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2018 Enumclaw Jr. Hornets (Mighty Mites)
« on: November 19, 2018, 06:04:17 PM »
Hello all,

Our season ended a few weeks back but I've had a lot of time to reflect on it. We started the season on fire, winning our first game 26-0. We followed that up with an out of league game that saw us get our tails handed to us, 33-0. We ran a total of 14 plays that game on offense, six in the first half. Week three saw us lose a close one, 19-7 (they scored with less than a minute left on fourth down). Our fourth game we won 6-0 and followed that up with two straight shutout losses, 20-0 and 26-0 respectively. We did win our first playoff game 13-6 and then lost our final game 2-0. Yes, 2-0. I don't want to talk about it.

This was a rough year for me offensively as I am the OC. As you can see, we were shutout numerous times. We returned 11 starters but had a new QB. We scored about half the points from the season before and I'm not sure if it was something I did or it just was one of those years.

I'm looking to run out of the shotgun this season as well as running some jet/fly plays. Anyone have any suggestions that I can take into next year?

Thanks,

Coach Chris

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Re: 2018 Enumclaw Jr. Hornets (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2018, 06:20:11 PM »
I'm not sure if it was something I did or it just was one of those years.

Anyone have any suggestions that I can take into next year?

One of those years?  I don't know what that means.

--Dave
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Re: 2018 Enumclaw Jr. Hornets (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2018, 06:26:25 PM »
One of those years?  I don't know what that means.

--Dave

Meaning, no matter what we did or how we coached them, it didn't matter in the end. It was just going to end that way.

-- Chris

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Re: 2018 Enumclaw Jr. Hornets (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2018, 06:26:56 PM »
I'm looking to run out of the shotgun this season as well as running some jet/fly plays.

You averaged 6.5 ppg and were shut out 4 times.  What were you running before deciding to go shotgun jet/fly?  Is that superior to what you ran before?

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Re: 2018 Enumclaw Jr. Hornets (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2018, 06:27:40 PM »
Meaning, no matter what we did or how we coached them, it didn't matter in the end. It was just going to end that way.

So "fate" was coaching your team?  Not you...

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Re: 2018 Enumclaw Jr. Hornets (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2018, 06:31:49 PM »
You averaged 6.5 ppg and were shut out 4 times.  What were you running before deciding to go shotgun jet/fly?  Is that superior to what you ran before?

--Dave

We ran the shotgun jet/fly the first game and scored 20 points out of it and the last six came on a fb dive at the one yard line. We use I, strong and pro a lot and a few Shotgun running plays.

Personally, I feel it was the QB. We had a different one then the year before and he was a game changer. He made all the right reads on passes and knew when he bail or throw the ball away. We switched playbooks to help our new QB.

Chris

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Re: 2018 Enumclaw Jr. Hornets (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2018, 06:32:41 PM »
So "fate" was coaching your team?  Not you...

--Dave

I see what you are saying. Maybe I just did a crappy job at coaching our offense and our new QB.

Chris

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Re: 2018 Enumclaw Jr. Hornets (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2018, 06:37:09 PM »
We ran the shotgun jet/fly the first game and scored 20 points out of it and the last six came on a fb dive at the one yard line. We use I, strong and pro a lot and a few Shotgun running plays.

--Perhaps you should concentrate more on developing a scheme, instead of focusing on plays.  Scoring 20 points on anyone is not indicative of success, or a lack of it, but I'd wonder why you went away from it.

Personally, I feel it was the QB.

--Who chose him?  Who coached him?

We had a different one then the year before and he was a game changer.

--Relying on talent instead of relying on coaching is a mistake.  You're not going to get a "game changer" every year and should coach as if you're never going to get one.

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Re: 2018 Enumclaw Jr. Hornets (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2018, 06:38:09 PM »
I see what you are saying. Maybe I just did a crappy job at coaching our offense and our new QB.

Perhaps Chris, but maybe not.  I don't know.  I wasn't there.  However, I am a believer that coaches coach players, not fate.

--Dave
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Re: 2018 Enumclaw Jr. Hornets (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2018, 06:45:05 PM »


We went away from it when teams started stacking the outside and stopped us for little to no gain. We tried to hit them up the middle but our backs werenít reading the blocks correctly or would instantly go the other way.

Iíll take full responsibility on the coaching failure of my offense and QB. We tried to coach him up but he wouldnít listen when it mattered most and the other kids we played at QB listened but didnít execute as well.

It was for sure a learning experience and Iíve taken away a lot from it.

ó Chris

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« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2018, 06:46:09 PM »
I see what you are saying. Maybe I just did a crappy job at coaching our offense and our new QB.

How much leeway were you given by the header?  Do you have control over personnel, scheme (or plays) or how long you practiced the offense daily?

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Re: 2018 Enumclaw Jr. Hornets (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2018, 06:49:34 PM »
Iíll take full responsibility on the coaching failure of my offense and QB. We tried to coach him up but he wouldnít listen when it mattered most and the other kids we played at QB listened but didnít execute as well.

It was for sure a learning experience and Iíve taken away a lot from it.

Well, it already sounds like you're aiming in the right direction.  A little more about your coaching background and what you're looking to do would be helpful!

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Re: 2018 Enumclaw Jr. Hornets (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2018, 06:53:20 PM »
How much leeway were you given by the header?  Do you have control over personnel, scheme (or plays) or how long you practiced the offense daily?

--Dave

I pretty much can do what I want on offense, the HC doesnít care. Or says he doesnít care. I was told by a few coaches that he was complaining about some of the things I called this year but it is what it is.

We ran offense for about half the practice most days. We worked on techniques (snaps, handoffs, etc).

Personnel wise, he says who he wants and where he wants them and I just have to make it work. Iíve already decided that Iím going to have the say in that department next season.

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Re: 2018 Enumclaw Jr. Hornets (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2018, 06:56:16 PM »
We went away from it when teams started stacking the outside and stopped us for little to no gain. We tried to hit them up the middle but our backs werenít reading the blocks correctly or would instantly go the other way.

At the Mighty Mite level (assuming their 7-9?), most defenses are going to focus on stopping the Sweep, since that is the primary go-to play at that age level.  Stopping a Sweep at the youth level is a relatively simple fix.  Backs shouldn't have to "read" blocks, but they should be disciplined enough to know where to run.  If they aren't, there are a variety of culprits, but they all trace their way back to the coaching.

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Re: 2018 Enumclaw Jr. Hornets (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2018, 07:01:32 PM »
At the Mighty Mite level (assuming their 7-9?), most defenses are going to focus on stopping the Sweep, since that is the primary go-to play at that age level.  Stopping a Sweep at the youth level is a relatively simple fix.  Backs shouldn't have to "read" blocks, but they should be disciplined enough to know where to run.  If they aren't, there are a variety of culprits, but they all trace their way back to the coaching.

--Dave

You would be correct. They would crash their ends and outside linebackers and the play was virtually over.

We coached the kids to take the handoff, stick their foot in the ground and hit the hole hard. Go where the play is designed unless itís all clogged up and you can cut it back.

Itís my second year of coaching and we did really well my first year and we took a huge step back this season. We faced a lot of the same coaches and kids so Iím sure they were ready for us.

ó Chris