DEFENSIVE BACK DRILLS

Zig-Zag drill
Purpose y y To develop ability to read and react to QB's shoulders. To develop ability to rotate hips and change direction quickly.

Description Four defenders will align 5 yards from the coach and side by side 5 yards apart. On command backs will back pedal and drive off at 45° angle concentrating on QB's shoulders and changing directions, push off opposite foot and elongate stride in changing directions. Coaching Points Defenders will react to coaches' shoulders and eyes. Ball may be thrown to a particular back.

Backpedal
Purpose To develop proper back pedal technique, (feet, hips, shoulders and head) Description On Signal DB will back pedal on a yard line across the field concentrating on the total body position. Coaching Points y y y y y

Narrow base Feet close to turf Hips should be cocked in slightly Shoulders low Head up

Carrioca on the line (long stride)
Purpose To develop flexible hip movement

leverage foot and head up as they sprint forward. Defenders will place toes on the line in a good stance and body position (chin over toes). turning hips toward desired direction. shoulders low. keeping the shoulders parallel to line and low and arms horizontal to ground. Description This drill is a full speed backward drill in a 5 yard area. plant foot and sprint forward to the line. Cone drill Purpose . then backpedal and plant foot again and sprint past the line.Description On signal DB will Carrioca down the line. vigorous arm movement. Coaching Points Keep upper body still. Coaching Points Stress chin over the toes. Coaching Points Do not cross feet or turn shoulders as you weave 5 yard backpedal drill Purpose To develop good body positioning during the backpedal and improve reaction time. On command »GO« . defenders will backpedal 5 yards. while hips and legs work. Backpedal and weave Purpose To develop the ability to keep lateral position on receiver Description On signal DB will backpedal then push off opposite foot from the desired direction.

Coaching Points Stress driving laterally (to receiver). 2. before looking at QB and center of mass forward. plant at 1st cone and drive laterally at a 45° angle forward to the next cone and backpedal to cone and drive laterally 45° angle forward to cone and backpedal to last cone. . 7. 4. 6. Defensive Backs line up in one line at the sideline (outside the field) at any given yardline. Equipment y Cones Stance Drill Purpose To teach and practice a good stance for the defensive back. Outside foot up Inside foot staggert to the arch Feet 6 to 8 inches apart Bend your knees and lower hips Shoulders over balls of your feet Arms relaxed over front foot Don't rise up when coming out of your stance Backpedal Drill Purpose To teach and practice the correct backpedal technique for defensive backs Description 1. 5.To develop body position during backpedal and proper drive technique to a receiver Description Defender will backpedal. 3. Description Not finished yet :-( Coaching Points 1.

Be Quick 2. 3. Maintain leverage on the receiver Equipment Phase 1 . and backpedals back to the sideline. Feet close together. Push off front foot 3. While the previous Defensive Back is still backpedaling the next Defensive Back lines up already in his stance ready to start backpedaling. The coach stands with the defensive backs off the field. Elbows in at 90 degree angle 8. The first Defensive Back lines up on the sideline facing off the field 4. Be under control 4. Move arms in normal manner 9. "skim" grass 7. Shoulders over knees 6. At the hashmark he shuffles over to the next yardline. Upon command he starts backpedaling along the yardline all the way to the hashmarks 5. Chin over toes 5.2. Coaching Points 1. Move arms in "sliding" action 11. Never cross arms in front 12. 6. Relax your arms and shoulders 10.

Phase 2 Phase 3 Backpedal and Plant Drill Purpose Defensive Backs Drill to work and improve the backpedal technique and to keep a good body balance when backpedaling to do a plant step whenever necessary. Description 1. . Defensive Backs line up in one line at the sideline (outside the field) at any given yardline.

The first Defensive Back lines up on the sideline facing off the field Upon command he starts backpedaling along the yardline After about 12 yards the coach gives a command (audible or visual) and the Defensive Back plants his foot on the next step and sprints forward for a few steps. Plant back foot and come forward 3. Keep eyes on coach. Coaching Points 2. 6. See that all Defensive Backs get as many repetitions as possible. While the previous Defensive Back is still backpedaling the next Defensive Back lines up already in his stance ready to start backpedaling. throw shoulder Equipment . 5. 1. 4. 3. Repeat according to practice plan. See Coaching points of the Backpedal Drill 2.The coach stands with the defensive backs off the field.

