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  1. Ich stimme Hollad zu, ich würde mit seinen Eltern reden. Es hört sich so an, als wollte er nicht dort sein und es ist nicht fair für den Rest des Teams.
  2. Am I late to the party? 🤣 I haven't posted here in quite a while. Even though this was several months back, I'll throw out a few comments. The first one (which applies to all youth sports when a coach is going through something like this) is to find a few key skills and do them really well. For example, become experts at fake handoffs and misdirection. Secondly, I would agree with chiefs67, don't give up. Communicate with the parents and players. Simplify things like chiefs did and be sure to encourage the heck of your players when you see them doing something right and improving. On a personal note to chiefs, you probably did a few of those kids a favor as I'm sure they'll be good and ready next year.
  3. Hey, sounds like you made some improvements, that huge. It's not all about the wins and losses. Our flag team also played basketball and we ended up in some pretty competitive leagues. We were getting crushed because other teams were using full court presses. For one entire league season, I used it just to learn how to break a press and by the end of that season, we're were experts at breaking presses (which paid off in future leagues). Our record didn't reflect it, but the kids sure knew how to break a press.
  4. Not sure what age group we're talking here, but I'd offer out incentive for the next 3 games. Nothing too crazy, but if you can give out something to the two top flag pullers each game? I'd also come up with a number of flag pulls for all 3 games. Let's say you think they can get 15 per game, I'd say if they could get 60 cumulative flags pulls at the end of the 3rd game, the whole team gets a prize of some sort. Could go to a local pizza place and see if they'd be willing to give you a a few pizza's at a discount or something. Food for thought. Pun intended.
  5. Andy has some great points. What's that saying? "Offense wins games, but defense wins championships." As a side note, I used to coach against Andy and saw his team during the first few seasons. Very cool to see how far they've come. Not sure if this is allowed, but do you have any flexibility in subbing? As long as the kids are getting good playing time, I'd tend to shore up the weaknesses during certain crucial points of a series of downs.
  6. John - I'd also suggest checking out some of the "pinned" threads at the top of the forum. Some good discussions and suggestions for first-time coaches.
  7. Forums tend to do that (slow down) for some reason over time. I ended up more in the basketball realm, but I still keep a hand in flag football, although I'm not actively coaching a team. One thing I introduced in the later years was using an audible on both offense and defense. Most of the time, the audibles didn't mean anything. In fact, we only had a few that were live and actually meant something. We'd played a lot of seasons together as a team and I could tell the kids needed something fresh to keep it interesting. Our kids got a kick out of being mini Peyton Mannings; it was equally fun to watch the other teams try and figure out what our audibles meant. Best of luck to you guys this season.
  8. You already know this, but the QB role has a lot more facets than just being able to throw an accurate pass. Even though he's not a big fan of football (he's only 11, so that could easily change in the next few years), I'd let him know he has the potential to be a good QB and see if he's willing to work on a few things like footwork and agility drills. Do you have other potential QB's in the making? My best QB's were the ones that knew what to do on the field at any given moment. They were quick on their feet and could make decisions if things weren't going as planned. I honestly wasn't as concerned with the accuracy of their throws as much as their field smarts during a game. It has to be painful to watch this kid's accuracy and know that if you tweaked a few things, he could be really good. In the end, all you can do is offer to work with him on the side and keep encouraging. You could talk with his folks and tell them you see huge upside, you're just looking for some motivation from him. Keep in mind we're talking 11 yr olds and flag football. I know some folks take this stuff pretty seriously, but most of the kids just enjoy getting outside and playing with their friends.
  9. A lot will depend upon the skill sets of your players. I'm sure you'll find some that can catch a pass on the run and others who are still developing that skill. My advice is to make sure you breakdown teaching how to catch a pass to your players in a few progression drills. Passing in pairs about 8- 10 ft apart making sure they look the ball in their hands. Have a contest to see how many passes a team can make before someone messes up. Line up the kids and have the coaches throw passes to them. High, low, off to one side. Emphasize using the hands to catch and keeping their eyes on the ball. From there you can run basic short routes and progressively add a few longer ones. I've found that at the younger ages (again, depending upon your player's abilities) it's better to keep the routes short and basic. If your QB's can look one way, come back and throw the other, even if it's just looking a little bit the opposite way first, that usually works too. Catching on the run won't be as crucial in the beginning as I doubt you'll run across teams that have super tight M2M coverage. If you have a QB/wide receiver that seem to connect on longer passes, I'd definitely go for those once in a while, but the shorter passes will probably result in less dropped balls and more success all around.
  10. I think the reason most coaches go with a zone defense is to cover the potential weaknesses of individual players. I'm more in the camp of a 2-3 zone, using one of the 3 as a rusher. It gives you some flexibility as you can keep a stronger player in the middle to rush or roam. If you run into weaker teams, you could switch to a M2M. I recommend M2M when the opposing team is in the red zone.
  11. Most rec leagues promote the 1 hour practice per week as a selling point to parents. Tough on coaches, easier on the parents. I used to handle this by sneaking in practices earlier than the season start date. I made them non mandatory, but most everyone would show up. This helped us hit the ground running. 1) You could try throwing out the option of an additional "non mandatory" practice just to work on some fundamentals. I used to try and sneak in a few extra practices early in the season for the reason you're describing. 2) Pick your poison on defense. In other words, emphasize a few things and do them really well. Obviously flag pulling is huge. 3) Same with offense. You'll have to emphasize a few things and do them really well. We were big on executing good fakes. 4) Customize your strengths and weaknesses. I'm not saying hand the ball off to your hot shot every time, but design plays to take advantage of your players who can go long, throw long, or execute quick runs. Set up the more developing players by executing good fakes first to give them a chance to shine. On defense, make sure you have some more savvy players as your, LB's, DB's and safeties. If you have a kid who is pretty athletic, maybe they can be a roaming LB. It's tough to cover all the fundamental aspects if you're only practicing one day a week. Especially since you probably have different skill levels on your team. Developing a list of things you want them to do every time and then getting stoked when you see it happening. A possible list: 1) No bull fighting flag pulls where the defender looks like a matador with a cape. You want aggressive flag pullers squaring up and using both hands. 2) Run north and south. No sideways running. 3) Don't stop until you hear the whistle. 4) Good fakes. The person executing the fake shouldn't look back, they should act like they still have the ball and run down field. A few thoughts, hopefully these help. Remember you're hanging in a church rec league, so keep it fun. Maybe throw out some small rewards if your team can execute X amount of flag pulls in a game or X amount of good fakes.
  12. The way I understand it is of the fouls offset, the down is replayed from the original los. The second exception refers to a dead ball foul. If there's a dead ball foul and using your case above, the flag guarding would be penalized first, then the hold.
  13. I had one kid that played for me from 1st - 4th grade that turned out to be a great LAX player. Basketball seemed to be the sport of choice, but that's probably because we specialized a few years ago and most of the kids I coached came along for that ride.
  14. Same, mine are in 10th, with 2 in 9th. Basketball x 3 Tennis x 2 (+ 1 basketball) Soccer x 1 (+ basketball) Football x 1 Lost track of two who ended up at different schools. Crazy as most of the kids are 6'+. My son sprouted to 6'2". Big lesson not to judge kids too early in life based on their physicality or capabilities at that time.
  15. I think the IFAF rule is pretty clear then: ARTICLE 3. Forward Pass Play: A legal forward pass play is the interval between the snap and when a legal forward pass beyond the scrimmage line is completed or intercepted
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