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Offline mahonz

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Smurfs! Can hardly wait. Brand new team of first and second graders and a girl !

Got a really nice Staff together.  Five of the six have been Headers before. Have two former players that will be our GA's. One severely broke his leg last winter and is still recovering and the other has no interest in playing anymore. My Daughter is going to be the Team Momager and is already having a panic attack.  Her son, my youngest grandson is on the team.

We started out with 16 players....up to 18 as of today. I think we will top out at 20 before the first game so I am...relieved.

Biggest kid is 84 pounds and the smallest is 48 pounds. I think we are the Shrimpie Smurfs.  :P

Practice starts Wednesday.

I am going to enjoy every single moment these next 7 seasons. Its getting close to retirement. The old body is falling behind the young mind. I think I would look pretty silly coaching with a walker.  ;D
« Last Edit: October 27, 2018, 08:01:52 PM by mahonz »
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2018, 12:06:34 AM »
I think I would look pretty silly coaching with a walker.

Not if you got one of those cool, off-road versions!

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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2018, 07:32:34 AM »
Tonight, I'll find out if I will have a 5th/6th grade team. If not, I could be coaching 3rd/4th grade this year.

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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2018, 04:05:48 PM »
I cuss a lot. Dad was 25 years in the Air Force. I was a Marine where the F word is used in place of a comma. I'm pretty good about keeping it away from the players. I let it slip a little with the 7th and 8th graders, but they were out-cussing me 5-1. I've been really cutting loose this Summer to get it out of my system and went cold turkey as of this morning. First practice with the 2nd graders is Wednesday and it's time for "Mr. Rogers" to take over.

Darn
Fudge
Doggone
Shoot
Shucks
Forget it

My biggest struggle so far is finding that sweet spot between being patient and just being inefficient.

Writing down my agenda with "backward coaching" in mind. Show them where to line up and what to do. Gradually show them how to do it. Gonna be fun.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2018, 01:02:08 AM »
3rd practice tonight with the 2nd graders. The team really turned a corner. Mahonz has been busy with The Camp and our Spring HC is out of town, so it was up to 4 of us AC's plus a new dad coach to run things. Over an hour of "Potter" drills. Fixed a problem with kids who don't "go" at the start of a drill, either because they aren't paying attention or because they wait to see what everyone else is doing before committing.

Not very much technical instruction at all tonight, but high energy, passion and reckless abandon. I have the feeling that we lit a fuse tonight. Since this is still officially part of The Camp, we start tomorrow at 9am and are going 8 on 8 scrimmage with plenty of water breaks until they don't want to go anymore. I will take one other coach with me to run offense (Beast) and put the bulk of the coaches on defense. We are heavily focusing on the defense in the pre-season, so I want to use the scrimmages as a teaching tool. 5 or 6 coaches on defense means each coach can watch 2 players and quickly correct/refine between plays. For now, looking at stance/alignment pre snap and get off, aggression and pursuit angles on defense.

Told Mahonz I'd be at the field in 9 hours. Beer, hot tub, bed.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2018, 02:39:42 AM »
Over an hour of "Potter" drills.

So did we.

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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2018, 09:04:49 AM »
So did we.

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It was refreshing. Starting in 7th grade, we tapered back the contact so they wouldn’t kill each other. With 2nd graders, we pull out all the stops, which is more my thing.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2018, 11:53:42 AM »
We are working with some kids who played "up" last year (at 10-13s) because that team needed numbers, but there is no 10-13 this year, so they play with us as 11s.  An assumption could be that because these kids played "up" last year, that they would be confident, dominant and willing to demonstrate it when moving back to a younger level (9-12).  And that would be correct if they'd had any decent coaching.  My goodness, the work we have to put in just to undo the train wreck of others' so-called "coaching"....Give me a green kid with no experience, anytime!

