Offensive Play Calling Strategy Part 3 Opening Drive

This is part 3 of my Offensive Play Calling Strategy Series for youth football offenses. In part three I will discuss my opening drive play calling strategy that I use in my offense with my youth football teams.  In Part Two, I wrote about scouting and attacking the defense’s weaknesses based on scouting report, like… Read More

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Keller Youth Assoc. All Star Football Try Outs

I am coaching the KYA Sr All Star team in their game on June 5, 2010 at 4pm.  We had the All Star team try outs last Sunday and the young men looked great.  They are mostly 6th graders going into 7th grade.  I’ve never coached an All Star team before and what a pleasure… Read More

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Parcells’ 11 QB Commandments

Below are Bill Parcells 11 Quarterback commandments: Ignore other opinions Clowns can’t run a huddle Fat QBs can’t avoid the rush Know your job cold Know your own players Be the same guy every day Throwing the ball away is a good play Learn to manage the game: clock, clock, clock Get your team in the endzone… Read More

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Practice Days and Length

We have a debate going on amongst my coaches and parents about what days to practice and the length of practice.  I grew up playing football in Texas, so I am definitely an old school football coach with regards to discipline and respect but embrace many of the new proven training techniques.  Our midget football… 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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Does your Starting QB play defense too?

Several youth football coaches I spoke with recently do not allow their starting quarterback to play defense more than just a few plays a game, if that.  I do not allow my QB to play defense but maybe a few plays in a game now and then.  I also do not allow live hitting on… Read More

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The Onside Kick in Youth Football

In 2006 when I started coaching tackle youth football again, the leagues coaching coordinator was very big on kicking onside kicks.  That was his thing.  To be honest, onside kicking every kick did not work out for us.  Sure we picked a few turnovers, but the majority of time we gave the other team 7… 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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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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Helicopter Sports Parents – Focus on the Team not One

Helicopter parents is a term used to describe parents that hover over every aspect of their children’s lives.  I might be one, but I hope not.  I guess I need to ask my sons’ teachers and coaches to get the real answer.  🙂 I find it interesting that most helicopter sports parents that I run… Read More

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