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Youth Football Scrimmage Highlights

pee wee football at KYA in KellerOur KYA youth football game today is rained out, so I thought I would write a post about our first scrimmage on 8/25/18. We had a pretty good first outing on Offense and Defense. I would grade us a B+. Rookies need some work but good surprises from many new experienced players to our system.  Since we jumped up an age Division with many older players, we drafted a whole new team for the Fall trying to increase our age and experience levels of the team.  We did draft one or two returners from our last two Rams’ seasons that moved up into the older age Division but were still younger than most in the older Division. Other than losing our top lineman pick to a broken leg before the first practice (seriously bad luck), I think our draft strategy was pretty sound.  We looked good in our first scrimmage outing.  Below are some of our pee wee football 9 and 10 year old scrimmage highlights.  Enjoy.

Youth Football Offense Highlights

Coach Whit is the Offensive Coordinator this season. He is running Beast Tight, Beast Worm, Angl, Pie and his Dragon formation which is very similar to the Beast Jumbo formation.  Many of these formations and plays are in the Power Wing Beast Offense Playbook.  We are looking into more of the Speed formation as the season progresses.  We have a good experienced core of running backs that should be able to run these formations with success.  We just need more time and reps to gel and get our timing down.  We may have one of the best Offensive lines that we have coached in a long time.  I am coaching the OLM so I am very excited to be a part of this great group of linemen.

Youth Football Defense Highlights

I am the Defensive Coordinator this season. We are running my Pirate 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense. We have a great group of aggressive Defenders this season. I was very happy with the first scrimmage. We ran the 62 Wide Tackle Defense along with the 62 Tight Tackle and the 62 Double Wide Defense. We had good success with the Double Wide scheme against this team.  I am looking forward to a fun season coaching Defense.

How is your pee wee football season going so far?  Are you running any of my offense or defense schemes?  I would love to hear from you.

Please leave a comment below or Contact Me.

Remember to Play for Fun and Winning is Funner,
Coach Parker
Keller, Texas / Ft. Worth TX / North Texas


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100 Names for Linebackers on a Youth Football Defense

Rover LinebackerI guess I was a little bored today and started looking at linebacker position names like Mike, Sam and Will.  We’ve all heard of these names for LBs but I decided to dig a little deeper and see what other names have been used over the last 100 years of football.  I made up a few of my own too as to complete the 112 name list of linebackers.

I have tried to separate the names out into the various linebacker responsibilities but don’t hold me at 100% correctness.  You should use this as a tool to come up with your own linebacker names for your youth football team’s defense.

Here we go naming linebackers…..

Mike, Sam and Will

Strong / Field Middle L-backer Weak / Boundary
SLB MLB WLB
Sam Mike BLB
Stub Mack Will
Sara Meg Buck
Strike Mo Wanda
Zack More Whip
Spear Mace Dick
Snake Mickey Bob
Otto Ace Nick
Flacker Moose West
Saw Missle Bear
Frank Ogre Wolf
Fox Dart Barb
Saber Headhunter Beast

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Outside Linebackers and Inside Linebackers

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Left OLB Rt OLB Inside LB
LOLB ROLB ILB
Leo Roy Ted
Jack Charlie Zip
Lee Rebel Zack
Lance Rex Plugger
Lion Rod Ike
Lotto Rush Axe
Lola Ram Bull
Lefty / LT Rhino Pike
Ox Ray Butkus
Owl Rolo Hammer
East Ralph Chuck
Lakeside Arty / RT Charlie
Lynx Ranger Victor

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Hybrid Linebackers

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OLB Def End SS/DB OLB
JLB Rover
Joker Monster
Jack Dagger
Dave Gunner
Ted Stinger
Devil Nickel
Elephant Raider
Dog Moneybacker
Bandit Lobo
Viper Robber
Tiger Star
Ollie Spur
Elle Lurker
Predator Pirate

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This list is over 100 linebacker names and most of them have been actually used by College and NFL football teams in the past.  I hope you enjoyed this list of LB names.  If you have any names that you have used in the past please leave them in the comments below.

Remember to Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!

Coach Parker
Fort Worth, Texas

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Defense – Blitz and Stunt Blitzkrieg

Another youth football coach and I were emailing each other recently about the Spin offense and he asked me about what defense I use for my Pee Wee football team.  I told him that we run a 6-2 Wide Defense as our base defense, and we have 20 different blitzes, stunts and adjustments packages.  The coach could not believe we have so many blitzes and stunts. 

