Posted 21 November 2011 - 01:33 AM
The next challenge was getting the defense to move once the ball was hiked. I have some ideas of what to focus on in practice to fix these things.
I was looking to see what other coaches did in a similare situation. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them.
Posted 21 November 2011 - 04:39 PM
1. Base your playbook around your personnel. You noted you learned a lot in the first game, so build on that.
2. Hand the ball off to multiple positions. If you hand off to the RB every running play, defenses will shut it down quickly.
3. Teach the kids a zone defense. It's really not that hard. Just have them "stay in their positions" and keep their eyes on the football until the ball crosses the LOS, then swarm.
Finally, look at this season as a learning season. This is not to say you should not expect much, but it is really difficult for a team to compete their first season (unless you are playing teams in your situation or you have one or two terrific athletes you give it to every play, which you probably don't want to do). We got kicked in the teeth over and over in our first season, but we tried to build on something after each loss---and actually won our first round playoff game that season. ;-)
I hope this helps some---if you need more specifics let us know. Thanks
Posted 21 November 2011 - 10:52 PM
Posted 22 November 2011 - 09:25 PM
Posted 26 November 2011 - 08:32 PM
2) Emphasize 2 things on offense and 2 on defense. Make a big deal out of them. Keep it simple at first.
3) Someone suggested having another coach help for lining up kids, good idea.
4) Get some goofy chant going, involve the parents in the chant before/after games. Keep it fun.
5) Don't get too caught up in the W's & L's.
6) Encourage the heck out of your kids. Be Enthusiastic!
7) Check back in and let us know how things are going.