Football Drill for Passing Over the Middle

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.

The Drill

  • 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:
    1. Ball in front
    2. Ball over high
    3. Ball on back hip
    4. Ball on back shoulder.

The founder of Youth Football Coaches Association and current director is Joe Bouffard. Bouffard, affectionately known as Coach Bouf, is a veteran of 16 years of coaching experience at various levels that include youth, high school and college. While at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, Coach Bouf employed a passing attack offense that has led to 2007 and 2008 Class MM State Championships. Currently, Coach Bouf serves as offensive coordinator at Fairfield Warde High School in Connecticut.

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