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  1. First Base Feet Placement

    TTARN, I agree with Skelly in regards to his technique and the part about dont listen to the old farts. Also, in regards to the technique it's how I was taught by some very good coaches. There is no "use one foot if the ball comes in from one side and use the other foot if the ball comes in from the other side" as you kind of described it. 1B goes over to bag and places both heels on the bag a little less than shoulder width apart. Then when the throw comes in, glove side foot goes out to position or stretches out to position. If from third base then glove side foot strecthes out that way if from second then glove side foot stretches out that way. Glove side foot from whereever the throw is coming from goes out at almost the last minute. Hope this helps. And good luck to you.
  2. Little Leagu Rule

    slogar1, Hey a good ol' gentlemenly argument is good for the sole brother. A little back and forth. Anyway, I wasn't actually arguing per se. I know what I know and whether regional told you one thing or not, they told me another thing or rather were very elusive in thier answer to me. Having said that you ended your last reply with a "The only thing I ask is that you come back and be totally honest with his reply". Like I need to lie to you. I too am on a board both youth and highschool and have been involved at just about every level you can think of for 14yrs. Whatever that has to do with anything. Anyway, for what reason would I be anything but honest with regionals reply?!?!? What are you getting at???? I asked regional if any league could "make up stuff" as they go along without a waiver basically. Thier reply was to direct me how to get a waiver. Thats it nothing more nothing less. And I still stand by what I said. The answer is flat-out NO. Leagues cannot supercede any WP rule without a waiver period, regardless of what regional may have or have not said to you or me. I'm not sure what it is your reading so let me ask you this. Whats your interpretation of the following... When a league applies for it's annual charter with LLI it pledges to abide by all the rules and regs of LLI. However unders special circumstances, it may become needed to apply for a tempaorary waiver of a rule or regulation. It is very important to remember that a league must not take any action contrary to Little League rules and regs until recieving expressed , written permission through the Charter Committee waiver system. Is your interpretation that "I know the book allows local chapters to adopt their own rules (or modify them w/o a waiver)" Let's be clear that I too think and know leagues can adopt thier own rules and regs in fact they are encouraged to do so. But that does not mean they can interpret or change rules however they like WITHOUT A WAIVER. Syn
  3. Little Leagu Rule

    Page 11 states this: (among a lot of other things regarding rules) The local league operates under a charter granted annually by Little League. The league is autonomous in the sense of having freedom to elect its own officers, finance its program and carry on various other related functions, but it must adhere SCRUPULOUSLY to all rules and regulations established by Little League. It goes onto say your charter can be revoked or suspended if you dont follow the rules. It also goes onto to talk of getting waivers for rules the league locally intends not to follow in so many words. I wont argue the fact that local leagues can adopt thier own rules. But I know better than a local league can interpret or "not follow" a LLI rule without getting a waiver. Its simply not true. I'd love to talk to whoever you talked to at HQ's I'm in the Central Region as well. Local leagues rules must be within the guidlines of the LLI rules. Especially a rule like this 5 run rule where its in the green book and clearly states 5 run rule. I'm not saying your wrong but I sure would like to talk to whoever you talked to at HQ cause I've never known any LLI rule where a local league can adopt or define thier own interpretation of a rule dictated by LLI. You must get a waiver for any rule you want to supercede or locally define. And this starts with your District Admin. Who did you speak to at Central Region HQ's? Syn
  4. Little Leagu Rule

    If we are talking Little League Inc. Chartered league and your 6-7 yr old league is chartered as a Minors League then yes the 5 run rule is a "real rule". It's definatly in the Little League Incorporated Official Regulation and Playing Rules "Green Book". It's on page 53 and listed under the definition of "Inning". It was instituted last year and hasn't change in any way for this year. Officially there is no "open inning" if you will. EVERY inning is limited to 5 runs. I will say this though - someone in your orginization may have put in for a waiver to allow "an open inning" but it aint in the book nor is it an official rule. I just now read the other post here on this topic and I assure you local leagues can only change this 5 run rule "officially" if you put in for a waiver and have it granted by WP. Your league can obviously do whatever they want as far as local rules but it dont mean they are official or within LLI rules. Syn
  5. First Year Coach Lookin 4 Sum Tips

