Choosing a Youth Football Quarterback with the winning traits to be your elite QB1 starter and finding backup is a tough decision each youth football coach makes every little league pee wee football season. Who should play QB on my team?
It is a tough decision even for me after 25 plus tackle seasons to Choose a Youth Football Quarterback. The Quarterback and Center are two very important offensive positions on a pee wee football team. Since the snap exchange is so important to get right and not turnover the football over every 8 to 12 plays due to a poor snap exchange choosing youth QB1 youth football quarterback is a task you want to get right.
One of my Social Media subscriber asked me a few weeks ago, What do I look for in a youth football QB? I thought wow, that is a good question and a tough one. We have 3 weeks of practice and scrimmages to choose a QB in our youth football league season. We are usually looking at 2 to 3 players for QB and get down to 2. We already know our youth football QB Profile for our offensive schemes in Power Wing Beast Offense, Wildcat Multi Spread and the I Formation. We run more Single Wing Wildcat style offenses so not a huge issue for find a true passing QB and that’s a huge miracle in youth football anyway.
If you are looking at finding starters for your whole team check out this youth football coaching blog article on Youth Football Player Evaluations Finding Your Best 11 Starters. And another article on Thoughts on Choosing Youth Football Offensive Lineman Positions and lastly Defense; Thoughts on Choosing Youth Football Defensive Players.
Our older teams we will run Spread and we look for more of a traditional QB with our Wildcat back. We may find a great passing QB once every 3 to 5 years but in 25 years coaching youth football I have seen maybe 4 passing QBs I consider great. You must DEVELOPMENT your youth football QBs.
For youth football quarterbacks, I mainly I look for a Smart, Ball Manager, that I Trust with the football. And of course they are an good athlete. More detail….
Choosing a Youth Football Quarterback
3) Football iQ
4) Good Ball manager
6) Competitive – they desire to win
7) Tough & Resilient
8) Ok Arm
9) Ok to Good Speed
10) Good hands and feet
11) Will they protect the football
12) Do they want to play QB?
- Are they SMART? Good football IQ?
- Someone that I can TRUST not to turnover the football on the Center QB exchange or handoff.
- I am looking for a FOOTBALL MANAGER type player.
- Are they a CONFIDENT person and player?
- Will they UNDERSTAND the Offense?
- Can they LEARN all the plays and how everyone lines up?
- Will / Do the PLAYERS RESPECT them?
- Do I CLICK with them?
- Do we get each others non vocal words, facial expressions, hand signals, thoughts?
- Do they TELL ME THINGS that are happening on the field; offensively and defensively.
- Can they audible? And MAKE ADJUSTMENTS without me hand holding?
- Can they REMEMBER THE SNAP COUNT and adjust if problem on the field.
- Will / Do they show up to PRACTICE EARLY AND TO GAMES EARLY?
- Will they PRACTICE AT HOME and get a QB coach to learn to throw properly? QB COACH?
- CAN THEY THROW a 10 yard pop pass to the TE accurately?
- How far can they throw? Can they take the hits a QB takes and get back into the huddle?
- Do they have GOOD NERVES and not get too shaken by hits, losses and interceptions. Nervy QBs fumble a ton.
- Do they have GOOD HANDS?
- Can they handle the RESPONSIBILITY OF THE TEAM?
- Can they TAKE A BIG HIT and get back in the huddle and go again and again.
Listen and Watch the coaching youth football podcast for more on Choosing a Youth Football QB on YouTube below.
Here are what some College Coaches are looking for in QBs
- Competitive Spirit
- Smart / High FB IQ
- Good Judgement
- Love Football
- Do they want to play QB
- Great Athlete / Stud
- Common Sense
- Student of the Game
- Understands Off / Def
- Trains in Off – Season
- Perfect Practice Mentality
- Great Work Ethic
- Thick Skinned
- Not Gun Shy / Courage
- Avoids Stupid Mistakes
- Can Manage Team on Field
- Easily Coached
- Good Communicator
- Authoritative Voice
- Handles the Snap Well
- Great Hands and Feet
- Great Personality
- Makes great decisions
- Team Captain
- Knows how to Win
- Enthusiastic about playing QB
- Calm and Collected
- Popular with Teammates
- Knows his off & Players Skills
- Catalyst Makes everyone Better
- Mature for Age
- Good Observer
- Tall / Above Avg height
- Above Avg Size Hands
- Great Feet / Agility
- Works Hard
- Good Passer – Willing to Train
- Physically Mature
- Emotionally Mature
- One of the Best Athletes on Field
- Desire to Win and be the Best
- Humble & Appreciate Teammates
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Choosing NFL QBs
How Do Scouts Break Down NFL Quarterback Prospects by Matt Miller at Bleacher Report.
- Arm Strength / Velocity
- Pocket Presence / Ability to Escape
- Throwing Mechanics
Parcells’ 11 QB Commandments for Success
- Ignore other opinions
- Clowns can’t run a huddle
- Fat QBs can’t avoid the rush
- Know your job cold
- Know your own players
- Be the same guy every day
- Throwing the ball away is a good play
- Learn to manage the game: clock, clock, clock
- Get your team in the endzone
- Don’t panic
- Don’t be a celebrity quarterback
The above came from my article on Coaching Quarterbacks.
Sources on Choosing a Youth Football Quarterback
- Quarterback Generalship & Strategy – Fouss – 1958
- Coaching the Quarterback – Olcott – 1972
- The Quarterback – Shea – 1980
- Quarterbacking – Starr – 1967
At the end of the day the youth QB decision is an important one but not as important as the position becomes in High School and above. Most youth football QBs must be trustworthy and great ball managers to handoff to your running back studs. Of course I will always take a Tom Brady Jr and use it to the full extent possible. But for the most of us youth football coaches, I am looking for the fastest toughest Tailback I can find. Speed at the youth football level will win more games than a great passing QB at the youth level in my opinion. I guess Choosing a Starting Tailback will be the next podcast episode on choosing players.
Did you find this podcast on Choosing a Youth Football Quarterback helpful? What do you look for in your pee wee QB? Do you look for more physical QB traits or mental? What are your comments on the youth football coaching blog post / podcast episode? Let me know. I would love to hear your feedback.
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