Perfecting the linebacker stance is key to being an asset on the field. By training your body to stay in the correct football stance, it ensures that every step a linebacker takes will make a positive impact.
- Linebackers use a two-point stance, as opposed to the three or four point stance used by lineman. This gives the player good field vision, and they are ready to move.
- Keep your feet a little more than shoulder width apart, with all of your weight on your instep. Toes should be pointed inwards. This ensures a well-balanced stance and prevents false steps.
- Hips are the key to success. Everything in the stance comes from bending at the knees and hips. This helps players to stay low and in a good football position.
- Do not bend at the back. This requires more time during movements, having to stand up and readjust. Bend only at the hips and knees to stay in the ready position.
- Tuck your elbows into your sides, in a ready running position. This keeps you in the ready position, and your hands are tight, compact, and able to attack.
- Your first steps should be a positive step, no more than six inches in the direction of the ball. Staying in the low stance allows you to be ready to move and not waste any time.
- The first step you take out of your stance is the most critical. Use your first step as a foothold to push off of as you build speed for your play.
- Keep your feet moving and your center of balance low. Once you make your initial move, make sure to run through the play, staying low with your chest up.
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