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Offline COACH JC

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Our season & lessons learned at the Mitey Mite (7,8,9 ) level
« on: November 28, 2018, 06:44:44 PM »
Our season is officially over. Had our final regional game canceled due to smoke concerns from CA fires.

Finished the year 12-0. Won the first D1 title in our programs history. Lead the conference in scoring (all age levels). Starting D surrendered 4 TDís.
We had 11 different players score. 16 TD passes to 2 INTís. We made apporx 85-90% of our PATís.

We were def very talented, but not your typical D1 champ. We were very small size wise. We had 28 kids, but were a combined TM/MM team. Many of our best players were 8, including our 2 top RBís. As a result, iíd expect the group staying down to be massive favorites to repeat as D1 champs.

Lessons learned:

1) Canít trust film at the MM level. Because the kids are so young, everyone kinda looks like crap. I severely underestimated some of our opponents. Particularly the effect that one dominant player can have vs a small team.

2) Kids this age are capable of WAAAAY more than theyíre given credit for. I moved down from the Jr High level where iíd coached for a long time. And not only were they capable of running the same system as the older boys, we actually added to the system! I adjusted some of the terminology, but other than that, we threw everything at them.

3) Everything works at this level, just depends on your opponent. For example, many people say trap wont work at this level. Well, thatís true vs most opponents. But vs the top teams, it works great. If we didnít have trap, we donít win the title.

4) Kids this age often have no idea what youíre talking about. You have to explain things in a language they understand, or explain what youíre saying. The shorthand us adults use, is often completely lost on the kids.

5) I have to learn how to delegate & prepare less informed coaches. I had a great O-line coach that did his own research, who I poured into. But I got almost nothing out lf my other 6 coaches. I called the O, D, & made all decisions. Not a huge deal at this age level, but I know it canít be that way moving forward.

6) The Delaware Wing T can be run itís full glory w/ the little guys.
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Re: Our season & lessons learned at the Mitey Mite (7,8,9 ) level
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2018, 07:45:46 PM »
I loved watching your team play. I promise, if you were coaching my team, you would be playing in the championship this weekend instead of sitting home like us. I hope to one day run an offense as well as you guys do.

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Re: Our season & lessons learned at the Mitey Mite (7,8,9 ) level
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2018, 09:05:42 PM »
Our season is officially over. Had our final regional game canceled due to smoke concerns from CA fires.

Finished the year 12-0. Won the first D1 title incour programs history. Lead the conference in scoring (all age levels). Starting D surrendered 4 TDís.
We had 11 different players score. 16 TD passes to 2 INTís. We made apporx 85-90% of our PATís.

We were def very talented, but not your typical D1 champ. We were very small size wise. We had 28 kids, but were a combined TM/MM team. Many of our best players were 8, including our 2 top RBís. As a result, iíd expect the group staying down to be massive favorites to repeat as D1 champs.

Lessons learned:

1) Canít trust film at the MM level. Because the kids are so young, everyone kinda looks like crap. I severely underestimated some of our opponents. Particularly the effect that one dominant player can have vs a small team.

AMEN

2) Kids this age are capable of WAAAAY more than theyíre given credit for. I moved down from the Jr High level where iíd coached for a long time. And not only were they capable of running the same system as the older boys, we actually added to the system! I adjusted some of the terminology, but other than that, we threw everything at them.

Indeed may are but some aren't. If your team has more Some's than Many's, then teach the Some's and unleash the Many's.   (Hard to do)

3) Everything works at this level, just depends on your opponent. For example, many people say trap wont work at this level. Well, thatís true vs most opponents. But vs the top teams, it works great. If we didnít have trap, we donít win the title.

What works is what your kids can execute,  No harm in trying for more! 

4) Kids this age often have no idea what youíre talking about. You have to explain things in a language they understand, or explain what youíre saying. The shorthand us adults use, is often completely lost on the kids.


