HITCH

What is HITCH?

HITCH meaning pass route in which the receiver runs straight upfield at full speed as if going deep then stops and comes back toward the quarterback to catch a pass that was thrown before he stopped; a typical hitch pass would have the receiver take five steps then come back while the quarterback was doing a three-step drop and throwing on time on the third step; indicated when the defense is giving the receiver a large cushion

 

reference: John T. Reed: DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL TERMS