Youth Football Scrimmage Highlights

Our 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. … Read More

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100 Names for Linebackers on a Youth Football Defense

I 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… Read More

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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… Read More

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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… Read More

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Is Form Tackling Overrated?

I attended a Denver football clinic last year and the speaker, an ex college coach, brought up a very interesting point for youth football coaches.  How many times do you see a perfect form tackle in a high school, college or pro football games?  He proposed not very often, and you know what, I must… Read More

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Youth Football Tackling Drills

Here a are two youth football tackling drills we use with our pee wee football players to learn tackling fundamentals.  Tackling Fit & Form Drill Hug and Hold Drill On the first day of practice we teach proper tackling with the Fit & Form Drill.  This drill is part of our dynamic warm-ups.  Our two… Read More

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Developing a Smothering Defense – DVD Review

I just finished Coach Dave Cisar’s Developing a Smothering DefenseDVD.  This is another DVD from Winning Youth Football’s Step by Step Plan Series.  This DVD focuses on the 6-2 Wide Tackle Defense and the Viper 4-4 Defense.    I ran a 6-2 defense last year and I found Coach Cisar’s DVD very helpful.  I will implement… Read More

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6-2 Defense for Youth Football

After being focused on offense the last two seasons and reading Football Principals and Play by David Nelson, I assigned myself the Defensive Coordinator role this season, so I would focus my efforts on Defense for my tackle pee wee football team.  Coach Nelson is right, if your opponent doesn’t score, you can’t lose.  And… Read More

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Stripping the Football – Coaching Youth Football Defense

In 2006, an opposing team stripped the football from one of my backs and ran for a touchdown.  Our running back that had the ball stripped, became the leading football stripper on our youth football team.  Stripping the football is a powerful defensive tactic, especially in youth tackle football, because most youth running backs do… Read More

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Defensive Alignment Techniques and Gaps

Below is a diagram of the standard defensive alignment techniques and gaps for football. Defensive gaps refer to the space between the adjacent offensive lineman.  Defensive alignments for the defensive fronts are identified by the in, over or outside shading of the defensive lineman to the offensive lineman.  The diagram above refers to one of… Read More

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