Youth Basketball Drills – WAR Drill

Youth Basketball Drills

(WAR Rebounding Drill)

 

Over the years one of our favorite drills to run has been the Michigan State WAR Rebounding Drill. The drill stresses blocking out, as well as transition offense and defense. Below is a youtube example of the drill:

 

 

Another drill we like to use to emphasizes both defensive close outs and blocking out is the Scramble Box Out Drill.  Below is a youtube example of the drill:

 

 

Combining the two drills above we have come up with our version of the WAR Rebounding drill.

Youth Basketball Drills - WAR Rebounding Setup

Youth Basketball Drills – WAR Rebounding Setup

Drill Setup

  • 1 Basketball
  • Split players into two equal teams.
  • Assign each player a position number (e.g., 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
  • Place the team starting on Offense in the corners, wings, and point.
  • Place the team starting on Defense in a single file line starting just in front of the basket and under the free throw line.

 

 

Youth Basketball Drills - WAR Rebounding

Youth Basketball Drills – WAR Rebounding

Drill Execution

  1. Coach passes to an Offensive player and calls a Defensive player’s number.
  2. Defensive player executes a close out on Offensive player.  For example, Coach yells 3 telling #3 to close out on the shooter.
  3. Offensive player immediately takes shot.
  4. All Defensive players locate an Offensive player to block out.
  5. Play continues until Offense scores or Defense secures rebound.
  6. If Offense scores, the team on Defense executes their secondary fast break.
  7. If the Defensive team secures rebound, they execute their fast break with the Offensive team transitioning to Defense.
  8. Once the original Defensive team either scores or is successfully defended, the teams flip roles on the other end of the floor (i.e. Offense goes to Defense, Defense goes to Offense) and we restart the drill.

Coaching Points

  • Scoring:
    1. 1 point – Offense scores on initial shot.
    2. 1 point – Offense secures rebound on initial shot.
    3. 2 points – Offense scores off of Offensive rebound.
    4. 1 point – Defense secures rebound on initial shot.
    5. 1 point – Defense scores in transition.
  • Execute drill for set period of time (e.g., 10 minutes).  At the end of the drill the losing team either runs or does pushups.

If you need more drill ideas, please take a look at our YouTube library of youth basketball drills.

Pack Line Defense for Youth Basketball

Pack Line Defense for Youth Basketball

Youth Basketball Defense

 

If you have followed College Basketball the last couple of seasons there is a good chance that you have heard of the Pack Line Defense utilized by the University of Virginia.  Because of the makeup of the Pack Line Defense we believe it has great application at the Youth Basketball level.  Over the past several years using many of the Pack Line defensive principles with a few nuances for Youth Basketball we have developed what we call the Brat-Pack.  The Brat-Pack Defense plays to the percentages that most Youth Basketball players are neither great outside shooters, ball handlers, or passers.   We believe it combines the best qualities of Man and Zone defenses:

  1. There is constant pressure on the ball.
  2. Gap and Help defenders protect the paint/lane area and limit the number of layups enticing the opposition to shoot lower percentage shots from the outside.
  3. It takes offensive players out of their comfort zone by constantly forcing them to their weak hand.
  4. There is no confusion on box out assignments.
  5. It keeps kids engaged and involved.
  6. It is simple to learn and can be taught with limited practice time.
  7. It helps average teams be more competitive.

Below is a brief video of one our Youth Basketball teams using the Brat-Pack Defense:

 

 

If you would like to learn more, we encourage you to take a look at our Youth Basketball – Brat-Pack Defense eBook below:

 


5-3 Defense

5-3 Defense for Youth Football

 

One of the most popular Youth Football defenses is the 5-3 Defense.  Oddly enough there is very little material available covering the 5-3 Defense in any great detail.  If this is a defense that you are interested in, we highly recommend that you take a look at Coach Hickey’s 5-3 Defense clinic. In this clinic Coach Hickey goes into great detail covering his version of the 5-3.  See below for a brief clinic preview.

