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Punting in youth football
« on: December 07, 2010, 10:53:53 AM »
I think youth football coaches have a hard time calling a punt in a game. It seems to me that if you can recognize that you are in an evenly matched game, every inch should count and Field position is vital. Punting can be a great offensive play, especially if the game is a defensive struggle
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Re: Punting in youth football
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2010, 11:12:38 AM »
I think youth football coaches have a hard time calling a punt in a game. It seems to me that if you can recognize that you are in an evenly matched game, every inch should count and Field position is vital. Punting can be a great offensive play, especially if the game is a defensive struggle

we didn't punt this entire season until the championship game.  we punted twice in the championship which helped us tremendously in our win. 

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Re: Punting in youth football
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2010, 11:30:55 AM »
We average less than a punt per season.  We punted twice this season, one was blocked (we were way ahead and forgot that our second team o-line was in the game) and the second netted about 20 yards.  Our only punt this weekend with our All-Star team got returned for six.  I turned to my assistants and asked them to remind me again why we never punt!!!   ::)

If you can pull it off without giving up big plays, I'd say go for it!  For me though, the statistics and my experience coaching at the youth level say otherwise! 

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Re: Punting in youth football
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2010, 11:39:04 AM »
Punting is scary, you are giving the ball to the other teams fastest player in the open field. Having said this, we have a punting game. It was inconsistant this year, our punter was either great or terrible, nothing in between. On his off games we didn't punt during the game (and it cost us a win), when he was on we counted on our defense.

Punting also helped us with the mercy rule, punt it deep, put in our back up defense and have them chip away at field position and the clock.
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Re: Punting in youth football
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2010, 12:06:59 PM »
I have not punted in 6 years.

I have had my QB throw the ball right at the FS and have a reciever or 2 right there to either pick it away from the FS or tackle him as soon as he catches it.

I have yet to have a FS "Knock it down", they have dropped it and it has (on the drop) made its way to my recievers hands. some times it hits the ground.

I will keep playing the odds in that the 7-11 year old cant get a more than 20 yard punt off while defenders are in his face and when he is 7 yards back that is a 13 yard net gain right into the hands of the best player on the other team in open space.

I spend all game trying to deny the other teams studs space. I refuse to give it to them willingly.



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Re: Punting in youth football
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2010, 12:53:30 PM »
I never punt. I would like to be able to sometimes, but the risks aren't worth it to me. Too many returned for touchdowns and you never know in youth football when a play will break open. Plus we get 4 downs every time to make a first down. Also that is one more thing we don't have to practice.
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Re: Punting in youth football
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2010, 02:06:16 PM »
What do you non punters do when its 4th and long on your own 10 yard line?

I can see not punting with the really little guys but eventually punting has to become part of the game. Right?

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Re: Punting in youth football
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2010, 02:45:19 PM »
We punted twice this year. Once was with a really strong wind at our backs, and for some reason that only went about 15 yards past the LOS. It wasn't caught and rolled out of bounds. The second was about 30 yards past the LOS. The other team accidentally touched it and we recovered. I talked about the "onside punt" the day before. It was hilarious when it happened. That creates some real motivation to practice punts.

I do not think punting is nearly as dangerous as kicking deep. It's really easy to kick away from the return man, and since punts are in the air longer and are shorter, coverage on punts is usually pretty easy, especially when you punt at an angle (because it reduces the distance that your players have to run. Not to mention, punting is a great time to get a 11 on 10 advantage, and since the alternative is running a play anyways, it's extremely useful to be able to punt. I use the DC punt method where I never punt it to their kid. If they put a person back to receive a punt, I run a play, and if they don't, I punt.

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Re: Punting in youth football
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2010, 03:13:25 PM »
Mike

I cant remember ever being backed up that far but I would have to say I would take my chances on going for it.

If I am ever backed up that far chances are we cant move the ball or stop the other team so we are probably losing anyway.

I have had the QB throw an interception a couple times and tht worked better than a punt.

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Re: Punting in youth football
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2010, 03:43:11 PM »
We punt if necessary. I have a 10 yr old team. Most the time I will not punt unless the situation is as Mahonz mentions. Every situation is unique and is a gametime decision for me and many factors go in to that decision. If it makes sense we do it but generally dont like to give a fast kid the ball in the open field so I have my punter line drive it towards a sideline if it comes down to punting. We punted 6-8 times this yr total.

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Re: Punting in youth football
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2010, 04:31:22 PM »
Mike,

In that situation we run a reverse and hope for the best :P
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Re: Punting in youth football
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2010, 07:13:25 PM »
the punt is my favorite weapon

if im stalling past your side of the 50 i punt

i punt on 3rd and long

in mahonzsituation ide run out the bac of the end zone givem 2 then free kick... i like my odds there... especially if my unit had trouble blocking for our first punt ... if its our first punt i think i would still do it... rather givem 2 then give 6 with momentum n piss the other coach off lol
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Re: Punting in youth football
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2010, 07:49:06 PM »
"the punt is my favorite weapon"
Mine too.

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Re: Punting in youth football
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2010, 08:18:22 PM »
We punted several times in four games during a tournament.

Our very first possesion we are looking at 4th and 15 from our own 35.  We haven't blocked the other team yet.  I suddenly realize that during our four practices prior to the tournament I failed to put in a punt. I mean didn't even mention it.  Total fail.

I call a timeout, go to the huddle and say, "Alright guys, who can punt the ball?" One of my guards, big kid, says "I think I can do it",

I say, "You can or you think you can?"

Guard, "I can"

"OK, do it"

Kid hits a 40 yard spiral that shocked everyone so much our team was standing there watching it, so were our coaches, when it finally came down, no one on our team ws more than 15 yards down field. :)

I had no trouble calling a punt the rest of the tournament. Talk about lucky  ;D

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Re: Punting in youth football
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2010, 11:04:06 AM »
Mine too.

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How many minutes a week do you spend on punt team? I have 360 minutes a week  in the preseason (18 practices) and 240 minutes once season begins.

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