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Re: Punting in Youth Football?
« Reply #45 on: January 08, 2017, 03:36:24 PM »
So  mahonz, was this a third down quick kick, or was it just that it looked like you were going for it on 4th that had them with no return man?

I think we have only punted on a non 4th down once in the last 5 years.

The rest of the time it appears that we are going for it on 4th down so its 50/50 anyone is back to receive.
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Re: Punting in Youth Football?
« Reply #46 on: January 08, 2017, 03:47:43 PM »
How much time is one willing to coaching up this aspect of the game?  We lost our championship game this past season due to our inability to punt the football. Lost 19-13......two of their scoring drives consisted of about 15 yards of total offense because our punter didn't have confidence in his ability to get the punt off. I didn't work on this enough throughout the season, so I shouldn't have put the kid in that situation. I rode the fence. You either put time into it or you dont. If you don't believe in investing time in it, I would advise against. Special Teams mistakes are the most costly mistakes a team can make.

Great point.

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Re: Punting in Youth Football?
« Reply #47 on: January 08, 2017, 08:52:08 PM »
I've actually gone into a season without having formed a punt team at all.

Possibly related: I don't understand why we don't score on every single play.
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Re: Punting in Youth Football?
« Reply #48 on: January 08, 2017, 09:50:56 PM »
I've actually gone into a season without having formed a punt team at all.

Possibly related: I don't understand why we don't score on every single play.

Twice last season we blocked a punt and scored. So there is that.  :)
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Re: Punting in Youth Football?
« Reply #49 on: January 09, 2017, 09:27:14 AM »
Problem in youth (the younger the worse) is first finding a kicker that can kick

--No harder than finding a passer, or a runner, or a hitter...

and kick under a rush,

--No harder than finding a passer who can throw the ball under a rush.

and third stopping the return.

--Which is why you kick it OOB.

--Once we bought into the advantages of the punt game in youth ball, we had a good punting game every year.

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Re: Punting in Youth Football?
« Reply #50 on: January 09, 2017, 11:25:05 AM »


im not the biggest fan of kicking it OOB. i want the roll. teaching a rugby punt to be low and fast isnt hard... hell most youth punters cant get it over their heads anyway.
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Re: Punting in Youth Football?
« Reply #51 on: January 09, 2017, 03:49:20 PM »
FYI

Found this on rugby kicking. http://www.rugbyhow.com/rugby-kicking.html#Q1
check out http://www.coaches-clinic.com/



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Re: Punting in Youth Football?
« Reply #52 on: January 10, 2017, 01:28:04 AM »
im not the biggest fan of kicking it OOB. i want the roll. teaching a rugby punt to be low and fast isnt hard... hell most youth punters cant get it over their heads anyway.

If there's a returner, I want it OOB.  If there's no returner, we can roll it.

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Re: Punting in Youth Football?
« Reply #53 on: January 23, 2017, 03:58:00 PM »
We punt only if deep in our own end... I use the 40 yard line to determine that 4 down territory. My own.  If we're past that it's 4 down territory.  If not it's a situational decision....

And I have always installed our quick punt from the DTDW formation.  We use our 3 back as the punter. Ray Motion. QB tosses to him and he rugby punts it. They almost NEVER put anyone back cause we punt from the same formation we run our plays from.... They are never sure. Now since I use gun i'd just have my QB punt it from the Gun alignment..

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Re: Punting in Youth Football?
« Reply #54 on: January 24, 2017, 01:17:29 PM »
We only punt when we want them to have the ball... we baught into the Pulaski academy mindset

This.  I did punt once last year, simply to let me Punter have a chance to do it in a game, since he worked on it at practice pretty regularly on his own.
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Re: Punting in Youth Football?
« Reply #55 on: January 24, 2017, 02:38:17 PM »
This.  I did punt once last year, simply to let me Punter have a chance to do it in a game, since he worked on it at practice pretty regularly on his own.

I'm picturing him celebrating when you got stopped on third down and finally not getting disappointed. ;)
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Re: Punting in Youth Football?
« Reply #56 on: February 03, 2017, 03:05:42 PM »
I install a punt, even with kids as young as 9.  This past season, it was valuable to us when we put other teams into slaughter.  If our second offense was on the field, we'd use 4th down to boot the ball as deeply as possible to give our second defense more space to defend.

I think whether you utilize a punt or not is contingent on how good your team is.  Years ago, with the 1-7 team I coached, I had a punt installed and we punted all of the time and really I don't think it did anything for us in the games where we were really outmatched.  The close games where our defense was shutting down their offense and vice versa, the punt was useful.  But if you're against THAT team that manages to land the blocks they need and run for a TD on what seems like every play, a punt is going to do nothing for you.

Where I want a punt installed is...it's been my experience with little kids that you can pretty well count on them to screw up at least 2 series a game.  Say you receive the opening kickoff and somehow the ball has a nice roll, skirts between your deepest backs and comes to a rest somewhere around the 20 yard line.  The kids have a series of brain farts, bad snaps, bad tosses, penalties, whatever that puts you back on the 10 or 15 and it's 4th down.  Do you roll the dice or do you boot the ball?

I boot the ball.  I boot it for a couple of reasons.  The further the other team needs to move the ball, that's more opportunities for us to take the ball from them.  It's more opportunities for them to mess up.  But again, if they come out of the gate and immediately run for a touchdown, it's going to be a long day for us regardless of having a punt.


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Re: Punting in Youth Football?
« Reply #57 on: February 03, 2017, 03:12:20 PM »
Just a thought, not sure how valid it is.

From a defensive standpoint, I LOVE when I see the other team punt.  Doesn't matter where on the field. Love it.  Because if they run a play, that's another opportunity to break a long one on me. So from that perspective, their punt is giving me a free down.

So I guess I have a hard time doing something that the other team wants me to do.

Like I said - just a thought.



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Re: Punting in Youth Football?
« Reply #58 on: February 04, 2017, 09:15:54 AM »
Just a thought, not sure how valid it is.

From a defensive standpoint, I LOVE when I see the other team punt.  Doesn't matter where on the field. Love it.  Because if they run a play, that's another opportunity to break a long one on me. So from that perspective, their punt is giving me a free down.

So I guess I have a hard time doing something that the other team wants me to do.

Like I said - just a thought.
I'm with you. I don't know how many times I have seen yourh teams convert 4th downs. Way more than 50%.

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Re: Punting in Youth Football?
« Reply #59 on: June 08, 2017, 01:43:53 PM »
We have punted maybe 4 times in the last 10 seasons.  We never punt.  We practice punting. rugby style, but hardly ever use it.  We have several sweeps and passes out of the Punt formation.  We use all 4 downs to get a first down. 

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