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#1 docholdaway

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 05:10 PM

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It is my first year as head coach. My boy played the last two years and I assisted, but this year he's movin' up. The problem is that in this division the coach is not allowed on the field, where in the past the coach would be in the huddle and on the field the whole time. In the past we would just have diagrams ready to go to show the kids the plays in the huddle, and the play clock wasn't too strict so it was relatively easy to communicate the plays on to the field. But now what do I do? How well can this age process information? After perusing these forumns for a while I've come accross some real nice playbooks (I really like Orange's book, and many others) and I'm wondering how I'm going to get the plays on to the field during the games. Should I huddle on the sidelines? Develop a system of play calling (e.g. Formation -> X route -> Z route -> Running Back route -> Center route)? Wrist bands? What works best. Every and All experiences are truly welcome!


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Posted 25 August 2011 - 06:45 PM

these kids are old enough to know there plays.teach them and run them over and over...or go wristband
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Posted 03 October 2011 - 02:16 AM

I coach 5-7 year olds (6 ON 6), i'm allowed on the field but i'm really only out there for motivational purposes, I tell them the name of the plays and they run them, we run anywhere from 10 - 15 different plays (no wristbands). It's all about repititions, just run the plays in practice until it becomes second nature. In your case, i'd send a player in with the play.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 11:35 AM

I coach 5-7 year olds (6 ON 6), i'm allowed on the field but i'm really only out there for motivational purposes, I tell them the name of the plays and they run them, we run anywhere from 10 - 15 different plays (no wristbands). It's all about repititions, just run the plays in practice until it becomes second nature. In your case, i'd send a player in with the play.


Coach, I'm trying to figure out how complex to get this year as it's my first as the head coach for a 5-6 yr team. We only get 2 hours of practice before our first game so I'm impressed that you were able to get a nice playbook of plays they could execute. Do you have each kid stick to one position predominantly in order to accomplish this?

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 10:44 AM

I broke down and bought wrist bands. They are working well for our team.

They also help keep the team organised, because my players know if they are wearing a wristband they are on offense.

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 12:51 PM

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9-11 year olds

It is my first year as head coach. My boy played the last two years and I assisted, but this year he's movin' up. The problem is that in this division the coach is not allowed on the field, where in the past the coach would be in the huddle and on the field the whole time. In the past we would just have diagrams ready to go to show the kids the plays in the huddle, and the play clock wasn't too strict so it was relatively easy to communicate the plays on to the field. But now what do I do? How well can this age process information? After perusing these forumns for a while I've come accross some real nice playbooks (I really like Orange's book, and many others) and I'm wondering how I'm going to get the plays on to the field during the games. Should I huddle on the sidelines? Develop a system of play calling (e.g. Formation -> X route -> Z route -> Running Back route -> Center route)? Wrist bands? What works best. Every and All experiences are truly welcome!

I think the best way to teach the boys the plays in practice. they should know the play by name and know what their assignment is in each play. Once you get to the game, you provide the QB's a quarterback wristband with the plays on the wristband. This will be used to assist the QB with calling the play in the huddle. All you have to do is relay the play name to the QB. This can be done with hand signals (1, 2, 3 etc), or with a player running them in. There are alot of websites that offer quarterback wristbands and flag football plays to be inserted
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