johnmiku

First Time Coach Here

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Hello. I will be coaching my son's 6-7-8yr old flag football team this season. It's my first time coaching and the entire team's first time playing. Just looking for ideas here. I have a few drills (flag pulling, hand offs, pass patterns)in mind so that part should be a problem. The questions I have are about play calling and the kids learning. I will be in the huddle with them during games. So on offense I am going with just two formations four plays for each formation. I have made up 'flash' cards to have with me in the huddle. On defense it has been suggested I use a 4-1 because of the limited passing. And zone mostly with man on man in the no run zones. Ideas? Thoughts? Thanks. John.

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Coaching Youth Fooball - Football Plays

John,

I don't see your playbook attached. I think you are on the right track in regards to keep things simple with not to many plays. You may if use less than the 8 you are thinking about running. For a new team you might go to 4 or 6 plays and running them well.

In practice run your plays over and over until your kids have their assignments down pat.

I am not sure I would run a 4-1 on defense as you may be setting yourself up for some long breakaway runs if they get around your front 4. You may be much better served with a 1-3-1 especially with an entirely new team.

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Thanks for the reply. For some reason I can't post my playbook. In a 1-3-1 how far off the ball would you have each player? Does it change if we are not allowed to rush the QB?

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John -

I'd also suggest checking out some of the "pinned" threads at the top of the forum. Some good discussions and suggestions for first-time coaches.

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