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  1. Coach Hebert

    No Huddle Playbook

    Just wanted to let you guys know that we continue to have success with this offense. We are 5-2 heading in to our last game this weekend. We beat a far more athletic team last weekend (they were a team of all 11 year olds and my entire team is 9). We were giving up 4 inches a man and several steps of speed and quickness. The score was 26-24. The runs and bubbles all worked very well, as did the Zebra (Z end around) and X-Ray (X end around) that we've put in. There are 2 more plays that we've had success with that might help you guys. First of all, I wasn't crazy about just having the Flood against a solid 2-1-2 zone. If we see a bunch of that, we go with an empty backfield (so X and Y are about 3 yrds apart on the far left, and then RB and Z are the same on the far right). We run either an X Cross or a Z Cross. Essentially, the inside guy goes first and runs across the outside guy, then goes deep along the sideline. The outside guy waits for the inside guy to go across him, and then runs a slant. The two players cross. It has worked very well for us. Most of the time, the slant is open at first, and we get nice gains out of it. Then, the defenders start jumping the slant, and the outside guy is open deep. This works for us like 90% of the time right now. The second one is a trick play, and the kids love it. We run the Statue of Liberty like Boise St. did against Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl (if you have never seen that play, then Google Boise St. statue of liberty, because it's an unbelievable play). We call it Z Bubble Statue of Liberty. We line up in X Over. The QB takes the snap and fakes like he's throwing the Z Bubble. However, the ball is in his left hand (so the fake throw is done without a ball in the right hand). While making the fake throwing motion, the QB puts the ball behind his back and really holds it out. The RB takes a step right while the QB fakes it, then runs for the ball after the QB sticks it out. The RB takes the hand-off (behind the QB's back) and then runs hard to the left. It sounds complicated, but it is not a difficult move for any of the players. The kids love it and it worked or us the one time we ran it (I just put it in). I hope that helps.
  2. Coach Hebert

    No Huddle Playbook

    My team is 2-1 so far using this offensive philosophy. We have crushed 2 opponents, and then lost to a team where we just couldn't do anything on offense. We are in a 9-11 year old league, and my team is made up of all 9 year olds, so we are the youngest. We have some good athletes though and had gone undefeated the prior 2 seasons in the 6-8 year old league. We switched to this system though because we ran 90% of the time in the younger league and needed more passing (we basically just ran crosses and scissors in the younger division). All in all, this is a great offensive system. Thanks to Koolaid for posting it and everybody else that has commented on it. I tried using playcards like Chip Kelly does in order to send in plays. The kids loved it, but, honestly, it is a pain for me as the coach (and it took a long time to create them using powerpoint and poster board). Finding the card to call the play is a pain, and it took too long. I've kept the cards for some plays, but I signal in the basic ones (Razor, Laser, Bubbles, etc.). I used hand signals instead of numbers so the other teams can't pick up on it as easily. As for a good extra point play, our most successful play is one I call Laser No Yo-Yo. We line up in Tight, fake the Laser (so it's a play action pass) and then pass to the Y who runs a 7-8 yd out (Y out is the Yo-Yo). It works 90% of the time. The Z runs inside and picks the insider defenders, making it easier for Y to be open on the right side. You could run this for 10 yards as well, just make sure Y runs a 10 yd out. I've added a couple of plays that were not in the original playbook but work well (I won't talk about the ones that haven't worked). The first is one I call Zebra. It's essentially an end around to Z. We line up in X Over with the Z spread out wide. Z goes in motion, and then the QB calls hut before Z gets to him and hands off to Z. It works well because Z is almost at full speed when getting the hand-off. He's usually able to turn the corner and get outside for a big gain. I also run it to the other side and call it X-Ray (so it's run out of Z Over). I also run a Zebra Ghost, which is a play-action pass play. We line up in X Over and fake the Zebra. The Y runs a 10 yd out to the right, the X runs a post deep and the RB swings out to right side. It kind of creates a Flood on the right. In the game that we lost, we just couldn't do anything on offense. We could not run the football because the other team tackled very well and our guys just didn't make anybody miss. We tried some bubbles early and didn't complete them due to poor passes. The defense then adjust to them, and would line up in tight man, then jump the route and tip or deflect any Bubbles that we tried. We then tried the Bubble Go's but just couldn't execute them (WRs dropped a couple of passes and QBs threw some bad balls). However, if we'd have made 1 or 2 of those plays, then we'd have probably won this game. Anyway, do you guys have any thoughts for when the defense takes away the Bubbles and you still can't run. I felt helpless because we couldn't run the football or throw the Bubbles. There wasn't much else for me to do (which is why I created the Zebra/X-Ray).
  3. Coach Hebert

    No Huddle Playbook

    This system looks great. Quick question for you guys though: how far are X and Z split out in each of the formations? When line up, how far from the ball are X and Z in Base formation? How about Spread and Tight as well? Thanks