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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2018, 03:28:31 PM »
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.

The "some crap" offense is quite popular.  ;)

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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2018, 05:12:20 PM »
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.

There is an 8 year old in our league (on another team) that weighed in at 298 pounds.  I'm not joking.  This kid is huge.  Sadly, I don't think he can even get in a 3 point stance.

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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #17 on: August 08, 2018, 11:19:48 PM »
There is an 8 year old in our league (on another team) that weighed in at 298 pounds.  I'm not joking.  This kid is huge.  Sadly, I don't think he can even get in a 3 point stance.
Holy Crap. Our 8 year old is about 5'4ish and 190 lbs. He can move pretty decent for his size.

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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #18 on: August 09, 2018, 09:57:46 AM »
Here's a "first" for me. Last night, one of our players handed me a piece of paper with a reasonably accurate diagram of our defense (DC46 Lite). It took some prying to find out who gave it to him, why and why he's showing it to me. I'm still not 100%, but apparently his uncle gave it to him and told him that it was his "homework". Again, not sure, but I think his uncle may have told him to give it to the coaches with instructions that we have to do this "every night".

It was a 5-4. The DTs were in the B gaps and not tilted. There were 4 LBs instead of 3 plus a FS and there were no CBs. Otherwise, it was a fairly observant scout diagram of our defense.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2018, 01:22:33 AM »
We are at 22 players now. Seems like 50.

They told me we are now capped.

Its SHOWTIME! First scrimmage game is on the 18th.

I think its time to put in the Offense next week. Per usual...we will hang our hat on the Defense and practice Defense 70% of the time. This Philosophy has worked REALLY well for us the past 6 or 7 seasons. Do the opposite of what your opponents are doing. 

The hitting is really happening now and the progress is very noticeable. This team will be aggressive if nothing else.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #20 on: August 11, 2018, 02:48:01 PM »
GREAT practice last night. Very high energy and effort . . .except for one player who was upset that he doesn't get to play RB/QB/WR/LB. He's one of our best players, but looked like our worst last night. Last to the huddle, last to the line, had down, not paying attention, etc. I figure this is normal for a big, athletic 7 year old with a wrestling background who is 2 weeks into his first team sport. Lots of time to get him right.

Logistically, I think he is going to patch, but I have a feeling his mom and dad are going to try to sweat him down. I advised them to just have him cut out sugar until the weigh in and to make sure he plays for 30 minutes before letting him play Fortnite. We're not going to give him reps as a back or LB until weigh ins. Besides, there's no way we're giving him what he wants while he's acting this way. He's the one who will ask me if he can play RB in the middle of an unrelated drill. I decided to just ignore him when he does that. First time I did it was in our Camp scrimmage. I heard him yell to the sideline, "I ASKED HIM, BUT HE JUST WALKED AWAY!"

Lots of time to get him right.

We ran a lot of 1/2 line defense vs a scout offense. I had a DT and NT, one coach had a DE. One coach had 2 LBs and one had a CB and a FS. We were all very happy with the effort. This is going to be one of those team that we have to add discipline to the aggression vs constantly pushing them. Mahonz was running the scout offense and I was laser focused on the interior d-line. Then one rep, my guys did exactly what I asked, but saw them get folded down by a TKO wall. That's when it dawned on me that Mahonz had just quietly installed our "bread and butter" play for our Monster offense. No one has "popped" at DE yet, but all that means is we didn't luck out by getting 2 DE's "out of the box".

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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #21 on: August 19, 2018, 11:23:52 AM »
Had our jamboree yesterday.

First scrimmage was rough. Second one was much better.

I could see the light bulbs begin to flicker as the morning went on. Our opponents both had more experience than we do since they participated in first grade ball last season so we just need to catch up. It was a good barometer.

The blocking by the OL was very good....terrible when it came to the backs. Lots of missed tackles but they got their alignments going pretty good.

Overall I was happy. We start our games this Friday.

We played on our new turf fields for one of the games. Man o man are they nice. My Org already had by far the best facility in the League....now we are untouchable.

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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #22 on: August 19, 2018, 12:21:17 PM »
We had about 90 minutes between our scrimmages and we let our team play grab ass the entire time. It spiraled into all out Sumo behind the end zone of a scrimmage taking place. With about 10 minutes to go before the 2nd scrimmage, we rounded them up and ran some Tee Time to warm them up. Holy crap were they unfocused. I went to Mahonz and said that it will be a year before our next jamboree, but maybe grab ass between scrimmages is a bad idea. We had a good laugh about it.

