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  1. Ima, Not sure how old your girls are but the key is to keep in fun and moving. We have some easy drills that you can implement in to your practice plan at http://www.y-coach.com/CD/Basketball_Drills.htm.
  2. Hey coach, Sorry for the late response. To busy at work and haven't looked at the forums for awhile. I think we have all run into some variance of your situation and it can be difficult when the kid doesn't really have an interest in playing but that is youth sports and in the bigger picture winning and losing isn't that big of a deal at that age. My only advise would be to keep looking for an area that he can have some small successes at. Spend as much time as you can in practice making it simple for him in regards to what you want him to do. On Defense it's pretty easy. Rush the pass and go get the ball. Offense is a different matter as teams will quickly figure out they don't have to worry about him. My only thought is that you throw it to him once in a while even if it's low or way over his head just to keep teams a little honest and make him think that he at least has to be ready as the ball may be coming to him. I would love to hear how things worked out for you.
  3. Coach, How old our your kids? If it is truly that bad then I would have a talk with the parents. A couple of ideas. Keep him busy at all times. Get help from one of your assistants to keep an eye on him and keep him busy with drills.
  4. Jaymay75, Give us more of an idea of what you need help with.
  5. Coach we have a few drills that could help you get your defense in position to force the action inside. Youth Flag Football Drills - Post and Break Youth Flag Football Drills - Read and React Drill Youth Flag Football Drills - Swarm DrillYouth Flag Football Drills - Flag Pulling Drill
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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