    Rook, Great advice by all. It's been a long time since I've posted here but this type of post always hits close to home. I can't add too much to the great advice you've already recieved but I will say this. Keep in mind that although they are only 6 even some of the advanced baseball "stuff" can be taught to them. It's all in your delivery and how you "bring it down to thier level". Obviously your not teaching run downs, lead offs, etc...even having said that though I dont beleive in "their too young to learn that". Also, as I like to say, be a student of the game. Never stop learning. Start now with training your eye to know a flaw when you see it. Dont be results oriented. In other words dont always watch how far little Johnnys hit goes, keep your eye trained on the batter and his technique. It takes years and years of practice to learn how to see a flaw and know what it is your seeing. To "stay in the game" and not be a spectator. Any serious coach in my opinion should start right away in learning this very very helpful way of coaching if you will. Not sure if this is against the rules or not but try what I tried. Go to www.baseball-excellence.com. This is still, to this day, the SINGLE MOST HELPFUL thing I did for myself in becoming a decent coach. Every where I've looked, all the videos and websites and books. I still to this day go back to that website and back to the videos I first bought on thier site. Hope this helps. Syn
  6. Congratulations on your decision. It's a very rewarding experience and some of the memories will last a lifetime. As for what resources you'll need you've started in the right place. Scoure the internet and of course learn everything you can about being a good football coach. There's just an awesome amount of information out there for you to study. When I was in your shoes I tried to swallow too much all at once. Pick an offense and defense stick with it and learn it to a T. Keep it simple there only 11yr olds. Most of all like I said pick and offense and defense, learn it, know why your running it, believe in it and convey this to your players. Make sure your practices are dynamic and move along at a good pace, no to little standing around. Different stations using drills that work the skills you'll use in a game. Know why your working a certain skill with the drill that you've decided to use. Starting out it seems like a lot but you have plenty of time to become a student of the game next year is a long way off but you've started now giving yourself as much time to learn the things you'll need to learn. Go ahead and e-mail me offline and I will send you all kinds of url's of different material. Syn synwave7@yahoo.com
  7. Giving Up Football

    Stan, Sounds like your son is very athletic. He has moved on to travel teams in all the sports he has tried so far. As far as football goes it sounds like he has a great coach and will probably learn or already has learned quite a bit from this coach. Maybe the move to TB can be rethought rather than let him quite something he has started. Move him back to Defense and or TE. The coach might not like this but it's better than the alternative, having him quite altogether. I would at the least sit down with your son (and then the coach and your son together) and discuss what is going on. Come up with an alternative to quitting even if it means reduced playing time for your son. Good luck. Syn
  8. mlbryant gave you some great advice. Get with the child and parents together and let them know this behavour will not be tolerated. Do you have a board and or rules or by-laws to backup your possibly removing this child from the team? If not there should be. We are all in this thing for the children so I would try to work it out it does however sound like you may have already. Do everything you can to give the kid a chance 1st offense punishment, 2nd offense punishment then 3rd strike your out. Could there be some ADHD going on here? Sometimes we have to be a form of counseler so be careful when approaching the parents. Like I said and mlbryant said, they and the child should of course be talked to together and told that if the bahavour continues the child runs the risk of being removed from the team. Hey there only 2nd graders dont give up on him coach. Syn
  9. O-line Follow Through

    Seperate the lineman if you don't already and drill them seperately. Sumo drill from dumcoach is one I use with kids this age. Create "contests" with a winner and loser to see how long a player can hold his block. Use the two or three lineman blocking against two or three DLmen and stand back behind your line as the QB and time them to see how long you can scramble in the back field or even see how long you as the QB can stand there without getting touched. Whoever wins stays whoever loses runs, or beats there face or whatever. Don't be too soft on them either coach. Even though they are young this is football not badmiton. I'm not saying treat them like HS kids or yell at them but don't baby them either. Start using the "if you do it right you play if you do it wrong you sit" rule. Even at this young age there not too young to learn a few lifes lessons while on the football field. Syn
  10. Subing Schemes For 7, 8 And 9 Year Olds.

    We subbed in groups also when I was at the level your at and as someone else also suggested get some dad's to help out. clipboards on the sideline checking off each group that goes in or out. They dont have to do any coaching and make sure your clear and up front with what it is they will be doing but get some help and it get's the dads involved even if they would rather not. Once they do get involved I'm sure 8 times out of 10 they will suddenly love what they're doing. Good luck, Syn
  11. 6 And 7 Yr Olds And The Wishbone

