Last month someone sent me the Raymond Berry pass receiving videos as a gift. While I’m always skeptical of how much us youth football coaches can apply from a video meant to train High School, College and even Pro players, there were a few pointers that made quite of bit of sense to me. I’m not going to give away all of the secrets Mr Berry shared in his videos, but I will tell you how I would apply some of them to my youth football teams.
For many young coaches, the name Raymond Berry doesn’t mean anything. But for many of us the name Raymond Berry is synonymous with great hands. When he joined the Baltimore Colts in 1955, he was given little chance to make the team. However, coach “Weeb” Ewbank was impressed with Berry’s practice habits and his good hands and kept him as a part-time player.
In 1957, Berry became a starting end and led the NFL in reception yardage with 800 on 47 catches, scoring 6 touchdowns. When the Colts won the league’s championship in 1958, Berry led in receptions with 56 and in touchdown receptions with 9, gaining 794 yards. Berry led the league in 1959 with 74 receptions, 959 yards, and 14 touchdowns, and led in receptions with 74 and yards with 1,298 the following season. He held NFL records, since broken, with 631 receptions and 9,275 yards. He caught 68 touchdown passes.
The slender, 6-foot-2, 187-pound Berry lacked speed, but he developed a variety of moves to get free from defenders and he virtually never dropped a pass he could get his hands on. He held NFL records, since broken, with 631 receptions and 9,275 yards. He caught 68 touchdown passes. He constantly worked on catching the ball before and after formal practice, even recruiting sportswriters, groundskeepers, and equipment managers to throw to him. Obviously Mr Berry is an expert at catching the football.
In youth football too often we try to teach the kids to do too แทงบอลออนไลน์ many things at the same time, that goes double for how many of us teach receivers. A receiver needs to learn how to get off the line of scrimmage, run a precise route, catch the ball and then secure the ball and run after the catch. While many of us do a nice job of breaking other movements like tackling or blocking into easy to learn and perfect steps, many of us don’t do the same thing when it comes to pass receiving. Mr Berry did a very nice job of isolating each portion of the movement in his DVD with a very heavy emphasis on the catch portion, his specialty.
What impressed me on the catching segment was he was able to do many catch reps in a very short duration and was able to perfect catching bad balls. Instead of say running 20 yard post patterns over and over again with each taking quite a bit of time and requiring the receiver to expend a lot of energy, he ran lots of “finishing” routes. A finishing route is just the last 5 yards of the pass pattern, started from a run in place. With a net standing behind him to catch errant throws, he was able to run many more “routes” and catch many more passes this way in a much shorter amount of time. Working by himself he was often catching a ball every 10-15 seconds on the video.