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Hi, I'm a new coach working with a team of 7-9 year olds. I'm trying to figure out how to get their passing game going and I have a very basic question. Do you recommend trying to teach the QB to hit kids on the run or telling the receivers to run to a spot and wait there? The former seems tough for kids this ago to pull off. But the latter doesn't seem likely to work unless the QB gets the ball out very quickly. The defenses aren't so clueless that they'll just let a kid stand around open for a few seconds until the QB notices him. How have others handled this? Thanks in advance for any advice. P.S. Rules: Five on five, QB can't run nor can defense rush until five seconds after the snap.
I've been a reader for several months. Thanks for all the advise shared by all of the coaches. Your comments have definitely improved my coaching. I've just recently started posting. I coach 8-9 year olds I9 rules, 7 yard blitz 5 on 5. Currently I beat the blitz with a center drag (runs down the line 5 yds- easy pitch catch) center hots 3-4 yds throw it over the blitzer. Or a run play. But I finally have a good qb and kids that can catch. So I wonder if I'm missing out on some big plays. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to hit the middle of the field or any other ideas. Most defenses in our league play a 2-1-2 zone and blitz the middle guy. I've had some rollout success by holding the safety with play action and throwing down the sideline. But I'm looking for a timing play toward the middle of the field or outside(whatever you've had success with) and how to practice it. I am not a fan of shotgun and my qb has good feet and can move a little. But it seems like a fast blitz guy only gives you 2-3 seconds in the pocket. Any ideas would be appreciated. I'm not looking for quick passes, I've got that covered. I'm thinking 8-12 yards will open up my passing game. Thanks