Consider helping MosleyTheCat keep the web hosting hamsters fed and happy. Please Donate.

Author Topic: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5, GM6, GM7, GM8, PO1  (Read 5814 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline mahonz

  • Administrator
  • Kryptonite
  • Posts: 24049
  • Total likes: 2389
  • No Wimps
  • Coaching: 7 & Under
  • Defense: DC 46
  • Offense: Single Wing
  • Title: Head Coach
Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1
« Reply #45 on: August 26, 2018, 11:08:20 PM »


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

Big difference between 9u and 8u. Big difference between 8u and 7u. There is no comparison between 9u and 7u. Heck we were running Empty 5 wide with 9 year olds. Can you imagine this group doing that?  Its not that they cant do it. Its that 4 in 5 snaps would be from an illegal formation.  :P

We are in rarefied air. I've seen a few members post up about this age group and remember some really good film posted by a member that I think ran the DW with 6u. That was pretty amazing.

Every coach should coach this age group once. Its very humbling and has nothing to do with the scoreboard.

We are back to....MURRY...MOVE UP!...and he moves an inch. HOWARD...MOVE OUT!....and he looks at his feet.  ;D
Collect moments, not wins.

Offline Dimson

  • Platinum
  • Posts: 7342
  • Total likes: 449
  • Coaching: 14 & Under
  • Defense: Killer Bee
  • Offense: Spread Formation
  • Title: Coordinator
Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1
« Reply #46 on: August 27, 2018, 10:46:00 AM »
Having coached 6U and 8U, I feel your pain. It is like kittens chasing yarn most days and herding cats the other days.

Offline mahonz

  • Administrator
  • Kryptonite
  • Posts: 24049
  • Total likes: 2389
  • No Wimps
  • Coaching: 7 & Under
  • Defense: DC 46
  • Offense: Single Wing
  • Title: Head Coach
Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1
« Reply #47 on: August 27, 2018, 11:30:04 AM »
Having coached 6U and 8U, I feel your pain. It is like kittens chasing yarn most days and herding cats the other days.

Im reminded of the year my oldest grandson started playing. It lapped one year for the older team were had been coaching. So my son took the 6u team and I did both. I had no clue what I was signing up for.

I was also a Board Member. My plate was on overflow.

We set up practice so that the little dudes started at 5:15 and the older kids...8th graders started on the same field at 6:00pm.

I would coach the little dudes for 45 minutes and then join the bigs. I remember sweating like a pig for the first 45 minutes then joining the 8th graders for a nice leisurely reprieve.  8)

I took the next season off and was just the film guy. The Smurfs broke me.  ???

Funny story about that 6u year.

My Center asks me early in the game...Coach...I got #55 right? #55 was playing NG....so yes.

Later on...my son is the coach on the field and yells too me...COACH....FIX THIS!. I was helping a few players on the sideline so I was not paying attention. Suddenly we had a NG in our backfield for some reason. So I watched the very next play and now our Center was pulling like Jeff Saturday at the snap ! What the what?

Ah ha....#55 was now playing DE.  :)
Collect moments, not wins.

Offline mahonz

  • Administrator
  • Kryptonite
  • Posts: 24049
  • Total likes: 2389
  • No Wimps
  • Coaching: 7 & Under
  • Defense: DC 46
  • Offense: Single Wing
  • Title: Head Coach
Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2
« Reply #48 on: September 01, 2018, 01:04:58 AM »
GAME TWO

We have a long way to go. After a VERY competitive first half we fell apart and go down 0-30. This was a very physical game. I think my grandson was warned once and then got dinged for two PF's. I told him afterwards....change nothing but keep your mouth shut and never retaliate....the second guy always gets caught.

Still I was happy to see him stand his ground. I do believe he is going to be a really good football player pretty soon. He is really enjoying it. His Mom is totally freaking out. Was hoping he would be a MP so he sits the bench more than he does not.  That isnt happening.

