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  1. I coach 9-11 year olds I9 rules 5 on 5. Most of my players will likely be 9 year olds. I was thinking of utilizing the dive play more this year. In the past in the 6-8 year old range I mostly just used the dive for a fake. Most defenses play a 2-1-2 zone and blitz the middle man. I have a couple of players that are fast and have nice moves. I coached in the spring and our defense was beat on the dive play for some touchdowns by fast kids. I also think it will give us some more room on the end around after the dive fake. Is anyone having much success with the dive play? Do you think its worth dedicating much practice time to? Does it take much time to get the timing down and the back running full speed at the handoff point? Is it setting up any good play action passes for your team? Any luck with a boot leg after the fake?
  2. Wide out far right, running back behind the qb or offset a little to the right. Have qb slightly roll to the right. Rb bolts on a swing pass to the right side near the sideline. Receiver on the far right runs to the qb and fakes the end around. Qb then lofts a pass to his running back on the sideline. Should be able to get the pass off right before the blitz. The fake should hold any contain person on the side your throwing to. The back running the swing should be your best player and he is one on one with a safety. And if the safety is ultra agressive he may bite on the fake end around and be slow to cover the swing pass. This play will work all day provided the running back is fast enough to get out of the backfield and can catch. Depending on his skill level he can catch on the run or get to the flats and stop while waiting on the pass.
  3. I would start off with some type of system to communicate the plays. I use a dry erase board and initials of each player. If lining up is an issue, I would consider having another coach or Dad help you line up players for the first couple of games. (because it appears you have several beginners). In practice I would work on flag pulling and getting in front of the runner. Attacking and containing. You can also teach defense during the games. Get them lined up in a zone then pick one or two kids and discuss his responsibilities such as contain or drop into pass etc. while the other coach is drawing up his play. It's difficult to go over everything during a one hour practice, so use the dead time during the games to coach. If you have blitzing in your league. Spend 15-20 minutes per practice on blitzing and executing plays against the blitz. Try to space out your defense and pick and choose your positions where you feel the weaker players can play without putting you at risk. For example you might play the weakest player on the line weak side - have him contain and stop the run. Then put a good flag puller behind him at safety. Try to execute good fakes on offense, use misdirection, and attempt to have your ball carriers running when they take the handoff. Good Luck
  4. I think your idea to not take back interceptions for scores was good. I also think you handled the parent situation fine. These situations are tough because you know your kids want to score points and have fun. If I'm coaching in these lopsided games I try to give my weaker players much more playing time. Also if you know the game is going to get carried away. Earlier in the game you can call challenging plays your offense will have trouble executing. This will slow them from scoring immediately and give your players a challenge. It could be a difficult triple reverse or double reverse with a pass. Call a difficult play that will be really cool for the kids if they are able to pull it off. I also like the idea of letting a team score late in the game if they are getting beat 50-0. It gives the opposing team something to feel good about and usually puts a smile on the kids face that scores.
  5. I coach 6-8 year olds. We recently faced a team which went man and blitzed every play. Initially they started out with a zone. We bombed a long touchdown and they switched to man. They actually contained our passing game a little better. I was able to hit a couple crossing routes. But no big gains. But where we really we're able to capatalize was in the running game. It brings all of their players near the line of scrimmage with virtually no safety help. So once you get a fast kid to the second level he's gone. We hit a reverse, end around and misdirection run for scores. I would much rather call plays vs man coverage.
  6. We run the center drag play orange is referring to, works all the time. In addition to running with the trips you can run it with different formations so they don't know every time your in trips its coming. We often have a slot guy running toward the qb and we fake to him as the qb is running and then he dumps to the center. Man coverage should be pretty easy to beat at that age. I try to stay away from using man coverage unless my defense is on the one yard line in the no pass zone. One thing you do not want to do is put your best receiver out wide. It's easy for the deffense to cover man on man if he's just running a go route or something simple. Put the intended receiver in the backfield or near the center and let him go under and rub off other kids. Try some plays where the kids cross. You want to get kids moving one way and then hit the receiver going the opposite direction. So the other defenders are not in position to pull his flag because they are running to cover their man on the other side. It's also confusing to the defense if you have a set with a bunch or stack. Because then the coach or kids have to say you have the first guy, so and so has the 2nd and so on. Ultimately you may find the best way to attack it is with your running game and misdirection plays. End arounds or counter plays.
