Its been a couple of weeks since winning the Fall 2011 KYA Sophomore Super Bowl and our end of season team party. I’ve had some time to reflect on the Fall season and some of the things I learned this youth football season. The number one thing I learned this season is make sure you are coaching with other like minded coaches, especially your head coach and offensive / defensive coordinators. Finding the right mix of coaches with the same commitment level to excellence that are also flexible to learn new concepts is tough to find.
Here are a few things that I learned Coaching Youth Football 4th and 5th graders in the Fall 2011:
- Find the right coaching staff with similar philosophies
- Draft and Recruit experienced players with coaching references; no rookies or no hitters if possible
- Speed and Quickness at this level is more desirable than size and weight, slow lineman are weakest link and speed kills
- Draft top end of age range, oldest players first, they are more mature
- On D, Play the run and only adjust if opponent scores on a pass; CBs play like OLBs – key run first then pass
- On D, Shut down offense from outside in; pinch them in
- On O, Run your play maker and let him score. Don’t over think what you already know. Yes, he’s good!
- On O, if the D has 4 or more outside TE, run to the middle or audible to other side
- On ST, a good kicker is a big deal. A long directional kickoff is a huge field position advantage.
- On O, Turnovers and Penalties kill drives, minimize them as much as possible.
What did you learn this season? I would love to hear from you. Leave me a comment.
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