Funny story that happened to us. Our league instituted the "Mercy Rule", which is when a team is down by 18 points. It basically boils down to getting the ball 5 yards shy of midfield instead of starting from your own 5 yd line. Last wk we played a tough team and got down by 18 pts towards the end of the game. They declared the mercy rule which prompted one of my younger players to ask "what was the mercy rule?". Don't know why, but one of the kids in the huddle said, "we have to score a touchdown now". So the younger player replies, "we HAVE to? what happens if we don't?". Couldn't resist, so I said, "we don't want to find out" and asked if he wanted the ball. Of course he said yes, so we run a straight hand off to this kid and you'd have thought he was running for his life. He zigged and zagged all the way to the endzone for a TD. Couldn't believe it. I gave him a high five and told him thanks for not letting us find out what WOULD have happened.
Another quick sidenote, since I hold my plays up and the kids huddle behind me, the other team can see the backside of my plays. I made another play to put in back, this one has a picture of a pepperoni pizza on one side and a hot fudge sundae on the other. While I'm calling the play, the opposing players are looking at one of those pics. Who knows... maybe it makes their minds wander?
As a first year coach of a 5v5, 7 & 8 yr old team, I had (and still have) several questions. My first post was concerning handling QBs during the game. After a lot of great suggestions obtained from this site; I decided, since we participate in a "instructional" league, we would stick with (2) QBs the first half the game and (2) different QBs the second half of the games with ALL of the players getting an opportunity to play the position over the course of the season regaurdless of their talent level.
With that being said, during our game this past weekend my least skilled player was getting his turn at QB. My assistant coach (who was practicing as offensive coordinator; he is usually on defense) called for a passing play which apparently sent everyone deep (or at least it appeared that way because all of the players were about 7 yds down field.) Our QB cocks the ball over his head and let's it fly........... about 4 yds. My son comes flying out of nowhere to make a shoe string catch and then scampers 30 yds for the TD. The smiles on those kids faces were priceless.
As the kids were jumping up and down, celebrating on the field, I immediately turned to one of the parents sitting on the sideline, pointed to the kids and said, "That's why I volunteer to coach." It's a moment like that makes coaching worth while. Even if it isn't according to plan!