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Understanding the Plays?
« on: February 04, 2018, 09:44:23 AM »
Hey all! I have coached 5/6 and 7 yr olds for the last three years and have had great luck running about 10 plays. The kids responded well to using colors (blue is left) (red is right) and the number for back (1 QB, 2 HB, 3 TB) for direction on which way to go and who was getting the ball. I incorporated a few "up the middle" plays we called green. This year, we are moving up to 8/9 yr olds and I am trying to figure out how everyone is explaining their plays. I feel like as the kids get older i can change the way they are called. So my main question is - What do you call your plays in the 9/10 YR old range so they understand who is getting the ball and where they are going with it?

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Re: Understanding the Plays?
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2018, 10:26:38 AM »
We call plays the same way from 7 to 16 our verbiage tells you everything and we can tag adjustments and build block's.
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Re: Understanding the Plays?
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2018, 10:47:42 AM »
We call plays the same way from 7 to 16 our verbiage tells you everything and we can tag adjustments and build block's.

^ This.

My high school language is the same as when I coached 7-9s:

1.  Formation

2.  Ball carrier / Destination

3.  Blocking Scheme

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Re: Understanding the Plays?
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2018, 10:49:50 AM »
Thank you!

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Re: Understanding the Plays?
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2018, 10:52:59 AM »
We when we roll, it's just power in youth league.
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Re: Understanding the Plays?
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2018, 11:33:19 AM »
We could be as simple as:

"Lee-Jet  21-Wedge"  (There is no Formation Tag when we use our default formation.)

If we ran the play from an unusual cadence, that was an additional Tag:

And could be as cumbersome as:

"Loose-Right  Ray-O  25-Trap-Roger-Fake  A-Fly  X-Out on 1st Sound."

In this example, "Loose Right" was the formation.

"Ray-O" was a Motion Tag.

"25-Trap-Roger-Fake" was the fake to the ball carrier and blocking scheme.

A-Fly was a receiver's route.

X-Out was a receiver's route.

"1st Sound" was when the ball was snapped, so our Motion Tag would have to be started by a foot pump, since the ball would be snapped on 1st Sound.

If your concern is that player's won't remember the play, know that everyone in our huddle is only listening the their particular part of the play.  If you don't hear your "name" called, you have a default responsibility (which is in all of our core plays).

You can also number the plays on a wrist coach with just that player's responsibility on it, so that if you called out, "19" (which was the cumbersome play above) the Right End's wrist coach says "Fill," the Fullback's wrist coach says "Fake Trap to the 5,"  the Left End's wrist coach says "5-yard Out."  And so on.  We don't run that cumbersome play, but we could because our players know our formation, motion and blocking tags.

At the youth level, Formations were practiced every day by the offense for 5-10 minutes (depending on how sharp we were).  I'd just call out the names as quickly as I could to see if there was any indecisiveness on their part:

"Double Tight Double Wing!"
"Stack Right!"
"Loose Left!
"Power Right!"
"Stack Left!"
"Loose Right!
"Gun Left!"
"Nasty Right!"
"Beast Left!"
"Gun Right!"
"Nasty Left!"
"Beast Right!"

and we would do this drill every day at the beginning of practice.

Our Blocking Tags were practiced every day by our Linemen (Wedge, Trap, Blast, Power, Reach, Down and Hinge).  Their Pulls were also practiced every day (Right Guard and Right Tackle "Roger", Right Guard and Right End "Roger GaTE," Right Guard, Right Tackle and Right End "Roger Full").  "Roger-O" is a Tag we use to pull the Right Guard and Right Tackle in the "Opposite" direction, if the defense is reading our pullers.  Tagging each of these blocks with "Larry" would drill our Linemen on our left side.

Cadences were practiced during Dynamic Warm-ups at the start of practice and again at the end of practice with our offense having to go the length of the field, in 3-yard increments.  One goof up and they'd have to move all the way back to start over again.

Receivers (Ends and Backs) repped their routes everyday ("Fly" "Post" "Out" "Drag" "Swing" etc.)

Backs repped their Core plays everyday (Wedge, Trap, Blast, Power, Sweep).

And of course, the QB had to know the whole deal, but his wrist coach could either have the play number and only his responsibility on that play, or the entire name of the play call on it.  We always chose the latter. 

--Dave


« Last Edit: February 04, 2018, 11:37:23 AM by CoachDP »
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Re: Understanding the Plays?
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2018, 11:35:21 AM »
We could be as simple as:

"Lee-Jet  21-Wedge"  (There is no Formation Tag when we use our default formation.)

If we ran the play from an unusual cadence, that was an additional Tag:

And could be as cumbersome as:

"Loose-Right  Ray-O  25-Trap-Roger-Fake  A-Fly  X-Out on 1st Sound."

In this example, "Loose Right" was the formation.

"Ray-O" was a Motion Tag.

"25-Trap-Roger-Fake" was the fake to the ball carrier and blocking scheme.

A-Fly was a receiver's route.

X-Out was a receiver's route.

"1st Sound" was when the ball was snapped, so our Motion Tag would have to be started by a foot pump, since the ball would be snapped on 1st Sound.

If your concern is that player's won't remember the play, know that everyone in our huddle is only listening the their particular part of the play.  If you don't hear your "name" called, you have a default responsibility (which is in all of our core plays).

