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Offline mahonz

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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #30 on: August 20, 2018, 11:33:15 AM »
I usually opened up with off-tackle power with my 8u's.  Something that I tried in a game and it worked out, was to begin the offense with 'Z' back runs.  Kids at that age sort of stop and stare at a player when they first see motion.  I changed the nomenclature of the plays that you use.  But, it was simply Monster Left/43/Speed Left. That went for a 10+ yrd gain. Followed by Monster Right/42/TIKO Right.  About a 4yrd gain, IIRC. Repeated that play for a bit better gain.  At that point you have the kittens(defenders) following the ball of yarn (Z back). Even their coaches were yelling 'Get Him!", etc...I went Monster Right/ Drop 25. H Back did the lead blocking. Defense chased after the Z Back.  S Back Went for a TD.

Exactly !

Our biggest issue....our H backs didn't preform. Plus our timing/ spacing is off. That it seems is the real challenge here.

We just need to clean things up. Excited to run this O again. Brings back good memories. It is amazing that it rarely if ever looses yards. Always moving forward...even if it is 1 yard at a time. :)

Im happy the kids have now played a live game. Over two games the progression was there.

Im also happy we have some good team speed. We had some runs break out into the open field on defense and ran them down. Now we just need to teach them some geometry.



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Re: My 2018 Fall Season. GM1
« Reply #31 on: August 25, 2018, 01:27:00 AM »
GAME ONE

I watched about a dozen clips as the film uploaded....once.

Gag, barf, puke is about all I have to say.

We go down 0-32.

Long long long long long ways to go...O ...D ...STs.

Im not entirely sure what we have accomplished this pre season. OK ...we got one thing accomplished. They do have decals on their helmets.  :P

We rock !

We even fucked up our own fundraiser after the game. A hot mess top to bottom....inside out....upside down.

Im gonna sleep until Monday. I am way too old for this Super Shrimpie Smurf chit.  :-X
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1
« Reply #32 on: August 25, 2018, 05:38:03 AM »
Stinks. Hopefully you will get things turned around quickly.

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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1
« Reply #33 on: August 25, 2018, 10:59:42 AM »
I have a feeling we will be in the same boat. The positive is that I can see the progress and the team starting to gel. Late start, but it is on us how us coaches have yet to gel either. Thursday was the best practice to date. I don't if it is sad, but I am looking forward to next week's practice. I feel we will make leaps and bounds. The positive, you got through game 1 and know exactly what you need to fix. Good luck coach, I know you will right the ship. Stay positive!!
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1
« Reply #34 on: August 25, 2018, 05:44:20 PM »
Well I made it thru game film twice without sticking my head in an oven.

We played a team whose core played last year as first graders. We are about 95% rookies. Amazing what just a tiny amount of experience will do for Smurfs. They were playing football....we were still at recess.

One thing I learned....we can pass the football quite well. I did not expect that.

Time to go Beast Mode. Its what we do.

Deep breaths....its a progression.  :-\
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1
« Reply #35 on: August 26, 2018, 09:28:48 AM »
Well I made it thru game film twice without sticking my head in an oven.

We played a team whose core played last year as first graders. We are about 95% rookies. Amazing what just a tiny amount of experience will do for Smurfs. They were playing football....we were still at recess.

One thing I learned....we can pass the football quite well. I did not expect that.

Time to go Beast Mode. Its what we do.

Deep breaths....its a progression.  :-\
Bro i've been watching smurfs closely this year as part of my deal was i have go down to next competitive level in 2019 which will be 9u and what i'm seeing is you can run real schemes with those little guys and i feel its a mistake not too.....
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1
« Reply #36 on: August 26, 2018, 09:54:42 AM »
Bro i've been watching smurfs closely this year as part of my deal was i have go down to next competitive level in 2019 which will be 9u and what i'm seeing is you can run real schemes with those little guys and i feel its a mistake not too.....
You can absolutely run real schemes with 9U.  We are running Cisar Single Wing on Offense and Gregory 6-3 on Defense.  Many times I'm amazed on what these guys can pick up at their age. 
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1
« Reply #37 on: August 26, 2018, 10:27:33 AM »
Well I made it thru game film twice without sticking my head in an oven.

We played a team whose core played last year as first graders. We are about 95% rookies. Amazing what just a tiny amount of experience will do for Smurfs. They were playing football....we were still at recess.

One thing I learned....we can pass the football quite well. I did not expect that.

Time to go Beast Mode. Its what we do.

Deep breaths....its a progression.  :-\

Don't give up on the Monster too soon. You already know that it works quite well at that level.   :)
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1
« Reply #38 on: August 26, 2018, 11:13:44 AM »
Bro i've been watching smurfs closely this year as part of my deal was i have go down to next competitive level in 2019 which will be 9u and what i'm seeing is you can run real schemes with those little guys and i feel its a mistake not too.....

We’re unning almost the exact same Wing T I run w/ the middle school boys. Only difference is slightly different terminology and we brought our SE in to a nast split tight end that we call a 5 back cuz he carries the ball.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1
« Reply #39 on: August 26, 2018, 11:37:28 AM »
Bro i've been watching smurfs closely this year as part of my deal was i have go down to next competitive level in 2019 which will be 9u and what i'm seeing is you can run real schemes with those little guys and i feel its a mistake not too.....

