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bobretro

Member Since 27 Aug 2009
Offline Last Active Jul 28 2010 11:23 AM
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In Topic: Introduction

31 August 2009 - 11:25 AM

Hi,

I'm 42 years old an have been coaching as an assistant or head coach for 3 years. I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and therefore love college football. I started out helping coaches and had my head-coaching debut as a basketball coach. I've found that flag-football is the most fulfilling sport to coach. There is nothing like leading the team out on the field on a crisp, sunny fall morning! This is my second session as the flag-football head coach. I was very lucky that my son's prior flag-football coaches were wonderful to work with and learn from. I only moved to head-coach after the last coach's son moved into tackle. I've got 3 great assistants who love the game. I'm always looking for new ideas to help teach the players and this forum is perfect for that, so thanks in advance to everyone here!

Bob

In Topic: Officiating Issues

30 August 2009 - 12:54 PM

-----------LONG POST, but I think this is important so apologies up-front-------------

NOTE: This is not aimed toward any coach on here, it's simply my philosophy on dealing with officials.

It is a well known fact in our league that I never, ever, ever debate with the officials on the field. (clip...!)


Thanks for the post and I agree completely. I want to reiterate. I never argued with the official about any calls during the game. Believe me, there were some blown calls, but my philosophy is that as long as we get the same breaks then I'm o.k. with it. That's why the flag issue bothered me. I always have the boys check their flags to make sure they are properly placed, so we weren't playing on even terms. So anyway, even after the touchdown play I posted on Youtube, the boys came to me and complained about the flag and that the other team was blocking down field and I told them that they needed to forget about it and concentrate on stopping the extra point. I was very, very discrete and polite about asking the official to check their flags. The conversation generally went like this, "Hey ref, could you do me a favor and check the other team's flag? They have some of them on the front of the belt and it's making it difficult for my players to get a fair shot." I'm not exagerating, I was as polite as I could be. As the game went on it got frustrating because it continued to happen. What was over the top was the official yelling at me to coach my team. I think the ref should have warned the other coach who is ultimately responsible for the kids' flags. If it continued it should have resulted in a penalty.

I loved the advice about practicing with misplaced flags. I've never thought about that. I'm sure it was a complete shock to the boys to not see the flags on the other teams hips. That's going to be our first drill on Tuesday!

Thanks,
Bob

In Topic: Officiating Issues

29 August 2009 - 05:05 PM

Bobretro,

We have all ran into that ref on some occasion. I do believe that you have a responsibility to your kids to make sure the game is played by the rules and I think that you have to do it in a controlled manner as the kids are always watching. That is basically all you can do during the game and then you just have to forget about it. I looked at the video and I didn't think it was worse the some that I have seen but it certainly can be frustrating. I watched the video of the winning touchdown on the last play of the game and I think that would have gone a long way toward helping me forget about the refs issues.

I would have sent the e-mail myself if I felt that the ref was out of line so all in all you did about the best that you could.

Thanks for the input. I've calmed down a bit from earlier, so hopefully by our next game (in 2 weeks) it will be a distant memory. The other play you mentioned was from last week's game and it was a wonderful way to end the game. My offensive coordinator was on vacation so I had to step up and call the offense. Needless to say, since it was the first game and since I am used to running the defense, it was a low-scoring affair. We have 11 kids on the team and our first priority is to get each player a touch on the ball. Well, it was our final posession, everyone had touched the ball and so I put in the star lineup. We ran a double-reverse and scored (didn't get that on video...). Then we decided to go for 2 so the other team wouldn't stack up on the pass. The center pass worked wonderfully! The parents really loved the Youtube thing, so I'm going to try and put more videos up.

In Topic: Where Do You Put Your Best Athletes?

29 August 2009 - 08:14 AM

I am wondering where you coached tend to put your best athlete. I have read books on coaching that say to put your best athlete at QB, because they handle the ball every down, but the 2 best teams in our league last year , put their best athletes at RB, and that is what I've been planning to do this fall too, but I'd like all of your opinions first.

Here is my reasoning: The QB cannot run in our league, so other than avoiding the rusher, athleticism really doesn't come into play. As long as they can throw the ball accurately and not get rattled by the defense I think athleticism can be overlooked.

In my playbook, I have alot of options for handoffs to the RB in situations where they can run or pass. This gives us a dual threat in the backfield and eliminates the 7 second passing rule.


First I want to say hi, this is my first post, I'll introduce myself later. It's usually difficult to say who is the "best" athlete. One boy can have great speed, and another great hands. I've found that the quarterback needs to be someone with great presence of mind. It's a waste having your fastest boy at QB because he really can't use his speed. I've also found that it's more important to have a great receiver than a great passer for passing plays. We play in a rec league, so we try to get every boy at least one touch per game, which can be a challenge, but we usually only use 3 or 4 at quarterback since a dropped ball is a dead play we can't afford to lose plays. For defense, I like the fastest kids as corners and the most aggressive as rusher. Of course, rusher is a coveted position, so we try to get each kid there each game.