Coaching Youth Fooball - Football Plays

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  1. Rob, No lacrosse guys? That's one of the most popular sports now in Central Florida. Most of my kids are under 6'. My son is 5'10" and most are his height or shorter. Only have one kid who is 6'+. I would say at least 4-5 of my kids are excelling at their chosen sports which is really nice to see.
  2. I was trying to figure out where all my kids are now, what sports if any they are playing. 10th graders now, here is what their main sports are now (although some are multi-sport, these are their main pursuits). Only one football guy: Lacrosse x 4 Soccer 1 Baseball x 2 Basketball 1 Football 1 Golf 1 Cross Country/ Track 1 I had a pretty diverse group of kids.
  3. My best QB's were never the best at "throwing" the ball. I know that sounds counter-intuitive but it's true. They were gamers, kids who could make things happen, quick thinkers, quick on their feet and loved to step up to the challenge. Personally I wouldn't have much use for the QB you described (not as QB). If he was my son I'd help him out by getting him into sports where he has to move around a lot and use his feet. There are probably better positions for him in flag, basketball would be good too. And not many 10 year olds will take their sports development seriously. My son became more serious when he was 12-13 and now at 15 he practices on his own like a fiend. I always made it easy for him, encouraged, but I always told him I'll never force you, you have to own it.
  4. My thoughts: Most leagues will have a rule against screening and more often than not refs will call it. For some reason kids like to trail behind the play. Since it serves no practical purpose and only can result in a penalty you need to strongly discourage it. Obviously you would want your players trailing the play in tackle football and blocking too but the thing you need to remember is that this is not tackle football. From what I've seen, you're not impeding some kids football development by playing flag football with a different set of rules either. They will adjust to the game fine when they get there.
  5. The good old days! Glad to see some of our advice is still working. I often wish I still was coaching my old flag team but they're all in high school now.
  6. Me either, the worst I'd seen was kids getting dinged up. But I have had two of my kids get broken arms from riding skateboards.
  7. Also, the ballcarrier must be stopped or at least slowed down. We practice getting your body in front of the ballcarrier and forcing him to stop, go backwards or east-west. Sometimes I would run the gauntlet flag pulling drill but without flags. Teach the defender to position himself and slide back and forth to prevent/ slow the ballcarrier from going north-south. What you are doing by slowing the ballcarrier down is giving yourself more time to swarm and have chances to pulll flags.
  8. I can tell you that having aggressive players on defense is awesome. Some kids show up with it and some I try to get it out of them. From what I can tell, the ones that did not play aggressively were the ones that feared contact. And I know flag football is a non-contact sport, but you do have to get physical to some extent. Some kids don't like to do that. Case in point, I had one kid who was fast, good hands, could read pretty well. He should have made a great safety. But what would happen in games is that the ball would go deep, he'd be in position to make the play, and he'd stay back and let the receiver make the catch in front of him. What I wanted him to do was stick his hand in there or jump in front of the receiver. So how do you get kids to be more physical? What I tried to do, which I think worked to some extent was expose them to it in practice. To work with the above example I'd place him in coverage, run a receiver in his direction and throw a ball up from grabs. I'd encourage, instruct, cajole, whatever I thought would work. But I'd do it over and over so that he'd know what it's like. It's like a boxer, once he takes a bunch of punches he knows what it feels like and doesn't fear it as much. The flag pulling drill is another example of how to get the kids more aggressive. I'd even give them some handsy techniques where they'd bump the other kids to get them to play more physical.
  9. Just for clarification, a shovel pass is as much a pass as an overhand pass as long as it moves forward. There really are only two types of passes that are addressed in most football rules, forward passes and backwards (or sidewards) passes. Shovel, overhand, underhand, behind the back, none of that matters. What matters is does the ball when thrown move in a direction towards the opponents goal. If it does, it's a forward pass. If it does not, it's a backwards pass. Some leagues require a forward pass cross the los. Most leagues require a forward pass only in the no-run zone and typically it has to cross the los. Most leagues allow backwards passes (pitches, etc), although some restrict them to only behind the los.
  10. By the way, I'd call that WR pattern a "sideline sit." It was the simplest of things but I think the description helps the kid get what he's supposed to do. I really wanted him to get to a certain spot and sit there and wait for the pass. I knew where he'd be, he'd be wide open. What I didn't want was him drifting downfield towards the safety who could make a play on the ball. The defense was relying on the close defender or corner to cover that area but since he pinched in for the run, it left that short flat wide.
  11. We played a team that pinched their up front guys in for runs. Here is one of the things I did using a balanced set, QB under center, RB behind QB, 1 WR right, 1 left. We ran the ball up the middle and they would bring those up front guys hard to cut it off. Then I ran the same play and faked the handoff which baited those up front guys in. My WRs stepped 1 yard past the los and moved towards the sidelines and was wide open. After the fake, the QB turned and threw over the defenders head for an easy pass and catch. It was a 1 yard pass but he had all kinds of room to run. Then it was one-on-one with the WR and the safety. Make the one kid miss and you have 6 points. I'd go back to the up the middle handoff every once in a while to keep them honest. Eventually they'd bring the safety down or perhaps the safety would cheat down anticipating my sideline short pass. This is where it got fun. Fake the handoff then run a pump and go with the WR.
  12. Describe for me the defense. Do the 2 kids up front play wide? Are they right on the los? How far back do the safeties play? Do they play 3 deep across or does one drop down closer in the middle? How does this team defend runs right up the middle? On a pass play what kind of drops do they take? In general if the other team was giving me time to let plays develop, I'd let them develop. I'd use elaborate misdirections and routes. I'd place my QB under center and have him standing right on the los making passes. I'd run delayed handoffs too. Give me some more info so I can be more specific.
  13. We played in a league once where there was no rush and no "pass clock." I thought it was the most ridiculous thing in the world and did not resemble football very much. Basically teams would sit back and kids would run to and fro breaking off patterns after a few seconds and then it looked like a huge game of tag. Personally I'm a fan of the I-9 rules. 5 on 5, rush from 7 yards back, no QB runs. Granted, that rush makes things extremely difficult on the QBs, and alters the playcalling. But to me, it's much better football than no rush or pass clock. I could see a league using a pass clock at the younger ages, like 8 and under. I can tell you that making the transition from a league where there was only a pass clock (no rush) to the I-9 rules was a real eye opener. There is no luxury of time to sit back and make plays. And although our plays are altered and we can't run elaborate, long routes all the time, we still have nice set plays and routes and occasional long passes. It's kind of like moving from a YMBA basketball league where the kids cannot play defense full court, only on their side and then switching to a different league where they can full court press. It speeds the game up, makes it more intense, and in my opinion more realistic.
  14. I have a pretty good timing play for that defense. QB under center, wide receivers left and right. Put a slot receiver maybe 5 yards wide, right or left, whatever he is more comfortable with. On the snap, the slot receiver makes a beeline at the 7 yard rusher mark. Our league uses a bean bag that they place in the middle of the field 7 yards back. It gives the slot receiver and the QB something to aim at. The QB merely times it so he throws the ball and it reaches the bean bag around the time the slot receiver gets there. If you have the outside receivers run flags, they should tie up the safeties and give you the entire middle of the field wide open. This is a nice 7 yard pass with lots of room to run in the middle of the field.
  15. In that first vid, your left WR was moving forward during the snap. Personally I like the no-call at this age since it really didn't effect the play. But most leagues I've been in they would have tossed the flag. And the Statue of Liberty on the 2-pt conversion is classic.