Absolutely.

Knock two years off their brains and think 7u. It truly is ants on an anthill for every team. Now on any given play you have 5 of the 11 getting it....5 that are coming along slowly and one that has to think for a minute when you call out his last name. :P  And we cant use first names because we have like 3 kids named Justin....a Justice...a Jerrico and a Joshia or two. A tongue twisting mess. 

Anyway...the next play the ratio is 6/3/2....then 8/0/3 then 9/2/1 ( opps... Dhorian! you dont play on defense ! ) then its back to 5/5/1...and so on.

I just might give a left nut right now for a small hand full of 9 year olds :D We have 16 7 years olds and 5 6 year olds.

My grandson after the game...

Who won? This after he was devastated that he didn't get a crunch bar award. I had to let him know... again... that I still love him but when we are on the field I am his coach and he is the player so I love all of the players equally.

Watch our ROG on this play. Love the aggression but I think he might have been running a route !

https://youtu.be/d1SnEvPmTvc

A change of possession is always fun. If we only had 11 players....easy peasy. Or if we had 30 so we could prepare 11 on 11 off...no biggie. But its generally 6 off 6 on for us. I quickly realized this was the best way to do things...OC or DC or ST coach brings everyone off all at once then send 11 back on. Problem with that is we have 21 players that are all 3 feet tall and weigh 61 pounds and we just did helmets decals so all names are off their helmets. Im thinking I need to put names back on the helmets. The issue is we are teaching them to never take out their mouth pieces because if they do they never go back in consistanly so when you call out their names they just look at you....and they all look exactly the same !

We have been learning their jersey numbers in our scrimmage games but we were playing another team from our Org so we wore away jerseys that our Org supplied. Only about 4 jersey numbers matched out of sheer luck. This being the first game that I had to train a MP counter as well. Sheesh!

My OC sent us a text yesterday...

Anyone else feel hung over today? He was out on the field for the entire game. Have not heard from the DC yet. He may be in an institution right now.

I had to stop practice a few weeks ago and have a conversation with them. I had had enough. Go to the bathroom BEFORE practice ( We cant let them go on their own in this day and age ). Make sure you double knot your shoelaces. If you have a detachable mouthpiece make sure your parents melt them together or buy one that is attached. I started with a dozen spare mouth pieces and have to buy more before Tuesday.  Who still needs their shoulder straps taped? Stop unbuckling your chin straps during practice....and a few other things I was pissed about...that we had talked about day one....and 5...and maybe one other time.

5 minutes later one of our players taps me on the arm and points at my shoes. One of them was untied. Little shit. :P

So yes...they can learn real schemes for sure. Somehow that is about #34 on the list of things to do at this age. We are at about #27 right now.

Our opponent had one play we could not stop. We need our one play.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1
« Reply #40 on: August 26, 2018, 11:37:46 AM »
Im honestly looking forward to it .... Just wondering how those little guys a react to super agrresive personality......
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1
« Reply #41 on: August 26, 2018, 11:42:50 AM »
Im honestly looking forward to it .... Just wondering how those little guys a react to super agrresive personality......

They will respond. You will be fine.

But you will find yourself just sitting back and taking a few things in stride. One thing THEY will remind you of....this is just a game. Nothing more.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1
« Reply #42 on: August 26, 2018, 11:52:36 AM »
Don't give up on the Monster too soon. You already know that it works quite well at that level.   :)

Its a great Offense.

Talking to our Backs / LB'r Coach yesterday.

He reminds me Beast is who we are. O Hagan is ready ( our Center ). Plus we have all won Championships running it.  He is new to our Staff and won a Championship running Beast and his former team happens to be the only team we lost to last Fall...running Beast.

Only team we lost to last Spring with our All Star team....ran Beast. 

So he has a point.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1
« Reply #43 on: August 26, 2018, 08:34:57 PM »
Bro i've been watching smurfs closely this year as part of my deal was i have go down to next competitive level in 2019 which will be 9u and what i'm seeing is you can run real schemes with those little guys and i feel its a mistake not too.....
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1
« Reply #44 on: August 26, 2018, 10:26:51 PM »
Smurfs can learn what you know how to teach to them. If you don't know how to teach it, they won't learn it.

It took me a half hour to teach my DT's to line up as slanted 4 techs. I still haven't figured out how to get my O-linemen to line up facing straight ahead in an even toed stance. Here's what I've learned: Getting them to understand what you want from them is about 20% of it. Getting them to give a crap is 80%. If you say it twice to no effect, do not say it a 3rd time. I implemented the cone/shield/dummy/backpack of shame. They do not like bear crawling to the object of shame. They do not like it enough that they would rather do what you want then bear crawl the object of shame.

Three of my guys must be "rebooted" every once in awhile. The period between reboots differs among all 3. If they are not told/reminded what to do, they will "invent" something to do. One of my guys (probably my favorite player at this point) quite literally does not know the difference between offense and defense. On defense, he will smile and tell you how well he blocked his guy. On offense, he will tell you how well he tackled his guy. He lines up in a 3 point stance on offense (we go with 2) and a 2 point on defense (we go with 1). I can't/won't get mad at him because I know I am getting his best effort and I know he is not capable of knowing any better at this stage.

This is me admitting that I do not know how to teach them.
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