Steve Clarkson Dreammaker


Pushing back to the side while keeping your eyes downfield will help you to dodge a attacker coming right up the middle. This is an alternative to hitching up when there is pocket pressure. It’s important to get your footwork perfect on this drill since you will be pushing back and want to end up on your plant foot directly after the shift. This is going to give you the fastest transition and speed up the release time. Steve takes into account the small details that are needed at the highest level of the game where tenths of a second are the difference.

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Coach's Transcript:

One of the biggest questions that I get is: “Coach, how I grip a football?”
Well, that will vary from kid to kid, but typically the smaller your hand the higher up on the ball that you will grip. Ideally what I tell my students is the seams on a football, much like a baseball if you’re going to throw curve, how you grip on the seams of the football matters.

I like to basically take my index finger, my wrist and forearm. I want to make sure that they are on a straight line. You’re going to roll down from the pinkie to index finger on a straight line, then turn the thumb over to the opposite pocket and you see my thumb is on the inside so I’m able to turn the ball over. This will send the ball out of your hand with a spiral keeping it on a strong and accurate trajectory towards your target.

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