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  1. 8 points
    I usually have my team's do mostly DB,WR,RB & QB Drills. However we throw some other stuff in there. Heres the ones we do most with explanations of them... If anyone wants more advanced QB & DB drills let me know...These seem to be plenty but I do have some from a coach clinic I went to last summer.Some of them are pretty advanced though. 1 - This just a back pedal drill.We usually break the team in half when we do this.Then we can adjust how they do it and actually teach them to back pedal.This is something we normally only do in the beginning of the season. 2 - This is something we do after teaching them how to back pedal.Some kids get it.Some don't.But this has increased interceptions because it teaches kids how to actually move after back pedaling. 3 - This again something that not all the kids get but we want them to be able to back pedal.We play nothing but zone defense so our safeties have to keep everything in front of them so this works well. 4 - This a drill on teaching kids to read the ball in the air.This has been amazing for us. 5 - More of a Free Safety Drill.So whether you play man or zone this is awesome for the FS.It should be a no win situation for the FS but it makes them react and read the QB,WR's & ball. 6 - A really cool drilll that kids like.We line it up with cones and they always get knocked over but it teaches them to move while back pedaling. 7 - More of a drill for our front zone guys in our 2-3/2-1-2.We dont worry about the sink hips part.Our main thing is teaching them how to shuffle.We just use cones or a bag for them. 8 - I'm sure alot of you coaches already do this.Definitely something we do more as the season is starting to see what kind of athletes the kids are but its great for conditioning. 9 - This is kind of confusing at first but the kids loved this.We didnt worry about the drop part just the sprinting,shuffle,backpedal ect...Again another drill that the kids like and is good for conditioning. 10 - Basic catch and throw drill.However this is were we teach kids how to catch with there hands and not there body and tucking the ball in.Its very very basic but amazing.Its lowered our drops.We do this at the start of almost every practice.Only takes 5-10 mins 11 - Every kid loved this drill.We have our QB throw to them.for teams who run man to man its good for coverage.its good for the WR getting open and the QB because hes throwing.We get in there as coaches and do this and the kids really like going up against us too lol. 12 - Warmup drill for the QB.I would also suggest having your QB stand with both feet towards the WR and him just swinging his hips and not moving his feet. 13 - Another warmup drill for the QB.Gets there arm going before practice/game. 14 - QB drill.I just have the defenders wave there arms back and for without moving there body. 15 - RB drill.We do this for kids who like to juke.We want kids to take 1 step and get up field and not run backwards or try to juke kids.We want them going up field.Good results from this 16 - Whooops same as # 10 lol 17 - Tip drill.I'm sure most of you coaches already do this.Sometimes we will have the WR tip it and have a defensive guy behind them to go catch it.Good practice for your QB throwing also. Coaches feel free to post up any drills you have with pictures here also.
  2. 5 points
    Here is my finalized playbook for the Spring 2010 season. If you have any questions please let me know and I'll be glad to help you. Suggestions always welcome.
  3. 4 points
    I came here 7 seasons ago and through my lurking I have learned a ton. There are better threads about the Xs and Os but this one is about the bigger picture lessons I have learned coaching K-2nd 5v5 Flag. 1. If You Want to Coach, Be the Coach. If you know what kind of coach you want to be and your priorities are straight, don't let another Dad step on your toes. My son was five and I volunteered to coach his first flag football team. We started with a horribly run league, but I didn't know that then. We arrive at a pizza place, a lady stands up and in all of five minutes says "Let all the kids play. Don't curse or shout. Here's where you pick up your flags.". If this sounds like your league...get out next season (I'll explain why later). At the bottom of the folder I see that another Dad is listed as the assistant coach. I think this is great, because I am new and could use some help. The guy ends up being a running back coach for the local high school and by the end of the first practice steam rolls his way to being the head coach. I could have pitched a fit, but at the time, he had a routine, he seemed to know how to get things moving and he talked like my High School coach so it felt like coaching to me. As the season went on however, he would reveal himself to be everything I do not like about coaching younger kids. He was a cool guy off the field and was likely a good high school coach, but 5-6 year olds were NOT his forte. He played 5 out of our 10 kids 90% of the time. One of our grass pickers literally never got a down in 3 games. He had a curse filled altercation with the kid's Dad after one of the games when confronted by him. He tried to convince me and 3 other parents to lie about our best kids ages for the next season so they wouldn't go to the next division. His own kid, who was one of our best kids was in tears during half the practices. Our last game of the year he freaked out over a bad call a referee made stomping off to the league tent in the middle of the 2nd qrtr. I finally confronted him telling him to sit it out. He redzoned on me for a half a second where I thought I was about to have to fight a grown man in front of my kid. Then I explained to him he was hurting the team and he noticed the huddle of wide eyed kids behind me. He apologized to the team and admitted he just wasn't cut out for that age group at the end of the game. However, in the interest of not making waves, I let down my kid and all of the others who weren't playing or really even being coached that season. I felt horrible for not standing up sooner. I thought that his solid game plan and well run practices trumped what I brought to the table. What I learned is, if there is something you want to coach your kids, then be the coach. Half of your parents will want to win at all costs, I have had some tell me to NOT play their kids. The other half want their kids to have fun. If you let them "help" you, you will not know until week 2 or 3 what kind of parent they are and by then, they are a coach too. Even if you suck your first season. Suck using YOUR philosophy. YOUR plays and YOUR practices. If you have to coach with someone else, go out for a beer before week one and hash out your coaching styles. - 2. Don't Be "That Coach" Don't be "That Coach" who has one superstar that you ride all year. The only thing you are proving is that you are good at figuring out which 5-8year old is faster than the rest. Because that is pretty much all it takes. If you want to prove how good of a coach you are, score a touchdown with your grass picker. Get him in the endzone. I can remember every time I got my slower "all heart and less skill" players in to the end zone because of the smiles on their face and their parents. My third season we played for the championship against a team with a freakish athlete. They beat us 38 to 20 and he scored all their touchdowns and their extra points. He intercepted us twice and played every down of the game. Every down. One of my Dads tracking stats had them down for 22 offensive plays and this kid ran the ball 13 times and they threw to him 5 other times. What really got to me was a parent from his team after the game. He came over and shook my hand and said "I liked how you spread the ball around even when you were losing. My son hasn't touched it all year. Do you have any openings next season?". After that Dad talked to me, I realized just how crappy that coach is for his team. More than half his kids might not play football again because of how boring he made it. Just because they aren't Barry Sanders at age 6, they got snubbed by their own coach. The other kids may have grown to be- great linebackers or linemen or maybe they could have been good that year if coached up. Even if they were never going to be good at football, its exercise, team building and should be fun. "That Coach" won and his kid got to feel awesome for a couple seasons but he did at the expense of other children on his own team. Please don't be "That Coach". 3. Find a Good League The first league we tried was run out of some ladies house and she was using the league to pay her mortgage and boy did it show. One season we did not have flags for our first game and had to cancel and reschedule. The cost went up the following season,but the flags got cheap, medals and trophies went away and replaced with certificates. Some days we had 2 refs, other times 1 and never the same ones. One week we had a guy hard counting the 25 second clock (in a Kindergarten league mind you) the next we had guys letting a minute tick down. Applying for a coaching spot was clicking a check mark and getting a quick speech at the beginning of the year. When the field got rained out, you were notified with a sign at the field. None of these are horrible, but they add up, they irritate the parents, you as a coach and they will impact your ability to coach. Our final season someone broke in to the shed she kept all the gear in and she asked everyone to pay an additional 50 bucks for more jerseys which mysteriously showed up two days later, even though 3 seasons prior they were always a week or two behind shipping them. In short, it was shady, run poorly and parent irritation at the league spills on to you. Contrast that with i9 and it is night and day. The refs and opposing coaches have your play time rotation so that every kid gets in every game. Their website alone will save you a ton of work as a coach. I have always had two refs, usually one of four whom I know how they call the game and can adjust accordingly. They robo call you and your team first thing in the morning when weather cancels a game too. They give you medals to had out each week to a kid for a sportsmanship award, which is a great way to motivate the kids who don't score or get the game winning flag pull. A good league eliminates most of the stuff you can't control as a coach, leaving you to worry about your team and your team alone. 