Football Practice Tips

How to run an effective football practice

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Running a good football practice can be hard to accomplish, and it’s easy to get into the same routine day in and day out. To help you add some variety to your football practices, we want to share some tips for creating a good football practice plan.

Tip # 1 – First week of practice

The first week of practice should be used evaluate athletes for positions and put them into the correct spots on both offense and defense. It’s a great time to evaluate each kid to learn which players are coachable, and which ones are not. Some may have a great attitude, while others may require a little more work.

The first couple of practices should be used to establish the rules of your football program. You should communicate to the kids what you expect from them. This includes the fundamentals of stances, splits, tackling, and blocking with or with out pads and contact. Make sure your football practice plans include notes about communicating the rules of your program starting on the first day you take the field.

For offensive linemen, the first week of practice provides a great opportunity to teach the kids the fundamentals of exploding from the line. For running backs and receivers the fundamentals of ball security and learning how to properly accelerate through contact. At the end of the first week all players should be in their defensive and offensive positions.

Tip # 2 – Change things up from day to day

To keep your players excited about practice, you need to switch things up. Make sure you take an ample amount of time to plan each practice session. Different drills should be used each day. When you force your players to do the same drills every day, practice begins to get stale. Adding a variety of drills keeps things fresh and your players will be better for it.

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