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  1. Three things I can think of, but only one is a drill:

    1. If your plays are like mine, you have a go-to receiver. I have played with 3-4 boys since they were five, now they're eight. When they were younger, it was go-to receiver no matter what. That's how the plays are designed. So we will get ints because of poor play design. The QB will force it bc the hot receiver is supposed to be open. Doesn't always work like I drew it up on PPT. I'm trying to unlearn these plays now and talk about 2nd and 3rd receivers.

    2. Teach the QB to get the snap from center with their head up. Don't look under the center's butt for the ball. This will start the motion of the play with QB's eyes up. He can read the defense and adjust.

    3. The drill. Pretty simple. I have two receivers and one corner. Start the play from under center as normal. I only let the WRs go to half of the field and 15 yards deep at the most. Usually a cross pattern. They have five seconds to get open and QB must pick the right guy. Helps QB, WR and corners too. Pretty effective drill usually.

    Coach Fun


  2. So what are some of the best/worst things you all have seen since you started coaching?

    I've seen tons of good sports and fans, but the worst sportsmanship I've seen was done by a coach. It was the playoffs and he really wanted to beat our team. One play I was complaining that his RB only had one flag. The coach feigned disbelief. Turned out the coach had the player's flag hidden in his playbook!

    Coach Fun


  3. Actually, I'm just planning on helping when/where I can.

    First practice Thursday night. What do I do?

    Have them run so I can see who is fastest and should carry the ball?

    Have them throw to see who can throw/catch? Can't really see much passing happening at this age.

    What can I do for an hour or so to keep their attention, and make some progress?

    Shall I draw some plays up? Will they even "get it" at this age?

    Shall I scrimmage some?

    Zone defense? Man?

    My 6 year old has the attention span of a, well, a 6 year old. I imagine the rest are about the same.

    What am I in for?

    Hi Youth,

    You've asked the right questions. One thing though, defer to the head coach. If he knows what he's doing, he'll help direct you.

    As far as your questions, I'd focus on three things:

    1. You need to know the rules. Kids want to run along with the kid who has the football (not allowed). Kids will all want to rush, like the pros (you can't unless you're 7 yards back in my league). How many downs, etc etc. I'd read the league rules before the first practice. The head coach may not know them all either, and you can contribute right away.

    2. Teach them three or four offensive plays. One pass play. There are some great play books posted on this site. Keep it super simple. Two end arounds and a center-drag for the pass play.

    3. Flag pulls. The kids can never get enough practice on this. Coach Rob posted some good flag pull drills. Try to make it fun, but don't underestimate how hard this is.

    Keep positive. Don't get frustrated.

    Coach Fun


  4. Update -- We just finished the regular season. I kept the same QB/center combination (mostly) for each game in entirety. This has greatly increased my own enjoyment -- and sanity. We literally pop in and out of the huddle now. This change has really made all of the difference for me. I was also able to play seven different QBs in ten games -- and we finished 10-0.

    I may try different "packages" at some point next season.

    Coach Fun


  5. as long as you engineer your playbook so that each position gets the ball, and you spread it around evenly during the game, it becomes a moot point. I've had players return and ask if they can be the Center again. :lol:

    That's my problem. 90% of my plays are to the HB, QB or center. Not sure how old your players are, but half of mine are six. They don't naturally fitting into any offensive position. Plus the parents want to see them playing and trying everything.

    Totally agree on defense however. I have set corners, and LBs. The only position I swap out is safety/rushers. Thanks again for the ideas.

    Coach Fun


  6. I think an advantage of this type of setup is that it might limit the one breakaway player who can score at will. This is the fastest kid, who usually asks older than the others. I've coached this age for a few seasons and there's usually one on every team. Most plays at this level on run/pass teams are runs (90%+).

    That said, I would also execute most (or all) play behind the LOS. The flood type plays described earlier work well too. I wouldn't pass more than 2-3 yards all season.

    Can the defense rush? Seven yard rule? If so run fast breaking, simple plays. Misdirection plays work well at this age.

