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  1. Trips right formation has worked great for my 8 y/o team. Most defenses concentrate on starting in the middle. So iverload the R or L with 3 players C. WrL WrR QB. RB On snap the QB rolls toward the cluster looking for an open receiver. The center takes a 2 yd post. WrL heads 2 yds upfueld then slants slowly toward the middle. WrR slants down sideline. RB hangs tight waiting for play to develop. The QB can look for WrL on the way lateral freezing the D but hopefully the edges were soft and WrR is wide open at least 10yds downfield. If no openings your RB can take a handoff and reverse the ball across and up field. Using the center as a stationary block if needed. The key is to make sure the RB does not pressure the handoff especially if a pass is open. Run this twice, go to RB for the long reverse on purpose to set up defense for that pass on down 2 if needed. Power I formation. (Hand off, Hand off Fake + reverse, and Hand off fake roll and pass), Play 1 - Hand off Left Play 2 - Hand off left fake, WrL reverse **After fake L handoff QB has to turn back to D and hide ball from D while WrL comes around for actual handoff going R** Play 3 - hand off left fake again, QB must continue roll away from D and toward R side of field for a pass to WrR. These are very simple to learn and execute. Long passes not required. At least 10 - 12 yds is all the distance needed.
  2. 5 On 5 Defense Playbook

    To get the kids to stay home on defense you have to be very repetitive and persistent until they understand what your talking about. Young kids are wild loose cannons. They love to run and don't like patience and structure by nature. One really good way to help them all "get it" is by giving them as much 1:1 instruction as possible. To make that happen you need all the coaches on your team also to equally understand what it means to stay @ home. Then have your offense run itself (they will think it's fun)! Just set your D up in a standard formation like the 3:2 or whatever you prefer. The whole point is based on a zone coverage and what section of the field they are responsible for. All the coaches will need to commit their focus on helping 1 maybe two at the most - defensive players each play as the play is happening. Once the play starts - the coaches on the strong side direct their Player to close in and break try to break down the defender long enough for help to assist the flag pull. Make sure your edge defenders Do Not let the play get around them to the sidelines. They need to turn everything back into the middle where they can complete a flag pull with assistance because if the runner gets outside to the sideline it can be a footrace to the endzone. As the strong side handles the primary action - the other coaches need to make sure the weak side players are not just watching flatfooted or flying in towards the ball wrecklessly. They need to make sure they are closing in on the ball under control- while covering any open routes for a cutback or trick play. The weak side player needs to know if anything swings back to their side of the field it is 100% their responsibility to equally cover that side. I tend to simplify things by splitting the field in half and the edge defenders start using caution when chasing a play and he approaches the center field. You can then change D schemes while still coaching 1:1. After only 1 day of this technique at least half the players will get it! Then ONLY the players who don't get it will need the 1:1 support and eventually you will have "team" defense. : ).
  3. If you have noticed. 1 HR practices actually become 45 min practices by the time all the players arrive and are ready to go. The first thing I do is add 15 min to my practice time. Then you have built in time for late arrivals, some warm up and setting up a field if needed. If someone is on your practice spot just get started wherever you can. As far as drills. Agility drills isn't really benficial only 1 day a week for anyone. You really need to spend time having fun and teaching basic stuff they will need to compete. I do like making a box area and putting 1 to 2 defenders inside then having ball carriers try to make a touchdown. You can really coach them 1:1 this way. Focusing on trying to stop or slow the ball down instead of just swiping at the flags on a player running full speed. The most popular drill is playing full length of field SHARK. I always finish practice this way, they get conditioning, practice flag pulling and leave VERY happy. Hope that helps
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