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  1. Our league is 5 on 5, 10-13 year old flag. QB cannot run (unless he gets a handoff first) and there is a 7 yard back rush line for the defense. I am thinking of running an offense with lots of quick plays (3-5 seconds) that involves misdirection and includes some plays where the qb hits receivers on crossing routes/slants. Can you guys suggest or attach some plays along these lines that you like?
  2. This is my third year coaching. My first year I coached 7 on 7 (7-9 years old). My second year was 5 on 5 (7-9 years old). Now I'm moving up to 10-13 year olds. This is a big age range with some mature kids who can throw and catch. What might work against 7 year olds might not work here. What advice do you guys have about running offense for this age group and coaching them in general? Most will have played 2 or 3 years of flag before.
  3. Will, My team is 5 on 5, 7-9 year old. I have 9 players and sometimes am missing at least one per game for one thing or another. I have two basic squads that rotate on offense and defense. Each squad gets to play offense and defense during the game. There is some overlap so some of my best players are on both squads. As the game goes on I then rotate a player in or out as the situation warrants. I have a parent who tracks stats on a spreadsheet during the game and I check with the stats parent to see who hasn't gotten a run or catch. I get each player no less than one run or catch per game and try to get at least two. The time I might play someone less than other players is if that player has been missing practices and don't know their assignment on offense.
  4. The team we play next runs the same play multiple times. They put their fastest kid, who is the fastest kid in the league, in shotgun next to a player who is there to take the snap. In our league the qb can't run so the player who takes the snap then just hands to the fast kid. The fast kid then can run or pass and there is no 7 second clock on the pass (at least it's not called). He runs around in the backfield and if nothing is open he takes off. The kid is so quick and shifty it's hard to contain him and cover the possibility he might throw before he crosses the line. My defense has no players who are as quick as this kid. How would you guys defense this?
  5. My team is 7-9 year old 5 on 5 NFL flag. I would like to do some scrimmage time at practice, maybe at the end. I have 9 players so I was thinking of doing 3 on 3 and rotating 3 squads (2 squads play, 1 sits, then rotate offense out and sideline guys come in). I've seen some 3 man plays on this site but was wondering what dimension field to mark off, whether to have rushing, and generally what mechanics to use. I also hoped you guys had some other scrimmage ideas. What do you think?
  6. Regarding the Blue No Run Zones in our league, the field is painted with two blue solid stripes that run down the middle of the field from end zone to end zone. The two stripes mark a zone ten yards wide. For each play, the ball is placed to be snapped right in the middle of that zone. No run can cross the line of scrimmage inside the blue lines unless the ball has gone wide of the zone first. The idea is to prevent teams from just running straight up the middle. It makes running plays go wide. Passes can be inside the zone, though, except if pass behind the line you still need to go wide before crossing the line of scrimmage.
  7. I edited the post to add the attachment so the playbook should be there now.
  8. Here is my 7 on 7 playbook. In our league the QB can run. The offense can pitch, throw passes behind the line of scrimmage and can do basic blocking (screens like basketball). The main limit on the offense is that you can't run right up the middle. There is a blue no-run zone 5 yards wide on each side of the center where a running play cannot cross the line of scrimmage unless the ball has gone wide of that zone first. I used two different formations, a balanced look and a power formation to the right. The balanced look is better for end around plays. The power formation works well for us. Many times the defense will not shift to our strong side so we outnumber the defenders. Since blocking is allowed it gives us a real advantage. On defense we run a 2-3-2 zone. The two corners up front box in the offense and stop anything going to the sidelines. The two outside backers generally rush unless we are playing a prevent. The middle linebacker is a key defender and should be the best flag puller on the team. The two safeties stay back to prevent deep passes first, then support against the run. The safeties shift to shade the strong side of the offense but each one is still primarily responsible for his own side of the field. Plays 7 on 7 2011.doc
  9. My son is a little younger and his final two would probably be Epic Sauce and Leggo My Flag Yo. I would think those two, along with Angry Birds and Nacho Cheese would be in the mix. I like the naming idea. My group came up with the Flying Burritos last year, which was definitely not my favorite name.
