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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
    Here is my playbook, enjoy! Please let me know if you have any questions. Coach Juan
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 2 points
    You'll probably recognize a lot of the plays in this book. This board has been very valuable. For your enjoyment.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 1 point
    Here is a document with the defense's I've used this fall so far. They are all based on the Zone concept (as opposed to man to man). This really helps when you have younger kids (our team is 8-9 yr olds), and kids who may not be as as athletic or fast as other teams. We mostly use the 2-1-2 and the 2-3 defenses, but on pass happy teams we have also used the 5 back zone with 1 or 2 blitzers. Only used the 3-2 a couple of times this season to try it out. Our defense has been pretty good this year. We have given up a few points, but always in the first half. We have played 4 of our 6 games and so far no one has scored on us in the second half. I truly believe that defense is about knowing your assignments, staying at home until the proper time, and making good adjustments to what the offense is doing. Enjoy!! Zone_Defense_Diagrams.ppt
  10. 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
  11. 1 point
    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
  12. 1 point
    Okay, opening weekend, and we had the 2nd game to be played. The first game, the season opener, ended in a close game, we had no reason to believe ours would be any different. Just a quick review of my team. 10 players (one of whom has been injured since before the season started). I requested several players, and most were not assigned to my team. I knew most of them prior to the season starting. Once again, I have the shortest team in the league. Always happens that way, for good or ill I don't know. But I've got a team where I've got my bigger guards playing underneath. Anyway, game starts off, we lose the tip-off, and the other team drives, gets fouled, hits one of two. 7 seconds in, 1 foul and down 1-0. The thing is, from there, it improved dramatically. We dominated from there on out, primarily with defense, and finished up winning 29-10. Some people might not agree, but I even pushed them as the game drew toward a close. The fourth quarter started, we were ahead 16-6. I told my players to look at the scoreboard. And I informed them that the score was now 0-0. I wanted a ten point lead at the end. Well, they won the quarter 13-4. I was so proud of them, of their defensive effort. There were nearly no offensive rebounds, despite them having a height advantage over my boys - 3 of their boys were taller than any of mine, and I had the shortest 4 players to step on the court! But they worked hard, boxed out, fought for position, and in the end that made a big difference. The offense started off rough, but picked up and we had an assist on over half our baskets, so it's coming along! 1-0, can't start better than that!
  13. 1 point
    We'd have to define short. If it is a few inches, then I'd simply give it to the RB right up the middle---anything else and we end up out-smarting ourselves as we know. Assume it is 4th and 2 yards. In prior seasons I would run a good short-yardage play called "Double-Cross". It's a running play where I have two receivers about five away from each side of the center. On hut, the QB drops back a foot and extends the ball forward. The WRs run toward each other (parallel to the LOS). At the last second one goes to the outside while the other takes it. It's hard to explain but the ball is handed off the second they cross, so the defense does not know who has the ball. It's based 100% on timing. We spend a lot of time on it (sometimes I wonder if the time spent on it is worth what you get from the play, but that is another topic). The advantages however, in this situation is that the ball is handed off close to the LOS. Additionally, if you are playing a disciplined defense who stays in their zones, they don't really have time to react as there is usually that delay until they know how has the ball (unless they just guess correctly). This past season the Center fake-reverse was our best short-yardage play. However, in a fourth and 2, I'd instruct my center to go upfield the second he sees a hole and fore-go the fake reverse. We actually faced this situation this season, and I was SO proud of our center as he saw a huge hole after running about three yards and he scored a TD. It was the first time I gave him the option of bailing on the fake-reverse if saw a hole so it worked out well.
  14. 1 point
    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
  15. 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!
  16. 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?
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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?
  20. 1 point
    Our kids were off for Spring Break, but we took the opportunity to work on some individual moves. I had the my kids and any others that wanted to join work on dip moves and cuts, doing 50 each with their left and their right. You could really see the progression at the end of the 50. It seemed to happen much more naturally. My question is what other good moves can we incorporate into this for later this week given I have a range of 9-13 year old kids? One thing I noticed and tried to point out is once a move is made their should be an immediate attempt to go up field to put the defender behind you. I think later this week we will do the same drills but try to incorporate them recognizing how a defender is positioned and which direction may make sense for them to go in order to get around them. It might be hard given the age range, but what the heck...I thought we could at least bring it up. Any suggestions?