4. Set Your Practice Days and Location on Day One When you first contact parents have a brief statement about what kind of coach you intend to be, let them know your practice times and location and then ask them if this will work for them. If you say to a group "Where should we practice?" like I did once, you will have a parent who instantly chooses a time and place convenient for them. Another parent will resent that and put forward one that works for them. None of them are committing as much time as you, so don't feel bad for laying claim to a time and location convenient for you. If some parent has a hard conflict they will let you know and if enough do, then reschedule the time or location at that point. Look around and pick a central location to the team prior to talking to them. Try to pick a field that has access to lights and a bathroom. During the fall, the spots just outside the outfield of softball or baseball leagues are lit up and great finds. If you find one with a nearby play structure for the siblings, jackpot. 5. Get Parents Involved Right Away. If you wait to get parents involved they will assume you don't want them or don't need them. If you ask for volunteers without specific roles, they may be afraid you are asking for more than you are and decline, or worse, assume you don't know what you are doing and insert themselves. On the first practice, pass your roster around and tell them you've assigned snack for each week in the order on the roster and let them swap dates amongst themselves. Ask for one or two Dads to track stats so that you can make sure the playing time and touches are as fair as possible (Do not attempt to track stats yourself). Ask if a parent wants to volunteer to organize getting names on jerseys silk screened or to plan an end of season party. Some parents will leap at the chance, others will run away, but it puts some of the success of the season on their shoulders not just yours. If you asked for someone to step up, they can't blame you when it doesn't get done. If you bring parents on to the field, have a specific job for them. Put them in a box until you know them. Place them by your corners and have them coach up containment during runs and how to play the pass. Have another work on your blitzers. Have another focus on "alligator arms" for proper hand offs. If you just say "Help me on defense", congrats you have a new defensive coordinator who could end up being "That Guy". 6. Have a Parent Track Stats I love stats as they help you on several levels. Stats help motivate kids, inform the parents and keep honest as a coach. Many parents watch only their kids and not the whole team during the games and have tunnel vision because of it. The parents who have the super star athletes love seeing how well their kid is doing. Seeing one kid with 7 touches week three and another with 0 will wake up your coaching as well. Seeing that one kid scores 75% of the time he gets it, will make the parent of a kid with 4 touches and 0 scores understand why his kid isn't leading getting more. On the stat sheets I always include a few stats like Hustle, Hurries, Sportsmanship, Swarming which I use to quickly pad a few of the under performing kids stats. I still let the stars stand out, but you should always have something to praise at this age. One season stats revealed that one kid was our best receiver during the games but I didn't see it until I saw the paper. Seeing your kids with 0 flag pulls lets you know who needs work. The best part is, if other parents are tracking the stats, parents can't blame you for unequal praise. Each season I grab some images from Google to match our team name then print out a half sheet of paper with the logo and their name and laminate it. Then at the end of the game I give out stickers for the tally marks on the stat sheets. The idea being like the college and high school teams that put the stickers on their helmet. Its a pain but the kids eat it up and I have yet to have even my worst grass picker be bummed out because he doesn't have the number of stickers our stars do. These kids know the star player earned them, but I stress the team aspect and that make sure even the worst player has a few to be proud of. 7. Define Your Standards and Punishments On Day One The sooner you define your standards, the sooner they will meet them. No talking in the huddle. How to address you or other coaches. Taking a knee when addressing them. No horsing around during water breaks. No flag pulling while in lines or huddles. Figure out what will happen when they break these rules and be consistent. Consistent. Consistent. My punishment is running around a backstop about 100 feet away. Some coaches do pushups or sprints. Keep in mind these are boys who spent all day not moving at school, so don't be a drill sergeant, but if practice is being interrupted, have a quick punishment that gives the kid a few seconds to feel a little embarrassed but not shamed. Also try to say why they are in trouble loud enough for the parents to hear. Only the worst parents will have a problem with you equitably and humanely disciplining their kid. Some parents sign their kids up specifically to get some discipline. None of them signed up to hear a grown man humiliate, scream at or berate their child. 8: Keep Your First Practices Basic When coaching young kids you will always have kids who are new to the sport. Some who have played, will forget half of what they learned or your terminology may be different than their last coach. Define Offense and Defense. Make sure they can all snap the ball properly. Tell them what the Endzone and line of scrimmage is. Show them alligator arms for hand offs. Walkthrough a proper throwing motion. Make sure they can all snap the ball properly. I said that last one twice because it will break your soul when some kid gets over the ball and says hike himself and long snaps it in to the end zone on week three. Also make sure you update your terminology. I spent an entire season saying "Carry the football like a loaf of bread". Week 7 I saw a blank look and asked who knew what a "loaf" was. None of them could. Facepalm Coach. 9: Practice Plays Not Drills From age 5-9 I would stress that almost 100% of your practice time needs to be spent running plays or drills that simulate pieces of plays you need to work on. If you can have a full defense against a full offense, do it. If not, short the defense one week, offense the next. The reason is that if concepts like containment, or pressure on the QB or the value of a good fake can not be explained to most kids this age ESPECIALLY if they are new to football. They need to be burnt around the corner, see their good QB put up a rainbow pick with a blitzer coming in or get caught standing still with a good fake before they get it. The most I would do with drills are sprints, not for conditioning (you will never have enough time at this age for conditioning) but to teach technique and I use a ball and a hard count to teach reaction at snap. I have a snap, then hand off and run between a gauntlet of defenders to focus snaps, hand offs and flag pulling. Then mix it up with a pass and run through defenders. 10: Run First. Pass Second Until you hit 3rd and 4th grade a consistent passing game is a vaguely close promise land that all coaches and virtually every parent, believe is just over the horizon. Don't get me wrong, you need to pass or those No Run zones will murder your team. I am simply saying that you need to get your running game going first. In 7 seasons I had a freakish QB in two seasons, but only one kid could catch his balls. One season I had four who could catch but the only kid who could throw would only throw to the person I said to watch for, regardless of how covered he was. Even smart QBs just huck the ball in the air when blitzed effectively. Work on your running game, get a few easily completed short passes to the flats and over the middle (depending on where their defense's holes are) and save the bombs. Now if you have a QB and 2-3 who can catch and run smart routes, you're going to be first or second in your league because everyone else is running and opposing defenses will not be sucking up every play. Around age 9 and 10 the kids get disciplined on Defense and running starts to get hard, but this is because they are starting to grasp big picture concepts. This is when they are able to really grasp route running versus just doing what is on the wipe board regardless of where the defender is. 11. Coach Football Maybe this should have been number one, but you are a football coach, so coach football. Just because you devised a wacky rule bending play that works, doesn't mean you're coaching good football. By 3rd - 4th grade, your muddle huddle or not having a WR report to the huddle will get crushed hard. All the time your team spent practicing it, is keeping them from learning real football plays and skills. Statue of Liberty, Hook and Ladder or a Flea Flicker are not the type of plays I am talking about here. If you're designing a play to trick 5-8 year olds, remember that tricking them is not difficult. The target of your trickery are people who believe that fairies pay them for old teeth. Be a good coach and practice good football they can learn from.
  4. 4 points
    Here is my playbook, enjoy! Please let me know if you have any questions. Coach Juan
  5. 3 points
    One of my favorite plays, I call it an automatic play for short yardage, is the center drag. One of the things that I love to do is proceed it with a fake end around, even in the no-run zone. It's such a good misdirection play that it even works in the no-run zone. It's kind of funny, the other teams coach will be yelling, they have to pass! My receiver comes around and they all bite on the run anyway. Sometimes the other coach will even yell, run! when he sees the end around forming (the same guy who just a second ago said they have to pass). Make sure the receiver comes quickly either in motion or from the slot. Then have the center get just on the goal line and the qb sprint down the los with him (5-7 yards minimum). Alternatively the center can do a quick slant opposite the fake end around, just clear of the end zone but have him delay a little. Another good play, is a flood or wash-type play. This version is from Coach Rob: Line up 3 receivers to the right of the center. On the snap those 3 receivers all run slants across the middle. The center delays and runs underneath them the other direction. Have your qb fake pump it at the crossing group and the center should be wide open. I'm going to post my updated playbook and you can see a version of it there. Also, check out the Orlando I-9 playbook I posted. There is a delay slant that does something similar.
