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My Season
« on: November 09, 2018, 05:59:08 PM »
I rarely post in season
Really satisfying and fun season this year

Played in the single grade- big boys division

Before season started we lost 4 two way starters
130 lb ISLB/RG moved to Cali
140 lb OT/DT moved to Cali- twins
Arguably our 2 most physical players
100 lb DE and Power Tackle- really tough wrestler- unquestioned team leader- great effort, toughness, leadership- Moved about 45 miles away
90 lb WB  CB who was our run threat at QB- we alternated this player at QB when we needed a legit run threat wide- Probably our 2nd fastest kid- athlete. Seperated shoulder in baseball late- sat out

We added in
Backup QB who played for us 2 years ago moved to AZ  and moved back- small, athletic- was EXTREMELY undersized LB for us- started and backup QB
Lineman 115 lbs- was MPR in a program in Lincoln- he ended up contributing at DE, DT, PT and TE- due to injuries

Lost opener 20-0  halftime was 0-0 with 4 minutes left 8-0, we threw pick six, they deep directional kick and score with a minute left- League champs, much bigger and faster than us
game played in pouring rain
Had 3 turnovers- 2 picks and the onside kick

Lost week 2 28-18  this team lost 2 games in season- really tough RB- passed really well- game played in rain. Lost 2 pics and a perfectly executed onside kick that took a funky bounce
Then we went on a 6 game win streak
Averaging about 45 ppg
Two games we came from behind at the half to win against tough teams with big, strong physical backs
Made a few defensive adjustments at the half

Lost best backup lineman- to throat surgery thing- nothing to do with football
Starting RG/DT out 2 games with cracked bone in toe

WOn a CRAZY cold windy wet game an hour away
Without our starting RTE and DE- broken bone in foot
BEst CB/ starting WB  big play returner out- sick
Starting OLB- backup QB shows up at the kickoff- they said he was too sick- played defense only- no special teams
Stomped a good physical team with really talented big RB-
Big puddles of water everyone in parkas

Difference-
SLOWLY but surely we went from our bigger playbook to a smaller one with quite a few adjustments and formation tweaks
We threw more efficiently- after game 2 we only had 2 Ints the rest of the season
Better work by our QB on choosing targets- running- we worked it a TON

Last year I think he threw 18 TD and maybe 5 Ints
This year maybe 15 TDs   6 Ints

Our off tackle and wham plays were REALLY solid even against the best teams
WOn semifinal came from behind at the half awesome game kids showed a lot of heart

FInal game against team that NO team had scored agianst their first team D- just 3 TDs in blowout games against their backups
We scored on opening drive
2nd drive pounding it, QB gets striped on 4 yard line as he's going in
Lost 3 turnovers- including perfectly executed onside kick
Messed up another drive on their 12 yd line thanks to an offsides on my rookie MPR lineman
Lost 34-20

Kids fought to the very final whistle and had tears in their eyes and voices cracked when they talked which brought big smiles to me big time

At banquet the team mom gave me this thing made out of 3x5 cards where the kids had written what playing for me has meant to them.

Wow- great season, really proud of the kids and what we were able to do with a patchwork of kids- constantly moving kids around and re configuring
We had new 5& 6 grade team this year- so I didnt have the luxury of a bunch of kids- I let them take all the new kids- some really good players
Our Oline was made up of 3 kids who had never started and 2 that were MPRs
They really played well together and our running game was helped by a QB that got more physical as the season progressed

So won our division
Lost to league winners 2 times and avenged loss to the 3rd place team in Semis
NEVER had this many kids out due to foot injuries and sickness
« Last Edit: November 09, 2018, 06:04:37 PM by davecisar »
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Re: My Season
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2018, 09:07:05 PM »
the team mom gave me this thing made out of 3x5 cards where the kids had written what playing for me has meant to them.

Care to share what they wrote?