That said....I think I have been hoodwinked. My FB Director said he was going to send me the majority of the first graders because I would take better care of them. Didn't bother me one bit...I figured we would have maybe 3. Not even close.  :-\ I went and rechecked after last weeks spanking because they all "look" the same too me. A full one third of our team are first graders.

The League combined the first and second grade Divisions about 3 or 4 years ago. The first two teams we have played their core were first graders last year. Both coaches had sons playing up in 2017 and dropped back down to play a second year of second grade football. Perfectly legal. We are loaded with first graders and boy does it show but I wont be dropping back down next season.

These younger kids generally are physically there but mentally its night and day. We have some first graders that are going to be serious ball'rs one day. One has already won two Crunch Bars. They can stay with us as we move up or drop back one age group any time over the next 7 seasons.

We are very young and very soft. Obliviously we know nothing about this Division but my hope is there are teams out there like ours that we can compete with. I am quite honestly enjoying myself. This age Group is a ton of fun for how nutty some of these kids truly are but a little consistency would be even more fun. Heck most of the kids dont even know what the final score is but we really need to start scoring some TD's. We get close and just fall apart.

The Officiating is simply unreasonable. One of our Refs in both our games thus far was an Official when I played youth ball in the 60's and I am not exaggerating. He must be 90 years old. He is over the top with his ridiculous penalties and game management.

I have these ongoing conversations with him during the game. Tonight it was all about his root canal he went thru this week. I have known him for probably 20 years now. He paid me an nice compliment afterwards.

Coach...Looked much better this week. I know you have had a lot of success over the years so keep on keeping on my friend. It will come.

Still...the number of plays I am loading up to Hudl right now....122. These are 6 and 7 year olds!

Oh well...the progression continues. My Staff is staying positive so I will do the same and enjoy the moments while trying not to stress on losing. 

One positive note. Lar has figured out our fog machine and it was supposed to debut tonight with our Banner Run. It will next week for sure. I can hardly wait !  8)

Thanks for letting me rant a bit.

Serenity Now !
Collect moments, not wins.

Offline patriotsfatboy1

  • Gold
  • Posts: 3178
  • Total likes: 645
  • Coaching: 11 & Under
  • Defense: 6-3
  • Offense: Double Wing
  • Title: Head Coach
Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1
« Reply #49 on: September 01, 2018, 08:38:21 AM »
Funny story about that 6u year.

My Center asks me early in the game...Coach...I got #55 right? #55 was playing NG....so yes.

Later on...my son is the coach on the field and yells too me...COACH....FIX THIS!. I was helping a few players on the sideline so I was not paying attention. Suddenly we had a NG in our backfield for some reason. So I watched the very next play and now our Center was pulling like Jeff Saturday at the snap ! What the what?

Ah ha....#55 was now playing DE.  :)

You told this story here before. I used that example last night with one of our coaches as to why new players get confused. Brilliant. :D
« Last Edit: September 01, 2018, 08:40:20 AM by patriotsfatboy1 »

Online angalton

  • Gold
  • Posts: 2547
  • Total likes: 298
  • Coaching: 12 & Under
  • Defense: Killer Bee
  • Offense: Wishbone
  • Title: Head Coach
Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2
« Reply #50 on: September 01, 2018, 09:58:47 AM »
Sounds if we are in the same boat. As long as they are progressing, you will get there. Head up and keep fighting.
The greatest accomplishment is not in never failing, but in rising again after you fail.

Offline mahonz

  • Administrator
  • Kryptonite
  • Posts: 24049
  • Total likes: 2389
  • No Wimps
  • Coaching: 7 & Under
  • Defense: DC 46
  • Offense: Single Wing
  • Title: Head Coach
Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2
« Reply #51 on: September 01, 2018, 10:22:44 AM »
Sounds if we are in the same boat. As long as they are progressing, you will get there. Head up and keep fighting.


Its humbling. We cant even score a TD....accidentally !

Better times ahead although I am having fun because the kids are having fun.
Collect moments, not wins.