  6. 2 points
    I have coached 9 seasons with i9 Sports flag football. I have been in your shoes. A few years ago I had a rag-tag team of 7 players, only one real "stand-out" player. We lost our first two games because of our lack of effective defense and flag pulling. My assistant coach and I drilled it into the kid's heads that defense was going to make the difference and we only need one touchdown to win if our defense is strong. We went on to win the rest of our games and the championship that season. The last game went into triple overtime and we won with a goal line stand where we did not allow the other team to score in the end. So my advice to you is work on your defense, make the focus of your practice DEFENSE. Drills for flag-pulling and how to swarm the ball. The first guy to the ball carrier is the one who should slow them down, and make it possible for the team to get the flag. Eyes on the belt buckle/hips. You have shown that you can put points on the board, now get your defense in shape. My kids this season are 4-0, we have only allowed 3 TD's and have 9 interceptions. There are only 3 teams in our division, one of those teams has yet to score a single TD on us. I tell my kids every Sunday "Defense is going to win this game for us today." We have 4 defensive TD's this season. I praise my kids more for their defensive efforts than their offensive efforts. The first thing I look at on our stat sheet is "pulls". If a kid doesn't have one yet at halftime we talk about why that is and sometimes it is just the fact that they did not have a good chance, or that their teammate got it first, even though they were there too... lot's of discussion about this so they know that is what we as coaches want them to excel at more than anything else in games. Every kid should have at least one flag pull per game. The good ones will get 4 or more. So, good luck and have fun at all costs. I have had more losing seasons than winning seasons, so I know what you are going through. With youth sports we have to remember that we are shaping these kids for the future, more than anything else, teach them respect, humility, and sportsmanship. Those attributes will help them a whole lot more than a winning record or a trophy. Coach Andy
  7. 2 points
    This is a no huddle offense I've ran for 5 season with great success. Hope others find it useful. Flag_football_no_huddle_manual.pdf
  8. 2 points
    Coaches, I've uploaded an example of our Spring 2011 Playbook. This is the most recent revision but obviously still needs some work. You'll notice each position has a color, shape, and number. This allows the kids to catch on faster during practice. It also confuses defenses by allowing 3 different calls (color, shape, number) for the same play. In addition you can call an audible color should a receiver come open. Lastly we sometimes will call 2 colors for a HB pass. (i.e. Balanced-Purple-Red-Go). Bear in mind most of these plays and information has been gathered through this forum. All I did was modify some of the plays for 10U and add the color, shape scheme. Thanks to all who helped provide the plays. Let me know your thoughts. JB 2011 Spring Flag Plays.ppt
  9. 2 points
    I'm coaching my son's flag football team and I think I have a decent idea of what's going on. But I was wondering if anyone can offer additional insight The team is a 7-8 year old team. The basic rules are 6-on-6, kid quarterback, qb cannot run, defense can rush after 10 second count. I coached the same group of kids at the lower level and it was coach quarterback. So this is a big step for them and us coaches allowing the kids to qb. I do have one challenge. Both of my assistants are insiting that I pick 1-2 quarterbacks and stick with them. That goes against my idea of playing maybe 4-6 quarterbacks, probably not 6 in any given game but definitely 3-4 per game. My idea is to have 2-3 that will do more of the passing but the others can take snaps and handoff. I was told that one of the other teams is putting everyone into positions and having the kids tryout for spots. Heck, I want everyone to play everything. During the game I'll make sure that my key stoppers are in position when it counts but I was wanting to have everyone play everything. Thoughts? My offensive gameplan is pretty simple, keep the ball moving forward. I have two basic runs and some basic quick passes. From what I can see, any kind of long passes or drop back passing is unrealstic. I have my qb either rolling out or hitting some very quick slants and curls. On defense we ran man-to-man all last season. But with the kids as quarterback it makes much more sense to me to play zone. I'm curious what other people have experienced. My idea is to have 2 cbs in the flats, 2 safties splitting the field deep, one lineman on the center and a mlb. I want my cbs and safeties to stay home and my lineman and mlb to follow the ball side to side. Give me your thoughts please. I'm most curious as to what kinds of defenses we should expect to see.
  10. 2 points
    Also, the ballcarrier must be stopped or at least slowed down. We practice getting your body in front of the ballcarrier and forcing him to stop, go backwards or east-west. Sometimes I would run the gauntlet flag pulling drill but without flags. Teach the defender to position himself and slide back and forth to prevent/ slow the ballcarrier from going north-south. What you are doing by slowing the ballcarrier down is giving yourself more time to swarm and have chances to pulll flags.
  11. 2 points
    You'll probably recognize a lot of the plays in this book. This board has been very valuable. For your enjoyment.
  12. 2 points
    Here is the playbook I am using for the winter league my son is playing in. It is 5 on 5 3rd/4th grade kids, QB cannot rush, defense can blitz from 7 yards off line of scrimmage. No pitches allowed. Alot (most) of my playbook is framed around the advice and playbooks from the other great coaches on this site: Rushbuster, Coach Rob, Orange, John2p, etc. Enjoy, and let me know if you use any of the plays and how they work out for you.
  13. 2 points
    My philosophy is similar, I want all the kids to have fun and be able to try the different positions. I spoke at length with my assistant coach and it turns out his ideas are not that different from mine. We have 11 kids on the team and there are only 2 of them that have limited skills (both are a whole year younger too). His idea was more geared towards them, having them specialize in something simpler that they can do well. It will give them more satisfaction due to more success and let them concentrate on a small number of tasks (the other kids being older and more proficient can handle many more assignments). We'll incorporate them in all the other aspects of practice of course, but we'll give them some easy plays designed just for them (we'll call it our secret plays or something, they'll love it). We've also found that only 3-4 kids really want to play qb, so that problem solved itself. One of the big problems we encountered during the game is that on every play, everyone is open and wants the ball. My assistant calls the plays in the huddle on offense and he said it was really bothering him as he was bombarded by chatter while he's trying to call the play. It was the same last season and I witnessed it in the huddle too. At tonights practice I'm going to institute my "no asking for the ball plan." Any player who asks for the ball, tells us he was open, why don't you pass it to me, etc., will be taken out of the game for a minimum of two plays. I'm going to impliment it our scrimmage and hopefully it will eliminate the problem. It got so bad that one of our players was moping and crying on the sideline because he wanted the ball. Of course he caught several passes during the game but he wanted more. We have a lot of kids that can catch and run well, plus we move the ball quickly downfield so we have fewer possessions to spread around. Some players only get one touch (I make sure everyone gets at least one), while if someone gets 3-4 that's a lot on our team. It's a good problem to have so many capable players but some of my kids need to be broken of this whining habit.
