In football, speed is generally measured by a player’s time in running the 40-yard dash. Find out more about developing running speed in Football: Steps to Success. Running short sprints (10, 20, 30, 40 yards) repeatedly can help develop fast-twitch fibers (see speed drill 1, described later in the chapter).
A second situation in which the ball is caught is when a defensive player intercepts an offensive pass. The skills of catching the ball—focus, hand and arm position, soft hands—are the same skills as for a receiver catching the ball. Defenders working on their interception skills should do the following ball-catching drills as they are described for receivers.
Pass-protection blocks are designed to stop the pass rush of a defender by getting between the quarterback and the rusher. There are several types of pass blocks, including the drop-back, sprint-out, and turn-protection block. The blocker can strike a sled pad, block another player lined up across from him, or simply extend forward as if blocking air.
Greg Osterman wants the world to know he is a very healthy man. "When I first started running," Osterman said, "it was kind of a challenge. TNT uses coaches and mentors so participants can run or walk a marathon or half marathon, complete a triathlon, or cycle a 100-mile bike ride.
Keith Miniscalco and Greg Kot know how to develop youth players to excel at all levels. Keith Miniscalco and Greg Kot are the authors of Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball. With 19 years of youth basketball coaching experience and 8 years of coaching high school, Coach Keith Miniscalco knows how to develop youth players to excel at all levels.