Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald offers some tips in the team’s Kid’s Zone that include this one about running routes.
He says it is important for players to understand that “the most important part of running a route is getting off the line of scrimmage." He adds that players who can get off the line of scrimmage and past the defensive back can then run any number of running routes.
The running routes he lists include the Hitch Route, The Slant Route, and the Quick Out.
He states that The Hitch Route is the easiest to run, because it involves running for five or six yards, straight up the field, and then turning around quickly so the quarterback is being faced. The Slant Route is similar to the Hitch Route, but instead of turning to face the quarterback right away, the player cuts a 45-degree angle first.
Similar to The Hitch Route, the Quick Out begins the same, but once the five or six yards are run, the player then heads for the sideline.
Running Routes Tip: The tip Larry Fitzgerald offers for running routes is for players to develop a good technique so they can get off the press and “just catch the ball." He suggests that any players having difficulty with catching passes work with a friend to practice catching them from different heights and angles.