  14. 1 point
    I want to give you some background first on how I call plays and design them... I dont see anyone else here that does it this way, so I am curious about your opinions as well. I give every spot a number between 1 and 5, no colors or designation like rb, wr...etc... so if I call play 545....the kids immediately know that 5 (always the QB) gets it, and gives it to 4, who in return gives it back to 5...545.... I make every play formation in numerical order, starting from left to right...so 1 is the wr on left, 2 is the slot, 3 is usually always my center, 4 is the rb or right wr, and 5 is QB. I try to make all my plays from 2 to 3 formations so the defense cannot see the difference between them. When practicing I geive every player a number 1-5 again, then we call plays, run them, then I say rotate...every player moves up one number and we start to call plays again, and we do this for 45 minutes every practice... so if you are 1, you then become 2 and so forth, 5 rotates back down to 1.... So in the games, I only have to do one thing in the huddle, I call the play....the boys know exactly where to go and what the play is!! I havent seen anything even close to this in our league for 2 seasons. I can call almost 3 plays to everyone elses 1 play.... Here is my favorite play.... I will add more soon... 545.pdf
  15. 1 point
    I have had similar kids, unfortunately I don't think we have the time to really focus on corrective behavior. What I do is send out an Extra Effort email each week for the parents to go over with their kids. This allows pro athletes to coach the kids and the parents. Here is what I send to parents about proper running techniques. I instruct the parents to watch each video and then highlight the areas I cover below the links. 1) Usain Bolt (World’s Fastest Man) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QrlPmK4B94 1:14 This clip point out to your son that Usain Bolt is pumping his arms Cheek to Cheek (hands go from cheek to back pocket). Point out that his heels barely ever touch the ground and all his power is up on his toes. Also, highlight how you never look side to side at your opponents, when trying to run your fastest as looking to the sides, slows you down. 2) Jamaal Charles (KC Chiefs Running Back and Olympic caliber sprinter) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dmfe2Y0ct3s 2:58 At 20 seconds watch his first four steps. He is pumping his arms and his heels barely touch the ground, he is completely on his toes. The rest of the clips show the value of any exercises which require your brain to tell your feet where to go quickly. 3) Ladanian Tomlinson (SD Chargers All Pro RB) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItjlV-zqX1w 1:21 He is showing how to do a spin move. Keep the ball in the outside arm. Set up, get your balance, cut to get him off balance, accelerate out of your spin to the endzone
  16. 1 point
    This is my playbook, based on 6 total seasons coaching at the peewee and junior levels. In our league the QB’s not allowed to run (unless you use play #9!) and blitzers start 7 yards from the line of scrimmage so you usually only have 3 seconds to throw. I printed these in color and laminated them back-to-back, was a huge help. Many of these started as plays from Coach Rob and others on this forum, so I'm paying it forward 1 INSIDE HANDOFF/COUNTER- bread and butter play. The quick hit to the TE (#3) works great, especially early in the season. If you have a player they’re keying on, fake to him and spin around and hand to the RB going the other way 2 HANDOFF/SWEEP- Send your WR (#5) really wide. You’ll get a big gap between 3 and 5 for #4 to run through. If they don’t keep a player wide to your left side, fake to 4 and run the end around the other way 3 SWEEP/REVERSE- Honestly, faking the reverse actually works best here 4 INSIDE HANDOFF/REVERSE- Same with this play. Get your #1 and 4 players to head right and create some confusion 5 PITCH/HANDOFF- it’s generally hard to go wide, but this is a great way to get #5 in space. The other WR is out there to keep the pitch from being intercepted. Pretty effective at the younger level 6 HOOK AND LADDER- love this play. You definitely have to practice it though- have specific players for the 2, 5, and 4 spots. #5 especially has to practice catching and handing the ball off quickly, because everybody will collapse on him quickly. 7 SPRINT LEFT/PITCH RIGHT- only works on the peewee level, but if you have a QB who can make a good pitch, #4 has a good chance to score. Put your best player at #3 and watch the defense swarm to him 8 3-WAY THREAT- can hand the ball to 3 different people, but usually just fake to 5 and 4. Worked for a TD in the championship game. The defense was keying on #4 and a player who hadn’t scored all year was at #3 and went the length of the field. 9 GIVE BACK TO QB- Very important play! In our league, QBs aren’t allowed to run, which means nobody wants to be QB, which meant my kids had to be QB most of the time, which meant they didn’t enjoy football so much. So they loved when I called this play, especially in the red zone. In a bunch formation, the QB hands to the RB, who holds it for a split second and then hands it back, then the QB sprints the other way. Stunningly effective, especially at the younger age group. The other coaches will complain after this play, so train your QB that he HAS to let of the ball before taking it back, and TELL THE REFEREE before the game that you have this play 10 GIVE BACK TO CENTER- another important play, because nobody likes to be center either. Have the QB hold his fake for a second, then spin back and hand to the center going the other way. 11 MOTION WIDE/CENTER AROUND- all of the plays from here down are for age 7+. This play is similar to #5 above, but by using motion right before the snap, you can usually get it to #4 with only one defender on that side. Run it once or twice, then fake the pitch and hand it right back to the center going the other way. Great way to get a not-as-good player a big play. 12 MOTION WIDE-PUMP FAKE GO DEEP- This is the other play to run after #11. Have the QB watch the defender marked X. If he comes up on the pump fake to #4, look for #3 or #5 going deep on that side. The center going left is the safety valve. 13 REVERSE/PATCH/PITCH- the reverse alone is a pretty good play, but if you fake the reverse it puts a ton of pressure on the X defender. If he comes up you have 1 and 3 behind him. Remind your QB before the play to read the X defender, and the pitch to 4 is always safe. 14 HB OPTION- tough to pull off, especially if everybody rushes in when the RB gets the pitch, but if he can get it to the QB going the other way it can be a big play. Don’t run near your own end zone. 15 TE HANDOFF-PITCH BACK TO QB- The TE gets the ball quickly, and when the defense collapses on him, pitch back to the QB. I’ve only run this once, can’t vouch for it, but it sets up the next play 16 TE SHIELD RIGHT- The QB and TE have to practice this. It looks like a handoff, but the QB keeps the ball on the TE’s hip and the TE doesn’t take it, he just shields as they go left, then the QB pulls it back and goes deep to 4 or 5. Got us a TD when the other team blitzed 2 players. 17 SWEEP/FLOOD LEFT- most of my pass plays are designed to go right just most QBs are right handed, but this is a good one to the left. Have the QB check the X defender 18 TE FAKE/FLOOD LEFT- again it’s designed to pressure the left corner. The fake handoff to the TE (#5) should let #4 get deep; if not the QB still has 3 short and 5 in the flat 19 SWEEP/REVERSE- put your fastest player at #4. The TE keeping the ball actually works better most of the time 20 QUICK PITCH/BACK TO CENTER- line up quickly and have #4 go really wide. If the QB sees 4 has space, zip it out there; otherwise pump fake and hand back to the center. We ran this twice in a row, and the whole defense went after the pump fake the second time and our center went the length of the field for his first ever touchdown 21 END AROUND/QUICK PASS- honestly I have more plays here than you could probably ever run in a single game, but I would urge you to run trips formation at least once a game, and stick with it if the defense has trouble. We beat the #1 team in our league because we ran the next 2 plays over and over and they couldn’t stop it. The QB has a simple read here- if the X defender stays wide, zip it to #4, but if they man up everybody on the right, hand off to #5. You can also get good yardage handing it back to the center too. 22 QUICK PITCH/END AROUND- again with the QB read. If the defense stays balanced, you should be able to get #5 in space, but the pump fake and handing to 3 or 1 will work if they stay heavy to one side 23 END AROUND PASS- I flipped the formation to make it easier for a right-handed passer. WR#5 can always run if he wants, but tell him to remember the QB going the other way 24 PLAY ACTION FLOOD RIGHT- I like this in those stupid no-running zones. The QB sprinting the outside buys an extra second or 2 against the blitz, the play action will usually hold one defender close to the line. So that’s my playbook. Try the ones you like, and stick with the ones you see work. Go out and make some kids happy! -Coach Eli eli playbook final.doc eli playbook final.pdf
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    Those are some great ideas. I like the delayed toss, especially if you send some receivers deep.
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    Like I said, I'm probably in the minority. I don't view "fun" and "structure" as two things in tension that need to be balanced. Football is a game, and games are fun. But even a funhouse has concrete under it. As a coach or volunteer coach, my first responsibility is to the collective experience of the team. And for better or worse, Playground Etiquette 101 is part of any group activity, even at age 5. If a 6 year old isn't having fun because his i9 coach thinks he's grooming the '85 Bears, that's the coach's fault. If a 6 year old isn't having fun because acting out and being disruptive aren't tolerated, that's not the coach's fault. That's not even the kid's fault. That's Dad's fault. If a 6 year old is acting out and being disruptive, and (volunteer) coach never visits with Dad about it and/or doesn't ask Dad for air cover during the other 167 hours in the week, that's coach's fault. As someone once said: There's no such thing as bad dog; there are only bad owners. 6 year old kids are gonna mess up constantly. But having structure isn't the same as maintaining discipline. At the end of the season, I may or may not have a "disciplined" team. But it isn't about discipline. It's about confidence. It's about having a shared experience. It's about having goals that 6 year old kids can visualize, and, more importantly, are within their power to achieve (since not everyone that age can catch and score touchdowns). Each season my parting words to parents are always the same: -- Thanks for sharing your Saturdays with me and my sons. -- I hope your child enjoyed the out of the season. - I hope your child learned something from me and the other coaches about competition, teamwork, and the game of football. (In that order.)
