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Running back: How to protect the ball at all costs.
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This drill, it's called ball security. What I am going to show you are the six pressure points carrying a football. The first pressure point lies in your mind, always concentrate on carrying the football and having those pressure points on. Number two, cover the tip of the ball, always cover the tip. Number three, is your forearm, right there, make sure that ball is secured against your forearm. Number four, see that little indent that God made, within our purpose, put that football right underneath. Number 5, let me turn you around here, see this window right here, shut that thing down.
With those five pressure points, there is no way for me to strip this ball from a defender and coming over the top, I can't take it from him. If I come underneath, I can't take it from him.
Se let's talk about point number six. Anytime you are in traffic, or you have got a defender coming upon you, what you want to do is cover that thing, that's called the breastplate. Slide that thing across the breastplate covering the top of the ball. Now, there is no way for a defender to get you, so that's ball security. It goes real quick. I have one thing to interject. Bring your former defender, the target coaches all across the country, somewhat awareness of a defensive part is a huge area emphasized by every team across the country right now.
When you hold on to that ball, your life is on the line. Guys will come after you and they will go after your finger. They will bite, scratch, chew, claw, do whatever they can to get that ball. They will grab your places and it's not proper for buying company. Protect that thing, protect the ball, protect your team's chances of winning.
Alright, so now that you know the six pressure points on carrying the football, it is important sometimes as a running back, and although you want to limit that, you need to transition ball to the other hand. So you can fight off the defenders with the other hand. So the way to do this by keeping your pressure points around the ball at the same time, all you are going to do, slide to the breastplate, just like you are, forearm over the top, okay? This is important, over the top. This arm should never go underneath and take the ball.
Transition, over the top, forearm, on the ball. Now, just slice, right in that. Now, you have got your five pressure points at all the time, still there, still working, okay? So it's going to transition back here. There you go, pressure points on and all the time. So now, you just can practice, keep transitioning, keep transitioning, pick up the speed a little bit. Now, you can do a spread, pick up the speed transition. There you go. Good job, good job, good job, good work.
This drill is called the zig-zag. At a Running Back, it's important for us to be able to change directions properly. What this drill is going to show you, is how to change the actions by having a proper alignment and cutting the other direction. But, what would the running back is going to do here is plan, okay, and if you take a look, the proper alignment is toes, knees, chin, all in vertical alignment. So if I was to stick a rod, right through his head. You come out his chin, go right through his knee, go down through his toes.
You don't want to get your feet too far out, that's going to cause you to slip. You want to get them too far inside, that's going to cause you to topple over. You don't ever want to plan on your inside foot. So as you can see here, this vertical alignment is perfect. This is going to maximize his effort and his push in the other direction, okay? So what he is going to do, he is going to start at the beginning there, zig-zag, do the cone. Every time he uses a cone, he is going to flat, and go the other direction transitioning the football every time. Keeping the pressure points on the ball at all time. So here we go. Play, here we go, transition. Play, perfect, perfect, play. As you can see he is playing in perfect alignment, good.
Okay. This drill is called limp shoulder. This is kind of an inside trick on some of the tools on how to avoid defenders on the sideline, when you feel trapped. Defenders like to use the sideline as another defender, try to push you out of bound. Here are some ways of how we can get rid of a guy who is trying to push you out of bound.
What you are going to do here is you're running down the sideline and you have a defender who is coming at you from behind at an angle. All he is going to try to do is push you out of bound, okay? What we are trying to do is not let him do that. All he you are going to do is drop a limp shoulder. Take that away from him, let him run out of bounds as you continue on outfield. You will recover and score. So what we are going to do is a running back, they will be running down the field, coming up the field and defenders come and try to push you out of bound, drop a limp shoulder on it. Defender keeps carrying on out of bound, and you are carrying up at field.
This drill is called pick up the line. What we are going to do here, is going to demonstrate falling to the ground, losing his balance, and trying to regain his balance with off hands. All times, they have a losing pressure points on the ball. The most horrible time of running back is to losing or forming the ball, when you see they are losing his balance, trying to gain an additional yard or as when he's cutting and planning and losing his pressure point. So what he is going to do, is he is going to run a few fall like he is losing his balance, push yourself back up, notice the ball, notice your breastplate and notice that it keeps the pressure points at all time.
So what you're going to do, go ahead, fall, push himself backup, notice the ball transition, there his breastplate, there his breastplate, right there in the middle, good, good. Now, this is what you don't want to do. When you fall onto the ground, you don't want to have that ball up here, okay? Why? Because when you're falling trying to getting out of the yard and you have got the ball here, it's easy for your defender to take that from you.
If you have got the ball here, like it is supposed to be, you know what, they can't still can't not get out room, all you can do is push him down. So there you go, six pressure points on the football at all time. Run it back anytime you have a football automatically, put it here, hit it to your pressure points. It should feel uncomfortable to you. Should it be uncomfortable, you'll hold the football like this, get that ball right here at the pressure point. This is your single most important duty as a running back is to hold on to this thing.