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Offline 6burkes

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Punting UBSW age 11
« on: August 26, 2011, 01:19:44 AM »
The age group I coach has live punts this year (11's). We play on an 80-yards parks & rec field, with no goal posts (so there are no field goals). I am thinking that punting is just a waste of time (short field, other team has to score TD because no field goal option) and often when I watch other teams punt, the return either gets back to the LOS or even further! So far in scrimmages I have NOT punted, and instead just dropped my 1 back a few steps to act like he is going to punt, and run either the 31 trap or 32 wedge. Got the first downs every time.

What do you all think? Oh yeah.... we also only have 14 players (rec league team) and none of the kids can punt for shit anyway (tested them already).

Offline Bob Goodman

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Re: Punting UBSW age 11
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2011, 01:52:45 AM »
The age group I coach has live punts this year (11's). We play on an 80-yards parks & rec field, with no goal posts (so there are no field goals). I am thinking that punting is just a waste of time (short field, other team has to score TD because no field goal option) and often when I watch other teams punt, the return either gets back to the LOS or even further! So far in scrimmages I have NOT punted, and instead just dropped my 1 back a few steps to act like he is going to punt, and run either the 31 trap or 32 wedge. Got the first downs every time.

What do you all think? Oh yeah.... we also only have 14 players (rec league team) and none of the kids can punt for shit anyway (tested them already).
For all the reasons you stated (except the peculiarities of your field), punting is not worthwhile for many teams with players your age.  Sometimes it's worth it if you can get forward roll and no return, though, as in a quick kick.

If you're close to your own goal line with the ball, you may want to use 4th down to concede a safety and get the free kick.  Can I take it that on your field it'd be brought out to the 20 yard line for that, or do they give you a lesser distance?