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  1. One of the real advantages of doing it that way is that I teach them to sell the play every time. We practice strong fakes, running crisp routes, and acting like every player is getting the ball every time. It takes a few weeks of work, but by mid season I don't really have to coach them up too much to get solid results. One of the 'games' we play in practice is calling the formation and then me only telling the qb who gets the ball. That keeps them all engaged and working while we refine the plays and work with anyone that needs improvement. If we are facing a particularly tough defense and I want to point out soft spots or correct something that isn't working right, we do take the time to huddle. If not, we operate a fast tempo run and gun that usually keeps the opposing defense off balance and vulnerable. I do tend to take a few seconds while we get lined up to offer praise, encouragement, or minor corrections, but I prefer to do that 1 on 1 rather than in a huddle. That being said, I have had a few games where the kids just weren't up for the faster tempo mentally or physically, and we have had to slow things down and huddle for each play. I guess my reasoning for planning to run the hurry up is that it gives me the absolute most flexibility to adjust on game day.
  2. My name is Steve, I live in Northeast Indiana, and I've been coaching 6 on 6 flag football for the last 3 years. I made the 'mistake' of checking the box indicating that I would help out with my boys teams whe we registered the first year and was summarily made head coach of both teams. Talk about a trial by fire and learning on your feet! Boy has it been an adventure, sometimes a bit (ok a lot) crazy, but it has been a whole lot of fun for all of us and I have learned a lot about myself and about my kids in the process. I have a 12 yr old son that is moving on to tackle next season and 8yr old boy/girl twins that will keep me in flag for another 3 or 4 years. I am a recovering klutz and had a few tragic years of youth sports before giving in to the inevitable and retiring my cleats for good. I am an avid Colts fan, and am still mourning the loss of Manning, but looking forward to watching the new squad take shape this year. I'm an IT Manager for a construction company, but I also pastor a small church and am currently finishing seminary, so I keep pretty busy. I have really enjoyed reading the posts on this site and have learned a lot doing so. I only wish I would have stumbled on this forum 3 years ago!
  3. This is my third year coaching flag for both of my boys teams. I guess I do things a bit differently than a lot of the guys on this board. I usually run 4 formations, installing 1 a week for the first 4 weeks. From each formation, I can call 8-10 plays depending on who gets the ball and whether that formation supports reverses, flea flickers, etc. I give my kids a wrist coach with all 4 formations (which are color coded) assign them a number that they keep all year, and they basically have them down pat by week 4. I usually coach 2nd and 3rd graders, but this approach has worked well for me with 4th-6th and even with my k-2nd team I coached when my son was younger. It's a great way to get 35 or 40 plays out of some really simple formations that the kids usually master pretty quickly. There are a few nice side benefits of running plays this way. By color coding formations rather than players, I can call out a formation as soon as the play is over and chose the hot route while I check the defensive alignment and who needs to get the ball. For instance, I can call a black formation which is a power I or an offset I depending on substitutions and then at the line call black 7, which means the hot route is to the player assigned #7. It creates a fair bit of confusion on defense and keeps them guessing because the offensive players run the same routes no matter who gets the ball. Basically it's a 'hurry up' style offense, which can be a real boon. I run more offensive plays than any other team in our league because I don't linger in the huddle, if we huddle at all. That means my players get more touches, which keeps the highly skilled kids from getting bored or feeling neglected and the unskilled from feeling left out. Another great feature is that I have 1 laminated coaches sheet that has all 4 formations on it, so if I get sick or have an emergency my assistant can easily call plays and not have to revert to sandlot stuff. Overall, I agree with the concepts the other guys have been talking about ... keep it simple, do a few things and do them well, etc. But if you plan well and get a little creative with how you line your players up, you can have well over 50 plays at your disposal and not really overshoot the kids ability to learn them.
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