Drills designed to practice throwing the ball over the middle of the field is beneficial for both the quarterback and the wide receiver. Quarterbacks need to develop a good sense of what kind of passes to throw in high-traffic areas. Wide receivers need to work on gaining comfort in an area of the field where safeties and linebackers roam.
This drill is simple, and works on several aspects of the passing game.
To get a printable .pdf of this practice drill, visit the Youth Football Coaches Association website.
Purpose of Drill
To develop catching skills when the receiver is coming across the middle in the quarterback's field of vision.
A diagram of the passes QBs should throw.
- Line up wide receiver on a line and put quarterback in middle of area.
- Vary distance of wide receivers from 5–10 or 15 yards apart based on quarterback's arm strength.
- Wide receiver will run towards far hash while looking for ball.
- Quarterback works accuracy by throwing the ball to specific marks as the player cross their face. The marks are as follows:
- Ball in front
- Ball over high
- Ball on back hip
- Ball on back shoulder.