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General Discussion / Re: Northeast Football Dying?
« Last post by mahonz on Today at 05:13:15 PM »
News article for your consideration: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/highschools/the-leading-edge-of-a-much-larger-iceberg-new-jersey-high-school-disbands-football-team/2017/08/22/e13b6516-836e-11e7-82a4-920da1aeb507_story.html?utm_term=.5087a9d82e29

My thoughts:

I've been fairly quiet about this, however; it's been my experience that youth football in my area appears to be on a substantial decline, despite my best efforts.  A handful of years ago there was a Pop Warner program in the 4 towns of my region, with another Pop Warner program about an hour away and an independent up the road about 30 minutes, 6 programs in all.  2 of the programs disappeared off of the map entirely.  2 of those programs switched from Pop Warner to the independent conference leaving only 1 Pop Warner affiliate where there was once 5. 

Last season was a banner year for our AYF program, this year numbers are pretty much down across the board.  We even went to "free" to encourage people to sign up.  Our first thought was that some of the families didn't like the level of competition that our AYF conference offered and jumped ship to play for Pop Warner.  That's definitely the case for a handful of families but I've recently discovered that the local Pop Warner program doesn't have strong numbers either.

I've heard some reports from other guys in the general area and it truly seems that football is on the decline.  Thoughts?

I saw that you guys were indeed free on Facebook.

If that doesn't help nothing will.

I posted some stuff in one of Jake's Threads on the subject about our League. I dont have the exacts in front of me but in 10 years we have gone from about 360 teams to about 210 and the decline these past 4 of 5 years had been pretty fast.

Im afraid your deal in your area is commonplace. People like to say...well there is lots of others things to do in Denver for the kids. Yah well.....there have always been lots of other things for the kids to do in Denver.
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General Discussion / Re: Northeast Football Dying?
« Last post by Michael on Today at 04:46:00 PM »
I sometimes tell kids, "Hey, I hear you.  You come here day after day after day, and all you do is get better and better and better.  Who can live like that?"
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General Discussion / Re: Northeast Football Dying?
« Last post by Mean Machine on Today at 04:38:58 PM »
There are many other alternatives to football these days that are:

1. Easier on the parents than lugging Jr. to the field every night in August and 3 nights a week in-season.  Pretty much no other sport requires this level of parent/child commitment during the season at this age.  At least at the non-elite level.

2. Easier on Jr. - football is hard, going to always be hard, and nothing we can do about that.  Almost every other alternative is easier while still allowing a perception of the benefits of an athletic activity.  That appeals to Jr., and it's okay with Mom/Dad.

3. PERCEIVED as safer, whether they are or not.  And regardless of what studies say, football doesn't pass the eye test.  It is by far the most violent mass-participation activity (exempting actual fighting).

4. Easier to coach, which will tend to create better coaching situations, or at least coaches who do less harm.  Football is a coaching intensive sport, and a bad coach can screw up a football team/player more (IMO) than a bad coach will screw up a baseball/soccer/basketball team.

5. Not the subject of mass hysteria caused by movies like Concussion.

And probably more, that's just what immediately occurs to me.

GREAT POST!  Definitely spot on!!  And, I love your phrase "perceived" safety.  Years ago I was talking with a mom about her son playing youth football (at the time, I think our kids were 8 or 9 yrs old) instead of baseball or soccer.  When she raised the safety issue, I showed her a video of one of my son's games.  She was quite surprised that the hits did not rise to the level of the collisions in an NFL game.  Despite the video evidence, she still didn't change her mind.
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Team we are facing runs the Monster but we have no film and have never seen them before.

As a HC or OC, what are you looking to attack on a Monster that you have never played or seen before.

We would probably line up in "regular", which looks like a Pro Ace . . . I suppose. Based on what we saw, we'd shift into Beast, Empty, or just stay put. But we're weird like that.
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General Discussion / Re: I made the mistake...
« Last post by Mean Machine on Today at 04:26:53 PM »
Tackling is a skill (the most important skill on defense) and if you want to be good at it you should be practicing it on a regular basis....hopefully quality practice. Imagine having 2 weeks of baseball practice with no BP....then being criticized for striking out.

I couldn't agree more!  But, the key phrase there is "quality practice". 
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General Discussion / Re: Northeast Football Dying?
« Last post by SingleWingGoombah on Today at 04:06:58 PM »
I don't think it is concussion related, I would instead suggest that it is a generational problem. And in football, you cannot just roll the ball out and play.

You don't think it is concussion rated... like at all???
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If they monster to form strength... put your strength to boundary and pass strength to field and run everything to the field
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Have a scrimmage next week and all we know is they run a Wing T?

How would you prepare and what would you look for if you were facing a Wing T team you never seen before?

Thanks for the input

Wing-T can mean different things now.  I think Buck Series and Belly Series, but it could mean Jet or Rocket Sweep stuff.  Sometimes people will call Flexbone or Double Wing "Wing-T" and that makes it even more confusing.

I'd just focus on playing good fundamental defense.  Make sure your cutback and BCR players are honoring their assignments and your players are following their keys and filling their gaps.  Be patient and limit the big plays.

Make sure your kids have basic adjustment rules for how to line up to 1 and 2 receivers to their side, as well as TE/WB surfaces (we'd play a 6 on the TE and an 80 on the WB in our 4-2-5) so you're not outflanked.

We're a spill team, so that means spilling all the kick out blocks and having our force man on the sweeps.

It's just a scrimmage, so don't worry too much.  Just play your base defense.
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General Discussion / Re: Northeast Football Dying?
« Last post by jrk5150 on Today at 03:26:57 PM »
There are many other alternatives to football these days that are:

1. Easier on the parents than lugging Jr. to the field every night in August and 3 nights a week in-season.  Pretty much no other sport requires this level of parent/child commitment during the season at this age.  At least at the non-elite level.

2. Easier on Jr. - football is hard, going to always be hard, and nothing we can do about that.  Almost every other alternative is easier while still allowing a perception of the benefits of an athletic activity.  That appeals to Jr., and it's okay with Mom/Dad.

3. PERCEIVED as safer, whether they are or not.  And regardless of what studies say, football doesn't pass the eye test.  It is by far the most violent mass-participation activity (exempting actual fighting).

4. Easier to coach, which will tend to create better coaching situations, or at least coaches who do less harm.  Football is a coaching intensive sport, and a bad coach can screw up a football team/player more (IMO) than a bad coach will screw up a baseball/soccer/basketball team.

5. Not the subject of mass hysteria caused by movies like Concussion.

And probably more, that's just what immediately occurs to me. 
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Umm... belly, power,  jet sweep...if theyre older buck sweep, counter from power, waggle... maybe sally

If you play man enforce following your man

If you play zone...must go over keys and maybe cross key rbs with force players

Theres really no optimal front vs wing t... defending it, running it, playin in it and against it... what works is penetration vs cancelling blockers from.my experiance.

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