My 6th grade little league football team has been together for three years, and we have developed and learned these blitz packages over that time.  In the 6-2 Wide package, the DG have A gaps, DTs have C gaps, DE contain and LBs are responsible for the B gaps.  In the 6-2 tight, the gap responsibilities flip for the LBs and DTs. 

Here’s a quick list of our Blitzkrieg out of these two 6-2 schemes.

  Name Defense Blitz / Stunt Responsibilities
1 Base 6-2 Wide DTs C gap, LBs B gap
2 Rabbit 6-2 Tight DTs B gap, LBs C gap
3 Air 5-2 Pass DG sub for SS, DG to NG
4 Cobra (R/L) 6-2 Wide LB blitz C, DT to B, DG to B
5 Bomber (R/L) 6-2 Wide LB blitz B gap
6 Maniac 6-2 Wide WLB blitz A gap, DG to B
7 Maniac Twins 6-2 Wide Both LBs to A Gaps, DGs to B
8 Tango 6-2 Tight Both LBs Blitz each Sweep Lane, DEs to C/D
9 Double Whopper 6-2 Tight Both LBs Blitz D (strong or weak side call)
10 Crazy 6-2 Wide CB blitz from outside in sweep lanes
11 Crazy Too 6-2 Wide Both CBs Blitz from outside in sweep lanes
12 Snake 6-2 Wide Safety Blitz A Gap
13 Raider 6-2 Wide All out gap blitz except Safety
14 Stack 6-2 Wide LBs stack behind DTs, tap DT butt for blitz hole
15 Jewel Protect 6-2 Tight LBs blitz C Gaps
16 Slant 6-2 D-line slants to call
17 Rover 6-2 WLB blitz gap call
18 Mike 6-2 MLB blitz gap call
19 OK 6-2 Tight DE, CB, WLB blitz D / sweep lane
20 Double Cross 6-2 Tight LBs and DEs flip responsibilities
21 Gap 4 6-2 Wide LB to D, DE to C, DT to B, DG to A
22 Dog Cross 6-2 Wide WLB – A, DG – B, DT – D, DE – C, CB – Contain

We run man coverage and if it is an obvious pass formation and play, the blitz will be called off if the CB or Safety are involved in the blitz call. 

This may seem like a lot.  But I looked over my offense last year and we had 30 plays.  Why should defense be any different?  The kids were able to pick up the defense pretty easy.  But I did learn, that I could not call a double blitz like Crazy Left and Cobra Right.  They were unable to process a double blitz.  I also tried to combine blitzes into one call and they hit overload.  In the blitzes above there is one main blitzer, either the LBs, DEs or DBs.  I am hoping the DT and DG just stuff the line and let my playmakers make the plays.  So, even though this seems like a lot.  I am really hoping the playmaker I move makes the tackle. 

Also, this has worked for us because my players learned that if you do your responsibility in a Blitz you make a huge tackle.  They started telling me what blitzes to run at the end of the season.  And you know, they were right most of the time. 

Also, we do not run all 20 in a game.  Base on our scouting, we will practice and review 5 or so packages.  We also did not install all 20 at once.  We ran 10 of these over the last two years and added more this year.  We installed one or two new blitzes each week based on the scouted offense. 

One of the best memories of this defensive season was when I overheard a coach that we just beat telling a group of other coaches scouting another game that we play sand lot defense.  He said our players were all over the place.  He could not tell what defense we were running.  We had a top 3 defense in our league.   I love it. 

I have written before about expectations.  If you set high expectations or goals you can always move back.  I set high expectations this year and learned the back off point on defense but we still learned more than I really anticipated. 

Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!

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Even Front Defensive Schemes for Youth Football

I finally finished my Defensive playbook for my 5th grade pee wee football team.  After reading and watching Dave Cisar’s Winning Football Series and Coach Reed’s Winning Youth Football book, I focused on the 6-2 Wide, 4-4 Stack and Gap 8 defensive schemes for my 2008 little league tackle team.  I am not going to go into a lot of assignment detail today but here are diagrams of the base defensive formations.

6-2 Wide Defense – Diagram

6-2 wide

 4-4 Stack Defense – Diagram

4-4 base defense

Gap 8 Defense Diagram

Gap 8 Defense

You can see how easy the transition to each even front defense will be for our youth football players.  I plan on using the 6-2 Wide as our main defensive formation.  We will move to the 4-4 on long yardage situations and the GAP 8 or GAM on short yardage situations and or when we are inside the 10 yard line. 

Over the next several weeks, I will outline the assignments for each defense.  If you have any history with these defenses leave me a comment.  Just click on the comments button below this post.  Thanks!

Good luck this season and remember, Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!

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