    Coach Fun


  7. Hi coaches,

    I love this forum, and would not be able to coach without it.

    One issue I have that I haven't seen addressed is offensive position coverage and rotation in-game. As a backdrop, my team consists of nine 6-7YOs 5x5. Five returning players and four newbies. Anyway I have been rotating all positions for each play. I do not have set positions for the players, because I like to see them play all positions. Unfortunately this makes the 30 second huddle very tight. Sometimes kids forget what to do our their route, sometimes they want to argue in the huddle (not allowed). Not a problem on defense, but offense can be really challenging.

    My question is:

    * should I keep it as is

    * should I set positions for one game at a time (ie Jimmy is QB when he is in - all game). I think I might try this just for the center/QB positions.

    * should I start to set players into positions

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards,

    Coach Fun


  8. Here are some of the Colts plays. The first 4 plays are the first 4 plays they ran in the game. Play #3 resulted in a td, and play #4 was the extra point. They ran play #2 and play #3 more often than than any other play in the game. When in the tight formation they ran the two plays I sketched here mostly. The other two plays at the bottom were interesting gimmick plays I thought were worth showing. That was probably their only trick plays.

    Orange, which plays are 3 & 4? Do you read this L to R or up and down?

    thanks,

    Fun


  9. Before the season started I had a very candid talk with parents telling them what I would not tolerate and what I expected of them and their kids. I also made sure to be considerate of the fact that money is tight and I reduced expenses. I did not have parents sign up to bring drinks and snacks for the entire team (at that age kids are a little picky and it's easier to have each one take care of their own) and I got big-time "thank you's". I did the same by not having a post season party that would have added even more money to the season for the parents.

    Interesting post. I'm a little surprised on the no snack thing. At my kids' age 6-7, they really look forward to the snacks. They run faster to the snacks then they do to the end zone half of the time.

    I'm really torn on the post-season gathering. The money issue got put into perspective for me when one of the dads called to ask if cleats were mandatory. They're not, but obviously helpful. He said money was too tight for cleats. Ouch. I asked my wife about having a get-together at our house. This was killed because she thought it was unfair that we know half of he parents socially, and really don't know the others very well. She didn't want them to feel awkward. I was thinking about doing something simple on the field after our last game, but it's dark and cold. Still struggling with this one.

    Fun


  10. We run two basic defenses. Safety rush or LB rush. Both zones. On LB rush all line up on 7 YL. I am wondering if I start to talk about responsibilities beyond flag pulling and swarming. I try to avoid letting a RB get outside my corners. Other then that, I don't do much else to do. Do you coach responsibilities? If so what do you coach for each position? C LB S? Any suggestions would be very welcome.

    Best,

    Fun

    6-7 YO

    My team has 7 boys

    5 v 5

    7 yard rush

    no QB run

    no blocking


  11. Update to my own story: I did fully delegate the D to the Asst. I contacted him last Thursday, explained my 'philosophy.' All was well. On Sunday, our first two games day, he texted me and said he wouldn't make it to the games -- he had to work. OK, now what? Turns out made it to the game with his son. He later told me that his wife made him feel guilty so he snuck out of work. I could have managed O and D, but I had to chuckle.

    Fun


  12. I am wondering if I should delegate the defense to one of the assistant coaches. I'm the head coach, and several dads have said they are interested in helping on the field during the games. We can have 1 HC + 2 Asst on the sideline during the game. Our set up is:

    6-7 YO

    My team has 7 boys

    5 v 5

    7 yard rush

    no QB run

    no blocking

    We've had two practices and our first game is this weekend. The dads seem very exuberant. One dad has been the most helpful, and I have been asking him to 'hold the defensive clipboard' during practice. He's inquired about helping on Sunday.

    Should I ask him to run the D? Is it giving up too much control? I don't need much help with the sidelines (team is small), and my O and D are simple. I wonder if his help would allow me to relax a little during the game, and just watch for improvement areas and focus on the O.

    Any advice or sharing your experience would be greatly appreciated.

    Fun

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