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Zone Drops


Create two large circles about 8 yards in diameter. Circles should slightly overlap. Do so with either cones, t-shirts, or similar items. One player will start in the center of each circle.


Facing forward, players should move left, right, forward, and backward to understand the range of their zone. After exploring this zone a few reps, the coach can begin to instruct players which way to move based on where he points them.


  • Players should move in their zone in a good defensive body posture; knees bent using good footwork when shuffling feet left and right. Backpedaling to move backwards.
  • Head and eyes should be moving back and forth from quarterback to receivers to quarterback as they move.
  • Be sure to emphasize this zone belongs to them and they are to guard it from receivers catching the ball.