After about 12 yards the coach gives a command (audible or visual) and the Defensive Back plants his foot on the next step and sprints forward in a 45 degree angle for a few steps. Description 1. 6. Upon command he starts backpedaling along the yardline 5. While the previous Defensive Back is still backpedaling the next Defensive Back lines up already in his stance ready to start backpedaling.Backpedal. 2. . The coach stands with the defensive backs off the field. 3. Break at 45 degree Drill Purpose Defensive Back Drill to improve the technique of breaking out of backpedaling into a 45 degree forward sprint. Defensive Backs line up in one line at the sideline (outside the field) at any given yardline. The first Defensive Back lines up on the sideline facing off the field 4.

See that all Defensive Backs get as many repetitions as possible.Repeat according to practice plan .alternate side to sprint to. Throw shoulder Equipment . See Coaching points of the Backpedal Drill 2. Turn plant foot 45 degrees 3. Coaching Points 1.

3. The coach stands with the defensive backs off the field. 2. While the previous Defensive Back is still backpedaling the next Defensive Back lines up already in his stance ready to start backpedaling. The first Defensive Back lines up on the sideline facing off the field 4. Defensive Backs line up in one line at the sideline (outside the field) at any given yardline. 6. . Upon command he starts backpedaling along the yardline 5. Description 1. Break at 90&deg. Drill Purpose Defensive Back Drill to improve the technique of breaking out of backpedaling into a 90 degree forward sprint.Backpedal. After about 12 yards the coach gives a command (audible or visual) and the Defensive Back plants his foot on the next step and sprints forward in a 90 degree angle for a few steps.

Coaching Points 1. Throw shoulder Equipment . See that all Defensive Backs get as many repetitions as possible. Turn plant foot 45 degrees 3.alternate side to sprint to.Repeat according to practice plan . See Coaching points of the Backpedal Drill 2.

After about 4 yards the coach gives a command (audible or visual) and the Defensive Back turns as if the receiver was breaking to a post route. 3.Backpedal. After 6 more yards the Defensive Back turns again to stay with the receiver who is now breaking to a corner route. Upon command he starts backpedaling along the yardline 5. running a corner route). Defensive Backs line up in one line at the sideline (outside the field) at any given yardline. The coach stands with the defensive backs off the field (about 5 yards off the sideline. The first Defensive Back lines up on the sideline facing off the field (the remaining backs stay behind the Coach). 6. Description 1. . 4. 2.e. Man turn to Corner Drill Purpose Defensive Backs Drill to teach and work on the techniques of turning out of backpedaling into running forward and changing direction correctly when man covering a receiver who is going downfield (i.

man turn to corner Snap your eyes around You must commit your hips Equipment . 4.Coaching Points 1. 2. See Coaching points of the Defensive Backs Backpedal Drill Open to post. 3.

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3. The coach stands with the defensive backs off the field (about 5 yards off the sideline. Coaching Points 1. The first Defensive Back lines up on the sideline facing off the field (the remaining backs stay behind the Coach). Zone turn to Corner Drill Purpose Defensive Backs Drill to teach and work on the techniques of turning out of backpedaling into running forward and changing direction correctly when zone covering a receiver who is going downfield (i. 2. 4. After about 4 yards the coach gives a command (audible or visual) and the Defensive Back turns as if the receiver was breaking to a post route. running a corner route). man turn to corner Snap your eyes around You must commit your hips Equipment . 3. See Coaching points of the Defensive Backs Backpedal Drill Open to post. 6. Defensive Backs line up in one line at the sideline (outside the field) at any given yardline. Description 1.Backpedal. Upon command he starts backpedaling along the yardline 5. 2.e. 4. After 6 more yards the Defensive Back turns again to stay with the receiver who is now breaking to a corner route.

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5. 3. 2.Backpedal Turn and Go Drill Purpose Defensive Backs Drill to teach and improve the footwork when turning out of backpedaling. Back pedal Turn in direction coach gives Keep shoulders over knees Don't "open" up Exaggerate forward lean Run in a straight line Cross over with far leg Stay off your heels Break on ball. 6. intercept Equipment y Football(s) . 7. 4. 8. 9. Description and Coaching Points 1.