How to Play Cornerback

Are you losing sight of the ball as a cornerback? Having trouble making the tackle when a run comes near you? Look no further than here.


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    When the offense lines up, watch the running back's eyes. An inexperienced back will either lean towards or look where he will go before the play starts, however do NOT rely on this.
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    Get into a proper two point stance. This means you should have your knees bent and feet shoulder-width apart.
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    When the play starts your first three steps should be BACKPEDALING.
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    If you have a receiver backpedal for a few steps before turning around fully and following him.
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    If there is no receiver on your side line up closer to the line of scrimmage. When the ball is snapped backpedal 3 steps and try to spot the ball. If the ball is being run on the other side, run over full speed and help stop the play.
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    If the ball is coming your way with no receiver, chop your feet, hit him with your shoulder, wrap up and drive him to the ground. Remember YOU SHOULD HIT HIM, HE SHOULDN'T HIT YOU.
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    When you tackle, it helps to put your head on which ever side the ball carrier is carrying the ball. If the ball his in his right arm hit him with your right shoulder.
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    If the ball is up and the air and you cant intercept it, knock it down.


  • Remember, when tackling - THE LOWER MAN WINS!
  • You can shout "BALL", "PASS" or "RUN (left or right)" to alert your teammates that the ball is moving your way.


  • ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS wear a mouthguard when hitting. It hurts a lot if you don't have one in and you bite your cheek or grind your teeth.
  • When tackling, pick a side to tackle, your head shouldn't make contact with the center of his chest, this will hurt like hell and is illegal.
  • Wearing a protective cup isn't required for practice, when you're not hitting as hard. But if you're in a game, protect your boys from the much meaner boys you're tackling.

Things You'll Need

  • Pads
  • Determination
  • Willing to be decked a few times
  • Teammates

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