Posted 07 November 2008 - 12:50 PM
My team has 7 boys
5 v 5
7 yard rush
no QB run
Posted 07 November 2008 - 01:31 PM
Posted 07 November 2008 - 03:54 PM
The only "responsibilities" I teach them are first and foremost to ALWAYS watch the ball before the play starts. Once they are set on defense, a cardinal rule is to simply stare at the ball. It usually takes a full game for them to learn this---but typically the instant I say, "Eyes on the ball, gentleman." they get it. If there is a shift in offensive formation, I will move the player(s) accordingly.
I then teach them once the QB gets the ball (remember they are following the ball with their eyes the whole time), that he will do one of two things: pass or hand-off. If they see the hand-off, most everyone is to swarm to the ball. The only exceptions are the corners and safety. The corners are to "stay home" in the event is to the outside. If they see the ball going up the middle, they are to swarm at that point.
If it is a pass, they are to drop-back in coverage and simply watch where the ball is going and get to it. Most QBs at this age will bird-dog their receiver, so I let their instincts take over. So the rule is to stay home until you are SURE where the ball is going. I had a few players last season (that were really good) whom I just let run wherever.
My only other big rule is that the safety is not to let ANYONE behind him. I found out last year this can be hard---at least for our safety to happens to be my son. ;-) Early on, once he would see a hand-off, he would charge right up the middle. Now he's learned (learning) to take the angle.
There were often times he let receivers slip past him because he "thought" the QB was going to another receiver. After driving home the importance of not letting anyone past him he's done better. I told him the only time he is to knock the ball down should be if it is in front of him. He struggled a bit last season because he wants to be very aggressive, but he's also disciplined, which is why I keep him there.
This season I've let someone else take the defense. Maybe he'll come up with a better plan for us this year. Our defense was fairly stout last season, but there is always room for improvement.
Posted 10 November 2008 - 07:52 PM
Hope it helps.