Tips from WR Larry Fitzgerald
Running Routes The most important part of running a route is getting off the line of scrimmage. A defensive back is going to try to slow you up at the line of scrimmage and if you can’t get off the press from him, then the timing with the quarterback will be off and you won’t be able to run your route properly. Getting off the press is really a matter of being quick and physical, and using your arms to shed the defensive back off of you. Once you get past the defensive back, you can run any of the following routes: Curl Route: Run straight up the field and take a 45 degree angle back towards the quarterback.
Hitch Route: A hitch route is the easiest. You run straight up the field for 5 or 6 yards and make a quick turn around so that your numbers are facing the quarterback.
Slant Route: A slant route is just like a hitch route, but when you get to the top of the route at the 5 or 6 yard mark, you cut in at a 45 degree angle.
Quick Out: A quick out is the same as a hitch but instead of turning around at the 5 or 6-yard mark, you break out towards the sideline.
Fade Route: A fade route is usually used on the goal line when you run 5 or 6 yards and break towards the back pylon looking for the ball over your inside shoulder. Dig Route: There is a short dig and a deep dig route. The shorter route is usually run for about 10-12 yards and the deep dig is 16-18 yards. You run straight up the field and when you get to your route depth, you turn in parallel to the line of scrimmage.
Corner Route: A corner route is a route you can run in the endzone like a fade route, but instead of looking over your inside shoulder, you look for the ball over your outside shoulder.
Post Route: A post route is a route you run 15 yards up the field where you do a 45 degree angle in toward the inside goalpost upright.
Other tips: Use good technique when running your routes, get off the press, and then just catch the ball. If you are having problems catching the ball, have someone throw passes to you and have them throw some high, low, to your right and to your left to work on catching balls from all angles.
Football 101 with Big Red!
Hey there kiddos! Are you interested in learning more about the wonderful sport of football? Well you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to spend some time teaching you basics and letting you know how to be successful on the field. Today we’re going to look at the different positions on the field and see where you might fit in.
There are 22 players on a football field. The 11 on offense are trying to move the ball forward and score either a touchdown or field goal. They do this by running the ball on the ground or throwing it through the air. The 11 players on defense are doing all they can to prevent the offense from scoring any points. In addition to the offense and defense, there is a group called special teams that have a unique task such as kicking or punting.
The offense gets started with the quarterback. The QB will get the play started by calling signals and then taking the ball from the center. The QB can then hand the ball off or throw it.
The person that the QB would most likely hand the ball off to is the running back. The running backs are very important because they take the ball and try to move forward as much as they can. They also have the responsibility of protecting the quarterback when he is throwing.
When the quarterback decides to throw the ball, he is looking to either his wide receivers, tight ends or even the running back. The wide receivers are some of the fastest and most acrobatic players on the field and their responsibility is to catch the ball. The tight ends are a cross between an offensive lineman and a wide receiver. They can either block for the running back or catch passes from the quarterback.
The guys that we haven’t talked about yet are the offensive line. These are usually the biggest guys on the field and are responsible for opening holes for the running backs to run through, and protecting the quarterback when he is passing.
In order for a team to be successful, the offensive unit must be able to effectively move the ball and score points.