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  1. Hey Coach! That is awesome! Thanks for sharing the picture of your team. I am not that familiar with the Wing-T Myself. We always had smaller, quick athletes so we ran the single wing offense. Here are some threads on the Wing-T that you can take a look at: Best Offense for 11 Year Old Tackle Football Let's Talk Youth Football Help with Coaching 3rd and 4th Graders
  2. I know this stinks for you but don't get discouraged. Most youth coaches have been through what you are going through right now. It will get better. You have to figure out your personnel. Who is your fastest runner. Can anyone throw the ball, can anyone catch the ball. Can your bigger players understand the blocking concepts that you are trying to teach them? These are all things you need to figure out. Figure out what you have and then develop a play based on what your team can execute. Go over and over the play until you all can run it perfectly and then develop another play and do it over and over again. There are no shotcuts and it will take time but you all can improve. Forget about the score and the loses. Focus on the little things and trying to improve your team. In regards to defense I would go with a 2-3 or 3-2 but make sure your players line up wide and stay home. Work on flag pulling, team pursuit and swarming to the ball over and over again. Fit and freeze works. Take your fastest runner and have them head for the sidelines over and over and have your defense pursue the flag.
  3. Coach, It is always tough to be a new coach. First things first. Relax. Remember the important thing is to make sure at this age your players are having fun. Take it easy on yourself as these are 2nd Graders. You are not working with elite pro athletes here. Don't get caught up in the losing or the winning for that matter. Focus on getting them better one practice at a time. Your goal should be to make them a better team at the end of the season than they were at the beginning. FInd help. Are there any other parents willing to step up and help? The rules of your league are interesting with blocking being allowed and a rush. Passing is going to be difficult at this age so you need a running back. I would bring your players in for blocking add a running back and work on the quarterback/running back pitch over and over. Go to the flag football plays section and go over some of the playbooks for 5 on 5 and taking your personnel into account, take of few plays that you think will be a good fit and run them over and over and over and over again in practice. Start the process and go over how you want the play to develop one step at a time. Walk through it as many times as it takes and then go half speed and then finally fully speed. One effect way to control the learn is for you to have your players freeze on your whistle This will allow you to correct things as they happen and really help their understanding of how you want the play executed. There is no reason to work on a bunch of different formations and plays if you can't even execute one play. Don't sweat it if your plays aren't successful in game situations at first. Focus on if they are executing how they are supposed to run the play. I think it is a little easier to get better on defense quickly and this will at least help you stay competitive in games. Go to our flag football drills for some ideas on drills to work on. I would focus on flag pulling and swarming to the ball. I would put your fastest player at safety and keep him a little deeper until your players get a better. Go to the next practice prepared with a game plan. 10 Min - Conditioning Drills, 20 Minutes Offensive Plays, 20 Minutes Defense, 10 Minutes Scrimmage, etc. However you want to manage it but have a plan. You need to have a parent meeting. This should have been done before the season but obviously nothing you can do about that. If you have to do it at a game then do it before the next game. I would call all the parents before you next practice and tell them that you will be having a parent meeting and that you expect them at the next practice. Player participation is always tough at this age as the players can't drive themselves to practice. I would tell parents what you expect. You are not about winning and losing you are about teaching your players life skills. COMMITMENT, Teamwork, time management, attitude, sportsmanship, etc. I would tell them that they can't learn anything if they don't show up to practice and that it is unacceptable. Tell them that not only is it unfair to the rest of the team it is unfair to their child. I always relate it to school. Would they let their child miss school everyday and then have them show up on test day and expect them to pass the test? You of course are going to have some parent(s) that don't care and you will have to deal with it. You have to decide playing time as it's your team but I don't think it is fair to your players who show up to be penalized by those who can't commit.
  4. Coach, I always lean towards zone but of course I don't know your players as well as you do. Man always seems to be a good way to get burned and give up a quick touchdown. Check out these threads for more insight on running man vs zone.
  5. Coach Can the quarterback run? What age group are you coaching? Here are some links to take a look at to get you thinking about how you want to set up your defense and some things to focus on. Flag Football Defense Teaching Defense to Stay Home How to handle a defense that lines up 7 yards deep How often do you send a rusher?
  6. Here are a few links to playbooks to get you started. Remember more plays is not better. It's better to have fewer plays that you run well than a bunch of plays that your players can't run. Tiger 6 on 6 Flag Playbook Scott's 6 on 6 Flag Football Playbook Chris 6 on 6 Flag Football Playbook Cane 7 on 7 Flag Football Playbook (modify to fit your needs) I hope you will share your completed playbook with us once you have it put together.
  7. Rawbar, Andy Y is spot on. It sounds like your offense can get the job done and score some points. Figure out what kind of changes you can make on defense, focus on the fundamentals and spend most of your time working on making your defense better. Don't panic and don't get discouraged. You have to remember that you are a new team and your going to take your lumps just most of us have at one time or another. I disagree with you in that you could be the greatest coach in the world and if you run into a team with better athletes, who is well coached and who have been playing together for awhile you are going to have a tough time of it. Try to forget about the outcome of the game. Your focus should be on improving every week. If you see that then you are succeeding. Take a look at your youth flag football drills to get some ideas of what you might want to work on in practice Good luck coach. Keep us posted on how it's going.
