Youth Football Spring 2018 at KYA

IMG_2234I am starting an in-season journal for the KYA Football Spring 2018 youth football season.  This is a continuation / expansion of my autopsy review of last season.  Hopefully by writing this in-season journal along with some of my notes, practice plans and games plans, I can better reflect on this season when its over in May.  Some of my journal posts will be over at DumCoach Forum.  I will try to summarize them as I’ve done below from time to time on this blog.

Feb 16  Coach Whit and I met last night to run through some mock drafts based on our rankings from our Monday night coaches meeting.  We both feel pretty good about the draft.  We are hoping everyone has their own favorites so we can pick up our top ranked picks, but who knows.  There are 60 players in draft and a huge drop off after the 25th rank.  Its either going to be a great draft or well a long season.  Lady luck come on baby.

The Bantam draft is tomorrow at 9:30 am.  I need to review and organize docs tonight and get to bed early so I am ready to go.  I’m not really a morning person so I need to be up around 6 am-ish am to feel real alert by 9 am. Maybe breakfast with Coach Whit in the morning?

It looks like it is still raining all next week so this should be fun trying to get practice in with light and fields closed.  I hope the league has the practice fields and lights worked out tomorrow so we can pick practice times.  I was hoping to have this done already.  Have my parent email and letter almost ready to go.

I am getting impatient about waiting today for the draft. I am ready to go now.

~ Parker

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The entries below are also over at DumCoach Forum

Feb 2  Our KYA Football Spring 2018 try outs start tomorrow. So I guess for the coaches, the season officially starts today with try out prep. I am reviewing the sign ups and getting my eval sheet ready for the Bantam 8U age Division. Coaching again with Coach Whit. We just missed the big game last season and came in 3rd in our age group. We froze two coming into the Spring hoping to draft a tier 1 Tailback or Fullback and then start picking up our returning players. This should be interesting since we took a gamble on the freezes to try and get a fast running back to go with our other backs. I kinda wanted to freeze the full 6 but we do need the extra speed in the backfield. I really want a good shotgun Center too, since I am trying out some new Wildcat Spread formations that compliment my Power Wing Beast Offense. Oh well, hopefully skill and lady luck are with us the next three weeks as we go through try outs and then draft.

Stay tuned…. ~ Parker

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Feb 3  Pretty good day at KYA Football grass drills and try outs for the Bantam 8U age Division today in Keller, TX just N of Fort Worth. We had about 30 8U players come through to be evaluated. I have my heart set on 3 players that will fit into our system very well and another 7 which would be nice additions. Of course 4 or 5 other teams might be fighting over these same players. Not a bad day. I still think we might have been better off freezing our 6 players rather than 2 and gambling on picks. We will see how this drama ends in a few weeks on Draft day.

Helped out the league and a National Guard friend /coach eval the JR division which there were about 60 players. Good group of players in the Juniors this Spring. Not enough QBs. They must all be playing 7on7 or pitching baseball. Couple of good looking linemen with good feet.

We also had a Speed consultant come out and she ran our 40 timing with an NFL caliber timing system. She could tell who was sandbagging their 40’s. I actually caught one stud sandbagging and made him rerun. She told me I had a good eye. Player admitted to trying to dump his 40 time to get on a certain team. Crazy coaches and kids…..

Hopefully next week my dream Tailback will appear along with the Purple Unicorns. More to come….

Cheers,
Parker

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Feb 9   Scrambling a little today for our KYA Football League. They ask me to possibly fill in for a coach being deployed overseas. There is about a 25% shot I will be coaching two teams this Spring. I had to scramble to get all player try out notes from last week, scout try out film, set up new coaching staff and have a quick coaches meeting tonight. Tomorrow will be interesting looking at over 100 players in try outs for two different age groups. This is going to be fun. I really hope he does not get deployed because there a few power house teams in this 9-10 age group and its really tough coaching two teams as I get older. Need to check my ego and just help out the league and hope to be competitive. I’ve done this step in and coach at last minute three times before and it is not for the faint of heart.

