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Coaching Youth Football to Lose and Why?

Coaching Youth FootballOver the last 10 years, I have coached three different youth football teams through the 7U to 12U age divisions.  During those many Spring and Fall football tackle seasons, our teams consistently beat a few teams that we played each season as our team aged.  I always think about why our Teams won versus other teams in our Division.  This morning was no exception, since I am planning to begin coaching another 7U/8U team this Fall 2017.  I started writing down the team names we played over the years and why I thought we beat these teams season to season.  Here is a summary of what I thought about this morning….

Why Teams Lost Summary

  1. Son played QB; “Daddy Ball”
  2. Shotgun snaps inconsistent or QB / Center Exchange
  3. Too many pass plays and low completion rate
  4. Play calling strategy; did not run best plays, wanted to be too fancy or pass
  5. Did not focus on Blocking
  6. Defense was a reading Defense, and did not attack Offense

Yes, my two sons have played quarterback over the years but if I had a better QB, my sons played other positions.  As a Coach, you must be able to play the best player at a position, not start your son or someone you like better due to parent politics or a pre-season promise.  You must do what is best for the team, not what is best for you and your family.

Each season, I see so many teams force a shotgun snap because they want to run the Spread or Pistol offense.  If your Center cannot shotgun snap 14/15 times consistently then you will turn over the football at least twice during the football game.  These turnovers will lose games.  I see it in youth football and at the Junior High and High School levels.  You can run these offenses under Center, maybe not as effective but more effective than fumbling the QB / Center exchange.  This area of offense must be focused on and practice at every practice.  Even I get lazy and lose focus on this QB Center exchange and then it bites me in the bootocky.

Look if your team cannot complete more than 50% of your passes then do not focus on the offensive passing game. If you want to focus on your passing game, then play 7on7 and practice there.  But forcing the passing game to learn how to pass for a whole season while you consistently lose more than half your games is no fun for you, your players, parents and fans.  Sorry but many youth football QBs will not start as high school QBs. Running the football at the youth level will increase your chances to win games.  But hey, if you have the legit passing QB, receiver, blocking etc than pass the crap out of the football.  Out of my 20+ season coaching youth football, I’ve seen more teams win by running than passing.

Many coaches, want to over complicate youth football offenses.  I know I do sometimes.  Remember to keep it simple.  Do not force an offense on your talent. Let the Talent tell you what they can do.   If you’re trying to run a fancy offense and getting penalties every series or unable to shotgun snap then maybe that offense is not working for your talent.  If your offense play calling strategy is all over the place and you keep calling pass plays that do not work or Jet Sweeps that are losing big yards, or throwing 2 interceptions a game, maybe you should run that Stud TB down the 5 or 6 hole behind your super large offensive tackle and maybe move to an unbalanced line and just run it down everyone’s throat.  The stats say your averaging 5 yards a carry on that play.  I don’t know how many times, I’ve looked over at my Co-Head coach and said thank god they keep passing and not running #20 down our throats.  But hey, keep passing from a shotgun formation and turning the football over on interceptions, downs or bad snaps and give me the win.  I’ll take it.

It took me a few years to learn to really focus on blocking.  Many youth football coaches focus on the running backs and just tell the lineman just block any man in front of you.  Yes, you can win doing that if you have really good running backs.  But if you do not have tier 1 running backs then you need to learn to block.  You might have a pretty good passing QB, but if you cannot protect him from my 6 very determined pass rushers then it will be a very long day.  If your guards are not blocking the inside gap and letting my A gappers crush your QB then it’s hard to hand off.  Your linemen will usually be 50% or more of your players on your football team.  Coach them up on blocking fundamentals to be the reason you’re the best offense in the league.  Your players and parents will be happy you focused on all players not just your top 5 running backs.

Defense wins Championships.  I see too many coaches running a 5-3 or 4-4 split defense or even running a 6-2 defense but with reading linebackers and reading defensive ends on the edges in tight to the formation with the Corner Backs set back in a cover three with the Free Safety and losing a ton of games.  I see too many “reading” linebacker centric defenses get stomped on by heavy running offenses.  If most of your youth football defensive players are linebackers and defensive backs reading plays then most experienced offensive coordinators will shred your defense for 4 to 5 yards a carry each play.  It has been my experience that youth football players do not read offensive keys, players, plays, formations very well.  These defensive players will wait for the running back to hit them and not attack the offensive player on his key move from the backfield.  Youth football defenses must attack.  I use a 5-3 defense or 5-2 Monster as my pass defense in youth football not my main run defense.  If you have legit linebackers that attack then maybe you can run a successful linebacker centric defense at the youth football level.  Make sure to scout opposing offenses and focus on Defense.  Offense is pretty and wins a few games, but your Defense will get you to the playoffs and maybe a chance in the big show.

I know my opinions are a little brash, but this has been my experience over the last 20+ seasons coaching youth football in Texas and Colorado.  Let me know your thoughts.  I would love to hear your opinions.

Below is why I thought we beat each team consistently over the years…..