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    I started coaching pee wee football in 2008. I have some very specific thoughts about tactical team management for 5-7 year olds, although probably not shared by everyone for that age group. 1. Coaching young boys is no different than training dogs. You need structure, you need consistency, you need patience. I stress fun, but my kids learn very early on that having fun as a team is different than horsing around and being silly. They raise their hands and line up and conform every day in the school cafeteria. No reason they can't do same on the field. I don't let little things slip: - players must take their mouthpieces out before speaking to me or asking a question - players must listen and make eye contact when I'm speaking (or a teammate is speaking) - players may not talk over another player or coach - I don't accept head-nodding or "yeah" as acceptable responses to a question - etc You don't have to holler. If you're consistent, you hardly even have to raise your voice. Just don't be afraid to call out a player who isn't conforming. If your'e speaking to the team and Johnny is looking down and digging in the dirt -- stop talking and look at him. The silence is deafening. He'll notice, turn red, and you'll continue on without ever saying a word about it. If you're consistent, moments like that are opportunities, not frustrations. 2. Keeping young minds engaged is the hardest part about coaching 5-7 year olds. Some boys will tend to watch birds or play in the dirt whenever it's not their turn to carry the ball. Call them out if they do, but be fair to them by stacking the deck in their favor. Make sure everyone has a "job" if they're on the field. No responsibilities = lots of standing around = things quickly turn into "Lord of the Flies." 3. Get an assistant coach. It will help with #1 and #2. Have someone help you run practices and manage the sidelines during a game (substitutions, decorum, etc.). 4. Further to #2 and #3, separate the team and run smaller practices (e.g., 2+ concurrent drills). Maximize involvement and minimize standing around. Most young kids also have a hard time learning things in the abstract. So the more you can do to create muscle memory, the better. 5. Minimize unnecessary variables and focus on doing a handful of small things well. This may mean rotating certain positions less frequently early on, especially at QB and center. However, good ball exchanges will go a long way to reducing their learning curves. It will also help you maximize ball distribution to 10+ kids. I also do things like call "Ready" and "GO!" instead of letting my 5 y/o QB do it. Basically, I try to take the reins on anything that commands their attention if it will help with consistency. 6. Make a big deal about defense. Chasing things and catching them is in the DNA of little boys. However, your defensive instruction will be harder for them to visualize than offense, which only really requires that your players be able to trace a treasure map with their feet. About half your boys will chase, but not engage, the ball carrier when they get close to him. I usually have no problem getting every kid in the endzone during the season, but it's sometimes a struggle to get every kid at least one flag-pull at that age. But if you can get them fired up about it, suddenly you have something they can focus on and enjoy when it's NOT their turn to carry the ball. And that's a real victory at this age. It can also be a real alpha builder. I can't tell you how many times confidence on defense turned a total paste-eater on our team into a difference maker. 7. On offense, keep things simple and make sure each kid has something to focus on. I've found it's hard for kids their age to visualize plays, and it's twice as hard for them to visualize plays if they're required to know them at multiple positions. It can be done, but we only practice 1 hour each week and I don't waste time trying. Consequently, I don't coach my kids to know plays. I coach them to be coachable on the field and in the huddle. The kids do this by memorizing 2 running routes and 5 points on the field relative to the LOS ("A, B, C, little A, little C"). That's it. That's the offense. I line the kids up and whisper each boy's route assignment into his ear. "Johnny -- run to A." "Billy -- run to C, then B." "Sammy - run dive 1 and take the handoff." The result is, when the ball is snapped, a visually complex play HAPPENS, although no one kid actually knows the "play." This allows us to orchestrate complex plays on the fly and confuse the holy ###### out of 5-7 year olds playing defense. It also gives me the freedom to rotate positions freely since "run to A" is easy to do from anywhere on the field. Feel free to disagree with this.
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    Good on you for taking on the head coach position. Not an easy one, that's for sure. With some planning and a few more tools in your tool belt, this won't seem as frustrating. I've included a link towards the bottom that will point you to a thread on this site discussing exactly what you're talking about. Definitely worth a look. Off the top of my head here are a few things: #1) Your title says it all, they're 5-7 yr olds. If you keep that in mind and expect them to ask questions, fall on the ground, get bored, say goofy things, etc., it won't be as frustrating. #2) Plan out your practice on paper. Have a list of spare drills to pull from in case the current drill isn't working. Keep your practice moving with short, fun, fundamental drills. Spending 10 minutes on the proper way to take a hand off will end in chaos. #3) They want to have FUN. Standing in lines, doing boring drills and being cold isn't fun. If they're talking at the dinner table about how much FUN they had at flag practice today, you're rocking. #4) Get help. Find an assistant and ask for help during practice from parents and older siblings. #5) Use rewards. "If you guys give me 3 more good flag pulls in this drill, we'll do that one drill you guys think is so cool." #6) Don't be too hard on yourself. It's flag football, these are 5-7 yr olds, and you're a volunteer. #6) Just because you're making the drills fun, coming up with a goofy team name, having a crazy team cheer, doesn't mean you can't expect them to follow instructions. You can have your set of simple rules, I'd keep it short and sweet. Maybe 3 total. Check out the link to those other discussions. Feel free to ask questions as you go along. http://www.y-coach.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=2013&p=8806
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    Probably too late to this party, but I'd abandon the 5 across. With regards to your player, remember this is 3rd/4th grade flag football. Giving those developing players a chance to grow and learn is part of this whole coaching gig. Sticking him in a position where he can't get into too much trouble also won't give him the opportunities to get better.
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    You must have a blocking rule for them to follow. Knowing who to block and blocking the correct man is more important than how well they block. Removing doubt about assignments allows them to be more aggressive. Do you film? If not ask your parents to film the game for you. Do you teach hands or shoulder blocking? I went to shoulder blocking this year as opposed to hands (I have the same ages). The reason why isn't that I think a shoulder block is superior to a hands block (whole other debate). What I found with hands blocking was for a lot of the kids at this age it turned into a "chicken fight". Shoulder blocking demands that they put a "body on a body". Keys Quick 1st 2 Steps, man who gets his 2nd Step down first has the advantage. I'd tell you to have them stay low but the truth is a lot of them play high at this age, when they do the stronger ones always win. Stress to keep the feet moving, wide base. DRIVE, DRIVE, DRIVE. During drills excessivley praise the effort/technique you are looking for when you see it. You can also teach a CRAB/SHOESHINE block. What you can do with 4 weeks left. Yelling doesn't do anything at this age (or most ages for that matter). Rep them everyday. Teach them to HIT...not block. Blocking isn't fun, hitting is. Bag Work with emphsis on 1st 2 steps. Board Drills 1 on 1 - push your man out of the circle. Oklahoma type drills.
