Thoughts on Choosing Youth Football Defensive Players

I wrote an article a few weeks ago about choosing offensive lineman and thought I would address choosing youth football defensive players in this article.  I define youth football by players in 2nd to 6th grade, so 6 to 13 years old give or take a year.  Tackle football really changes from 6th to 8th… Read More

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Coaching Team Defense in Youth Football

I just finished reading Coach Fritz Shurmur’s outstanding book Coaching Team Defense .  This is a must read for any defensive coach.  It’s a 100 pages of pure defensive gold.  I read it one afternoon and cannot stop thinking about the book.  Here are some top points out of the book. #1 Objective for Defense is to… Read More

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Contain Pod Defensive Football Drill

I use the Contain Pod drill to teach our defensive ends not to crash.  This football drills simulates game situations. The Contain Pod Defensive Youth Football Drill is a great pee wee football drill to train your defensive ends and outside linebackers how to play contain responsibilities.  I also incorporate the inside linebackers and other… Read More

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Linebacker and D-back Keys – youth football defense

Linebackers and Defensive Backs can read the keys of offensive linemen to learn the direction of the play. 1. Offensive linemen blocking down field means the play is a run. 2. Offensive linemen pulling in one direction generally means play is in direction of pull. 3. Offensive linemen drop stepping and setting up to block… 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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6-2 Defense – Coaching Youth Football

My 4th grade pee wee football team ran variations of the 6-2 defense last season.   To be honest, we should have stuck to our 7 Man Front Eagle Defense variation.  But, my new defensive coordinator wanted to try the 6-2, and he had not heard of the Eagle 7, so we gave the 6-2 defense a shot.  In… Read More

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