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  2. I am in my fifth year coaching in an NFL 5v5 Flag League. I coach two teams each year for both of my sons that are in two different age groups. I preach sportsmanship first and I make sure that every player gets an equal amount of snaps. I typically experience a fair amount of turnover each year but retain a small core of 3-5 players per team. We get killed every year and I have lost faith in my ability. There are teams we compete against that have been consistent over each season with the same players that play on their respective flag team, baseball team, basketball team, etc. I know their playbooks are small with option routes, qb reads, and I always come out guns blazing with volumes of plays I'm sure are going to work this year??!!!! They don't. I am having a hard time motivating my players that know we are going to get killed. I keep things as fun as I can but their is only so much excitement I can get out of a team that knows each Saturday will lead to their football death yet again. I just do not know what to do to get these guys interested, install an offense that can make up for our shortcomings, and at least be competitive. Our first practices are this Saturday and I already feel defeated. Any advice from some long time coached out there?
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  5. Does anyone use this program? If so and you are wiling I would love to see some playbooks created in it. Trying to pull ideas form my new 10U and 12U teams Thanks Coach D
  6. I have taken one team to a major tournament only to get crushed by a very different style of play. All quick passes, no running , type attack. Now I am 2 months from playing in my second national tournament. Can someone please post a good play book for 5 on 5 12U tournament play. Just got a sponsorship and now only have 2 months to get ready.
  7. Jaymay75, Give us more of an idea of what you need help with.
  8. Does anyone have advice on 4 on 4. I'm in a league and need help. 7-8 year olds. Thanks
  9. Coach we have a few drills that could help you get your defense in position to force the action inside. Youth Flag Football Drills - Post and Break Youth Flag Football Drills - Read and React Drill Youth Flag Football Drills - Swarm DrillYouth Flag Football Drills - Flag Pulling Drill
  10. Hey Coach! That is awesome! Thanks for sharing the picture of your team. I am not that familiar with the Wing-T Myself. We always had smaller, quick athletes so we ran the single wing offense. Here are some threads on the Wing-T that you can take a look at: Best Offense for 11 Year Old Tackle Football Let's Talk Youth Football Help with Coaching 3rd and 4th Graders
  11. My son is 6 and playing tackle ball again this season. I was involved last year but this season I was asked to be the head coach. I'm very football savvy but have basically zero experience as a coach. We've retained a few kids from the Summer Flag league that he was in, so I'm familiar with a few of the players. We ran a split back formation there, he happened to play QB, though he'll probably play FB/HB and LB now. Thinking of going to a Wing T offense for tackle but I'm unfamiliar with that. Looks like we will have plenty of athletes though we are lacking size for lineman. I'm more curious about play calling in the sense of how much to expect them to remember/what to name the plays themselves. Love to hear feedback and appreciate any info you guys want to throw at me. I'm in the middle for what it's worth. That's the first place trophy...😎😎
  12. Happy to have found this place. Just reading some of the things on the forums have been very helpful. I'm a NEW coach for my sons K-2nd grade flag football team. I wasn't expecting to be coach, but was handed the reigns at half time during our first game and had to go from there. The team itself got off to a late start, the old coach perhaps wasn't fully focused on leading them, I ended up with a completely lost team and completely lost coach. Because of this I felt I needed to start from scratch, however I may be regretting it, because the ideas I brought into week 2 were pretty ineffective to the team come our second game. So let me ask if you can help me with a few of my problems. 1. Formations. Old coach had them running out of a twins on one side, single wr on the other. No RB, shotgun. He implemented motion to draw the ball carrier nearer. A few problems I had week 1 was that a) the snap from center to QB was often unclean, resulting in dead plays. Quite a few of them. b ) Not everyone understood "motion." c) Nobody really blocked. Blocking is allowed in this league. d) when motion did work, it was quite obvious who was getting the ball. My solution, start from scratch. To eliminate missed snaps, I brought the qb under center. To simplify, I got rid of motion. To get past defenders, instead of blocking I spread the wr somewhat wide to draw defenders. To make it less obvious who was getting the ball, we used a single RB to take hand offs or have the WR come across for a sweep. Problem. The qb being under center did not give him enough time to receive the snap, turn and make the hand off. The rush was too quick getting to the qb before he can get the ball off. The qb could work on his drop backs a bit, but another element to teach in such a short period. The WR runs also take too long to develop. Blocking still an issue, but we are working on it. In the middle of the game this week we scrapped all our plays, and went on the fly, drawing them up in the huddle. We did twins with a single rb. Pulled the WR in tight to lay some blocks on the rushers and also give us a quicker hand off when running to those WR. My question about formations are, is there an ideal formation/plays that keeps it simple, yet leave minimal holes for the defense to sneak by. I also want to know, should I be running out of shotgun and using motion? 2. Defense. Containment is a big issue. we were burned way too much on the outside. One play drives, where they get to the outside and streak up the sideline for a score. Any drills that can help with this? We are running a 2-3. 3. Rotation. We have about 14 kids on the roster. But I've only met 12 of them, the other 2 "threaten" to come on game day which I fear because the last thing I need is to have to teach football on the fly during a in game play. Happened week one, I accepted it since it was week one, but we should be moving past that. Also, even though we have 12 that I have met, only about 8 are regular practice attenders. I would love to have at least 10 that came to practice regularly, that way I can use two squads, rotate the extra couple in when needed. But I don't know who I'm going to get on any saturday, and I feel compelled to favor those that show for practice. I also have only 3 older kids, guys that are picking up on the game much quicker. Should I feel bad that I am playing those 3 and the regulars SIGNIFICANTLY more than the others? 4. Play types. Is deception more effective than blocking? When I have a run should I be sending the WRs on routes to draw defenders or let them put their hands on the defense. When I'm running a pass, should I do the same and just pick one route to throw to? I'm sure there is more. I am just looking for some advice as new coach.
  13. So I coach a 10-12 year old team under i9 Sports, and I am used to coaching outdoors 5v5 on a 50 yard field. I am coaching a Winter season, and due to the size of the indoor arena it is only 25 yards and 4v4. I have only a few 4v4 plays, and so what I'm asking for is some advice, coaching on this smaller field, and also maybe some play ideas that could work with 4v4. There is no center. The QB apparently just picks up the ball, and when he says hike the play starts. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you very much.
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