5-3 Defense Clinic Preview

 

Youth Football Drills – Linebackers

Youth Football Drills

(Linebackers)

 

In our previous Youth Football Drills blog post we shared a Defensive Line Swim Move Progression Drill that we have used in past seasons to help our Defensive Lineman.  In this post we are going to share a Drill we call Fill the Alley that we use with our Linebackers to help them execute their run fits.

Youth Football Drills - Linebackers

Youth Football Drills – Fill the Alley Setup

Drill Setup

  • Plenty of Cones to define Alleys.
  • Blocking Dummies to define Line of Scrimmage and “A” and “B” Gaps.
  • 1 Football
  • 1 Line for Runners
  • 1 Line for Linebackers

 

 

 

Youth Football Drills - Linebackers

Youth Football Drills – Fill the Alley Execution

Drill Execution

  1. Linebacker aligns at his proper depth to the line of scrimmage and alignment relative to the “A” and “B” gaps.
  2. Coach designates Alley 1, 2, or 3 for the Runner.
  3. On “Go”, the Runner will run through his designated Alley.
  4. The Linebacker should take his read step and attempt to tackle the Runner.

Note:  To make the drill more difficult you can add a Blocker on the line of scrimmage so that the Linebacker must shed a block and then attempt to make the tackle.

For additional drill ideas for your team, we encourage you to download the CLYFL Youth Football Drill Book, as well as visit our YouTube library of football drills.  Our library includes drills for Offense, Defense, and Special Teams.  We have even included some Flag Football drills.

Youth Football Drills – Defensive Line

Youth Football Drills

(Defensive Line)

 

 

In our previous Youth Football Drills blog post we shared a Defensive End Box Drill we developed several years back to help teach our Defensive Ends how to properly box.  In this post we are going to share a Defensive Line Swim Move Progression Drill that we have used in past seasons to help our Defensive Lineman.  Below is an example of a Swim Move:

 

 

Youth Football Drills - Defensive Line

Youth Football Drills – Defensive Line

Drill Setup

  • 2 half round dummies.
  • 1 Ball
  • 1 Cone
  • 2 lines facing the coaches with 1 player standing upright 3 yards behind the ball.

 

Drill Execution

  1. Demonstrate Swim Technique:
    • 3 Point Stance
    • First step with inside foot.
    • Outside arm to midsection of the dummy.
    • Inside arm comes over the top and propel past the dummy.
  2. The Defense gets into a 3 point stance and on ball movement, executes their first step, then brings their outside arm to the midsection of the dummy, then bring their inside arm over the top and propel themselves to the offensive player where they execute a form tackle.  Note:  All movements are half speed until the coach is satisfied with the players form.
  3. Once satisfied with Step #2, repeat going full speed.  Note:  Switch out the player in the backfield every 5 to 6 reps.

For additional drill ideas for your team, we encourage you to download the CLYFL Youth Football Drill Book, as well as visit our YouTube library of football drills.  Our library includes drills for Offense, Defense, and Special Teams.  We have even included some Flag Football drills.

Youth Football Drills – Defensive Ends

Youth Football Drills

(Defensive Ends)

 

In our previous Youth Football Drills blog post we turned our attention to the defensive side of the ball with the DB Read and React Drill.  In this post we are going to share a Defensive End Box drill we developed several years back to help teach our Defensive Ends how to properly box.  If you are not a fan of boxing your Defensive Ends and prefer the Spill and Kill technique, we highly recommend you take a look at Coach Wilkins’ X’s and O’s of “Spill and Kill” Contain clinic.

 

 

Youth Football Drills - Defense End Box Drill

Youth Football Drills – Defense End Box Drill Setup

Drill Setup

  • 8 Cones
  • 1 Ball
  • Setup up cones and players to represent a Double Tight, 2 Back Split Formation.
  • Setup up cones to designate the Sweep Alley/Spot on each side of the ball.

