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  1. We pull lineman on about 75% of our plays at Jr High level (12-14 YOA). I have done with lesser frequency at the 8-11 YOA division. If you are hiding less skilled kids at G, pulliing is a nightmare. If you have athletic kids who want to play line and are willing to work, it's not that hard. BTW, we generally pull both back side G and T with very few problems.
  2. I am considering applying to take over a 12/13 YOA team and I am hoping other coaches can provide some insight. This would be my first foray into head coaching football and I am a fundamentals kind of guy. I was thinking of running 10-15 offensive plays (run heavy) on the O side and a cover 2 defense in a run heavy league. What are most of you guys running? Anything you can pass on?
  3. Since I don't see a reply from the original poster, I will take a crack at this. First of all, I coach the O line on a team that has 8-11 YOA at the beginning of the season. Our RBs tend to be the smaller, quicker, boys (sometimes giving up as much as 70 LBS to the heavier kids). I teach the GOD scheme but the D means "down to the play side". So in our scheme if the hole is an even number, the third read "D" is to the right. The center (who MUST be a stud) runs a "POD" rule meaning Play side, On, Down rule. We only account for defenders that are within about 3 yard of the Line Of Scrimmage (LOS) at the snap. If someone lines up as you describe with the tackles in the "A" gap, we tend to run, by scheme, toward the double team. So the Center would block on the same defender as the play side guard. This, against traditional defenses, has yeilded over 3 yards per carry average when running inside. Your extra player (or two) tends to be back side and must read and react to be in on the tackle. The only scheme that seems to really mess us up is any variation of the double A gap blitz. Just for disclosure, I took over the D this year and I run alot of double A and X blitzes in the A gaps. With the double A or X blitz, there are just too many bodies inside for the O line to block. The QB sneak works well against this blitz, however. So, the simple answer is, if you were just putting tackles in the 1 and 2 gaps (or A gaps for our D) we would end up with a double team on the play side and that SHOULD allow us to run effectively. Blitz double A gaps and you could confuse our O-line. Good luck and I wish you the best for your season.
  4. Texas, That is esentially what the refs ruled and I, along with the head coach, accepted. That being said, following our league rules, and I believe current HS rules, any lineman, except the center, can become a legal ball carrier by simply turing his body so that he is facing parrellel to the line of scrimmage prior to receiving possesion of the ball. In my (probably warped view) that makes every lineman other than the center a potential ball carrying position. With that in mind and taking into account rule "C" as stated above, would that not mean that the only positions that a red or green stripe player could legally play on offense would be the center? Red and green striped players dominate the offensive line of scrimmage at tackle and guard in this league. Before the flaming starts, please take into account that I would never show any disrepect for the rules, or the refs ruling, in front of the kids. Also, I think things like the A11 offense and the "Wrong Ball" play are great examples of following the rules, not the spirit, and are genius.
  5. This is an academic question only, since the season is long over and the game in question ended with us in total control, but I am wondering if you would see things as I did or not. I have pasted the relevant league rules precisely as they are written below. After the rules I will detail the situation. Just FYI, all season long we had seen teams line up red and green stripers as tight ends who, as is the norm for our league, block only. League Rules, as written: c. No player weighing more than 110 pounds can play in a position which can advance the ball. d. Red or green tape must be placed on the helmets of players not allowed to advance the ball. This designation is based on the player’s weight. Once players have been taped or "striped” they will remain that way the remainder of the season. 8. In the Junior division, a player weighing up to 110 pounds has no position restrictions. Any player weighing over 110 up to 135 will be designated with a red stripe on their helmet. A “red stripe” player cannot play in a ball carrying position and cannot advance the ball. In the event of a fumble recovery or interception, they are required to down the ball by dropping to their knee. Any player weighing over 135 up to 160 will be designated with a green stripe on their helmet. A “green stripe” player can only play on the interior offensive and defensive line and cannot advance the ball. Red stripe players are allowed to punt: however, they cannot advance the ball. If the ball is fumbled the play is blown dead. Just as an add on, the league, this year for the first time allowed red or green stripe players to kick extra points (league rules require you to declare 2 point kick or 1 point advancement prior to the play being run and does not allow fakes) but not to kick FG which do not require the declaration and does allow fakes. We had a red striper who, to be honest was not much of a football player and, even at the upper level of the age group was a back-up to kids two or three years his junior. One of the goals we set as coaches was to ensure that every kid leaving the junior division had scored a TD. We realized that this young man had not, in three years, carried the ball even once, but he was an 11 year old red striper backing up our 8 year old TE and our 9 year old tackle on the offensive line. There was never a problem with him lining up as TE, even when he ran a route as a decoy. (We never throw to him as he just wasn't reliable.) About mid way though the season, we were playing a team that we far outmatched and we knew it going in. Our first TD of the game, we lined him up as TE as we had for three previous games and he ran a fade route and the QB tossed one up in the air for him. He pulled it in, in the end zone and immediately took a knee. I contend that the score was valid as he was not "advancing" the ball, but we were given a loss of downs and a 10 yard penalty for inelgible player down field. Not that it mattered because we were able to score at will, and I think it was great for his self esteem, but if this had been a close game, would you think this score counted? Another point to consider, we had a red striper playing MLB and he intercepted a pass in the end zone, took a knee and we were awarded the ball on the 20 as you would expect.
