FLAG-In-Schools Lesson 9: YAC (Elementary Drills)
Skill: Passing, catching, and running
How to: Find a partner, a flag belt, and grab one football per group. The coach will start the drill by playing music for 30 seconds. When the music is playing, you and your partner will pass the ball to each other. But as soon as the music stops, the person with the ball is on offense and needs to run away from their partner. Their partner is going to be on defense and will chase them, trying to pull their flags. Go in 30 second intervals—30 seconds of music playing, 30 seconds of chase.
• Remember the best hand positioning to use when catching the ball: If the ball is thrown high, create a diamond with your pointer fingers and thumbs. But if it’s thrown low, make a rake with your hand by putting your pinkies together.
• Catch and squeeze the ball first, and then tuck it close and tight to your body. It’s important to catch it first before running with it.
• Carry the ball on your outside arm away from the defensive player, covering both tips of the ball.