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General Offense Discussion / Re: New Youth HC - Need Suggestions
« Last post by chucknduck on Today at 12:35:41 PM »
I need help figuring out what I am going to do and would appreciate the advice of the experience in this forum! 

Quick background:  I've been an assistant in youth football for 4 years.  Last year I was given the offense mid-season and asked to create a new one.  We ran a version of the spread, but our small O-Line got crushed.  We will again have a small, if not the smallest, O-Line in the league.  We have a very skilled QB, a stud at RB (with speed and agility, not power necessarily), and a TE with great hands.  Otherwise, our players are small with speed, and the rest are middle of the road at best. 

My coaches want to again run the spread offense, but I'm concerned about the O-Line.  This will be our 5th season and each year our O-Line has been the weak link. My rationale says that if we don't change something, we are looking at another sub .500 season. 

I'm entertaining the Wing-T... are their any other offenses that I should consider given my situation?
Are there any blocking suggestions that I could implement that have proven successful with a very small O-Line?

Thanks for your help!
If I had a team like you're describing I would probably run spread.  You have a good qb, te, and rb.  I would rep y stick and y corner to death.  You can get a lot of mileage from just those concepts.  Get the ball out in 2 seconds or less.  Split the hell out of the line.  Rep your screens everyday to condition the line.  Use routes on air to condition the skill guys.  I'd probably just use inside zone and get good at it.  But I'd have a beast package for when I needed to run the ball in short yardage.  Stick, corner, four verticals,screens,  inside zone, and beast package.  You can get a lot of mileage from just those plays.   Limit formations and use hand signals and you can play extremely fast and slow up the opponent's d line.
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Single Wing Football / Re: more Balanced v Unbalanced
« Last post by gumby_in_co on Today at 12:23:17 PM »
What's to stop you from lining up your guards 5 yards from the sidelines?
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Single Wing Football / Re: more Balanced v Unbalanced
« Last post by CoachPumba on Today at 12:21:45 PM »
Both Centers and TE must be left uncovered based on league rules. 
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Special Teams Discussion / Re: The Importance of Special Teams
« Last post by MHcoach on Today at 12:05:59 PM »
BG

That is the point. Coaching 8 y/o's you will probably never kick deep, but you had better practice On Siding.

Wasting practice time is definitely bad coaching, not being prepared is too.

Joe
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Single Wing Football / Re: more Balanced v Unbalanced
« Last post by C-Rob on Today at 11:51:48 AM »
Our league rules requires you run a 4-4 Defense with the DL always lined up on the Guards and Tackles.  The Center must be left uncovered.  If we run DCUBSW the defense would line up like this:

      DE       DT   DT   DE     
TE  G    C   G    T     T   TE

You could argue against using an unbalanced line in this instance because it will bring an extra lineman over to the point of attack if they canít line up on the person snapping the ball.  Arenít  we better off just running balanced so that the DT stays on the other side of the center, further away from where the play is going?   Would appreciate any views.

Got to ask if you are sure they will line up like above and not like this:

DE  DT       DT  DE     
TE  G    C   G    T     T   TE
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General Offense Discussion / Re: New Youth HC - Need Suggestions
« Last post by Bob Goodman on Today at 10:57:58 AM »
If I had an entire OL that was seriously under-sized, and did not have that runner who could make people miss in the backfield, I'd be seriously looking at a different way to play offense that made the D match up in space, rugby style.  Mega splits, heavily unbalanced, and look to use everybody on the OL as a receiver.  At the snap they'd have to bucket step (except for the end) with both feet so as to make any quick pass a lateral..  QB would be sidesaddle facing the strong side, so as to be able to see anyone uncovered.   If the DL plays high on the inside gap looking to cut off that pass, they're in excellent position to be blocked low.
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Single Wing Football / more Balanced v Unbalanced
« Last post by CoachPumba on Today at 10:52:03 AM »
Our league rules requires you run a 4-4 Defense with the DL always lined up on the Guards and Tackles.  The Center must be left uncovered.  If we run DCUBSW the defense would line up like this:

      DE       DT   DT   DE     
TE  G    C   G    T     T   TE

You could argue against using an unbalanced line in this instance because it will bring an extra lineman over to the point of attack if they canít line up on the person snapping the ball.  Arenít  we better off just running balanced so that the DT stays on the other side of the center, further away from where the play is going?   Would appreciate any views.   
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Special Teams Discussion / Re: The Importance of Special Teams
« Last post by Bob Goodman on Today at 10:38:24 AM »
BG

While I can agree age & rules do make a difference; that would be in the scheme part not the coaching. Specials matter, figuring out how to coach them less is a bad idea.

Joe
It's never a bad idea to figure out what coaching time is best spent on.  Every minute you can save coaches & players from 1 thing is a minute you have them available for something else.
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General Offense Discussion / Re: New Youth HC - Need Suggestions
« Last post by gumby_in_co on Yesterday at 11:03:42 PM »
I know you dont MPP on defense... so you plug and play a MPP kid on the oline?   I mean a true MPP kid that can barely walk and is scared of his shadow.(well, maybe not this...you can MOJO this out of him>>)

I can play him at short guard and it does limit us a little. I have also put him between two beasts on the long side. However, this Spring team was absolutely stacked with talent and this same kid got his reps at NT in the DC46.  I've had some "sad sacks" on the o-line since I've been coaching it. Luckily, I've never had to try and plug and play two at once.

Using my guy, "E" as an example, I was able to do a lot more with him with mega splits than I could with "normal" splits. I eventually taught him to move his feet and stick to his guy like glue. Worst case scenario, the d-lineman would move him around like a square blocking dummy. It's still harder to pursue and tackle carrying a dummy.
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Double Wing Football / Re: Working on DTDW/GUN-WING Highlights
« Last post by DoubleWingCoach on Yesterday at 09:51:48 PM »
Enjoy everyone. It uploaded nine minutes but for some reason the video is 17 total. So call this part one. A good mix of DTDW and Gun. And some GREAT Trojan Sweeps pulling a TON of kids down the line.

https://youtu.be/a2xR4SoYZT0
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