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Youth Football Conditioning Drills

author image Janelle Vaesa
Janelle Vaesa received her Master of Public Health degree in 2008 and Bachelor of Science in health and human performance in 2006, both from the University of Louisville. Vaesa has worked in a variety of settings, focusing on improving the health of clients. Vaesa began running in 2000 and in 2005 began racing in triathlons.
Youth Football Conditioning Drills
Conditioning is part of football practice. Photo Credit: Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images

Football is a popular sport, among kids and adults. This is where kids learn the individual skills and the team skills to make them good football players. Conditioning drills are an important part of football practices. When done correctly, they can provide both physical and emotional benefits for youth football players, states Coach Joe Bouffard.

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Romanian Dead Lifts

Romanian Dead Lifts are specific strength training drills for children 13 years and older, according to USA Football. The player will either need a broomstick, dumbbells or a weight-training bar. The players holds the bar lengthwise at waist level with both hands. The player stands with feet are hip width apart and then keeping their back straight, bends at the waist without bending their knees. When bending the player pushes their buttocks back without moving their toes while allowing the bar to hang towards the floor. Then slowly begin to come up by pulling from the waist without bending the knees or arching the back.

Duck Walk

According to the USA Football website, this drill is designed for players aged 7 and older. The players will get into a squatting position, with their knees bent and their buttocks towards the ground. The players will then begin to walk on the balls of their feet while in this position. Players should walk forwards and then walk backwards. It is important for players to keep their buttocks close to the ground and not raise up when walking. This drill works to improve the player's range of motion, coordination and balance, as well as developing lower body strength.

Both Knee Drills

According to The Guide To Coaching Sports website, this drill focuses on warming up the player's throwing arm, throwing the ball to the target, follow through and concentration. This drill can be done as part of the warm up before practice or before a game. Have players pair off in twos and space players about 10 yards apart from each other. Have players kneel on both knees. The players will take turns being the receiver and the quarterback. The receiver will raise his hands up in the air so that the quarterback will have a target to throw the ball. The goal is not to throw the ball hard but to aim for the target and focus on follow through.

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