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    I had 6-8 year olds. I offered a Starburst for every flag pulled. At the end of the game the kids did not even care about the score. They just wanted their Starburst. Pulls went way up. Will
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    Hey there Coaches, Im from NJ and i have been developing different plays from various formations when this one just fell into my lap. My head coach decided he wanted something revolutionary and new but didnt seem content with the "Wildcat" or the various Florida Spread packages, but he does like the QB in the shotgun. I developed this formation to do numerous things to the defense. First the splits of the linemen are a yard to a yard and a half to create running lanes and angle blocks. Then ofcourse the QB is in the shotgun 4-5 yards deep. There are 2 split ends or "receivers" to each side. A slot receiver or slot back to the right side. Now this is where it gets a little tricky. You line up 2 Backs or inside the guard / tackle hole about 2 and half to 3 yards deep. This creates power and sweep action but also a balanced set. Tell me what you think Coaches -------o----------------0--0--X--0--0---------------------o --------------------------o---------o-----------o----------- ------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------0-----------------------------
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    Hello all, I just joined this side for some help, and boy did i hit the motherload of all motherloads of information!! thanks all for sharing and the least i can do is share my playbook!! Besides sharing, I ofcourde hope you guys can help me tune it a little bit more. First of all some rules: We play 5vs5, 7 Y blitz and no QB running. I have a young team (playing together for 1 year now) and are all the youngest in there division (12 in a 12/15 div.). We have a strong QB that can throw to any spot on the field, he is tall for his age and a true athlete. WR's are tall but not lightning fast, the 2 centres are like night and day. 1 big guy, massive even. pritty fast but raw. The second one, slow... show.. but there is a reason why we call him 'the proffesor". he is damn smart!! And 2 RB's, small but agile enough to make you miss. I am trying to go no huddle this season, just to get an edge. they are the youngest and probably not the tallest so... Also i choose shotgun to give my QB more time and less to think about exept where to go with the ball. He is a smart kid so on the runs, i give him the freedom to either give it to the HB or pitch it to the WR... but i do give advice when needed . please let me know what you guys think, cause i am green as grass (with just 1 full season under my belt). thanks and keep winning!!! (sorry for the double upload, its just one playbook) Gun playbook 2012.pdf Gun playbook 2012.pdf
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    i coach in upward, 6v6 3rd and 4th graders. i only have challenges with the rush when we pass. for runs, we use misdirection and you have to have quick developing plays. we mostly see zone. when passing, we do 2 things to beat the blitz. first, we roll the qb out 50-75% of the width of the field. you have to teach the qb to stop and plant his foot before he throws. second, we spread out all the receivers on one side between the center and the sideline. I send the center and sideline guy deep. i have the other other 3 go medium with 1 on the sideline, 1 straight in front of where the center started, and one between them. we mostly see zone. what usually happens is a defender will pick up 1 of the 3 kids who do a medium depth route, and 1 or both of the deep routes go uncovered. sounds stupid but the defenses usually don't shift over, and the coach on the other side thinks you area going to run some sort of trick play to the empty half so they usually tell at least 1 man to stay over there. the dbacks are usually content to cover someone, and they don't realize that they have the medium routes double covered and have left the deep routes uncovered. you can run this to either side of the field. after the other team has seen this play/formation a few times, i like to change it up. i'll roll the qb out still but have the sideline wr run and endaround and take a rolling handoff from the qb. or i'll have the receivers go a little deeper and have the sideline wr run a drag underneath - by the time he gets to midfield he usually has clear sailing. the other thing i'll do is fake the end around and throw to the rb after he's past the QB.
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    I coach 5-7 year olds (6 ON 6), i'm allowed on the field but i'm really only out there for motivational purposes, I tell them the name of the plays and they run them, we run anywhere from 10 - 15 different plays (no wristbands). It's all about repititions, just run the plays in practice until it becomes second nature. In your case, i'd send a player in with the play.
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    Very good article on youth sports. My son is playing lacrosse now but this article applies to all sports. http://www.1to1advantedge.com/uslacrosse/parent_eNews/September_11/enews_Sept11_m_main.html
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    I've done 3 season's of 5/6. Our Y offer's "Bitty" Football for the 3 & 4 Year Old's. There are no "plays" at this age group, just rotating the RB. With experienced or more mature 5/6 year olds you can run them on an End Around with Play Fakes. Any other "rules" specific to the league? How many "on the line" required? Is there a rush? How many on your team? Passing with a 4 year old is out. Your options: 1.) Rotate everyone through RB. 2.) Attempt to implement a 3 player series then rotate players through the "ball carrier" spots. ......T.G.C.G.T.....R ............Q ..........B B - Cross Backfield Action with the Backs. - R runs End Around. Let's you get the ball to either back, either the 1st through or the 2nd. Then gives you the 3rd option of the End Around to the R. You then give each player a primary "backs" position. Now if the league allows a rush from the LOS & not 7 Yards out then this won't work. Follow Rob's advice, teach the kids to run hard and not look for there flags being pulled. You kids will be timid and "afraid" of getting there flag pulled. If you have players that are extremely timid here is a play I used for my 1 kid who just never really got it assuming direct running is allowed by lineman (find my 5 vs 5 playbook on a previous thread play is "ORANGE JUICE". ......T.G.C.G.T......R ............Q ..........B B Inside hand off to the RT on an End Around, that way he doesn't get the ball 5 yards deep and freak out. Good luck.....any other leagues available in your area? 9v9 with Pre K kids doesn't sound like a good experience, just stay up beat and positive. Lot's of Sharks and Minnows, flag tag etc.
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    This is a very interesting topic, Schann. The story about your niece is awesome! You know, I actaully wish I could say there was an 'x' scenario where I kept a player on the bench in a crucial situation because of my perceived abilities of that player. However, I go too much on the other side to where I bend over backward (to a detriment) to ensure my players have equal opportunity to affect the outcome of a game. Especially those that are struggling. I vividly remember many scenarios during the years being in crunch-time where I knew if I gave it to my best player he would make a potential game-winning play. However, I purposely gave it to a struggling player to see if he could come through. I would actually worry what the parents would think. I envisioned them saying, "Why did he give it to Billy on that last play? He's our worst player?" In the end I simply did not care--I was going with our philosophy. The times it worked definitely trumped the times it did not (we all know the best feeling is seeing one of your least-skilled players make a game-winning play). I really hate to sound "holier than thou", but it really is how we've rolled. If anything, the star athletes get the short end of the stick on my teams, as I put so much focus on the lesser-skilled players. With that, the one instance for which I'm most ashamed came about three seasons ago. We were in the semi-finals in a tight game (but winning) in the fourth quarter. My best player, who had only played one quarter, started complaining about his thumb. I could see it was hurting him, and asked him if he could "tough it out". Of course I would have put him on the bench had he said 'no', but that was a leading question. I remember feeling very uneasy about it as frankly I would have probably demanded a lesser-skilled player sit. Again, this player kept saying he was okay...and it turned out he was okay...but it was a clear example of me treating him differently from the other players because of his skill. That has not happened since.
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    Scrimmaging is a 1 of the most important things you have to do.it helps implement plays but also simulates game action as close as you can get with out a game...
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    Rickref, Thanks for the insite. It's good to hear from an experienced official. In thinking about this, I'm wondering if it really is the right call---playing devil's advocate here. ;-) As TeeDub23 stated, his team rushed the QB and took his flag in the end zone. It appears the official "called it off" after the fact. Consequently, in your mind did time really expire? The official never indicated time expired until after the sack.... so it was a non-call. If he threw his flag and/or blew his whistle and called the play dead before the sack--then I understand. However, it appears he called it after the sack, then the sack happened first. (I hope this makes sense.) An analogy is in tackle. Let's say you officiated a game and the play clock ran out before the Center snapped the ball, but no one called it. If an official came to you after the play and noted the play clock expired but because no one blew a whistle or threw a flag, does the play stand? I don't think officials should have the ability to make a call after the fact. It's like saying, "I meant to throw a flag, but I didn't." We all agree that is a slippery slope there. Interesting to think about either way. Thanks!
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    I have coached numerous sports for kids in this age range and it is difficult to get their attention. I use hand clapping... When the kids start talking over others, playing around, not gather where they should or just are generally not paying attention I start clapping hard and fast claps... Kids that still aren't listening are told to sit out the next drill, although I have only had to do that twice over the years and one of those was my own son, lol I went to a cub scout meeting when my son first joined and was watching the leaders try to organize the kids for a game... It was chaos!! The leaders were holding up bunny ears to trying to get the kids to listen... After a minute or so I started clapping and barking out orders... The kids were lined up in no time So I have found this to be a good technique for me... Of course you have to have a voice that can bark over your claps
  34. 1 point
    Asian--I played football and ironically I would say I put little--if any--experience of that into my coaching. If anything, I might use some motivation techniques that I learned from various coaches I played for, but when it comes to strategy, I don't feel it has given me any advantage whatsoever. You have to understand that most coaches (at least the ones I've been around) typically will lose their first season. It has very little to do with lack of football knowledge, but instead lack of coaching knowledge. I've also noticed that about 1/2 coaches will stop coaching after their first season. I've talked with many who have stopped coaching, and it in all candor, they told me they stopped because they "can't take the losing." I've seen it dozens of times. New coaches who know a lot about football show up for their first game with quite a few skilled players, the coach and parents are all decked out in their team color/logo, they have a cool pre-game chant and a game plan that just can't lose. Then the whistle blows and they are thoroughly man-handled, and frankly they get embarrassed. In my VERY FIRST play as a coach--we scored a long TD (and we won the game). I thought I had it all figured out, but then the beat-downs started coming from more experienced teams/coaches. I befriended quite a few of them, and tapped into their knowledge. I'd ask them to grade my team after we played. What we did well, and where they saw holes in us, etc. The best advice I ever received was actually on this forum. And that was to tweak my playbook to my personnel (and not vice-versa). It sounds simple, but my first season I was focused on executing MY PLAYS instead of constantly finding ways to tailor the offense to my players' strengths. Of course now that I have had the same players for so long, I walk into each season knowing their strengths, but even now I'm excited to see who got faster, who can catch better, etc. It's really just a matter of figuring out what works, and what doesn't work. This in itself takes a season or two. So to answer your question---yes. The only way to get better as a coach, is to be a coach. At least that is my belief.
