I was very impressed with this video from the technical stand point of coaching. They covered several drills in this video from ball security to the proper way of making cuts or changing directions to drills on avoiding fumbles. A lot of these techniques I already knew and actually use them today when I am coaching. they are outstanding drills and teach proper techniques needed to become a successful running back in football. I felt all of the drills where great drills, but others stood out more than the other ones. Ball security is an excellent drill. During this drill they teach you the six points of security when carrying the football. They even go over the proper way to change hands while maintaining the six points of security. This drill defends from opponents knocking the ball out of your hand, forcing a fumble. Ball security is the most important aspect of the game in my opinion. Another great drill was the Zig Zag drill. This drill taught the running back how to make proper cuts and change of direction. This drill teaches you how to plant your feet and proper body position when performing this maneuver. During this drill, I found it very impressive how they reinforced ball security once again. Another positive thing they did during theses drills, was they explained some of the things not to do during these drills. They broke it down and explained what happens if you do it the wrong way. This kind of gave you an idea what it might look like if it’s being performed the wrong way.
One area I learned from this video was a drill called the limp shoulder drill. This drill teaches you how to avoid a defender from using the sideline and pushing you out of bounds. It showed you how to let your arm go limp and shrug the defender off and avoid being shoved out of bounds. This was something that plagued my running backs in seasons past. I will introduce this drill in my coaching this season.
There is one thing that I found negative in this video. They never really showed the drill in full speed or the drill from a tactical point of view. The way I would have shown this in the video, I would have put the players in a live drill. I would have the players perform the drill against another defender, show how the shoulder would react to someone trying to strip the ball from him, or a defender making him make the cuts or change his direction. I think the live drills would have shown us the tactical point of view this video was lacking.
All in all, I felt this was a very good video and very informative. I would recommend this video to my coaches and players who want to be running backs or running back coaches.
This segment was provided by Michael Huff. Coach Huff is in the US ARMY stationed in Alaska. He has been coaching youth sports for over nine years.