Youth Flag Football Drills
Youth flag football drills are designed to improve your ability to catch and throw a football as well as pull flags. While many drills for flag football are the same as tackle football drills, there are several drills that focus on flag pulling and flag defense, two things not encountered in tackle football.
Circle Toss Drill
This drill is designed to improve your accuracy as a quarterback and your technique while throwing on the run. Pick out another quarterback on the team and stand a few feet from each other. On your coach's signal, begin to run in a circle, tossing a football back and forth to each other in a spiral. As you improve, increase your running speed, making the throws more difficult. Reverse directions before completing the drill.
Defensive DB Drill
This drill is designed to improve your flag-pulling ability as a defensive back. Have 10 players from your team line up at the goal line with one football per player. Grab another defensive back and stand in the center of the field. On your coach's whistle, have the players at the goal line try to run past you without getting their flags pulled. Every flag you successfully pull eliminates that player from the drill. Continue to reset the drill until only one player is left. This drill also can improve your running ability with the ball if you are one of the 10 players on offense.
Reach Blocking Drill
This drill is designed to improve your blocking ability while on the offensive line. Get in your normal blocking stance with a defensive lineman standing one yard to your right or left. On your coach's whistle, take a large step toward the defensive lineman to block him. Because he starts a yard to your side, it is essential that you reach out while staying balanced to successfully block him. Repeat until fatigued.
Shotgun Quick Pass
This drill will improve your arm speed as a quarterback and your ability to catch a quick pass if you are a receiver. Line up in shotgun formation with two receivers on the line of scrimmage. Have the defensive backs play up close on each receiver. On your coach's mark, take one step back and find an open receiver. If you do not release the ball within three seconds it is considered a sack.
Jason Aberdeene has been a freelance writer since 2008. His articles have appeared in the "UCSD Guardian" and on various websites, specializing in teen health. An assistant at Kagan Physical Therapy since 2009, Aberdeene has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego.