How Many Plays Do You Have For 9-11 Y/o?
Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:14 PM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:44 AM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 12:39 PM
Don't move on to play 2 until play 1 is installed.
You can put as many plays in your playbook as you want but don't try to install 8 plays on the 1st night, in fact don't try to install more than 1 or 2.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:01 PM
Couple of thoughts. I'd focus on the fundamentals surrounding the plays. No matter what kind or how many plays you end up with, if your kids can't execute the task at hand (e.g. good fake, take a proper hand off, run the proper route) it won't matter how many plays you have.
I would run with 3-4 basic formations and make sure the kids have those down. From there, you can add an option or two on a few plays or all of them. I like this because once the kids understand a few basic formations, it's relatively easy to run a different option from the same formation. It also allows me as a coach to watch for exploits, so I might run an end around and send someone on a fly pattern the opposite direction. If I see that no one covers my fly pattern, I run the same formation, tell my kids to make it a good fake on the end around and throw to the fly pattern.
Hope that helps.
Posted 20 March 2012 - 06:01 PM
Posted 16 April 2012 - 02:16 PM
I am a believer that run what you are good at and keep it simple. Most of our routes are go routes, slants, outs, posts and corners. If you are good at 4 plays, run them well and make them stop you.
Posted 22 April 2012 - 01:40 PM
Posted 23 April 2012 - 09:14 AM
On my play sheet, I have 2 run plays, run right and run left. Literally. Two of my formations have no RB at all. If they start dropping back to cover the passes, we will run or hit quick slants to the WR more, but we truly do air it out. Over the last 3-4 seasons, we have won a couple of league championships and some open flag tournaments and have only been beat by 1 team (last spring). Not blowing our horn, just most teams cant defend us because we pass it so well.
I guess my point was not to do what we do, but do what your team does well and do not try to make it complicated. If that is 4 plays, do it well. Our plays are simple, but we run them well (but we also have the skill to execute them). Keep it simple and run it well. That could be 90% run and 10% pass or vice versa.
We are not the norm at this age for sure.
Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:32 PM
There are a few nice side benefits of running plays this way. By color coding formations rather than players, I can call out a formation as soon as the play is over and chose the hot route while I check the defensive alignment and who needs to get the ball. For instance, I can call a black formation which is a power I or an offset I depending on substitutions and then at the line call black 7, which means the hot route is to the player assigned #7. It creates a fair bit of confusion on defense and keeps them guessing because the offensive players run the same routes no matter who gets the ball. Basically it's a 'hurry up' style offense, which can be a real boon. I run more offensive plays than any other team in our league because I don't linger in the huddle, if we huddle at all. That means my players get more touches, which keeps the highly skilled kids from getting bored or feeling neglected and the unskilled from feeling left out. Another great feature is that I have 1 laminated coaches sheet that has all 4 formations on it, so if I get sick or have an emergency my assistant can easily call plays and not have to revert to sandlot stuff.
Overall, I agree with the concepts the other guys have been talking about ... keep it simple, do a few things and do them well, etc. But if you plan well and get a little creative with how you line your players up, you can have well over 50 plays at your disposal and not really overshoot the kids ability to learn them.
Posted 03 August 2012 - 02:37 PM
I really like your wristband concept a lot. It makes sense that you'd be able to run more plays, get more touches and really challenge the kids. The one thing I like about the huddle is it gives me the ability to emphasize something, especially with the younger kids. If I called "Black 7" and to make the play work, we need a good fake and a hard roll from the QB. It's nice to be able to make a big deal out of it in the huddle. "Bobby, you need to give me a real good fake here. Roll that shoulder and don't look back at the QB". "Timmy, I need you to hide the ball on your hip and watch Bobby for one second like he has the ball. Steve should be open, remember to pump fake first, then throw". Do you find that to be a problem with the wristbands or were the kids savvy enough they didn't need reminders?
I run more offensive plays than any other team in our league because I don't linger in the huddle, if we huddle at all.
Posted 04 August 2012 - 01:00 PM
If we are facing a particularly tough defense and I want to point out soft spots or correct something that isn't working right, we do take the time to huddle. If not, we operate a fast tempo run and gun that usually keeps the opposing defense off balance and vulnerable. I do tend to take a few seconds while we get lined up to offer praise, encouragement, or minor corrections, but I prefer to do that 1 on 1 rather than in a huddle. That being said, I have had a few games where the kids just weren't up for the faster tempo mentally or physically, and we have had to slow things down and huddle for each play. I guess my reasoning for planning to run the hurry up is that it gives me the absolute most flexibility to adjust on game day.
Posted 05 August 2012 - 05:08 PM
Posted 15 August 2012 - 11:49 PM
For my own part, I have a playbook that has slowly expanded over the years to a ridiculous number. My main key is ensuring I can teach the kids how to run the plays, and focusing on a small group of very specific plays that they master.
My last season coaching (I took last season off), we ran 14 plays that were audibles, that I could call (or the QB could call) without the need for a huddle. To be totally clear, though, there were really only 8, as 6 of them were simply reversals of other plays (run right/left, qb fake right/left, etc). When I needed to run a play outside of those (like 2nd & 15, 3rd & 20, etc), I pulled out my playbook and showed them, or I told them the formation and then gave routes. I preferred to give them the play diagram, as that allowed my QB (often my son) to see the plays rather than having to imagine the routes.
Much of this depends on your team. I had an 8-9 year old team that ran audibles with ease, and had only 1 false start all season, but my 10-12 year old team that season could only run 4 plays without the playbook, and we had at least 2 false starts each game. It all revolved around what players could do mentally and skillwise.
Good luck with your team!
Posted 27 August 2012 - 10:50 PM
Posted 13 September 2012 - 07:36 PM
I found stressing and working on defense is the way to go. I have a solid team of good athletes and we concentrate on shutting the opposition down, it makes our offensive series alot easier.