    I like the minimal play idea they are after all 6-7yr olds. I am of the school of thought of less is better. The DW in the middle of the season is pretty much not going to happen. The DW is a tough teach and a tough learn especially for 6-7 yr olds! Try this for any wishbone ideas http://wishbone.freehomepage.com/ and for wing t info just google man. Try this to get you started http://www.sportscombine.com/thezone/Offense/offense.htm Scour the Internet man! The possibilities are endless. You don't even have to be a PC guru to find info on the bone and wing t on the internet. As for your blocking just tell them to knock the snot out of the man in front of you. If no-one in front of you get to second level and knock the heck out of the LB or CB or FS. I dont think your going to be but teach the difference of pass blocking and run blocking. My teach I learned from a far better coach than myself was "head in the hole butt in the hole". Meaning wherever the hole is the lineman must put there head on the correct side of the def lineman (head in the hole/step off with correct foot). Drive your man and turn him, now your butt is in the hole. Your linemen should start practice every day going through there progressions as far as step off with left foot, step off with right foot, step off straight ahead, and why not pull left, pull right etc...I know at this age they aren't pulling but it gets them used to it. Look for firing out low, stepping off with correct foot, google the sumo drill and rabbit drill, and 12 perfect blocks drill you wont be sorry...Good luck! Syn
  12. Defense Options

    Everything starts with the lineman when your talking offense. Drill the heck out of em and dont give too much slack. Your fastest hardest hitter is your running back and then second fastest hardest hitter is your QB. These two then become your LB'ers on defense. 5-9 yr olds? Keep it simple. It's been my opinion that especially at this age try not to get too fancy keep it to about 5-10 plays. Lot's of sweeps left and right then up the gut. Mix it up. Same thing on defense. 5-3, 6-2, 5-4, keep it simple. Geezus were talking 5yr olds? Whew. Even the 9yr olds man that's pretty young. The simpler the better. Even 3-4 plays going into the season get those down so good your players could do them in their sleep and your off to a good start. Then after each game or as they start to get good a these 3-4 plays throw in a new one, then another then another as the season progresses. I went into this football coaching thing trying to come up with new ways to run an offense or defense. Like I was gonna run Mike Shanahans offense or something and spruce it up to suite my needs. No way. Man was I wrong. Pro offense or defense does not equate in youth football. Scour the internet and use whats already out there for youth football. A lot of really does look like pro stuff but it's been watered down if you will to the youth level. You aint gonna run zone blocking with a bunch of 5-9 yr olds know what I mean? When I try to give advice especially to new coaches I always say it's mostly all already been done just find it out on the internet and do what the video or book or chat thread tells you to do. Why mess with success? Make sure you have someone filming your games then study that tape like theres no tomorrow. before going into the next week. You have to have something to work off of. Unless you have a memory like RainMan you must have your games on film to see what it is your guys need work on. Do your homework and know why it is your running any particular offense or defense. Good luck brother!!! Syn
  13. coach grabbed him in the chest by his jersey and moved him to the other side ot the huddle The old "coach grabbed my son" issue rears it's ugly head once again. I've seen this thread at least once a year since I've been coaching youth football. I've always said that using a shoulder pad to guide a kid into position is one thing but doing what the coach did in your situation sounds like it's out of anger or a heated situation. Kid didn't or doesn't do what you ask? Your reaction is to grab him by the front of his jersey and guide him into position or grab him by the face mask and guide him into postion? C'mon sounds like the guy has issues whether he'll admit it or even knows it. Just ain't right brother. I wasn't there so I really dont know but it's my opinion that grabbing a face mask or the front of a CHILDS jersey just ain't nice. I don't care who you are or how you put it, I would say to any coach, that if your grabbing face masks and or the front of a CHILDS jersey you might want to rethink what it is your trying to accomplish. I just don't think using aggression in any respect when dealing with children to get your point across...it just ain't neccesarry. Particularly grabbing the face mask let alone a fistful of the kids jersey and "moving or guiding" a kid into position. Were talking youth players here right? Hey listen, far be it for me to judge anyone especially a guy who gives his time to coach a bunch of youth players. In fact I applaud any individual who does so. But grabbing a kid in any manner for any reason especially when the moment is heated, no way brother just shouldn't be done. And if it was my kid being grabbed, well, let's just say I for one would not take to kindly to such an act. I say treat people the way you want to be treated. No-one wants to have a fistfull of thier jersey or thier face mask latched onto and then have that person "guide" them into a certain spot on the field. I dont care how old or who you are. Syn
  14. Some Coaching Advise Needed

    Sounds like you have it right. Option left, option right, option left, option right, off tackle , off tackle. Keep it simple. Spend lot's of time doing your own homework to learn the game as best you can. Good luck this season.
  15. Need Help With Motivation

    Great responses from everyone. I may be a little late here but kids, even the ones who are only there because the parents make em (most of em) respond to a well orginized, fair, knows what he's talking about, shows knowledge of the game by the way he runs his practice, coach. Mohonz gave you good advice, I've heeded quite a bit of what he has said in the past and done very well for it. Not sure whay your running the 4-4 if it's not mandated dump it fast this aint the 85' Chicago Bears your coaching. Good luck dont give up on the kids. You've been thrust down a very rewarding road if you take care of business and take care of the kids. Syn