  7. I think you're on the right track with the delayed draw and handing to the qb with run pass option. The key to the halfback pass is how will they react. Will they come in and attack or will they drop into an area and cover the pass? I would have a plan for both. I love this play especially if they dont rush in. I'm hoping you have one more practice before the game. If so, I would encourage you to practice a hurry up offense. So you have this in your back pocket if you get in a pinch and nothing is working. I love coming up with a different wrinkle. Because you know the other coach is expecting what you normally run. You might catch them off guard with the hurry up. Out of your hurry up set I would have set routes that are always the same (to keep it simple for the kids) and the guy that hands off the ball goes out for a pass. The running back can hit the open man or take off running. I used this once and it totally changed the momentum of the 2nd half. We almost won the game. Hit them with the hurry up after they just covered all your players deep. Your guys are sprinting back to the line of scrimmage and they probably are not.
  8. I think it would be more fun if you allowed the children to return the interceptions. It's exciting for the kids and can really change the momentum of a tight game. I think the 7 yard blitz line is pretty standard, although I feel 10 yards would help open up some longer pass plays. I think a pitch would be nice, if you we're only allowed to pitch from behind center to a back or receiver looping around. I wouldn't want crazy pitching behind the line or children running down the line making option pitches. I have not coached tackle, but I've heard flag does not prepare you for tackle. The games are very different and I wouldn't make ajustments based on possible transitions to tackle. Many takcle teams don't throw very much. And the opportunities to run are limited to a small amount of children.
  9. I've been a reader for several months. Thanks for all the advise shared by all of the coaches. Your comments have definitely improved my coaching. I've just recently started posting. I coach 8-9 year olds I9 rules, 7 yard blitz 5 on 5. Currently I beat the blitz with a center drag (runs down the line 5 yds- easy pitch catch) center hots 3-4 yds throw it over the blitzer. Or a run play. But I finally have a good qb and kids that can catch. So I wonder if I'm missing out on some big plays. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to hit the middle of the field or any other ideas. Most defenses in our league play a 2-1-2 zone and blitz the middle guy. I've had some rollout success by holding the safety with play action and throwing down the sideline. But I'm looking for a timing play toward the middle of the field or outside(whatever you've had success with) and how to practice it. I am not a fan of shotgun and my qb has good feet and can move a little. But it seems like a fast blitz guy only gives you 2-3 seconds in the pocket. Any ideas would be appreciated. I'm not looking for quick passes, I've got that covered. I'm thinking 8-12 yards will open up my passing game. Thanks
  10. I think it is a great idea to have it 10 yards. I've never quite realized why it's necessary for an 8 year old to be forced to make a decision in 2-3 seconds. I think you should mix it up next game and go 50-50 or 60-40 and see what appears to work best. I've found the blitz works great against the pass and eliminates 50% of the opposing coaches pass plays. But does not work so well against the run. especially the misdirection.
  11. It is always best if someone doesn't show. Then you can rotate groups of three and play the top 2 players basically the entire game, which should keep your team pretty competive. In the event all 9 players show up. I would try to keep my top 2 defenders on the field for most of the game. The remainder of the seven children I would rotate in the other 3 positions. Constantly swapping players in every 2 plays. Most coaches take 30-40 seconds to get a play in which should allow plenty of time to make substituions. On offense I would have 2 units and make sure every child played at least 50% of the offensive snaps. Every player gets one touch. You could balance it out talent wise or just stick 5 guys that get it on one group (assuring at least one effective group) Then on the other group take your lumps and go with the second team and hope your extra guy(top player) breaks a long run with your 2nd team. The advantage of putting all your eggs in the one basket. Is it gives yourself a little break of constantly lining up the kids that don't get it. This way you get it all out of the way and don't have to do it every offensive series. Every team and league are different. But the suggestion proposed above is good for a coach that has less fire power than the opposing teams. Im all about having fun. And after coaching 4 seasons I've realized the kids don't have as much fun losing 6-42. It's our job to keep it competitive but not at the expense of kids sitting on the sideline. The team I currenlty coach is very good, it's easy for me to play everyone 50/50. But I've coached less talented teams and used the above approach. As for the end of the game situation. I would have probably substituted and try to put the game away. Then make it up to whoever was pulled out and give them a little love in a future game, with a special play for him or extra touches.
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