  8. John, These threads are a good starting point for putting together your defense. Youth Flag Football Defense 5 on 5 Flag Football Zone Defense Diagrams and Strategy Flag Football Zone Defense 5 on 5 Flag Football Zone Defense Playbook 5 on 5 Flag Football Advise - Coaching D
  9. John, I don't see your playbook attached. I think you are on the right track in regards to keep things simple with not to many plays. You may if use less than the 8 you are thinking about running. For a new team you might go to 4 or 6 plays and running them well. In practice run your plays over and over until your kids have their assignments down pat. I am not sure I would run a 4-1 on defense as you may be setting yourself up for some long breakaway runs if they get around your front 4. You may be much better served with a 1-3-1 especially with an entirely new team.
  10. Bob, This is a simple pursuit drill that will help you teach your defenders how to take a proper pursuit angle to the ball. Line your 4 defenders up facing the line of scrimmage and space like you would in a normal game. It would progress somewhat as follows: Start Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
  11. Exactly how old are you players and how much passing do you expect?
  12. JimmyHudson23, Check out the thread below for a Texas_D_Coach's zone defense diagrams. 5 V 5 Flag Football Zone Defense Diagrams
  13. Rep, reps and more reps. Set up your defense and try and run through as many senarios in practice as time permits. Go over and over responsibilities. They will get it. One thing that has helped me in teaching new concepts is to instruct my players to freeze when I say freeze. We set up our defense and offense. We have our offense run through their routes and the defense run through their coverage assignments. When I see someone out of place I yell freeze and then I take my time showing and explaining to them how they should have played it. Here are some threads that may help. Teaching Defense to Stay Home 5 on 5 Defensive Playbook Flag Football Defensive Help
  14. 5-3Man, It doesn't matter what you know now. Just like we expect our athletes to put the time and effort in to getting better. You just need to put the time and effort in to becoming a knowledgeable volleyball coach. You will need a game plan for the drills and alignments that you want to teach. In addition to purchasing instructional volleyball dvd's, there is a lot of free stuff out there to help you put together a game plan. Here are some links to get you started. Youth Volleyball Drills John Dunning's Setting DVD Coaching Youth Volleyball - Practice Planning DVD Coaching Youth Volleyball - Simplified Playing System DVD You Tube Volleyball Drills Guide to Coaching Youth Volleyball
  15. When it comes to coverage schemes many youth football coaches have very strong opinions. They are and always have been man coverage guys while others think it should be a capital offense if you don't run zone. Or maybe you like to run man free, man underneath a deep zone safety. What's the right answer? Maybe it falls a little into the middle. No matter which approach I take in teaching coverage, I always team man first. Because once the ball is in the air, the defender is going to in essence be in man coverage. Another reason I like man coverage in youth football is many youth coaches will try and overload a team by formation or with shifts and motion. When in man, you are not going to be the victim of formation overloads, shifts or motion. I've never had a problem teaching even my youngest age players the 7-9s to man up correctly on trips, twins, double slot, motion etc. Rapid rep team defensive recognition drills with 11 players in and 11 out every 15 seconds solve for that pretty easily. Man also allows you to match up. Many spread teams think the spread helps them create mismatches. The problem with that is if they have a "dude" I can match my "dude" on his "dude." They can't just have their "dude" run to my weakest zone player and whamp us all day long. Now if the other team has many more "dudes" than you do and the matchups are overwhelming, you have a problem no defensive scheme is going to do very well with. But man allows you to match up where you want. At the youth level MANY youth coaches will split out a weaker player to draw a defender out with him. They have no intention of throwing the ball to that Receiver. Many youth coaches use this approach to get players their required snaps in minimum play rule leagues. Better coached teams simply won't cover these kids and play 11 against your 10. We do this using our "Igor" call. It helped us win a semifinal game in 2013 when the other team lined up in double slot and had a minimum play player to both sides. We played 11 on 9 football most of that day.When you are in man you can do this, zone, you can't, So you are thinking I'm a man guy now right? No, I'm a fan of winning, I bear no allegiance to any ethical approach that is suboptimal to my team winning games. I've played man, zone and both. As most of us know, when we are in man, sometimes it is difficult to play the run well. With eyes on the receivers to give cues to the Defensive Backs and Linebackers, run support is often times not as good as it could be as in zone. In zone the cues are usually first from the Quarterback, run support can be immediate. All eyes are usually downfield or into the backfield at the start. It's simply easier to play run support from zone. In man, well coached teams will often times just run off a Linebacker or Defensive Back. They will take your defenders out of a play without even having to lay a finger on them. We've all seen teams go 5 wide, send everyone deep and then run the QB on a designed delayed run. I do this in my offense with our "Paul" calls, it's a very successful approach against man teams. There are other ways to gain advantages on man teams. We saw that a lot in the Oregon, Ohio State National Championship Game. OSU on the Jet Sweep Powers and Counters with the faked "smoke" screen to the edges which were holding 2 defenders. Man definitely has it's pluses and minuses. Against man, well coached teams will run rubs (slant/arrows), slant/wheels, smoke screen/wheels and shallow crosses to rub off your man defenders. Are those play legal? They rarely get called, so they become an issue. Sure the better coached teams are going to find soft spots in your zone or just flood the zone. But in youth football, those throwing windows and areas are a bit more compressed due to the fact most youth players can't throw the 20 yard out. Spacing isn't as wide, which makes zone a bit more palatable, especially at the younger age groups. In the end it comes down to what you believe in, what you can teach, what you have for players and what you are up against as far as competition. Read up on my "Worst to First" coaching experience in Reno, Nevada this year and see why I went to zone. I lived in Reno 5 days a week and commuted from Nebraska. This team had won something like 6 games in 6 years. Our equation required we play zone. Winning Youth Football