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RHS Football:

Running Back Progressions

3 rd Grade to 8 th Grade


Defensive Back Position

This Running Back Progression book goes hand-and-hand with the Running

Back Trainer. The trainer provides detailed fundamentals, instruction, and

drills for the position. The progression book gives summaries and creates

a transition of youth running back skills from the 3 rd grade to the 8 th grade.

POSITION CHARACTERISTICS

• SPEED, Quick, Strength, Aggressive, Physical, Vision, Unselfish

Base Fundamentals

• Stance

• Taking Hand Off

• Carrying the Football (Ball Security)

• Catching the Football

• Blocking

• Running with the Football (Footwork: steps, cuts, etc.)


Third and Fourth Grade

Drills

Stance

Key Concepts:

2-Point

•Feet shoulder width apart (toe-to-toe)

•Bent Knees with hands on thighs

•Upright back with eyes downfield

•Weight on balls of feet (more weight on drive foot)

1. RB Stance/Start

Line Drill

3-Point

•Feet shoulder width apart (toe-to-heel)

•Hand down and other hand rested on thigh

•Head up with yes looking through top of face mask

•Weight on balls of feet (NOT on toes and arm down)


Third and Fourth Grade

Drills

Taking a Hand Off

Key Concepts:

•Inside elbow up, outside arm down at waist level

•Don’t reach for the ball

•Run through the handoff (don’t slow down or hesitate)

•Secure ball when it hits body

•Keep eyes down field (NEVER LOOK FOR BALL)

1. Line Hand

Off Drill

2. Relay Hand

Off Drill


Third and Fourth Grade

Drills

Carrying the Football (Ball Security)

Key Concepts:

•Carry the ball with five pressure points (fingers, palm,

forearm, bicep, rib)

•Ball should be high on chest/ribs (not in stomach)

•Ball should be in outside arm (both arms through traffic)

•When switching arms, use free arm to reach across and

grab back point of the ball then slide across body to other

side

1. Partner Strip

Drill

2. Gauntlet Drill


Third and Fourth Grade

Drills

Catching the Football

Key Concepts:

•See the ball, catch the ball, tuck it away!

•Catch with hands: don’t let the ball get to shoulder pads

•Have soft hands: don’t tighten up and fight the ball

•Ball below chest, pinkies together

•Ball above chest, thumbs and index fingers together

•Ball over shoulder, pinkies together w/ hands under ball

1. Catch and

Tuck Drill

2. Route Drill


Third and Fourth Grade

Drills

Blocking

Key Concepts:

•Pre-Snap: Know assignment and where blocking him to

•Start: Be quick to assignment, don’t wait for his reaction

•Contact: Be a hitter—block through the man.

•Base: Keep a good base with feet moving throughout

block

•Pride: Take as much pride in blocking as in running the

ball

1. Thud Drill

2. Kickout Block

Drill

3. Reach Block

Drill


Third and Fourth Grade

Running with the Football

(Footwork)

Key Concepts:

•Balance: keep feet on contact and when

changing direction

•Speed/Quickness: ability to change direction

•Vision: ability to see the field and make cuts

based on blocks and potential tacklers

Drills

1. Square Drills

2. Zig Zag Drill

3. Read and Cut Drill


Fifth and Sixth Grade

Drills

Stance

Key Concepts:

2-Point

•Feet shoulder width apart (toe-to-toe)

•Bent Knees with hands on thighs

•Upright back with eyes downfield

•Weight on balls of feet (more weight on drive foot)

1. RB Stance/Start

Line Drill

3-Point

•Feet shoulder width apart (toe-to-heel)

•Hand down and other hand rested on thigh

•Head up with yes looking through top of face mask

•Weight on balls of feet (NOT on toes and arm down)


Fifth and Sixth Grade

Drills

Taking a Hand Off

Key Concepts:

•Inside elbow up, outside arm down at waist level

•Don’t reach for the ball

•Run through the handoff (don’t slow down or hesitate)

•Secure ball when it hits body

•Keep eyes down field (NEVER LOOK FOR BALL)

1. Line Hand

Off Drill

2. Relay Hand

Off Drill


Fifth and Sixth Grade

Drills

Carrying the Football (Ball Security)

Key Concepts:

•Carry the ball with five pressure points (fingers, palm,

forearm, bicep, rib)

•Ball should be high on chest/ribs (not in stomach)

•Ball should be in outside arm (both arms through traffic)

•When switching arms, use free arm to reach across and

grab back point of the ball then slide across body to other

side

1. Partner Strip

Drill

2. Gauntlet Drill

3. Five Cone

Cut Drill


Fifth and Sixth Grade

Drills

Catching the Football

Key Concepts:

•See the ball, catch the ball, tuck it away!