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    I think Rob is right. Personally I have a lot of experience as a flag football player (through college) and almost none in baseball. Yet, I was able to coach both very easily through the younger levels. As the skill levels started to increase I found that my football experience really helped me psychologically as a coach. On the other hand I felt inadequate as a baseball coach. For me, having been there helps me to push the kids harder and also understand and know what needs to be done. In baseball its more book knowledge which I truly think can be effective but is harder to translate with confidence. Like Rob I think you can read up, learn from others and such and be just as good as coaches who have played a lot. Of course there is a lot more to coaching than teaching individual skills. There is strategy, motivation, organization. Most of those traits are independent of actual playing experience.
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    As mentioned you will find quite a bit of information concerning "where to start" with 5/6 year olds. The short answer is keep it fun (i.e. do not get caught up in winning/losing), spread the ball around, and put in some quality time practicing your plays. Also implement rules from day one---with one of the most important being "no talking in the huddle".
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    As an attempt to start some conversation on here, I thought I would inquire as to your logic with respect to play calling. 1. Do you typically start the each game with the same play? 1a. If so, what is it and why? 1b. If not, what goes into your decision for your first play. 2. Do you script your first x plays? 2a. If so, what does x=? 3. Do you "save plays" for important downs (i.e. 3rd) or do you execute your strongest plays on earlier downs to make 3rd down more manageable? 4. If you need 10 yards, are you more apt to run or throw? 5. Do you set up plays? 5a. If so, give us an example. 6. Do you have a specific play you call for x-points? 7. In the flow of a game, what drives your decisions for calling plays? i.e. Are you intent on spreading it around, do you just pick one at random, or does it depend on the situation? 8. How many different (unique) plays do you typically call in a game? 9. Do you go into each game knowing which plays you are going to call (and stick with it), or do you bring your entire playbook and pick through it? 10. How aggressive are you in going for it on 4th down? --------------------------------------------------- I'll begin with my responses. I'm curious to hear each of yours as well! 1. Do you typically start the each game with the same play? For the past two or three seasons, we've started each game with the same two plays. 1a. If so, what is it and why? We run an end-around to the wide-out first, and on the second play we fake it to him and execute a bootleg to the slot receiver running an out. 1b. If not, what goes into your decision for your first play. 2. Do you script your first x plays? Yes 2a. If so, what does x=? Typically 10. 3. Do you "save plays" for important downs (i.e. 3rd) or do you execute your strongest plays on earlier downs to make 3rd down more manageable? I have specific plays intended for my lesser-skilled players. I am more apt to call these on first or second down, and go with my stronger plays on third down. 4. If you need 10 yards, are you more apt to run or throw? Throw. 5. Do you set up plays? I would say we set up plays 50% of the time. I have no problem "throwing away" a play if I feel I can hit a home run on the subsequent play. 5a. If so, give us an example. We like to throw a screen pass left twice in a row, and on the third play pump in that direction but run the Statue of Liberty going right. 6. Do you have a specific play you call for x-points? The only constant I have for extra-point plays is giving it to lesser-skilled players to try and get them in the end zone. 7. In the flow of a game, what drives your decisions for calling plays? i.e. Are you intent on spreading it around, do you just pick one at random, or does it depend on the situation? After my scripted plays, I'll go in almost a round-robin fashion giving it to different players. Each position has about five plays specific to the position, and I will keep the ball touches equal and call the most applicable play for the player whose "turn" it is out of those five plays. 8. How many different (unique) plays do you typically call in a game? About 20. In fact, only a few plays are called more than once in a game. 9. Do you go into each game knowing which plays you are going to call (and stick with it), or do you bring your entire playbook and pick through it? I never bring our playbook to the game. Instead I write down the 20 plays we want to run. The players all know the play---so we just call its name. Every now and then I might call a play I did not bring with me, but this is pretty rare. Decisions on which plays to bring to the game are based on the line up for that game. 10. How aggressive are you in going for it on 4th down? Actually not that aggressive. I alway try to make things easier for our defense and play for field position. I cannot remember the last time we went for it in our half of the field. If I am between mid field and the third first down marker, I will go for it only if we need < 10 yards. If I am past the third first down marker, I'll always go for it.
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    Coach: That is common particulary in kids that haven't faced kid pitching before. I incorporate kid pitching against the batters in practices and in the cages to get them used to seeing this as much as possible. For example, in the cages, if we have two sides, we typically would have a coach throw BP on one side and a kid throwing BP on the other (there is a coach in the cage with him) and have batters hit from both cages. In practices outside the cage, we would have a batting station and incorporate a kid pitching. For example, have the kid throw 3 or 4 pitches and then the coach steps in to throw several pitches. Also, are you teaching bunting? At this age my teams were taught to bunt and this makes them turn and face the pitch which may help. Also, you didn't mention it but are the kids bailing out of the box or just not swinging? If it is not swinging, during BP with kid pitching start them out at 1 strike and they only get 3 or the next kid rotates in. Incentive to makes them swing. Even a swing at a bad ball is a start. When we work with pitchers, one of the drills we use to get the pitchers used to batters is to have a kid stand at the plate but not swing or swing without a bat. This also helps the batters as they are seeing the ball and we have them call out if the pitch was a ball or a strike. Good Luck Husker Fan
  39. 1 point
    That's a great video of the center end around. You can even see how the fake reverse stops the pursuing defender in his tracks. PS I love the reaction of the rest of the team on the sideline! Awesome!
  40. 1 point
    Great stuff! Liked that center end around, noticed you used flood a few times. Your rushers did a great job of containment. Noticed your front guys on defense play off the los quite a bit compared to ours. Is there a reason you pull them back so far?
  41. 1 point
    Keep your "formations" to a minimum. Before they get old enough to really spread a field with deep throws, I would use just 1 or 2 formations. You can run dozens of plays out of 1 formation. I really like a 1 back or split back for the younger kids; you can run through the same motion - fake or give at each point and end with a QB pass or run. i.e. fake/give dive; fake/give counter; QB roll out pass/run. What works about the option plays; is that the kids learn to run their position and the defense never knows which one will get the ball, so they freeze. If you get 5 yards on the dive, keep running it. When they close in to stop it, you fake/fake/roll out and burn them; when they cheat to that side, BAM fake dive then hand off on counter, QB continues on fake rollout/pass. Make sure the kids SELL the fakes and the QB always runs out his fakes/rollout even when he doesn't have the ball. You would be suprised how many kids run after the motion of the fakes. If your QB is not allowed to run; you will have to pass more and use more reverses.
  42. 1 point
    Hello everyone! This is my first season coaching 7-9 year-olds in i9 Sports 5v5 flag football. I grew up in the Midwest and have been down in a suburb of Atlanta for the past 15 years. I played many years of football through college and had the most fun playing in 7v7 summer leagues in high school. I am really impressed with the wealth of information on this forum and, more importantly, the philosophy most coaches here have toward recreational sports leagues. I fully believe it should be fun first. Growing up in a small town, I played baseball in the summers because that was all that we had. I wasn't particularly good at it, but it was fun to get to see friends during the summer. When I was 9, we didn't have enough 8-9 year olds sign up for a team, so they put me on a 10-11 year old team. Needless to say I road the bench only playing a couple of innings every other game in right field. Our team went undefeated and blew the doors off every other team we played even through the summer end tournement. Without a doubt, it was the worst experience I have ever had playing an organized sport. I can honestly say that if your team wins and you don't have any part in it, it really isn't fun. Furthermore, the summer before when I was 8, we had a single mom who knew nothing about baseball coach our team. We were awful and I can't even remember how many games we won - BUT we had more fun that summer than any other. What our coach lacked in baseball knowledge she made up for in enthusiasm and energy. Attitude, energy and enthusiasm really do make a difference!