I'd like to change that, though. At the scrimmage, they were actually chomping at the bit. The benefit of letting them run hog wild is that they were having fun together. Normally when they are together, there are 7 adults telling them exactly what to do. So for the first time, they were simply enjoying each others' company. This went a long way to getting them in the "family" frame of mind and it didn't hurt the football.

O-line: Time to teach them to block without holding. First part is teaching them how. Second and most important part is getting them to care enough to actually do it.

D-line: Still having a hard time getting across the concept of "line up over the 2nd guy from the center and slant toward the first guy from the center". Clearly, that is not verbiage that most 2nd graders can understand. I think 4 out of 9 can tell me how they are supposed to line up. None of them really do it consistently. Any ideas? They also tend to really focus on the o-linemen across from them instead of watching the ball. When this happens, they are ear holed before they even get out of their stance. One of them is timing the cadence, which is also bad.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #23 on: August 19, 2018, 12:23:41 PM »
We played on our new turf fields for one of the games. Man o man are they nice. My Org already had by far the best facility in the League....now we are untouchable.

Mike, how are the fields funded?  City?  County?  State?  Private?  Organiziational fund raisers?  Broncos matching funds?  How's it work?  About a decade ago we added lights to the practice field of my former youth org.  Cost was more than $100k.  Carolina Panthers matched funds.

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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #24 on: August 19, 2018, 01:01:08 PM »


I'd like to change that, though. At the scrimmage, they were actually chomping at the bit. The benefit of letting them run hog wild is that they were having fun together. Normally when they are together, there are 7 adults telling them exactly what to do. So for the first time, they were simply enjoying each others' company. This went a long way to getting them in the "family" frame of mind and it didn't hurt the football.


A few asked me to stop it...they are a new team and were bonding so I let it go. I figured the same as you....adults always jabbering at them isnt always a good thing. They would have all been punished if this happened at school so I figured...what the heck...go crazy. Be kids for once.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #25 on: August 19, 2018, 01:10:29 PM »
Mike, how are the fields funded?  City?  County?  State?  Private?  Organiziational fund raisers?  Broncos matching funds?  How's it work?  About a decade ago we added lights to the practice field of my former youth org.  Cost was more than $100k.  Carolina Panthers matched funds.

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A combination of Private and Public funded the project. My City seems to have pretty deep pockets when it comes to Parks and Rec. There are some really nice facilities around here. The Colorado Rockies do quite a bit for the baseball facilities. There is a baseball Quad with at least 30 LAX / soccer fields next to it too include an indoor facility about a mile from my house. They just added another fully lit baseball Quad. The Rockies matched funds.

The facility where we play has two baseball Quads 7 grass fields and now 4 turf fields all lit. It is next door to one of the County Stadiums that houses games for football, LAX and soccer for all of the HS Programs in the area. I am not sure where the Private funding came from for this facility.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #26 on: August 19, 2018, 04:27:05 PM »
Is APEX strictly Arvada, or a mix of city, county and “other”. The fields on my side of town fall under Foothills Parks and Recreation. They cover parts, but not all of Littleton, Lakewood, Morrison and unincorporated Jefferson County. They are badly under funded because we keep voting against their Mill Levies.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #27 on: August 19, 2018, 05:01:42 PM »
Is APEX strictly Arvada, or a mix of city, county and “other”. The fields on my side of town fall under Foothills Parks and Recreation. They cover parts, but not all of Littleton, Lakewood, Morrison and unincorporated Jefferson County. They are badly under funded because we keep voting against their Mill Levies.

Great question. I am not sure.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #28 on: August 19, 2018, 07:16:58 PM »
Great question. I am not sure.

Looked it up. There are parts of Jefferson County that are covered by APEX Parks and Rec that are not Arvada. Point is, it's a special tax district that owns/manages the parks and fields. These facilities are available to rent by anyone with the money. So our club is responsible for providing a certain amount of game fields each week and for providing practice fields for the teams within our club.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season
« Reply #29 on: Yesterday at 01:59:52 AM »
Had our jamboree yesterday.

First scrimmage was rough. Second one was much better.

I could see the light bulbs begin to flicker as the morning went on. Our opponents both had more experience than we do since they participated in first grade ball last season so we just need to catch up. It was a good barometer.

The blocking by the OL was very good....terrible when it came to the backs. Lots of missed tackles but they got their alignments going pretty good.

Overall I was happy. We start our games this Friday.

We played on our new turf fields for one of the games. Man o man are they nice. My Org already had by far the best facility in the League....now we are untouchable.

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.
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