Offline CoachDP

  • Kryptonite
  • Posts: 18038
  • Total likes: 4148
  • "Want to Get Better Players? Be A Better Coach."
    • Coach Dave Potter
  • Coaching: 12 & Under
  • Defense: Other
  • Offense: Double Wing
  • Title: Assistant
Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2
« Reply #52 on: September 01, 2018, 10:47:09 AM »
I told him afterwards....change nothing but keep your mouth shut and never retaliate....the second guy always gets caught.

--Great advice! ^

A full one third of our team are first graders.

--Yeah, I hear ya.  We have 31 on the roster and approximately half have moved to us from the younger team.  I literally have no idea how we will play today.  While I always expect to win, this time I truly have no gauge.  We didn't participate in any pre-season scrimmages, jamborees or exhibitions (thanks to those who turned us down), so we really don't have a barometer.  The team we open with today is coached by a guy whose team defeated Coach W's team last year.  After this game, I'm heading to the beach for a coupla days of R&R before we resume this crazy thing on Tuesday. 

--Dave
"The Greater the Teacher, the More Powerful the Player."

The Mission Statement:
"I want to show any young man that he is far tougher than he thinks, that he can accomplish more than what he dreamed and that his work ethic will take him wherever he wants to go." #BattleReady newhope

Offline CoachDP

  • Kryptonite
  • Posts: 18038
  • Total likes: 4148
  • "Want to Get Better Players? Be A Better Coach."
    • Coach Dave Potter
  • Coaching: 12 & Under
  • Defense: Other
  • Offense: Double Wing
  • Title: Assistant
Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2
« Reply #53 on: September 01, 2018, 11:17:49 PM »
We were rained out today.  It was a non-con game, so it won't be rescheduled.

--Dave
"The Greater the Teacher, the More Powerful the Player."

The Mission Statement:
"I want to show any young man that he is far tougher than he thinks, that he can accomplish more than what he dreamed and that his work ethic will take him wherever he wants to go." #BattleReady newhope

Offline dcooz

  • Copper
  • Posts: 109
  • Total likes: 32
  • Coaching: 8 & Under
  • Defense: 3-3 Stack
  • Offense: Double Wing
  • Title: Head Coach
Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2
« Reply #54 on: September 02, 2018, 05:16:08 PM »
Game 2 in the books and we are 2-0 with a 21-0 victory today. Offense was strong scored on wedge out of DWDT, counter out of Gregory's bear formation and power over out of bear also. Should have put up 28 but fumbled on the 5 (my son  >:( ) . Wedge was unstoppable today. Defense gave up one first down. Honestly have no idea what offense the team we played was running, they have some athletes but coaching has to be subpar. Had nothing stick out that we need to workout that I saw live. Will watch the tape later to see where we need to improve. 2-0

Offline mahonz

  • Administrator
  • Kryptonite
  • Posts: 24049
  • Total likes: 2389
  • No Wimps
  • Coaching: 7 & Under
  • Defense: DC 46
  • Offense: Single Wing
  • Title: Head Coach
Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2
« Reply #55 on: September 02, 2018, 05:27:26 PM »
Game 2 in the books and we are 2-0 with a 21-0 victory today. Offense was strong scored on wedge out of DWDT, counter out of Gregory's bear formation and power over out of bear also. Should have put up 28 but fumbled on the 5 (my son  >:( ) . Wedge was unstoppable today. Defense gave up one first down. Honestly have no idea what offense the team we played was running, they have some athletes but coaching has to be subpar. Had nothing stick out that we need to workout that I saw live. Will watch the tape later to see where we need to improve. 2-0

Nice!

We are actually playing pretty darn good Defense. The Offense is lagging and really effecting the Defense.
Collect moments, not wins.

Offline mahonz

  • Administrator
  • Kryptonite
  • Posts: 24049
  • Total likes: 2389
  • No Wimps
  • Coaching: 7 & Under
  • Defense: DC 46
  • Offense: Single Wing
  • Title: Head Coach
Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3
« Reply #56 on: September 08, 2018, 09:49:54 PM »
GAME THREE

Woo-hoo! We were a scoring machine today! Problem was so was our opponent. It was a defensive battle of epic proportions.  8)

We go down 34-46. The difference....we had three turnovers and they had one. That flipped the scoreboard.