  43. 1 point
    I neeed help with a zone defense i run a 1-1-3 a saftey a rusher a linebacker and and 2 corners my line backer and corners line up front they do a great job on stopping the run but in scrimmages we have struggled with pass any idea's on how to stop the pass
  44. 1 point
    Hello Coach, I can see your play now. I hope you got the information I had sent you last night. I see your sweep play is in a "20" set formation (2RBs and 0TE). If you want your play to succeed try playing with a TE on this play (21 set, 2RBs and 1TE). This will change your blocking assignments a little bit. Offensive Line Blocking: The TE will block DE to seal the edge, RT will block the defensive LT, and the RG will pull around the edge to pick up on the SAM LB. Your Center and LT assignments look good and don't need to be changed. But as I stated in the email I sent you, the Center can release his block on the Mike LB after a second or so to pick up on the FS if he needs to- the Center's eyes should be looking up field at this assignment to determine if he needs to release his block or not. Offensive Backfield: The FB will be assigned to block the SS(with having a TE the SS may play closer to the line of scrimmage on the right side to anticipate the run). The QB should start his play to the left and not the right. Otherwise you have too much committed to the right side and this will create an easy read for the defensive secondary to make a play on the ball. When your QB goes to his left to make the handoff, have him complete the play by sprinting out a fake bootleg to the left. This should freeze the FS and weakside LB for about a half second or so. Test the Play: Before trying to incorperate the entire play as a group. Split up your backs and offensive line into two seperate groups and have them work on their new assignments. Offensive Line: Watch your lineman's footwork, especially the pulling guard. The guard needs to get his footwork down and his vision set on the strongside LB to engage the SAM LB just past the edge to create a larger seal. The Center and LT need to make sure they explode fast enough to pick up their zone blocking assignments on the Mike and Will. Again, the Center can release his block from the MLB after about a second or so to engage the FS is necessary. Backfield: The FB needs to get off of the snap quickly and get to the outside edge and will want to drive his block into the SS. The QB (now starting left instead of right) will hand off the ball to the HB and continue his rollout to freeze the FS and the Will LB. The QB will need to sell the bootleg with speed and consealing the handoff look from the FS and weakside LB perspective. Incorperate: Gather your OL and backfield and have them run it in slow motion. Build them up to full speed. Then have them try it against the defense. Where to watch the play develope: I would watch this play develop from 3 spots on the field. From the offensive backfield- This will allow you to watch the OL begin its zone blocking assignments while you can watch the reaction of the LBs and secondary. You will also be able to watch the footwork of your RBs and QB from this postition. From the right sideline- This will allow you to watch the edge form and make sure the WR makes his drive block on the CB and all blocking assignments coming off of the edge. From secondary- You want to be able to see what the secondary may see as the play develops. From here you will be able to see if the QB is selling the bootleg to freeze the FS. Make sure your offensive backfield is looking straight upfield and not the direction of the play. Find the flaws and make the adjustments. Also consider: Lineup your Z WR about 10 yards off of the sidelines. This should commit the CB to play on the outside shoulder of the WR, thus making it an easier block for your WR to push the CB away from the play. You should get much better results than 2 yards. If the play works perfect it is 6 points. Good luck and I hope the information helps.
  45. 1 point
    Sounds like he's burned out. Practice every night of the season? It's becoming like work for him, the kid needs some downtime to just chill and be a kid. Instead of talking sense into him, talk sense into his parents. One sport per season is my rule. I had kids who were playing basketball and football at the same time. One kid was even playing soccer, basketball and football at the same time. If I caught them, especially the last one at the wrong time (when games or practices of various sports were stacked together) they were shadows of themselves attension-wise and energy-wise. It wasn't fair to the kids and it wasn't fair to the team. It's just a classic case of overprogramming with Tony. Give him two or three days off per week and he'll be good as new. How old is he, 8? 9?
  46. 1 point
    What age group are you coaching? Maybe the 12-14 y/o's can hit those passes all day long, but I haven't run into too many 11 and under QBs that can do it on a consistent basis. You also have to take into consideration a rush. We send a rush 90% of the time with a fast kid, that puts a lot of pressure on the QB. If a team started hitting passes in the flats, we'd adjust our defense. CRob
  47. 1 point
    Our league doesn't allow full court press; they have to meet them at mid-court. No double teaming, however, you can switch off. Lots of good advice in those posts, thanks! We had two practices this week, we used one just for a 2 vs. 2 scrimmage and last night we kicked up our regular practice a few notches. -Worked on a blocking out drill, then getting rebound staying high and putting it right back up -Dribbling full court making it through a few coaches who were aggressively trying to get the ball (strong & weak hands) -Triple threat position - what options you have if someone is slapping to get the ball and playing too close -Knock the ball off the tube. We use a 4ft cylinder tube with 6" diameter, place a ball on top. One on offense with ball, one on defense with a towel around back of neck grabbing it with both hands. Object is for O player to knock ball off tube, D player uses his body to keep O player away from the tube. Stress quick feet movement, staying between your player and the tube. -On baseline we'd pick two O players and 1 D player. Then bounce, twist, spin or roll the ball out towards the free throw line. If one of the O players got it, they should spread out and be able to make a basket with a 2 vs. 1 situation, if the D player got, we allowed the O players to double team. First one to score a basket won. Amazing to see a few of the D players really scrap for the ball and actually beat the other 2 by scoring the 1st basket. -Ended with 10 minutes of scrimmage with no dribbling, 5 mintues of reg scrimmage with 2 coaches helping out. Think we're ready, will update. CRob
  48. 1 point
    Yes the layout is symmetric for simplicity. I coach 8-9 yr olds, so my main priority is teaching them what a zone defense is and the diagrams are a way to show them visually where their responsibilities are in each zone defense arrangement. Also we switch kids out alot, so they don't typically play the same position on each set of plays, and symmetry makes player rotation much much easier. As the season goes along and the kids begin to grasp what their role is in the zone, then we will start teaching them to slide over and help out the weaker side based on the offensive formation given. Keep in mind that many of these kids have never played flag football before, and they are having to learn several positions on both offense and defense in just 1.5 hours of practice per week. I think your idea works well against the pass, but remember you've also got to worry about end arounds and reverses out of the backfield. If you slide your backers in too far you will be exposed on those plays. Also you have to remember that some offenses will also be running trips formations and split t formations as well, so your defense has to be equally capable of defending those without too much thinking by the players. I teach the kids the basic zone alignments and then I reposition them on the fly during the game if necessary. In our league the QB can't rush, so we don't need to spy him. Just put pressure on him and either grab his flag or make him throw a bad pass. Good point, I like it. Usually I like to send him in halfway to read run or pass first for the first few plays, and then adjust based on whether the offense runs more or passes more. Overall I like your ideas, but teaching that level of detail to 8-9 yr olds would be a huge task. Sometimes just getting them set in their base alignment can be a challenge (ha, ha). Keep the ideas coming though, you never know when an idea will spark someones interest and/or help them coach better.
  49. 1 point
    Here are the diagrams I've made to teach the kids their "home" zone and responsibility area at practice this week. I'm hoping I won't confuse them but I think visually showing them their area will help them to understand the coverage better. Critiques are welcome. Zone_Defense_Diagrams.ppt
  50. 1 point
    Well, no replies. We had our first game and we were quite successful. We ran our zone defense and after giving up an early TD, we got stingy picking the ball off 3 times and getting the ball back on downs once. I found that our zone was solid but that when they got close to our endzone I switched to man-to-man. Also later in the game I could see that they were throwing to the same two kids. I had two of my players go man-to-man on them and kept everyone else in a zone. The other team ran a man-to-man defense. We had little trouble moving the ball and only got stopped once when we ran out of time in the half. We threw only short passes and had no interceptions. Our old classic end around that served us well last year was again the best play. I was able to work in 3 quarterbacks, two of them throwing TD passes.


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