To teach and practice a good stance for the defensive back.
- Have your Defensive Backs lined up at a line (i.e. the sideline as drawn up on the graphic). Separate the Defensive Backs: Those playing on the left should line up to the left of the coach (from their point of view), those playing on the right line up on the right.
- On command of the coach the Defensive Backs get into their stance.
- The Coach then checks quickly each player for correctness of his stance and corrects if needed.
- Once the Coach is satisfied with the stance of his Defensive Backs he starts a cadence and then simulates the snap with his foot.
- Upon the simulated snap the players get out of their stance and backpedal for a few steps, then jog back to their original spot at the line.
Repeat a couple of times until the coach doesn’t have to correct very much anymore.
- Outside foot up
- Inside foot staggert to the arch
- Feet 6 to 8 inches apart
- Bend your knees and lower hips
- Shoulders over balls of your feet
- Arms relaxed over front foot
- Don’t rise up when coming out of your stance
This Defensive Back Stance Drill is contributed by ©2007 Leon Criner (✝️ Nov. 14, 2014), at the time Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator and Jimmy Sims, at the time Assistant Professor of Health & Physical Education / Head Football Coach at Los Angeles Valley College – The Los Angeles Valley College Monarchs played then in the Western States Conference, now in the SCFA, Southern California Football Association.