Team 1

  1. Coach played his son at QB, who was not a QB
  2. Too many pass plays and low completion rate
  3. Offense was too easy to Defend, not enough variety
  4. Players not assigned to proper positions
  5. Shotgun snaps inconsistent

Team 2

  1. Ran same play that did not work too many times a game
  2. Coach played his son at QB
  3. Too many pass plays and low completion rate
  4. Did not focus on blocking
  5. Did not adjust Defense to Offensive alignments

Team 3

  1. Coach played his son at QB
  2. Ran wrong offense based on team talent
  3. Shotgun snaps inconsistent
  4. Too many pass plays and low completion rate
  5. Offensive play calling strategy suspect

Team 4

  1. Did not Draft/Recruit well; Poor Planning
  2. Switch Offense week to Week
  3. Switched Players around week to week
  4. Did not listen to other Coaches trying to help
  5. Shotgun snaps inconsistent

Team 5

  1. Promised players positions on Team; QB
  2. Did not play better players at QB
  3. Recruited players they liked vs best players
  4. Did not put players in proper positions
  5. Offensive play calling strategy suspect

Team 6

  1. Over complicated offensive shifts pre-snap
  2. Good motivator but lacked tactical focus
  3. Shotgun snaps inconsistent
  4. Did not run best plays, wanted to be too fancy
  5. Did not adjust Defense to counter Offense alignments

Team 7

  1. Ran too many LBs and did not attack on Defense
  2. Relied on only 1 main RB
  3. Did not focus on blocking
  4. Too many coaches / voices
  5. Easy Offense to Defend

Team 8

  1. Coach played his son at QB
  2. Too many pass plays and low completion rate
  3. Did not run his stud RB more
  4. Defense did not attack Offense
  5. Offensive play calling strategy suspect

I hope this will help you understand the dynamics of winning and losing youth football games.

Thanks
Coach Parker
Fort Worth, Texas

 

 

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Playing Defensive Linemen in the 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense

These two videos review how to play defensive linemen in my 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense, which is based on the proven 6-2 Defenses, Wide Tackle 6 and the 5-3 defense used by many pee wee football teams in little league tackle football programs across the country.

The first video reviews how to play defensive tackle in the 62 Multi 8 defense.  Both Dan and Tom align in the many Multi 62 variants and then align in the odd 5 front 2 gap punch peekaboo hunt techniques.

Direct video link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XUT614iZHI

In the second video I review the responsibilities for the 6-2 defenses A Gappers or defensive guards.  These two DGs anchor the middle of the defense.  I call these two players the kNob for Noseguard and GunR for Guard.  The kNob is the traditional big stocky defensive guard and the GunR is a hyrbid linebacker and defensive back that is very scrappy and good at penetrating the offensive line and also playing a linebacker / d-back when needed.

Check out both videos and all the 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Videos.  Enjoy.

 

Direct video link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRpeR2Cfq-c

For more free youth football coaching videos by Coach Parker go to his YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/c/stephenparker

Stay tuned as I develop more HOW TO  videos on the 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense from my youth football defensive playbook. The 62 Multi 8 Defense is based on the popular 6-2 Defense, Wide Tackle 6, 5-3 Defense and 52 Monster Defenses. All of the proven defenses are great pop warner little league football defenses run in many youth tackle football programs across the US.  Find our more about my complete 62 Multi 8 youth football defensive system today. It is Texas youth football proven successful.

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Fort Worth, Texas


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How to play Inside Linebacker in the 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense

This free youth football coaching video reviews how to play inside linebacker in the 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense by Coach Parker.  I review what I look for in an inside linebacker, main keys, responsibilities, alignments and more.  This video is a companion video to my 62 Multi 8 youth Football Defense Book.

Watch the video and see how Mike, Rover and Gunner line up in a few of the 62 Multi 8 defensive fronts.

Direct video link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEiEy1dVCcE

For more free youth football coaching videos by Coach Parker go to his YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/c/stephenparker

Stay tuned as I develop more videos on the 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense from my youth football defensive playbook. The 62 Multi 8 Defense is based on the popular Wide Tackle 6 and 52 Monster Defenses. Both defenses are great pop warner little league football defenses run in many youth tackle football programs across the country.

You can buy the companion book to the free 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense videos here.

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Keller, TX / DFW Texas


 

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Play DE in the 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense

This free coaching video reviews How to Play DE in the 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense by Coach Parker. Great summary for pee wee football players to learn how to play defensive end in the Wide Tackle 6 or 62 Wide Tackle Defense and its variants. The 62 Wide Tackle defense is on of the top pee wee defenses in little league football and Pop Warner leagues.

The defensive ends, Will and Sam, are the foundation of the 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense.  They must be smart, tough, consistent, coachable, ball hawks and top tacklers on your football team.  Your DEs must understand they cannot crash and must keep contain for Sweeps, Counters, Bootlegs and Reverses.  My two defensive ends are the core of my defense since they are held responsible to stop Sweeps.  The Sam and Will DEs might be two of the toughest positions in youth football.

To find out more about how to play defensive end in the 62 Multi 8 youth football defense, check out my book below and all of the other free coaching videos at my Youtube Channel.

Direct video link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwCueShrF6c

For more free youth football coaching videos by Coach Parker go to his YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/c/stephenparker

Stay tuned as I develop more videos on the 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense from my youth football defensive playbook. The 62 Multi 8 Defense is based on the popular Wide Tackle 6 and 52 Monster Defenses. Both defenses are great pee wee football defenses run in many little league and Pop Warner football programs.

You can buy the companion book to the free 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense videos here.

Play for Fun and Winning is Funner,
Coach Parker
Keller, TX / DFW Texas


Buy a Version 1 of my
62 Multi 8 Defense eBook
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