Drill Execution

  1. Defensive End turns their back.
    • Coach tells the blocker and runner which hole to run to (Off-Tackle or Sweep) and snap count.  Note:  Run away from the Defensive End from time to time to make sure that they are pursuing through the backfield properly.
  2. On the snap count the blocker and runner run to the designated hole with the Coach handing or pitching the ball to the runner.
    • The runner must stay between the cones (Off-Tackle or Sweep).
  3. The Defensive End gets to the Sweep Spot, meeting the lead blocker, shedding the block, and tackling the runner.
    • They need to fight to force the runner deeper than the “Sweep Alley” or squeeze him inside the Off-Tackle hole.
    • When shedding the block, they position themselves where their outside arm is kept free to make a tackle and their inside foot is splitting the feet of the blocker.
  4. After cycling through several reps, switch to the other side.

For additional drill ideas for your team, we encourage you to download the CLYFL Youth Football Drill Book, as well as visit our YouTube library of football drills.  Our library includes drills for Offense, Defense, and Special Teams.  We have even included some Flag Football drills.

 

Youth Football Drills – Defensive Backs

Youth Football Drills

(Defensive Backs)

 

In our previous Blog posts we shared a couple of youth football drills that we like to use with our Offensive Line and Running Backs and Receivers.  In this post we are going to turn our attention to the Defensive side of the ball with a drill we call DB Read and React.  The purpose of this drill is to teach the Defensive Backs how to read the play to determine whether to execute their run fit or to defend the pass.

Youth Football Drills - DB Read and React

Youth Football Drills – DB Read and React Setup

Drill Setup – Tight End

  • 6 Cones
  • 1 Ball
  • Use 4 cones as Offensive Guards and Tackles.
  • Designate 1 cone as a Defensive End and another as a Defensive Tackle.

Note:  The Drill is setup for a defense that uses boxing Defensive Ends and the Defensive Back is playing Off Man coverage with their run fit being inside the Defense End.  However it can be adapted to other Defensive Systems.

Drill Execution

  • With the Defensive Player’s head turned the Coach instructs the Tight End to either Down Block on the Defensive Tackle cone, Stalk Block the Defensive Player, or run a pass route.
  • On “Go”, the Tight End executes the Coach’s instruction:
    1. If Down Block, the Defensive Player executes his Run Fit between the Defensive End and Tackle.
    2. If Stalk Blocked, the Defensive Player uses his hands to make a Swim Move keeping outside leverage and executes his Run Fit between the Defensive End and Tackle.
    3. If Pass Route, the Defensive Player covers the Tight End trying to break up the pass from the Coach.
  • After several reps, flip to the other side.
Youth Football Drills - DB Read and React

Youth Football Drills – DB Read and React Setup

Drill Setup – Split End

  • Designate 1 cone as a Defensive End and 1 cone as a Defensive Tackle.
  • Offensive Player lines up as a Split End.
  • Defensive Player aligns on the Split End per their alignment rules.

 

Drill Execution

  • With the Defensive Player’s head turned the Coach instructs the Split End to either Stalk Block the Defensive Player or run a pass route.
  • On “Go”, the Split End executes the Coach’s instruction:
    1. If Stalk Blocked, the Defensive Player uses his hands to make a Swim Move keeping outside leverage and executes his Run Fit between the Defensive End and Tackle.
    2. If Pass Route, the Defensive Player covers the Split End trying to break up the pass from the Coach.
  • After several reps, flip to the other side.

If you are looking for additional Defensive Back drills for your youth football team, we highly recommend, that you take a look at Coach Mahoney’s  Less is More Approach to Defense and Training up your Cornerbacks clinic.

For additional drill ideas for your team, we encourage you to download the CLYFL Youth Football Drill Book, as well as visit our YouTube library of football drills.  Our library includes drills for Offense, Defense, and Special Teams.  We have even included some Flag Football drills.