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  1. calewine

    What Will You Do New This Year?

    I agree the board has slowed down but I still find it very helfpul. I coach in i9 and am about to start my 8th season (2 kids) and since we get just one practice a week and it's on game day, I plan to continue to use what I've learned works. That is to keep it simple and only add new wrinkles about 1/2 way through the season. I intend to go into the season with just 5-6 plays for the 3rd/4th and 5th/6th grade diviisons. I have 12 that I've used over time but am going with the plays that I like to call most often. When the kids have those down I will add another one or two. For defense I am doing the same as you and bringing pressure from different angles. I had a really fast kid last year and toward the end of the season I rushed him from the right corner back spot to push the oppossing QB to my defenses right. It was very effective. I also ran into a team who ran a 2-3 zone who sent 2 blitzers from both edges at my QB on all extra points, as well as 4th & shorts. The strategy worked so well I stole it for my last 2 games and it worked for me too.
  2. calewine

    No Huddle Playbook

    Great playbook, i've had success with it against zones, especially any 2-3 or 1-3-1 zones. Moving up to 12 & under I often see the umbrella type M2M defense. Tight coverage on wide outs (like 2 yards off the line), 2 defenders about 3-7 yards off the ball to cover slot and center and 1 deep safety. Motion works pretty well for moving defenders around and opens play action too. The bubble-go works when it is executed well but any under thrown balls can be an easy pick 6. What do you guys like to call? Also, do you guys use X/Z over for bubbles?
  3. I am looking for some plays that use a pitch to a halfback who then can pass it or run it. Age group is 10-12 with i9 rules. Also looking for good ISO plays too. Coach Rob's flood is one that is very effective. Thanks in advance
  4. calewine

    5V5 Unique Offensive Formations

    Thanks Coach Rob - I appreciate your post. In your play for the "end around / fake end around", what route did you have the center do?
  5. I am looking for offenseive scheme advice. I coach i9 age 12U and in looking through many of the great playbooks in this fourmn I see most plays are run out of balanced, pro, twins or trips formations. However I have seen a couple "alternative" formations that have intrigued me. In particular where a player lines up right next to the center, not bunch, but for instance in Twins it would look like: X X C X or X C X Q X Q I see mainly short crossing routes involving the 2 tight players, along with play action bootlegs isolating either the center or the other player out of these formations. I am very interested to hear others opinions on how effective plays run from these formations are. Or any other alternative formations that you have found to be effective.
  6. calewine

    No Huddle Playbook

    I am also in i9 U12. We have used the pitch rather than the stretch and it works great. I have a very unique set of personnel leading to a VERY slow team. Only 2 kids who can run fast and 4 who are jogging in place . Unfortunatlely those same 4 are not good throwers and cant complete any passes with accuracy. So they are C or WR. The hitches get blown up when the kids play wide and we can't beat most teams man for man on hitch and go due to our slowness. The O would absolutely work if I had 2 more kids with a little quickness/ speed or 2 of my slow kids could switch to QB. I currently substitute the hitches with the twins back formation and run crossing routes with the slot running an out and the WR doing a slant under. I also jump into trips and do the 2 old wash plays which are easy and very effective against both man and the 2-3 or 2-1-2. We can move the ball but other teams just put a spy on the 2 kids with speed and then our overall slowness leads to few breakaways and plenty of 4 and outs just shy of the 1st down marker. Literally an extra 5 -10 yards per possession would make it work for us. I will add that the kids love running the no huddle - it's fun and does allow us to run 2 extra series a half.
  7. calewine

    No Huddle Playbook

    Interesting playbook. I really like the simplicity of it. In our league all passes have to be forward of the LOS. A few questions: 1. What age range have you been running this? 2 What Defenses do you generally run against ? Any special blitizing rules in your league?