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Game 3 and Standings Fall Youth Football 2011

I am the Asst Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator for Falcons, a KYA Sophomore (9U) Tackle Football team.  We are off to one of the best seasons I’ve had coaching youth football at 3-0.

We have most of our backfield from our Spring Super Bowl team and made some outstanding additions to our team in the Fall 2011 draft.  At KYA you can only freeze up to 6 players from season to season.  We froze four and drafted 12 new players to our team.

We are 3-0.  We are averaging close to 200 yards per game and 35 points.  We are running a Pro I formation with a little Beast thrown in for good measure.  Our defense has not allowed positive yardage.  In three games total offense from opposing teams is a negative 59 yards.  Yes -59 total off yards.  We are running a hybrid 6-2, with many adjustments.  Our special teams is also doing very well with 2 on-side kick recoveries in 3 games.

I hope your season is going great.  Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!

Coach Parker
Keller, TX  / Fort Worth, Texas




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We Can’t Run the Outside Sweep

So after your first tackle youth football scrimmages or games you realize you can’t run the outside sweep play.  That happens many times in youth football.  The team with speed can run the sweep and stop the sweep.  If your team is a slower team in your league then you probably aren’t going to be a good sweeping offensive team.  You could try to adjust your formation and put trips out wide and block down but most times, their speed will still get your slow running back.  If this is the case, you need to find another key play to gain yardage.

If you have a slower than average team then you need to think inside TE’s plays with overloaded lines and or misdirection plays like those used in a traditional single wing, double wing, wish bone or T formations.  The first thing I would do is overload one side of your offensive line.  Put more numbers of players at the point of attack, and make sure these are your best blockers.  You only need 2 hard running backs so a lead blocker and a ball carrier.   Run a tight gut play with misdirection, an off tackle play, misdirection gut counter, QB bootleg reverse and a TE quick pass.  But, don’t bet on the sweep if you have slow running backs.  In this situation I run my variation of the single wing that some call the Beast by moving all the backs just behind the o-line to the side I am running to.

Don’t worry if you can’t sweep.  A coaching friend of mine had a slow team in the Spring.  They beat us the first game and made it to the playoffs running tight single wing running plays with good blocking.  We won the Super Bowl in the Spring with Speed, but his team gave everyone fits trying to stop his big Power running back up the middle and off tackle with an overloaded line.

Remember to adjust your offense to your players.  I to have a offensive system I like to run but if your players can’t run your offensive system then be flexible and adjust to meet the skills of your players.

Play for Fun and Winning is Funner.

Coach Parker
Fort Worth, Texas / Keller

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Blocking Calls for Offensive Line in Youth Football

I’ve been helping a couple of  Ft Worth area youth football teams this season with their offensive line coaching.  We’ve installed Rule Blocking and a few blocking calls so the boys can adjust at the line of scrimmage.  If you would like to research more about blocking Calls, read Radar Blocking.  For us at the 7-11 age group we are using very simple calls.  I am not going to elaborate on our rules but  I will highlight a few of the calls we make at the line.  We use different names for our calls.  🙂

  1. “Attack” – Blitz – Center will identify a Middle Blitz and adjust blocking based on the LBs
  2. “Yellow” – Help – Lineman will make a call to request double team help
  3. “EMU” – Outside – TE or End Man on Line EMOL will attack outside defender
  4. “Green” – Good –  Lineman is ok and does not need help
  5. “Black” – Dummy Call – Does not mean anything

You can get more complicated and call a cross blocks or folds, just depends on what your age group can handle. 

I hope your season is going well.  Have fun and Winning is funner.


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Every Defense has a Weakness

I have been receiving many emails about youth football defenses.  And many of the emails ask about specific weaknesses of the 6-2 and 7 Diamond Defenses.  Like most things in life, one size does not fit all. 

Every defense has a chink in its armour.  If the offense finds this weakness then you must adjust and do it quickly.  I learned my lesson last year against a really good Highlands Ranch Colorado team.  They ran to the C gap just about every play and beat us by one TD.  If I could have adjusted my defense, we would have won that game easily. 

So this year, I run the 6-2 Wide and 6-2 Tight Defenses as my base defenses.  If I have a team that runs wide and does not have a good power game, I start with the 6-2 Wide.  If the team has a good power game up the middle I run the 6-2 Tight with my Big D-Tackles over the B gaps.  From these two base defenses I have 20 stunts, blitzes and pass coverage calls.  I can attack just about any gap with these calls to adjust for my defensive weakness on a specific play. 

We beat a team the other day, and we then saw the coach scouting another game that we were also scouting.  We heard him say to another coaching staff that we played sandlot defense.  He commented that we were all over the field, and they did not know whom to block.  We shut his team down in the second half and they did not score.  I guess this is sand lot football.  Or better yet, smart football. 

Out of the two base defenses, I can adjust into multiple defenses.  And what’s amazing is that my 5th grade players can make these adjustments and remember all the hand signals.  Expect more and you will see the benefits.

So coaches, don’t settle on one defense.  You don’t run just one play on offense.  Find one or two good base defensive fronts and develop stunts and blitzes to overcome your potential weaknesses.

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

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