Continuing on with this series of Pass Pro OL drills
Today we will take a look at 2 new drills, as well as a circuit of 2 drills I have now written about when I have large groups.
This drill works the OL’s lateral movement and is really designed to get them bending in the knees/hips, not bending over at the waist. The key is to “drop your butt”. The OL is across from a coach or teammate on a knee. The player on a knee rolls a softball or baseball side to side. The OL has to work laterally keeping a wide base, then lower the hips to pick the ball up and toss it back. Try to keep them from getting lazy and bending over or getting a narrow base. We get 3-4 reps each and rotate. The flow of the Line works softball tosser, to OL, to the back of the line.
Softball/Medicine Ball Circuit:
When I have a bigger group of kids I like to work 2 groups in 2 drills and then rotate the groups. I do not like long lines of kids standing and waiting so this gets us more reps in. Here I have the OL, TEs, and FBs split into 2 groups with half working Softball drill, and half working Medicine ball drill.
Christmas Tree Drill:
This drill gets it’s name from the shape the cones on the ground make, similar to a Christmas Tree. 2 players can go at a time, one working right side stagger, one working left. The players will kick slide on roughly a 45 degree angle, then lateral step inside and so on until the end of the tree. At the end of the tree they will turn to their outside and sprint. This simulates when you are beat by a defender, you aren’t in position to block him anymore and all you can do is sprint to try to get back in his way as he works up the field. If you have a large group, you can set up more cones to make more Trees.
For setting up the tree Each cone is 2 yards wider and 2 yards deeper than the previous cone.