Prioritize Fundamentals For Practice

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The next season is starting up in a few weeks. Like everyone else, practice time is extremely limited before games start. I'll have only 2 or 3 practices (if im lucky) in before we play a game. I'm trying to prioritize what I'm going to cover at practice.

We are a shotgun only league

ages 8-11

i expect 1/2 to 2/3 of my players to have never played any form of football before

7 players at a time

most offensive plays are running

here are some skills/fundamentals i think need to focus on, mostly in order of importance. I'm interested in second opinions.


center to QB/RB shotgun


flag pulling

basic run offense

basic run defense

basic pass defense


punt coverage



basic pass offense

blitzing pass defense

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Coaching Youth Fooball - Football Plays


Great article and web site. I also enjoyed the article, What A Youth Football Player Should Expect From His Coaches.

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