The effective football pursuit drill

From the “Football Pursuit” drill, to the “Murderer’s Row” football drill, all over the United States kids in first grade through high school will be practicing the game of football this Fall — smashing into each other in shoulder pads and football helmets. This while their coaches attempt to formulate some order utilizing practice drills in this game of bumps and bruises.

There are drills that almost every football player has done in some form or another. A common drill is a Football Pursuit drill where the team faces the coach in a ready position.

The coach holds the football out in front of himself and points it in one direction or the other. The team then runs or slides in a cohesive manner in that direction. The coach continues this exercise, pointing the football in a number of directions until he feels his players have had enough (or they are moving as a unit).

Another common football drill has a number of gruesome names, such as “Murderer’s Row”, “Death Valley”, and “The Gauntlet”. This includes two players (one player has the football and one player is on defense).

The player with the football tries to get past the defensive player without being taken down. If taken down before reaching a pre-determined point behind the defensive player, the defensive player scores a point. If the offensive player reaches the targeted spot without being taken down, he receives a point. This continues until one of the players reaches a pre-determined score.

The effective football pursuit drill

Beyond the Football Pursuit Drill and the Murderer’s Row drill, there is an extensive array of football drills that address footwork, blocking, passing, catching, kicking and punting. Coaches all over the U.S.A. are constantly attempting to develop new ways to perfect their team’s form.