Youth Football-Running back Quarterback Exchange
90 % of football plays are running plays which require a quarterback and running back ball exchange. It is imperative that you practice this exchange often in practice. It is all about proper technique and timing.
- Running back must have inside arm up. Example; if the play is going off-tackle to the right; the ball carrier needs to have his left arm is up. If the play is going off tackle to the left; the ball carrier needs to have his right arm up…this will help deter fumbles.
- Running back must not belly, needs to have head up looking at the point of attack. The running back needs his head up so that he sees how to cut off the blocks. It is the quarterback’s job to get the running back the ball.
- The running back needs to be securing the ball through the line of scrimmage, high and tight. Two hands need to cover the ball on any contact.
- Quarterback’s job is to get the running back the ball at the point of attack. He must use his eyes and concentrate on putting the ball into the pouch of the running back.
- Quarterback must follow through on any pitches. Pitches need to be crisp and right to the ball carrier, no floating balls.
- Quarterback must keep the ball against chest with two hands on all fakes. This will secure the ball if the running back bumps into the quarterback, QB falls or the defense gets penetration.
Again it is crucial that the quarterback/running back exchanges are smooth. You cannot afford to lose a play or a possession because of a botched snap.