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  3. Transitioning from 8-9 to 6-7. Advice?

    Hi, I wish the forum was still more active too. I'm starting my first year coaching 3/4 graders and was going to start posting to try to reactivate the page. As for your question, I haven't coached those ages but my son played in the 6 year old division recently. From what I saw they kept things simple. Running was definitely what the offense were built around. Dives, fake dive with an end around, end around with a reverse. You can probably do some center drags from Oranges playbook as it's not a far throw. Then run a center drag with a delayed handoff to a end around. On defense, kids had to be able to pull flags. Most scores are from big plays. So I would run a zone, focusing on the kids staying in their area until the ball crosses the line then everyone swarm to the ball. I'd start 4 kids 4-5 yards off the line of scrimmage 5 yards apart, so they can see the play. Then a safety a couple yards behind them as a safety valve. Then practice staying home as you show them reverses and sweeps, then swarm to the ball. Hope that helps.
  4. Not sure how active this forum is these days, but I've gotten a lot of great advice from these pages, so thanks for that to all who've contributed. I coached in our 8-9 division for the past two seasons, and now my 7-year-old son is interested in playing, so I'm about to coach in the 6-7 age group. It's a 5-on-5 league, QB can't run, defense can blitz from 7 yards back, etc. I'm looking for some advice on how to handle this younger group of kids. I know variety is the key to keeping them focused in practice, and I also want to really simplify the playbook for games, but would love to get some specific examples in those areas from anyone who's had experience coaching this age group: any drills that work well for them (sharks and minnows is already down) in practice, any playbooks specifically geared toward that age group, etc. I'll be searching for some more info on the site archives as I await any responses. Thanks in advance!
  5. Need some reassurance

    I am in my fifth year coaching in an NFL 5v5 Flag League. I coach two teams each year for both of my sons that are in two different age groups. I preach sportsmanship first and I make sure that every player gets an equal amount of snaps. I typically experience a fair amount of turnover each year but retain a small core of 3-5 players per team. We get killed every year and I have lost faith in my ability. There are teams we compete against that have been consistent over each season with the same players that play on their respective flag team, baseball team, basketball team, etc. I know their playbooks are small with option routes, qb reads, and I always come out guns blazing with volumes of plays I'm sure are going to work this year??!!!! They don't. I am having a hard time motivating my players that know we are going to get killed. I keep things as fun as I can but their is only so much excitement I can get out of a team that knows each Saturday will lead to their football death yet again. I just do not know what to do to get these guys interested, install an offense that can make up for our shortcomings, and at least be competitive. Our first practices are this Saturday and I already feel defeated. Any advice from some long time coached out there?
  6. Football Playbook Designer

    Does anyone use this program? If so and you are wiling I would love to see some playbooks created in it. Trying to pull ideas form my new 10U and 12U teams Thanks Coach D
  7. I have taken one team to a major tournament only to get crushed by a very different style of play. All quick passes, no running , type attack. Now I am 2 months from playing in my second national tournament. Can someone please post a good play book for 5 on 5 12U tournament play. Just got a sponsorship and now only have 2 months to get ready.
  8. 4V4 Indoor, On 25 Yard Field

    Jaymay75, Give us more of an idea of what you need help with.
  9. 4V4 Indoor, On 25 Yard Field

    Does anyone have advice on 4 on 4. I'm in a league and need help. 7-8 year olds. Thanks
  10. Brand Spankin new Flag coach K-2nd

    Coach we have a few drills that could help you get your defense in position to force the action inside. Youth Flag Football Drills - Post and Break Youth Flag Football Drills - Read and React Drill Youth Flag Football Drills - Swarm DrillYouth Flag Football Drills - Flag Pulling Drill
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