Special Teams

To Punt or not to Punt – Special Teams

I read an article the other day about a High School team that has decided not to Punt on Special Teams.  Based on their stats, they conclude that they have a better opportunity to make a first down vs the gains made by punting.  Since I coach youth football pre-teens, this seems like a pretty…

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The Onside Kick in Youth Football

In 2006 when I started coaching tackle youth football again, the leagues coaching coordinator was very big on kicking onside kicks.  That was his thing.  To be honest, onside kicking every kick did not work out for us.  Sure we picked a few turnovers, but the majority of time we gave the other team 7…

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Kick Return Blocking – Youth Football Special Teams

Our youth football special teams kick return blocking is not that great.  We did better this year by assigning players to block but we can do better.  We missed many blocks and one that hurt us in our final play off game last season.  After reading Coaching Offensive Linemen by Dave Christensen and James Peterson,…

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Kick Off Coverage

Close games are won by field position and the kicking game.  On a Kick Off you can influence the field position by a great kick and coverage or recovering a fumble.  I particularly like the latter.  The key to special teams and the kick off is practice, practice, and more practice of special teams.   The most successful special…

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Coaching Youth Football Special Teams to be #1 The Best

Coaching youth football special teams might be more important than coaching your running backs. I have seem so many youth football games lost by poor pee wee special teams play that I have lost count. Make sure to focus and make Special Teams a priority with your youth football coaching staff. Updated 2/2/2021 – Coaching…