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« Last Edit: August 04, 2018, 11:55:20 AM by CoachDP »
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2018, 12:20:16 PM »
It was refreshing. Starting in 7th grade, we tapered back the contact so they wouldn’t kill each other. With 2nd graders, we pull out all the stops, which is more my thing.

Yes, it's nice to coach without having to put the brakes on.

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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2018, 04:06:48 PM »
First week in the books. As Lar mentioned I have not joined the team yet. Our Camp went really well. About 200 kids.

I did get to watch and help out a little with the scrimmage games today.

As the old saying goes there is nothing cute when it comes to fast cars or football.

Second grade football is most certainly cute.  :)
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2018, 06:11:00 PM »
First week in the books. As Lar mentioned I have not joined the team yet. Our Camp went really well. About 200 kids.

I did get to watch and help out a little with the scrimmage games today.

As the old saying goes there is nothing cute when it comes to fast cars or football.

Second grade football is most certainly cute.  :)

Highlight of the day was a kid who ripped off a 30 yard run on his first ever carry . . . in the WRONG direction.  :D
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2018, 01:30:47 AM »
Changing the offense. Mahonz called me Saturday, a few hours after our final Camp session featuring a 2 hour scrimmage where we ran 100% Beast with a few side saddle sneaks thrown in. We hadn't worked on direct snaps, so to move things along, I had the snapper snap to me while the beast back just held a football. Mahonz convinced me that getting the beast snap down with 2nd graders can be done, but I would have to join a 12 step program before it was all over. To his point, I was amazed at how big a K2 ball looks in the hands of a 7 year old.

So we'll be running the Monster offense invented in 2011 by Mahonz Jr. It was created after lessons learned from a 1st grade season, specifically for 2nd graders. Think of it as Beast from under center. Good news is that I'm very familiar with the offense and we'll tweak the terminology to match what the coaches have been doing for a few seasons and what we have briefly taught our current team. We did very well with it in 2011 with the slowest team I've ever coached. It never loses yards and defies everything you think you know about lines of force. Unbalanced line, Nasty split end and strategically placed sniffer backs to challenge defensive coordinators.

Blocking will be Domino to start. If we progress, I'll introduce GOB and might even try to widen the splits a little.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2018, 08:02:45 AM »
Changing the offense. Mahonz called me Saturday, a few hours after our final Camp session featuring a 2 hour scrimmage where we ran 100% Beast with a few side saddle sneaks thrown in. We hadn't worked on direct snaps, so to move things along, I had the snapper snap to me while the beast back just held a football. Mahonz convinced me that getting the beast snap down with 2nd graders can be done, but I would have to join a 12 step program before it was all over. To his point, I was amazed at how big a K2 ball looks in the hands of a 7 year old.

So we'll be running the Monster offense invented in 2011 by Mahonz Jr. It was created after lessons learned from a 1st grade season, specifically for 2nd graders. Think of it as Beast from under center. Good news is that I'm very familiar with the offense and we'll tweak the terminology to match what the coaches have been doing for a few seasons and what we have briefly taught our current team. We did very well with it in 2011 with the slowest team I've ever coached. It never loses yards and defies everything you think you know about lines of force. Unbalanced line, Nasty split end and strategically placed sniffer backs to challenge defensive coordinators.

Blocking will be Domino to start. If we progress, I'll introduce GOB and might even try to widen the splits a little.

YAAAAAY!  I love The Monster offense.  Our 10u were going to run it this season but, they changed OC's and the new OC wants to run some crap.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2018, 09:36:13 AM »
I am back on the 8U level as an offensive assistant after thinking I wouldn't coach at all this year. We are 30 deep, which is crazy at this level. We also have the biggest 8 year old you have ever seen.

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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2018, 01:31:04 PM »
M- your 84 pounder outweighs 4 of my 8th graders.   ???  I have one that's under 70 pounds right now. He's a competitive gymnast though so I'm just going to have him do backflips and back handsprings to distract the  defense.

Excited to be back in the league, curious to see where they'll place us for bracketing.

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