More drama to come I am sure…. Stay tuned

~ Parker

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Feb 14    It was very cold for N Texas last Saturday at 35 degrees with a lite mist. The boys were freezing at Try Outs / Grass Drills. 40 times were slower. I interviewed the 100 players in both Bantam and Junior. Was happy about the evals. I heard that I would not have to step into Junior to coach to help the league out which I am very happy about. Two teams is a lot now that I am 54.

Coach Whit and I ranked our 60 players for Bantam and feel pretty good about our possible picks. Draft is this Saturday. I am ready to go now. It is suppose to rain all next week which will hurt the first week of practices if fields close. Maybe looking for an indoor facility but those are $200 for two hours here in Keller. Not sure I want to drop $200 for a rental field just yet. Maybe do a parent meeting at a church or community room or something. We will see Saturday or Sunday.

I am ready for our first practice!

More to come….

~ Coach Parker

 

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Youth Football Defensive Player Analysis

I’ve been writing a Spread Offense book over the last several months, The Wildcat Multi Spread Offense; A Youth Football Running Spread Playbook.  During my research I keep thinking about how to attack the outside and Spread the Defenses, since the Sweep and Sweep Option Pass are the main plays in the original TCU Spread playbook by Coach Dutch Meyer.

I started drawing up Defenses and looked over my defense the 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense and started analyzing where youth football coaches hide their weakest talent and put their stud defensive players.  I then started asking other youth football coaches and the chart below is what I developed to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of a typical youth football defense.  And yes, this is somewhat biased to a more recreational youth football league vs Select league.  But, I do find running left is very successful with most pee wee football Offenses; Select or Rec.

Yes, I understand better and more experienced little league youth football coaches will adjust to your offense via their scouting report, but you will be surprised how many teams will not adjust via scouting report or during the actual game.  Don’t say NO before you try it.  I win a ton of games running left and attacking weaker areas.

Youth Football Defense Player Review

So what I found is that pee wee defenses are usually manned by mostly stud defensive players at the inside linebacker positions and defensive ends / OLBs.  On the chart above you can see these players in Red.  One of the linebackers might be just average and or definitely weaker than the other ILB, so I have one in Yellow.  These linebacker type player positions are usually the best tacklers on the team. You must find a way to block these studs or run away from them and or use misdirection to catch them over pursuing which they will do at younger ages.  These guys usually want to hit on each play so misdirection works on them more than average.

I personally like my DTs to be studs since many teams love to run off-tackle plays so these big tackles are usually pretty good players.  I personally like to find big basketball players for DTs.  I have one Red and one Yellow in the chart above.  Many youth football coaching books suggest putting weaker players in the A Gaps.  So you will see many teams put their Minimum Play Players / MPPs in the A Gaps, especially early in the game to get their plays out of the way.  I also do this a lot but try to always have one good player there too.   For this example I have two weak players there that are Green which I find most teams will do in the first and third quarters.

The defensive backs can be a bit tricky.  Many times the 2 cornerbacks will be weak since you have Stud OLBs/DEs playing contain.  The CBs are just out there for a backup contain man hoping to scare the RB to the inside.  I really do not block most youth football cornerbacks and tell my running backs you must beat the CBs.  Every now and then you will find a stud CB and that can be a tougher game.  Many teams will also hide a MPP or weaker player at Safety so there is little threat there.  Most younger teams do not pass so sometimes this player turns into a Rover / Monster Defender but many times still below average talent.  So in the chart above I made 2 DBs Green and one Yellow.

So many times on a youth football defense, especially in rec,  you will get 4 studs and 3  or 4 average players and 3 or 4 weak players if not more.  Many times coaches will stack the right side of the offense and or the wide side of the field with their top players.  You can use this to your advantage.  Many times we find the left side is weaker or possibly the short boundary side depending on the team’s defensive philosophy.

Here is a video I published on Youtube that goes over more in depth info for common youth football defenses like the 62 Wide Tackle, 5-3, 70 Diamond and Gap 8 Defense.

