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    Ifaf No Run Zone Again

    As an I9 ref for several seasons, I see this is once you are out of the no run zone, you are free to do what you want. We have had younger teams take a penalty just to get out of the no run zone as they can't pass well. You are either in the no run zone, or not, should not be a gray area.
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    Weekly Team Captain

    Our league would not allow a jersey that was different from the standard uniform so that may be an issue. Personally I would not have a special jersey during the games, only during practices, but if the league allows it, it's up to you. Some parents may see it as favoritism, especially as the season goes on and their kid doesn't get to wear the jersey. I call out individual efforts at practice when its just me and the team, but on game days I always talk team, never individuals, in front of parents, other coaches. Just my way, not saying its right.
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    Thoughts On Screening Not Blocking

    I would be curious to what your director says about this. If there is no one near your runner, then its no big deal of course, but if you have teammates running with your ballcarrier where the defense is trying to pull the flag, then I can't see how its not blocking. Also, I coached for 12 seasons and never had a score like 51-6, you must have one heck of a team. If I ever got to 35 it was rare. Have a great season.
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    Thoughts On Screening Not Blocking

    I ref for I9 and the rules state the offense players who are moving can't impede the defense in any way from pulling the flags. If I see an another offensive player running near the ball carrier and there is a defender in the area I throw a flag if the defender has to change their path to the ballcarrier. In our league coaches mostly teach players to stop once the ball crosses the line of scrimmage, which is also what I taught my kids when I coached.
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    How Many Plays Do You Have For 9-11 Y/o?

    Let us know the age and how many kids on the field at once and you will get some great answers. Overall, keep it simple, only 1 or 2 formations, 3-5 plays per formation for younger players under 8. Also practice each play many times as you can't "see" the play until you run it, which allows you teaching moments. If you are lucky enough to have 2 full teams, practice each play against your defense, letting both sides of the ball learn.
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    Flag Pulling

    The main thing I stress is using 2 hands and wrapping up, almost like tackling, plus we get the kids focused on the belt, not just the flags, as our belt comes off, so we rake down the waist grabbing the belt.
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    Do You Give Tips To Other Coaches?

    I know most of the coaches in our league, and thus a majority of the players each season. I talk more to the players 10-12 year olds, than the coaches, and tell them what to watch for against certain teams. We have a good number of coaches I just don't like and I smile whenever a kid on their team sees me and runs over for a handshake, or goofs around with me at the coin toss. LIke you John, I spread the ball so much, other coaches tell me they can't really plan for us, even though some of them beat us soundly. I say it's fine, and expected in our league also.
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    Scaling It Down....

    We had a moment like this last season where we were up by 28 at half against a winless team, so I asked the other coach if he had a kid that "needed" to score. We agreed to have my defense all go right on a reverse and give that kid a TD. The play worked great except the kid, who was all alone, stepped out of bounds on his own , LOL. The other coach just smiled and agreed it was enough to have that run. John, I agree with how you handled it, but we usually run our weakest kids up the middle 3 times instead of the knee. It's a tough spot to be in.
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    Playing A 4/1 D

    If running, run right at them. With no second level help, run all plays straight ahead, where one missed flag means open sprint to the endzone. Don't run sideways, hit the gaps full speed. Not knowing the ages here, but any pass play past 5 yards should work well to the sidelines, as one safety can't cover both sides. Also with no blitz, you can run deep crossing routes forcing the safety to pick which one to cover.
  10. Just an update. We put in the new plays, moved the ball well against them, but lost by 6. We had 2 drives that ended in either a dropped wide open 10 yard TD, and a drop where we could have walked into the endzone. So, my kids outplayed them, which made me feel good, but those dropped passes cost them the game. Thanks for the ideas guys, they did work, just didn't have the talent to make catches when they needed it.
  11. Orange. From what i remember, they drop the middle kid deep, leaving some room on short routes over the middle. They don't play wide up front, tend to pinch in for runs not on a the LOS, but have good speed which has caused me trouble getting to the corner. I run a quick motion play with my speedy kid taking the handoff full speed from left to right and that usually gets the corner, but this team sees it coming and adjusts. Most of my playbook and practices has focused on quick action to take the rush out of the picture, but this team throws a wrench in it. I only have one practice left to put anything new in place, but will work in delayed HO and long crosses behind the defenders. THanks for the help.
  12. 8-9 year old, I9 rules 5on5. We are playing our championship game this weekend and are facing a team that is very disciplined, runs a 2-3 defense and does not blitz. We have scored on them in the 2 previous games but both times I have a hard time moving the ball. We have a decent QB but not to the point of the obvious answer which is throw deep. We end up with several 7 second calls, and our run game has not produced much either straight ahead or misdirection. I have thought of very delayed handoffs, like 5 second delays, or also handing off to my QB so he can run/throw, which would at least make their defense react instead of sitting back. Anyone have any ideas on overall strategies? I am not asking for plays as much as gameplan ideas. Thanks
  13. One play we use alot with a good QB is we line up 2 WR on one side, with one out on the sidelines the other in the slot. In a 2-1-2, the defensive corner will line up either shading one or the other WR. We have the QB read this and if the corner is outside the slot WR, we run a 5 step slant over the middle, or if the corner is in tight on the slot guy we fire a quick pass to the sideline WR on the run. This play really stresses the 2-1-2 defense for us and has resulted in several big plays. Aside from that, any slant or delayed crossing route behind the blitzer would help you stretch the D.
  14. I use the same philosophy that Rob uses. We have two squads, evenly talented and have one play offense the first half, then swtich at halftime, rotating one each series on the team with 4 kids. I work in my touches early so by the second series, every kid has had the ball. It makes the parents happy, and makes the coaches job easier by not having to worry about touches and rotation problems. One note. Design plays for your weaker runners that will give them success. We play several teams who wait until they either way up or getting killed, then give the weaker kids a handoff up the middle. I hate that. You need to get those kids in open space where they may get 5-10 yards. That will make their (and parents) day. Good luck!
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    Offense To Slow

    Roll your QB out, with a fake handoff the other way, this will buy you time. Our QB rolls on most plays, but not always to one side. In addition to buying time, it can create better passing angles for you QB.
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