. He starts the drill by saying "ready" which alerts the QBs to cock their arms. He then points to one QB which alerts him, he is the one to throw to the receiver. On the command "GO", each QB starts his throwing motion, but only the QB that was designated by the coach lets the ball go. The receiver catches the ball, tosses it back to the QB, and the drill starts over. (Receiver should catch about six balls.)

Coaching Points
Emphasize concentration, and looking ball into hands.

Submitted by: Toby

Freeze

Purpose
To work on hand and eye position in catching the ball, and tucking the ball away.

Description
Four receivers pair up with four QB's facing each other about 10 yards apart. The coach controls the drill with five commands:

  1. Ready - alerts QB to get in throwing position.
  2. Go - QB's release ball to receiver.
  3. Catch - Receiver catches ball and holds that position until next command.
  4. Tuck - Receiver secures ball away, and keeps head and eyes locked into ball.
  5. Toss It Back - Receiver tosses ball back to QB

The coach should have receiver catch three balls on each level. High ball - Median - Low Ball

Submitted by: Toby

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