FLAG-In-Schools Lesson 7: Running Lanes (Elementary Drills)
Skill: Taking hand off and running with the ball
How to: Find a partner and go to a set of running lanes. One person is the quarterback who hands off the ball and the other is the running back who receives the ball. Each lane represents a hole where the running back can run. When you’re playing quarterback, you need to call out the hole so the running back knows where to go. For example, if you’re going to hand off the ball to your right in the 4-hole, you’ll call, “4 right.”
• Quarterback: After you call out the play, face the sideline and step diagonally toward the hole where the running back is going. As they approach, extend the ball with both hands and place it right in their belly. Try to create a soft, smooth landing as they run by.
• Running back: Keep your inside arm up and your outside arm down when receiving the hand off. This creates a big pocket where the quarterback can place the ball. And remember—let the quarterback hand it to you; never reach for the ball. Tuck it close and tight against your body— and go!