Youth QB Football Drills

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When you're leading your team down the field to the end zone, you want to be on top of your game. Whether you're in the NFL or playing your first year of football at school, as a quarterback, you have to set an example, and one way to ensure excellence on the field is to practice drills; repeatedly.

Knee Drills

The several variations of knee drills all are designed to isolate the throwing motion and ensure proper mechanics. Knee drills help to develop wrist snap and learn proper release. Start with both knees on the ground and have your quarterbacks kneel five yards apart. Make sure players bring the ball up to a high position by the ear with both hands on the ball. Your elbow should lead the arm movement and exaggerate the follow-through. Remember the goal isn't to throw hard but to work on the proper technique and isolate the arm. After performing throws on both knees for about five minutes, perform the same drill on one knee for five minutes, then do the drill on the other knee for five more minutes.

Circle Drill

The circle drill is to work on throwing on the run. This prepares players for roll-out passes and teaches them touch and ball placement. To perform, jog in a circle playing catch. After a few minutes going one direction, jog in the other direction in a circle playing catch. Players should be about 10 yards apart in this drill. A key to this drill is to remember to square your hips and shoulders to your target before throwing.

Square Release And Follow-Through Drill

This drill emphasizes follow-through and teaches squaring up and the proper release point. Have players stand 5 to 7 yards apart with their shoulders squared to each other. As the player makes a pass be sure to follow through and rotate the hips properly.

Drop Drill

The drop drill teaches players the proper footwork for three-step, five-step and seven-step drops. This helps quickness of the drop and proper weight distribution. Players will start by taking a snap and taking a three-step drop by stepping back with the throwing foot, crossing over in front with the non-throwing foot for step two and finally stepping back again and planting with the throwing foot. This same drop style is used for five- and seven- step drops. After a few reps of mastering the footwork, begin to incorporate throws into the drills. Three-step drops are for shorter, quicker throws; five steps for intermediate depth and routes; and seven steps are for deeper or slower developing routes.