Youth Football Craziest Play at KYA Pee Wee Football Spring 2018

This is one of the craziest youth football plays I have seen in my 20 plus years coaching youth football / sports. Watch closely as the Tigers’ Center snaps the football over his head hitting an opposing player on the helmet and then bouncing back into the hands of the not so surprised Tigers’ running back who scores a touchdown. This crazy play from March 2018 maybe one of the wildest pee wee football plays ever at KYA Football in Keller, Texas.  What is even crazier is the running back and opposing player involved are cousins.

This funny play is from a 8U KYA Football game; Mustangs vs Tigers. The Mustangs went on to win the pee wee football game but the Bantam Tigers have a lifetime memory.

The play might be illegal but I doubt the referees actually saw which helmet the football bounced off of in all the chaos.  I know the Tiger’s running back had seen this crazy snap many times before.  My team scrimmaged the Tigers and the Tiger’s center had problems a few times and snapped the football over his head.  But give it up the the quick thinking Tigers’ running back for grabbing the football and then scoring on a 50 yard run.

Congrats to both teams on a fun game.

I hope you enjoyed the video.  Thanks to KYA Football and Game Tape Productions.

Remember to Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!
Coach Parker
Keller, TX

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Staying low while tackling in pee wee football

lw8_89_tackleA friend of mine called me last night.  He said his 12U team is not tackling low.  They are tackling pretty good but some are having trouble breaking down and staying low to make tackles.  We talked about not all tackles will be low since they might be open field pursuit tackles when a player just needs to save a big yardage gain.  He explained that his team is tackling good he just needs some more practice staying low to work on a few players fundamentals and keep everyone fundamentally sound.

I told him we use our tackling bags and with a red tape line around them representing a players belt and have our players break down and tackle below the red line on the tackling bag.  We also do the close quarters SeaHawk angle tackling drill where players are just arms length apart already broken down and one step into a near thigh low shoulder roll tackle. Lastly we do a two line drill where we are close quarters again and one player jumps up and the tackler wraps and holds up the jumped player to make sure we have wrapped up and we also do a grab cloth drill from two lines.  One players turns and acts like a running back and the tackler grabs his jersey “Cloth” and the runner takes off.  This helps us make sure we know we can grab cloth and help will come soon.  Heck grab anything to save the tackle.

I have written an article on form tackling before, you can find it here, Is From Tackling Overrated.  Each and every season, I teach proper mechanics of form tackling, especially the Seakawk Tackling System, but I am big on making tackles not worried about what they look like.  That does not mean I do not like the fundamentals, I just know in most game situations a “true” form tackle is not always able to be applied because the ball carrier has other intentions.  We also teach the Seahawk Pec tackle for open field tackling situations.  Sometimes a high tackle is required or last ditch must move on a “jitter bug” running back.  But I will agree with my friend, staying low, both in tackling and blocking to gain leverage is a basic football fundamental and must be taught and perfected by every player to be successful.

Here are some more drills to stay low….

King Size Sheet Low Board

Coach Casey has a few more videos I like on blocking but this old sheet drill to stay low is perfect for all.  Just use an old king sized sheet as a low pole board drill.

 

Basketball Break Down

I’ve used a similar drill to this drill but used a basketball with youth football players versus a yoga ball with these bigger players.  You can also use a smaller tennis ball and scoop with two hands and then have them tackle a dummy bag.

 

SeaHawk Tackling and Drills

I love the Seahawk Tackling system.  This is very similar to what I was taught in high school.  Plus, I played Rugby a season.  I am very big on the shoulder roll tackles.

 

Low Pad Hits @ 1:23

I have never used this drill but I will this week.  I really like this to get across some muscle memory about hitting low.

 

Staying Low using a Tackle Wheel @:20 @:35

A friend of mine made me two tackle wheels and they are great.  This open tackle drill at 20 and 35 seconds are awesome drills to get your players tackling low.

 

I hope these drills and suggestions help you coach your team to get low during tackling and blocking.  Let me know if you have a few drills that you use to help your team stay low.

Remember to Play For fun and Winning is Funner!

Thanks
Coach Parker
Keller, TX / Fort Worth, Texas
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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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