Defensive Back Counterpunch Drills


The purpose of these Defensive Back Counterpunch Drills is to teach and improve the punch when playing a bump technique like bump-and-run.

Description and Coaching Points

  1. Hit position, stay square
  2. Step to outside
  3. Strike with the inside hand
  4. Counter step back
  5. Strike with the outside hand
  6. Sprint off the sled
  7. Alternate lines
  8. Go through 3 or 4 times
  9. Stay balanced


  • Blocking sled
  • alternatively hand shields or heavy stand-up dummies

These Defensive Back Counterpunch Drills are 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.