From this Old Fart....Preach!  I am constantly reinventing ways to "Speak" to my players in their terms. 

5) I have to learn how to delegate & prepare less informed coaches. I had a great O-line coach that did his own research, who I poured into. But I got almost nothing out lf my other 6 coaches. I called the O, D, & made all decisions. Not a huge deal at this age level, but I know it canít be that way moving forward.

Hardest thing to do at Youth Level is find folks (Coaches) who WANT TO LEARN.  I have been blessed to find a couple of Dads who want to learn and help.  I have been blessed with parent who are willing to hold bags and help.  Both are valued and appreciated.

6) The Delaware Wing T can be run itís full glory w/ the little guys.

Meh!  LOL

Outstanding Observations!  Dusty.
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Re: Our season & lessons learned at the Mitey Mite (7,8,9 ) level
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2018, 12:45:56 AM »
I loved watching your team play. I promise, if you were coaching my team, you would be playing in the championship this weekend instead of sitting home like us. I hope to one day run an offense as well as you guys do.

Thanks Chris! I feel like weíve reached a point w/ the offense where we kinda have all the answers. Not in that everything will always work, but we know exactly how to attack everything we see. Sometimes we wont execute, or sometimes the matchups arenít equal or in our favor. But we generally know exactly what to do know matter what we see.

People always describe the DWT as very coaching intensive. Which is true. But once you got it, man it makes coaching the offense easy. Itís easy for the kids once they get it too. No joke I had 8 & 9 y/o kids constantly correcting me &/or suggesting the exact right calls.

Just to recap all we were able to get it and run well:

Belly series
Buck series
Down series
Power series
Veer both ways
Super Power

Veer was REALLY effective vs ABD 6 man fronts. There were games where we ran more veer than anything else. But Belly & Buck were unstoppable for the lost part.
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Re: Our season & lessons learned at the Mitey Mite (7,8,9 ) level
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2018, 01:52:10 PM »
Our season is officially over. Had our final regional game canceled due to smoke concerns from CA fires.

Finished the year 12-0. Won the first D1 title in our programs history. Lead the conference in scoring (all age levels). Starting D surrendered 4 TDís.
We had 11 different players score. 16 TD passes to 2 INTís. We made apporx 85-90% of our PATís.

We were def very talented, but not your typical D1 champ. We were very small size wise. We had 28 kids, but were a combined TM/MM team. Many of our best players were 8, including our 2 top RBís. As a result, iíd expect the group staying down to be massive favorites to repeat as D1 champs.

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Coach, what part of CA are you in? I ask because I just moved to the Sacramento area and I'm looking for a place to help out.
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Re: Our season & lessons learned at the Mitey Mite (7,8,9 ) level
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2018, 01:57:19 PM »
2) Kids this age are capable of WAAAAY more than theyíre given credit for. I moved down from the Jr High level where iíd coached for a long time. And not only were they capable of running the same system as the older boys, we actually added to the system! I adjusted some of the terminology, but other than that, we threw everything at them.

Amen.  When asked about learning disabilities, someone smart once countered with: What if the problem isn't learning disability? What if the problem is teaching disability?

I can't speak to education, but, when it comes to youth football...

Fact Check: TRUE.

4) Kids this age often have no idea what youíre talking about. You have to explain things in a language they understand, or explain what youíre saying. The shorthand us adults use, is often completely lost on the kids.

Again, Amen.  That right there is the first rule of Fight Club.  Don't assume the things you do and say are the same things a young player sees and hears.

Congrats on a successful season.

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Re: Our season & lessons learned at the Mitey Mite (7,8,9 ) level
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2018, 03:57:38 PM »
I saw a mighty mite team run buck series almost exclusively this past season. All text book from 100/900... ran waggle 5x completed 4 of those passes. Remarkable. So absolutely, if you can coach it and practice effectively, this age group can do anything.

Nice write up
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