You can also number the plays on a wrist coaches with just that player's responsibility on it, so that if you called out, "19" (which was the cumbersome play above) the Right End's wrist coach says "Fill," the Fullback's wrist coach says "Fake Trap to the 5,"  the Left End's wrist coach says "5-yard Out."  And so on.  We don't run that cumbersome play, but we could because our players know our formation, motion and blocking tags.

At the youth level, Formations were practiced every day by the offense for 5-10 minutes (depending on how sharp we were).  I'd just call out the names as quickly as I could to see if there was any indecisiveness on their part:

"Double Tight Double Wing!"
"Stack Right!"
"Loose Left!
"Power Right!"
"Stack Left!"
"Loose Right!
"Gun Left!"
"Nasty Right!"
"Beast Left!"
"Gun Right!"
"Nasty Left!"
"Beast Right!"

and we would do this drill every day at the beginning of practice.

Our Blocking Tags were practiced every day by our Linemen (Wedge, Trap, Blast, Power, Reach, Down and Hinge).  Their Pulls were also practiced every day (Right Guard and Right Tackle "Roger", Right Guard and Right End "Roger GaTE," Right Guard, Right Tackle and Right End "Roger Full").  "Roger-O" is a Tag we use to pull the Right Guard and Right Tackle in the "Opposite" direction, when they are reading our pullers.  Tagging each of these blocks with "Larry" would drill our Linemen on our left side.

Cadences were practiced during Dynamic Warm-ups at the start of practice and again at the end of practice with our offense having to go the length of the field, in 3-yard increments.  One goof up and they'd have to move all the way back to start over again.

Receivers (Ends and Backs) repped their routes everyday ("Fly" "Post" "Out" "Drag" "Swing" etc.)

Backs repped their Core plays everyday (Wedge, Trap, Blast, Power, Sweep).

And of course, the QB had to know the whole deal, but his wrist coach could either have the play number and only his responsibility on that play, or the entire name of the play call on it.  We always chose the latter. 

--Dave
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Re: Understanding the Plays?
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2018, 12:12:39 PM »
Very similiar DP excpet we add whos pulling so they cant forget even in heat of battle ex. red rip 36 G
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Re: Understanding the Plays?
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2018, 01:06:30 PM »
Very similiar DP excpet we add whos pulling so they cant forget even in heat of battle ex. red rip 36 G

Tito, we say who's pulling:

"Their Pulls were also practiced every day (Right Guard and Right Tackle "Roger", Right Guard and Right End "Roger GaTE," Right Guard, Right Tackle and Right End "Roger Full").  "Roger-O" is a Tag we use to pull the Right Guard and Right Tackle in the "Opposite" direction, when they are reading our pullers.  Tagging each of these blocks with "Larry" would drill our Linemen on our left side."

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Re: Understanding the Plays?
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2018, 11:02:33 PM »
To get a little bit deeper the line always communicates were double teams and have code words that how we pull is letter g-g.o.-Ot-OY-O-OH-OF that's were the build a block comes into play and how we can blend any backfield pattern with run scheme in a language that exains itself quickly at L.O.S
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Re: Understanding the Plays?
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2018, 06:27:45 AM »
To get a little bit deeper the line always communicates were double teams and have code words that how we pull is letter g-g.o.-Ot-OY-O-OH-OF that's were the build a block comes into play and how we can blend any backfield pattern with run scheme in a language that exains itself quickly at L.O.S
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Re: Understanding the Plays?
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2018, 09:54:17 AM »
Formation +motion/shift + concept+ direction+ snap count

Trey  wiggle 20 cobra

Translation

Both tight ends on right,  off line te motions to return to original alignment,  wide zone right on color

No huddle we use phoenetic alphabet

Whiskey = max protect 3 rec flood to the boundary
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Re: Understanding the Plays?
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2018, 12:18:11 PM »
There are many methods that work.

I used DP's method as described, but I also had far fewer adjustments and tags.  And my pullers are designated by the blocking scheme.

On the other side of the coin, JJ Lawson's simple DW just uses one word to call the formation and one word to call the play.  Might use a third to add a tag.  Brown Toss - strong right/power right.  Brown Cut = strong right/counter left.  My guess is his system wouldn't get much more complex than 4 words - Brown Over Toss Follow = strong right, unbalanced right, QB power right.  I don't even know if that's one of his plays, just using it as an example.

There is no really wrong way to do it.  Just depends on how well you can teach it, and how you have it all set up.
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Re: Understanding the Plays?
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2018, 02:44:53 PM »
Obviously we don't use evrything i mentioned but we can is my point . This year i'm leaning on running rocket more to the strentgh and unbalanced looks and not only want to pull frontside guard but like to pull frontside tackle as well so that translation would red over ripper 28 gt . Ripper signals rocket motion basically more rip hope that makes sense.
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Re: Understanding the Plays?
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2018, 04:39:49 PM »
I am coaching 10u this year again.  We will be keeping keep the playbook small which allows us to also keep the playcalls as short as possible. Ie "right 36 power" formation, ball carrier/hole number,  blocking scheme.  Our base series is 6 plays mirrored
"February: I want to run triple option from the single wing, but with a pass option, too. Should the end run a post or a corner?
September: Any advice on how to get my center to snap it properly?"