QB High Release Drill

Setup

Two quarterbacks stand on either side of the goalpost, ten to twenty yards away from each other depending on age and height.

Purpose

The quickest way for a defense to stop a pass is to knock the ball down at the line of scrimmage. That is why it is essential for quarterbacks to have a high release when they throw the ball in order for the trajectory of the pass to take the ball over the swiping hands of the defensive linemen.

Drill Description

Quarterbacks simply pass the ball back and forth to each other. The focus should be on their throwing motion as they try to extend their arm high and release the ball at the highest point in their motion.

Sidearm throws will often get knocked down at the line of scrimmage, so quarterbacks need to be taught to release the ball high to keep it at a safe trajectory.

This drill will clearly show quarterbacks if their release is to low, because the ball will bang off the cross beam or even go underneath it.

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