•Catch with hands: don’t let the ball get to shoulder pads

•Have soft hands: don’t tighten up and fight the ball

•Ball below chest, pinkies together

•Ball above chest, thumbs and index fingers together

•Ball over shoulder, pinkies together w/ hands under ball

1. Catch and

Tuck Drill

2. Turn Drill

3. Route Drill


Fifth and Sixth Grade

Drills

Blocking

Key Concepts:

•Pre-Snap: Know assignment and where blocking him to

•Start: Be quick to assignment, don’t wait for his reaction

•Contact: Be a hitter—block through the man.

•Base: Keep a good base with feet moving throughout

block

•Pride: Take as much pride in blocking as in running the

ball

1. Thud Drill

2. Leverage

Drill

3. Lead and Cut

Drill

4. Kickout Block

Drill

5. Reach Block

Drill


Fifth and Sixth Grade

Drills

Running with the Football

(Footwork)

Key Concepts:

•Balance: keep feet on contact and when

changing direction

•Speed/Quickness: ability to change direction

•Vision: ability to see the field and make cuts

based on blocks and potential tacklers

1. Hand Down 360-

Degree Drill

2. Square Drills

3. Zig Zag Drill

4. Read and Cut Drill


Seventh and Eighth Grade

Drills

Stance

Key Concepts:

2-Point

•Feet shoulder width apart (toe-to-toe)

•Bent Knees with hands on thighs

•Upright back with eyes downfield

•Weight on balls of feet (more weight on drive foot)

1. RB Stance/Start

Line Drill

3-Point

•Feet shoulder width apart (toe-to-heel)

•Hand down and other hand rested on thigh

•Head up with yes looking through top of face mask

•Weight on balls of feet (NOT on toes and arm down)


Seventh and Eighth Grade

Drills

Taking a Hand Off

Key Concepts:

•Inside elbow up, outside arm down at waist level

•Don’t reach for the ball

•Run through the handoff (don’t slow down or hesitate)

•Secure ball when it hits body

•Keep eyes down field (NEVER LOOK FOR BALL)

1. Line Hand

Off Drill

2. Relay Hand

Off Drill


Seventh and Eighth Grade

Drills

Carrying the Football (Ball Security)

Key Concepts:

•Carry the ball with five pressure points (fingers, palm,

forearm, bicep, rib)

•Ball should be high on chest/ribs (not in stomach)

•Ball should be in outside arm (both arms through traffic)

•When switching arms, use free arm to reach across and

grab back point of the ball then slide across body to other

side

1. Partner Strip

Drill

2. Gauntlet Drill

3. Five Cone

Cut Drill

4. Catch and

Split-em Drill

5. Sideline Drill


Seventh and Eighth Grade

Drills

Catching the Football

Key Concepts:

•See the ball, catch the ball, tuck it away!

•Catch with hands: don’t let the ball get to shoulder pads

•Have soft hands: don’t tighten up and fight the ball

•Ball below chest, pinkies together

•Ball above chest, thumbs and index fingers together

•Ball over shoulder, pinkies together w/ hands under ball

1. Pepper Drill

2. Torpedo Drill

3. Catch and

Tuck Drill

4. One Hand

Drill

5. Turn Drill

6. Distraction

Drills

7. Route Drill


Seventh and Eighth Grade

Drills

Blocking

Key Concepts:

•Pre-Snap: Know assignment and where blocking him

to

•Start: Be quick to assignment, don’t wait for his

reaction

•Contact: Be a hitter—block through the man.

•Base: Keep a good base with feet moving throughout

block

•Pride: Take as much pride in blocking as in running

the ball

1. Thud Drill

2. Leverage Drill

3. Soccer Drill

4. Lead and Cut

Drill

5. Kickout Block

Drill

6. Reach Block

Drill


Seventh and Eighth Grade

Running with the Football

(Footwork)

Key Concepts:

•Balance: keep feet on contact and when

changing direction

•Speed/Quickness: ability to change direction

•Vision: ability to see the field and make cuts

based on blocks and potential tacklers

Drills

1. Hand Down Drill

2. Hand Down 360-

Degree Drill

3. Star Drill

4. Square Drills

5. Acceleration Drill

6. Zig Zag Drill

7. Jump Cut Drills

8. Read and Cut Drill

9. Read Drill

10. Lead and Cut Drill

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