  6. I coach line for a team that has boys from 8 - 11 YOA. The head coach had over 50 plays in the playbook last year, none of which were diagramed for the boys. This year I got him to cut to 32 plays for the first game and I diagramed them out for the team. Now he wants to add 7 more plays and says he has plans to add 5-10 playes for each week of the season. I'm just wondering how many plays do most teams of this age have? I talked to a coach that was on the team that won the division last year and he said they had 6 running plays and two passing plays. They focused on running the plays to perfection and building skills. My feeling is that 32 plays is a lot for little boys to remember. FYI, we dominated the first game at the line on both sides even though we are smaller.
  7. k564s


    I scream and the boys scream back. That's what I responded to as a player and it's just what I do. I've done it for 6 years with soccer (boy did that raise some eyebrows) and 1 year with football. The boys love seem to love it and respond well. To quote one of my former coaches, "If you can't get up for this, you may as well go play chess!"
  8. Just a quick thanks. I won't teach cut blocking at this age just because of the injury potential and the kids I get that have been taught before seem to use it as a crutch. That being said, I am starting to see some success with down blocks and double teams when appropriate. He left last nights practice with a smile for the first time, after a RB thanked him for opening a big hole in a team scrimmage.
  9. In Jr football (9-11) I have a young man who is the heaviest kid on the team (9 year old) by about 25 pounds. The boy, by league rules, can only play line because of his weight. The problem is that he was somehow injured at birth and has a right arm that is shorter and is far weaker than his other arm. He has difficulty fully extending the arm and is not accustomed to using it much at all. Any suggestions for the best way to compensate for the weak arm? How do I teach him to block, or wrap up for a tackle? We are not in pads until next week and we have been doing offensive walk throughs. I have tried him at both sides tackle and it seems clear the inability to reach is going to make blocking difficult at best. I going to give him a shot at tackle on the defensive side when we get pads but I'm not sure he has the ability to wrap up. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  10. Hemi, Just for my peace of mind. You don't see any problem with the 1 second set in a 2 point, followed by a shift to a 3 point with another 1 second set before the snap. I want to make sure we don't get the false start at the shift. As for your question, the HC has four formations he is using on offense. He has a shotgun formation with a balanced line and single wide out and something that looks like a pro-set to me in which he takes the same formation and just moves the QB up under center. There is a trips right formation and a 3 split right formation in which he takes the shotgun and moves the right side back over like a slot receiver. Last season he ran about 75% run plays and prefers to run outside the tackles. When there is a pass play, it is always on a QB roll. Thanks for your quick reply.
  11. Please bear with me as I am working on my first youth coaching gig. I have been asked to be the line coach for a JR football team (9-10 YOA) and the head coach wants to have the O-line come to the line, center with hand on ball, and all other lineman squat (or sit down as I was taught) in a 2 point stance. At the QB command "Down" the O linemen shift to a 3 point stance. The cadence then continues to "Set and Hut". His idea is that, once the defense becomes complacent, he can run a play that starts on "Down" after everyone is set, catching he D off guard. I believe this is OK as long as there is 1 second of non-movement after the shift but I am concerned that some official may interpret the shift to the 3 point as a simulated start of the play and call a false start. We use the standard NFHS rules with a couple of modifications for numbers and eligible ball carriers based on max weights. If anyone can identify any violation of the rules by doing this, please let me know before I teach this.
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