Tips & Drills For Running Backs!

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High Knee Running

Objective

To develop high knee running and body awareness.

Drills

  • Have 5 square bags placed accordingly
  • Have a back run (full speed) over each bag in succession
  • Keep eyes downfield and knees high

Goals

  • Ball Security
  • Violent explosive high knee running
  • Going for every yard- step on, over or around would be tacklers

Equipment

  • Balls
  • 5 Square Bags

Submitted by: Toby


Pass Protection

Objective

To develop pass blocking skills in the five and seven step dropback game.

Drills

  • Align running back in a two point stance in a split back position
  • Linebackers will align in a outside rush position.
  • The first linebacker will rush the QB on the whistle command, on the second whistle the running back will get I position for the second rusher.
  • Each player will engage two separate defenders.

Goals

  • To develop good body positioning in pass protection.
  • Create awareness of the pocket area.
  • Create good hand- eye coordination in pass protection.

Equipment

  • Cones

Submitted by: Toby


Receiving

Objective

To develop catch-tuck-turn and run techniques and body control.

Drills

  • Have three defenders with shields downfield in a triangle formation.
  • Have the backs run routes, catch and run and run through the triangle.
  • Backs will break off of the top defender in the triangle.
  • All three defenders will give a high or low delivery with the shields.

Goals

  • Ball security after a catch.
  • Body control- hips turned upfield through defenders after a catch.
  • Keep pad level down.

Equipment

  • Balls
  • Three Shields

Submitted by: Toby


Sideline Running

Objective

To develop sideline running.

Drills

  • Have two players with shields line up 3 yards from the sideline and five yards apart.
  • Have a back run (can catch a pass) and work upfield near the sideline.
  • The defenders will each give a high or low blow delivery.
  • The runner, against a low blow delivery, will:
    • Keep toes pointed upfield
    • Give with his hips
    • Plant sideline foot upfield and explode
    • Field foot must not cross over
  • The runner, against a high blow delivery, will:
    • Utilize shoulder-arm strength
    • Put weight on sideline foot
    • Push inside to give blow to defender (rip technique)
    • Plant field side foot upfield- near cross over.

Goals

  • Ball security.
  • Violent running.
  • Going for every yard - never run out of bounds.

Submitted by: Toby


Strip

Objective

To develop awareness of ball security during violent running.

Drills

  • We will form 2 lines of players facing each other 1 yard apart.
  • A QB will hand the ball off to the runner who will run between two lines.
  • The runner will align at a depth and area he normally runs from.
  • The players in the two lines will try to strip the ball from the runner.
  • The runner will explore through the lines and sprint 10 yards past the defender.

Goals

  • Ball exchange.
  • Protecting the ball.
  • Body balance.
  • Fighting through tackles.

Equipment

  • 12th man players form 2 lines
  • QB
  • Hose
  • Balls
  • Sled or Ropes (optional)

Submitted by: Toby


Zig Zag Run

Objective

To develop hip flexibility, body balance, and increased body control.

Drills

  • We will place three to five players 5 yards apart in a straight line.
  • The ball carrier will start at one end of the line and "Zig-Zag" between the players.
  • The runner should keep eyes up, drop hips to change direction, gather (no stutter steps) before direction change, head north and south and accelerate.

Goals

  • Protecting the ball.
  • Body balance and control.

Submitted by: Toby

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