  10. Another coach, maybe Johnp2, posted some time ago about a Pact he made with his team and the parents. It set forth his basic philosophy and expectations so there was understanding up front. I liked that idea and used it last year for my team. I think it worked well so I updated it for this season. I am attaching my version of the Pact, which I call "The Champion's Pact." We used Notre Dame's "Play Like a Champion Today" as one of our team slogans. If you have any comments about other things you might include in the Pact, please post them. The Pact Updated 11-08-27.doc
  11. I'm involved in two leagues, a 5 on 5 NFL league and a 7 on 7 park league. Here are some comments: 1. With regard to both leagues I would like to see better fellowship between the coaches before and after games. It sets a good example for the kids and would promote better relationships in the leagues. A lot of us coach year after year but don't know each other. We played in the league championship last year and I thought about inviting the other team to our party (whether we won or lost) but I didn't do it. If we are in that position again, I'm thinking of trying to do that. I know the kids would get along great. I would feel more comfortable about it if the other coaches weren't strangers. I also think the leagues should try to emphasize more kids getting the ball, as opposed to just saying kids will play. In both my leagues most teams get the ball to two or three guys tops. It has to be emphasized by the leagues since many coaches will do whatever they think it takes to win or don't know any better. 2. With regard to the 5 on 5 league I would change our rules so we can pitch the ball and so we could have passes completed behind the line of scrimmage. We have a rule where no pass can be completed unless it is beyond the line of scrimmage. We lost at least 5 really good plays where the officials called this on us and we lost out on a good result. I don't see any sense in the rule at all. I like the idea of kicking with ball spotted at the catch or where it bounces. Currently we don't have kicks in 5 on 5. Finally, I would like to see us able to go for it on 4th down and if you don't make it the other team gets the ball at that spot rather than them having to start on offense at the 5 yard line. 3. With regard to the 7 on 7 league, we have punting and kickoffs. However, we also have returns. I always instruct my kickers to kick out of bounds because a returner at this age (7-9) is too dangerous to try and contain if he has a 10 yard or so headstart before we can get to him. At the end of our year last year one parent asked me why we always kicked out of bounds and I said "you didn't see any touchdowns against us on returns, right?" I like the idea of kicks and punts but with no returns. My guys are a little frustrated with kicking out of bounds but they got less frustrated as they saw other teams get burned on this and after we returned some kicks. 4. Tackling: I would really go hard after the league director to get this banned. It is dangerous to kids with no pads and helmets. I agree with the ejection and give them a touchdown penalty ideas. A league could get sued if someone really got hurt and the league was seen as winking at that sort of thing. It's also terrible sportsmanship.
  12. It's a rec league. I think it just doesn't occur to the coaches that they should get everyone involved on both sides of the ball. They are trying to win the games and have found a system that works for them. It's bothered me more lately because we have blown out some lesser opponents and this would have been a good time to spread the ball around without any concerns about whether we would win or lose.
  13. My son plays in several flag leagues but I don't always coach his team. This season he is not on my team. The coaches for his team are good guys and he enjoys playing for them. However, the team has a quirk that I'm curious how you would handle if it was you as a parent. The quirk is that they split the kids into offense/defense. The defensive guys never play offense and never handle the ball unless they make an interception. How would you handle this if you were a parent and you wanted to see everyone get the ball and all kids on offense and defense? Would you: (1) say and do nothing; or (2) have a talk with the head coach, or (3) something else? My son hasn't complained and likes being on the team but it frustrates me a little to watch this. There was no parent meeting with the coach so there was no up-front expectation about how things like this would be handled.
  14. I wouldn't respond with a bush league payback, even though I'm sure it is effective as you have proved. To me, this is a sportsmanship issue. I would just get my players off to the side and explain to them that the other team obviously can't beat us straight up playing football and that we will just have to execute even better to make sure they don't win on something like this. I would reinforce certain points regarding not stopping until the whistle so they continue to pull flags and pursue the ball regardless of whether it looks like the play is dead. I would say something to the league director afterward with regard to the kind of sportsmanship they want to encourage or discourage. I would tell the team parents I'm trying to teach the kids good football and good sportsmanship and that loser tactics like that play are neither. We don't play that way.
  15. Our league last fall was 7 on 7, just like you describe. One variation we had was that the offense on a run had to go at least five yards right or left of the center before turning up field. This basically prevented runs right up the middle. We ran two formations: one balanced formation very much like TeeDub's and one totally unbalanced formation where everyone was lined up to the right of the center and qb. In the unbalanced formation I would have one player about 3 yards to the right of the center and the other four out toward the boundary with a yard or two between each player. The unbalanced formation was a change of pace. The advantage it gave us was that most defenses would play zone and not switch when we went unbalanced. Therefore, we outnumbered the defense on the unbalanced side. We ran three plays from that formation. The first was a qb sprintout to the right. Everyone would block/screen defenders and or run pass routes that took them downfield. Our qb was a good runner and scored several touchdowns on this play due to blocking and the chaos created in the defense. The second play is a qb rollout pass option off the same look. In this play the qb acts like it is the previous play but pulls up on the rollout and passes to either a short receiver or long receiver, depending upon who is open. The primary read is long but there is a short safety valve. The qb can also tuck and run if there is too much pressure to get a good read. The third play is a reverse to one of the receivers off the qb rollout with the receiver taking the reverse back against the grain to the left side of the field. The plays were run in this order to set each play up.
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