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Offline CoachBrian

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I'm Back
« on: May 15, 2018, 08:00:36 AM »
Last fall I was offered a coaching spot at a middle school, but couldn't make it work with my regular day job.  So I took the year off.  This fall I'm going back down to the little guys, 7-8 year old's, and will be the offensive coordinator for a coach that I respect a lot.  He's a great defensive mind and he will run the defense and I will have full control of the offense.  Looking forward to seeing what the young kids can do with this offense.  Before my brief hiatus last year, I had coached 12-13 year old's for three straight years.

I know it's going to be tough to install at this young age level, but I'm really tempted to install option.   :)

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Re: I'm Back
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2018, 08:29:40 AM »
Good luck and welcome back to coaching. I think the scariest thing with option at that age is turnovers. Regardless if it is a pitch or mesh.

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Re: I'm Back
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2018, 09:25:08 AM »
Good Luck!  Dont forget the mouse on a stick!  LOL
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Re: I'm Back
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2018, 10:09:46 AM »
Hardest part of option for me at 7-9 yr olds was the pitch...and catch.  I changed the mechanics from a standard option pitch mechanic to a basketball push pass or rugby toss since im very familiar with that it worked well.

The 33 qto was actually easier to install at younger ages then older ages because the speed of a def lineman is much slower.

I never did triple so cant speak on that
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Re: I'm Back
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2018, 03:55:18 PM »
While they can make the pitch and catch with a ton of practice, QB's under age 10 tend to be oblivious of their read.  They're just running and pitching.  "47 Speed" and "33 Quick" will probably be faster installs.  Of option plays, "38 Option" is the best.
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Re: I'm Back
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2018, 04:00:24 PM »
While they can make the pitch and catch with a ton of practice, QB's under age 10 tend to be oblivious of their read.  They're just running and pitching.  "47 Speed" and "33 Quick" will probably be faster installs.  Of option plays, "38 Option" is the best.

Yeah, that's why I'm only tempted.  I've been thinking of just running 33 Quick, 47 Speed, 17 Jet, and 47 Toss so the QB doesn't have a read, but to the defense it almost looks like we're running the triple option.

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Re: I'm Back
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2018, 10:27:52 PM »
It took me longer to figure out than I like to admit, but the types of defenses you see will probably be the biggest influence on what you run. Where i coach, the defenses are usually pretty athletic and aggressive, and the defensive coaches' answer to most problems is just to bring more pressure than you can deal with. It works. Plays that take a long time to get out of the backfield are over before they get started.

I was reviewing film one off season of a couple of different teams i've coached over the years and i started to notice my play selection. 23, 24, wedge, the occasional jet, and super power.... i had inadvertently started running the dcwt like the double wing. Even when i was running "different" offenses, I was running these plays. They were just what i could get to work against the defenses i was seeing.

As far as option, I've coached a pass or run option to qb's as young as 7. It's basically per the dcwt manual on pass right/left. Worked pretty well too.