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  2. Defense ?

    lots of useful information, sorry for posting to an old thread but been searching for info about defense and i found a lot here. i was wondering if someone's still here (the reason i wrote specifically here) with whom i could talk about? thanks!
  3. Tournament Style Playbook Help

    I'm in the same boat. Spread out offense. Quick slants, ins and outs. Gap killers. It's all in execution of plays. Timing and repetition. It's funny I can preach it but much harder to make reality. It's something I think I will improve when I can keep these kids together for some length of time.
  4. I9 U12 Best Offensive Formation

    New to conversation/ coaching. When you ask them to sit in the holes in the zone, are they running a route and are you giving them that play? I got a qb who should be my wr or rb for his speed. Good qb, always on the move. Need to settle him down and throw without scrambling as much. Quicker routes and simpler reads I think. Great topic. Please reply.
  5. Hi, all Coaching a team in the 6-7 age group, and we're about to face a team we scrimmaged with before the season started. They run a 4-1 defense exclusively, with 4 defenders right at the line spread out and one safety deep. I remember when we scrimmaged them, they stuffed our runs very effectively, and it was difficult to score on them without a little luck. Looking for some advice on plays that might work well against this defense at this age level. Obviously the strategic approach would be to throw some deeper passes with multiple receivers and exploit the fact that they only have one safety. My problem there is, I have a QB with a good arm, but only one kid who's capable of catching long passes with any consistency. I'm going to try to work out some longer plays with those two, but wondering if there are any other approaches I can take to try to exploit this defense with my running game. I'm actually thinking of some sort of read/option play, where my QB will roll to the right until he's beside a player he can potentially hand the ball to. In the meantime, he'll be scanning the field to see if a receiver breaks open. At my signal, he'll either throw it or then make the hand off. My hope here is that the defenders (this team doesn't seem to blitz) will be confused and some will drop back to cover, opening up more running lanes than would be available if we just took the snap and handed off immediately. Anyway, that's one thought. Curious of any other ideas. Thanks!
  6. Transitioning from 8-9 to 6-7. Advice?

    Thanks, great advice. Since my original post, we've gotten toward the end of the season and are doing well. Currently 4-1-1 with one game left before our playoffs. It's definitely more run-oriented, but we have been abusing teams with that center drag play all year. It works almost every time. Last week, we won by a point, and we must've run that play every time we needed something big. Flag pulling is definitely a constant work in progress. Seems like almost all the TDs are just kids getting to the sidelines and sprinting downfield. We work on flag pulling in practice for about 70-80 percent of the practice time, but it still requires coaching patience at this age, lol. Anyway, been a fun season, and my best reward is when I can see the kids really enjoying themselves and feeling good about themselves after they've learned something and improved their skills.
  7. Transitioning from 8-9 to 6-7. Advice?

    Hi, I wish the forum was still more active too. I'm starting my first year coaching 3/4 graders and was going to start posting to try to reactivate the page. As for your question, I haven't coached those ages but my son played in the 6 year old division recently. From what I saw they kept things simple. Running was definitely what the offense were built around. Dives, fake dive with an end around, end around with a reverse. You can probably do some center drags from Oranges playbook as it's not a far throw. Then run a center drag with a delayed handoff to a end around. On defense, kids had to be able to pull flags. Most scores are from big plays. So I would run a zone, focusing on the kids staying in their area until the ball crosses the line then everyone swarm to the ball. I'd start 4 kids 4-5 yards off the line of scrimmage 5 yards apart, so they can see the play. Then a safety a couple yards behind them as a safety valve. Then practice staying home as you show them reverses and sweeps, then swarm to the ball. Hope that helps.
  8. Not sure how active this forum is these days, but I've gotten a lot of great advice from these pages, so thanks for that to all who've contributed. I coached in our 8-9 division for the past two seasons, and now my 7-year-old son is interested in playing, so I'm about to coach in the 6-7 age group. It's a 5-on-5 league, QB can't run, defense can blitz from 7 yards back, etc. I'm looking for some advice on how to handle this younger group of kids. I know variety is the key to keeping them focused in practice, and I also want to really simplify the playbook for games, but would love to get some specific examples in those areas from anyone who's had experience coaching this age group: any drills that work well for them (sharks and minnows is already down) in practice, any playbooks specifically geared toward that age group, etc. I'll be searching for some more info on the site archives as I await any responses. Thanks in advance!
  9. Need some reassurance

    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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