Is it just me or does anyone elso notice that most offenses at the youth level are designed to or happen to "hit the big one"?
This last weekend we played a game in wich we had 3 drives of more than 10 plays. The first, a 12 play 62 yard drive off the opening kick using nearly 7 min of the 10 min quarter. We had another of 11 plays 45 yards to close out the 2nd. Our first possession in the 3rd was a 17 play drive that started at our own 9 and went 70 yards before we lost a fumble at the 1. (We got it back the next play and scored from the 1) But 70 yards in 17 plays? (we play on an 80 yard field. Our one limitation other than age and wieght) More than half of the 3rd and some of the 4th gone on that one drive.
We had 295 total yards of offense on 41 plays. That is 7.1 yards per play. My 12 year old qb was 7-16-98-TD. (A 5 yard TD to the TE on the opening drive) 15 first downs.
Even with all that offense we only scored 3 times. We won.
What made me take notice was the 17 play 70 yard drive.
I decided to try to run a ball control offense after being waxed week 1 48-0 with my old offensive stratigies. We are now 5 and 2 and play the #2 team this weekend in the season finale. We win, we are # 2 going into the playoffs. (Incidently, the team that beat us 48-0 has not been scored on this season and is #1 at 7-0) In each of our 5 wins we have had at least 2 double digit play drives. They do not always end in TD's but they keep the opposition off the field. Most of our games have been precariously close. The boy's seem to be understanding the idea of ball control offense the last 4 games . Positive yards.
I have been trying to teach the concept of ball control offense because I have the smallest (size wise) team in the league. I have less than average team speed and am pretty short on talent. These boys have absolutely amazed me with their unselfishness and discipline. This last weekend we had only 4 offensive penelties, 1 holding, 2 movment, and 1 spearing after a TD.
Just curious if anyone else has tried to use this type of slow down offense with kids 11, 12, and a few 13 yearolds. What type of success? What did you use?
BulldogJimMember Since 11 Jan 2004
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