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Receivers dropping catchable balls.
« on: September 03, 2016, 05:53:43 PM »
Today our TE and SEs dropped 5 balls that hit them right in the hands.  4 of which were sure TDs. 

These guys are all catching 9/10 in practice and during pre practice running routes against air. 

Would anyone have any drills they'd like to share that help improve concertration and securing the catch?

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Re: Receivers dropping catchable balls.
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2016, 08:36:44 PM »
Today our TE and SEs dropped 5 balls that hit them right in the hands.  4 of which were sure TDs. 

These guys are all catching 9/10 in practice and during pre practice running routes against air. 

Would anyone have any drills they'd like to share that help improve concertration and securing the catch?

Lots of concentration drills you can do but these are young kids.

In pre practice....have a coach popping them with a hand shield as they make the catch. Its probably them getting anxious and taking their eye off the prize.

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Re: Receivers dropping catchable balls.
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2016, 01:02:52 PM »
We have been fortunate to have the best receivers in the county the last 5 years. I totally think it's because of the work our WR's Coach does.

Some of the simple things he does any youth coach can do. Instead of tennis balls he uses LAX balls. They are heavier & require more concentration. He also uses a half brick. During team walk through he is constantly going to receiver's & tossing the brick at them. They must simulate running by pumping their hands & then catching the brick.

Most young receiver's have a bad habit of poor hand positioning & catching with their body first. We work the goal post drill. A receiver places the goal post between him & his body. He pumps his hands to simulate running, we throw him the ball. He must use his hands to catch & then tuck.

Hand positioning is often where young receivers will fail. Teach them the diamond & stress catching the front point of the ball. Over the shoulder catches are made with the pinkies together. Ball bellow the waist is also pinkies together.

I know most youth teams don't have a Juggs Gun like we do, but you can drastically improve their ability to catch the ball. Adding concentration drills will help as well. Have your receivers run behind a line with hands up, ball coming between a set of hands.

I hope that helps.

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Re: Receivers dropping catchable balls.
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2016, 05:20:55 PM »
We have been fortunate to have the best receivers in the county the last 5 years. I totally think it's because of the work our WR's Coach does.

Some of the simple things he does any youth coach can do. Instead of tennis balls he uses LAX balls. They are heavier & require more concentration. He also uses a half brick. During team walk through he is constantly going to receiver's & tossing the brick at them. They must simulate running by pumping their hands & then catching the brick.

Most young receiver's have a bad habit of poor hand positioning & catching with their body first. We work the goal post drill. A receiver places the goal post between him & his body. He pumps his hands to simulate running, we throw him the ball. He must use his hands to catch & then tuck.

Hand positioning is often where young receivers will fail. Teach them the diamond & stress catching the front point of the ball. Over the shoulder catches are made with the pinkies together. Ball bellow the waist is also pinkies together.

I know most youth teams don't have a Juggs Gun like we do, but you can drastically improve their ability to catch the ball. Adding concentration drills will help as well. Have your receivers run behind a line with hands up, ball coming between a set of hands.

I hope that helps.

Joe

How heavy is the brick?
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Re: Receivers dropping catchable balls.
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2016, 05:32:12 PM »
How heavy is the brick?
It is a standard brick broken in half, he even has it painted in our team colors.

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Re: Receivers dropping catchable balls.
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2016, 06:49:09 AM »
Thanks coaches, will definitely be implementing your suggestions this week in practice. 

Another question:  after the receivers have the routes down is there any value to running the routes vs air, or should we be contesting all the throws in practice?   Either with a DB or coach with a hand shield?

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Re: Receivers dropping catchable balls.
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2016, 09:36:44 AM »
Thanks coaches, will definitely be implementing your suggestions this week in practice. 

Another question:  after the receivers have the routes down is there any value to running the routes vs air, or should we be contesting all the throws in practice?   Either with a DB or coach with a hand shield?

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Re: Receivers dropping catchable balls.
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2016, 01:12:26 PM »
I've seen Joe's WR coach work and I agree, he is excellent. I did my best to emulate some of the things I saw him do.

Like Joe said never let them catch with their body during practice. If they do, call it incomplete and sub them out. Make the diamond and catch with your hands.

Juke Box drill attached. It has worked for us.

It may sound weird but I've also found if their steps on the route are consistent and repeatable, the hands part gets much easier. If they are very comfortable running the route from lots of reps, they don't think about their feet at all which lets them focus on making the catch. Catching on the move tends to be easier than catching standing still. I don't know why, but I've seen it happen that way a lot.
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Re: Receivers dropping catchable balls.
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2016, 01:17:10 PM »
No matter how well you try to simulate a game situation you cant... there are factors far beyond..."it hit him in the hands"...nerves and sometimes just bad luck.

June Jones wrs catch almost 100 balls a practice. Between drills, skeleton, and team.

Maybe the answer is just have to catch more or teach them to relax more ...
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Re: Receivers dropping catchable balls.
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2016, 04:50:32 PM »
Thought I'd provide an update...

The drills and reps paid off our last game.  We went 5/8 and had 2 TDs and 2 2 pt conversions (all those off bubble) and a nice 15 yarder off PA.

Thanks to everyone for your tips!

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Re: Receivers dropping catchable balls.
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2016, 08:05:33 AM »
after the receivers have the routes down is there any value to running the routes vs air, or should we be contesting all the throws in practice?   Either with a DB or coach with a hand shield?


After players have been taught, we contest everything: passes, punt returns, field goals, etc.  From circling the player with trash talkers and waving hands in front of them, to coming at them full speed with shields.  My ACs eye-roll when I do this, but we're completing more than 70% of our passes this season.

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