I hope this Defensive player position analysis will help your Offense get more first downs, score more TDs and ultimately more wins.  Let me know what you see regarding youth football Defenses.  I would love to hear your feedback.  Please use comment field below.

Remember, Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!

Thanks,
Coach Parker
Keller, Texas

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100 Names for Linebackers on a Youth Football Defense

Rover LinebackerI guess I was a little bored today and started looking at linebacker position names like Mike, Sam and Will.  We’ve all heard of these names for LBs but I decided to dig a little deeper and see what other names have been used over the last 100 years of football.  I made up a few of my own too as to complete the 112 name list of linebackers.

I have tried to separate the names out into the various linebacker responsibilities but don’t hold me at 100% correctness.  You should use this as a tool to come up with your own linebacker names for your youth football team’s defense.

Here we go naming linebackers…..

Mike, Sam and Will

Strong / Field Middle L-backer Weak / Boundary
SLB MLB WLB
Sam Mike BLB
Stub Mack Will
Sara Meg Buck
Strike Mo Wanda
Zack More Whip
Spear Mace Dick
Snake Mickey Bob
Otto Ace Nick
Flacker Moose West
Saw Missle Bear
Frank Ogre Wolf
Fox Dart Barb
Saber Headhunter Beast

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Outside Linebackers and Inside Linebackers

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Left OLB Rt OLB Inside LB
LOLB ROLB ILB
Leo Roy Ted
Jack Charlie Zip
Lee Rebel Zack
Lance Rex Plugger
Lion Rod Ike
Lotto Rush Axe
Lola Ram Bull
Lefty / LT Rhino Pike
Ox Ray Butkus
Owl Rolo Hammer
East Ralph Chuck
Lakeside Arty / RT Charlie
Lynx Ranger Victor

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Hybrid Linebackers

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OLB Def End SS/DB OLB
JLB Rover
Joker Monster
Jack Dagger
Dave Gunner
Ted Stinger
Devil Nickel
Elephant Raider
Dog Moneybacker
Bandit Lobo
Viper Robber
Tiger Star
Ollie Spur
Elle Lurker
Predator Pirate

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This list is over 100 linebacker names and most of them have been actually used by College and NFL football teams in the past.  I hope you enjoyed this list of LB names.  If you have any names that you have used in the past please leave them in the comments below.

Remember to Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!

Coach Parker
Fort Worth, Texas

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Gift Ideas for Youth Football Coaches 2017

Power Wing Beast Offense PlaybookIf you are looking for a last minute gift idea for a youth football coach, then take a look at my digital download youth football playbooks.  You can use coupon code “xmas17” and save 25% at checkout. Most of my digital download playbooks are under $20 if you use the coupon at checkout.  Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to everyone.  Have a great holiday and 2018.

The Power Wing Beast Offense Playbook for Youth Football is a proven youth football offensive system complete with power running plays, misdirection, sweeps, and play action passing from multiple formations not just the Single Wing Beast.  The playbook has over 60 detailed plays; 25 Beast plays and 35 other plays from Power I, I Wing, Double Wing and Diamond formations.  The offense is gridiron battle tested and Super Bowl ready.  It can be very simple and as sophisticated as you need it to be to give your team the winning edge in every game.  Check it out today.  For more info on the PWBO visit here….

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Parker’s Pirate 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense is a complete defensive package for any pee wee football team through 7th grade.  The system is based on the tried and true 62 Wide Tackle Defense and transforms into 8 other core defensive schemes.  This chameleon feature of the defense is the foundation of the defensive strategy.  One defensive front / scheme will not be effective throughout the season.  Teams must address today’s multiple offenses and sophisticated plays.  My system is very simple and I outline how to install the system.  For more info on the Pirate 62 Multi 8 Defense visit here.

You can also head over to view my partner stores and find all the gear in my coaching bags and the coaching books I read.  I also have items that I use at home and in my home office.  By using these links and buying products you help support me in my efforts to bring more youth football coaching tips to all.  Check out store.coachparker.org.

I hope you guys have a great holiday season.  Merry Christmas from the Parker family.

Cheers,
Coach Parker

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