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

    Thanks, great advice. Since my original post, we've gotten toward the end of the season and are doing well. Currently 4-1-1 with one game left before our playoffs. It's definitely more run-oriented, but we have been abusing teams with that center drag play all year. It works almost every time. Last week, we won by a point, and we must've run that play every time we needed something big. Flag pulling is definitely a constant work in progress. Seems like almost all the TDs are just kids getting to the sidelines and sprinting downfield. We work on flag pulling in practice for about 70-80 percent of the practice time, but it still requires coaching patience at this age, lol. Anyway, been a fun season, and my best reward is when I can see the kids really enjoying themselves and feeling good about themselves after they've learned something and improved their skills.
  3. Not sure how active this forum is these days, but I've gotten a lot of great advice from these pages, so thanks for that to all who've contributed. I coached in our 8-9 division for the past two seasons, and now my 7-year-old son is interested in playing, so I'm about to coach in the 6-7 age group. It's a 5-on-5 league, QB can't run, defense can blitz from 7 yards back, etc. I'm looking for some advice on how to handle this younger group of kids. I know variety is the key to keeping them focused in practice, and I also want to really simplify the playbook for games, but would love to get some specific examples in those areas from anyone who's had experience coaching this age group: any drills that work well for them (sharks and minnows is already down) in practice, any playbooks specifically geared toward that age group, etc. I'll be searching for some more info on the site archives as I await any responses. Thanks in advance!