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 1 point
    Well, I could go on and on. Let me know if you want the plays and how to send them to you. I believe stongly that misdirection and isolation is the way to go for offense. I want to put the ball into my players hands and have them running downfield. Good things happen when your kid is carrying the ball full speed. Incomplete passes and especially interceptions are very bad things so we design plays to minimize that. Taking a step back and looking at some things other teams did against us: One team did a double reverse. The first time they did it the kids ran into each other and the one who got the second handoff busted his lip and began cying. They lost yards. They ran it again later and it gained a few yards but my guys stayed home. I feel like the double reverse is a very risky play because if it works well it could gain big but with 7-8 year olds, you're asking a lot (several handoffs while running). Another team had two halfbacks behind the qb in a pro formation. They faked a handoff to the first rb and gave to the second one the other way. This one worked against us because my lbs both bit on the fake. But once my kids saw it, it didn't work again. Other teams run end arounds like we do and it only works (against us) when you have an exceptional runner who is very fast and can make people miss. Last game they gave the handoff on an end around and the kid took it and immediately went back the other way. This worked because we overpursued it. A few games ago with little time left I placed my defense in a prevent zone and the other team ran the end around. They gave it to their best kid and because he had time to turn the corner (we were too far back) and get to full speed it was almost a td if we didn't save it with a timely flag pull. Lesson learned was to keep defenders at the line of scrimmage. I've only seen one team pass well. I think the key for the qb is to take his time and wait for someone to get open. But even that team threw 2-3 interceptions against us. Long passes become ducks and its so much easier to intercept when you're facing the qb like we do in the zone. As for passing, don't expect that the kids will run patterns with any sort of consistency. Your well drawn up play will look like shambles in about 5 seconds. That's why we try to isolate a receiver so even if he alters his pattern he should be by himself with only one defender. Also thats why we stick to very short passes mostly. I say mostly because we have 2 kids who can throw it very far and maybe 3-4 kids who can possibly catch a long pass. We'll sometimes see a favorable matchup with one of our deep threat receivers and send him long but the catch ratio is still low even when the ball nails him in the numbers. Of course it's always fun to hook up on a bomb. Haha, one more piece of advice I just thought of: I have drawn up all the plays on paper, two to a page, front and back. During the huddle I kneel with the play in hand facing away from the line of scrimmage. All the kids in the huddle are facing the line of scrimmage. I point to each position and call out a kids name so that they can visualize which position and direction they'll be running while looking at the play. I think this makes it easier for them to understand where they are and which way to run.
  24. 1 point
    Congrats on getting through the first game, sounds like you guys did great. I'll throw in my 2 cents on the qb controversy, since I live in Denver and we recently experienced one with the Broncos. My opinion on 7/8 yr olds is that you should allow them all to play different positions whatever the sport. Guess it depends upon your personal philosophy and the degree of competitiveness in your league, but I'm all about letting the kids play and have fun. A few seasons ago during one of my b-ball games, I challenged the kids to pass it 100 times in a game for a special prize at the end. The other team killed us on scoring baskets, but the kids on our team were stoked about how many passes they'd made. When they hit 100, you would have thought they'd just won the championship game. It's taken a lot of discipline to stay with my philosophy of emphasizing passing over scoring and making sure all the kids get plenty of ball touches (we track ball touches every couple of games or so). Now we're down the road with a few more seasons under our belt and these guys are amazing little passers, which I know will be a huge building block for future seasons to come. I run into so many teams where 1 or 2 kids are the "hotshots" and their teammates end up virtually watching the game instead of playing an active role on the team. I know this is a bit off topic for Flag Football, however, I've found that the underlying principles of making sure all the kids play different positions, making sure fundamentals are emphasized before scoring and most important of all, making sure the kids are having fun apply to all sports at this age. Coach Rob
  25. 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.