Defensive Back Down Hill Drill


The purpose of this Defensive Back Down Hill Drill is to work on catching the football while running full speed forward towards the football.


  1. Defensive Backs line up in one line at the sideline
  2. On command, the first Defensive Back runs full speed forward towards the coach, who is standing at the hash mark at the same yardline
  3. After a few steps of the Defensive Back, the coach throws the ball directly at the Defensive Back so he can catch it at about chest to face level.
  4. The Defensive Back catches the ball and runs through past the coach to “score”

Coaching Points

  1. Move forward at full speed
  2. Catch the ball with your hands
  3. Be under control
  4. Look the football in
  5. “Score” run past the coach
  6. Put the ball away


  • Football(s)

This Defensive Back Down Hill 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.