Great progression today by the Offense. Defense kinda chit the bed but I learned something today about our team. We really cant play normal defense.....A TNT....A couple DE's...some backers sprinkled around. We have to think outside of the box. In the 3rd Q I suggested to our DC to sell out and lets see what happens.  So we did...and it worked.

So...we need to sell out more or maybe even all the time. Its Super Shrimpie Smurf ball so really anything goes. Odd because the first two games the D did pretty darn well.

The last 5 games looks to be the easier portion of schedule less one opponent. Bye week this week. Going to Hayseed Wisconsin to watch my oldest grandson play some HS ball. Man...do I feel old.

0-3 but looking brighter everyday.  This team is making me thirsty !  :)
Collect moments, not wins.

Online angalton

  • Gold
  • Posts: 2547
  • Total likes: 298
  • Coaching: 12 & Under
  • Defense: Killer Bee
  • Offense: Wishbone
  • Title: Head Coach
Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3
« Reply #57 on: September 09, 2018, 12:46:22 AM »
Now you just got to pull it together. Progress made, keep it up.
The greatest accomplishment is not in never failing, but in rising again after you fail.

Offline mahonz

  • Administrator
  • Kryptonite
  • Posts: 24049
  • Total likes: 2389
  • No Wimps
  • Coaching: 7 & Under
  • Defense: DC 46
  • Offense: Single Wing
  • Title: Head Coach
Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3
« Reply #58 on: September 16, 2018, 09:50:43 PM »
BYE WEEK

Took the opportunity to travel to Smalltown America to watch two of my Grandsons play some football. Both of their teams won vs a serious rival so my timing was good. 

My oldest Grandson is now in HS on the Freshman team....starting RB, MIKE and long snapper. Played well. Local population is 16K and they have 102 players in the Program....F, JV and V.

His little brother I had never seen play in person so it was a big deal for the both of us. Starting FB and MIKE. Kid is really thick and very fast. Very happy he is loving him some football. He loves fishing and told me once...Grandpa...fishing is a sport.  :)

Good times. I was impressed by the size of the opponents HS marching band...maybe 100 kids and they were pretty darn good. Plus Im pretty sure the whole town was there.  Nice to see football still matters in rural America. Lost art when it comes to the big city IMHO. Im not sure any of us city folk would travel 3 hours round trip for a game.
Collect moments, not wins.

Offline mahonz

  • Administrator
  • Kryptonite
  • Posts: 24049
  • Total likes: 2389
  • No Wimps
  • Coaching: 7 & Under
  • Defense: DC 46
  • Offense: Single Wing
  • Title: Head Coach
Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4
« Reply #59 on: September 23, 2018, 08:05:09 PM »
GAME FOUR

After 15 days off our team of hardworking Smurfs finally scratch out their first win 14-13  :)

We fixed our ST's and it payed off by scoring on a KOR.

We fixed our Defense and it payed off by stopping a serious Manimal at Tailback.

Our Offense chit the bed due to one ever present problem.....

We need a Center...fast. I feel for Lar....he has worked his ass off for months and its just not paying off. The kid is simply  not mentally strong enough for a direct snap Offense. It was a rough day for the O. We turned the ball over on downs countless times inside their 10 yard line.

The difference in the game....we scored on a Safety.

Good to get these kids their first W but that was quite honestly way too much work. I was about to bust a nut most of the game. Its really really really exhausting trying to keep track of these little dudes. Half of them have now clue whats going on around them when it comes to the flow of the game. Getting personnel on and off the field is rocket science. I would expect this game one...by now. No longer acceptable. Us coaches have got to figure this out. Today we worked our selves into a situation where we had one of our root hoggers playing CB for about 5 or 6 plays. He has never lined up in that position...ever.  One of our starting CB's was being used as a weapon against divorced Dad and refused to let him play on Sunday.

Our game got moved one day due to so many Refs quitting.

Oh well...f-it....1-3 and preparing to take over the World!   8) 8)
Collect moments, not wins.