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Re: My Season
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2018, 07:31:11 AM »


Lots of thanks for pushing me, helping me become a better player/person, believing in me, why I love football
letting me be part of the team- making me feel part of the team etc

Awesome team mom- very good parents

Good stuff for 12 year olds

We had a lot of fun starting off 0-2 and all the close games- come from behind games- ALL the injuries- INSANE weather, sick kids and of course the loss of 4 of our very best players- AND me working a very heavy work schedule- 50-60 hour weeks
When we lost 3 two way starters on the line and arguably our 2 best players on the team- then our best long ball threat- starting corner- before our first practice- lots of people were kinda hoping we could get to .500-  so making it to the title game and giving the bullys a scare was pretty darned fun. We got on a really nice roll down the stretch. In title game Down by a couple of scores in the second half the kids were playing with their hair on fire- hard, fast and spirited- was cool to watch

CRAZIEST year for weather
We had at least 4-5 practices rained out- we only had 10 practices before game 1
Game 1 torrential downpour- our area many spots 4 inches of rain in 1 day- opening day- no lightning so we played em all, I was freezing my butt off in mid August
Game 2 rain and wind
Several others rain
Game 8 Sleet, rain, wind
Game 9 SNOWED out- they cancelled all games that day- heavy wet and windy snow

My son had an outstanding season. Went from part time starter on O-line to full time starter and integral part- had to play a number of spots, including Center, LG, RT and PT. He had a blast, got a lot better and really enjoyed himself. He was all tears after the game- even 10 minutes later. He really wanted to win it all- was very cool to see- I was 100% smiles after the final whistle. His blocking to and maybe a little bit past the whistle on every play no matter where he was on the field or who the opponent was (he went against some huge athletic kids)- was an inspiration to other kids. Probably my worst over all athleticism on an Oline in last 6-7 seasons but by far the best efforting oline weve had in a long time- Michael would have been impressed.
« Last Edit: November 10, 2018, 07:57:44 AM by davecisar »
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Re: My Season
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2018, 06:16:17 PM »
Special thanks to my trusted and talented friend MH Coach- Joe C for all the help via phone this season.

Next season- Im going to assistant coach for a combined 7&8 grade team. My 7 grade coach has had his kids since 3rd grade. My kids and his will combine
He is great coach, former captain of a DII College team. Has 2 sons playing on this team. He knows and runs my system well

We have been the overall most dominant program in our league which was the biggest in state- now second biggest
HOWEVER when we expanded this year and had a rookie team with a LOT of new coaches on it, two of our 6 teams had losing records
I think in the last 10 years we might have had 4 teams with losing records. Some years we lost a grand total of 1-5 games combined

So next season Im going to assist with my sons team but help out our struggling teams. I had 2 great assistants- combined with the older teams very good coaches- we will have plenty and allow me to get our other teams back on track. I know it will be good for my players to get a fresh set of eyes on them and different approach for 1 year. We always lose a lot of kids to Middle School ball- so combining our teams makes sense.

We do NOT have an MPR rule- but I enforce my own standard. Had I kept all the 6th graders from our combined team- I would have had 29 kids and would probably have won it all- they had several of our missing pieces. But I was content with having 20 kids and letting everyone get more playing time. We are looking at same approach next year- fielding more teams with smaller numbers.
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Re: My Season
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2018, 06:45:41 PM »
DC

Thanks, the truth is you did a great job coaching this year. You had limited talent & got them to the final game.

You know my dear friend I am always available.

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Re: My Season
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2018, 09:50:21 AM »
Thanks Joe

On another note- we did have 3 of our 6 teams play in the finals
We won one of those at the 5th grade single grade level
Lost by 1 score in the 7th grade single grade level
Lost by 2 scores in the 6th grade single grade level

My goal is to get all 6 teams to the finals and that's going to require me NOT to head coach the older team
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Re: My Season
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2018, 06:57:14 AM »
Some interesting things that happened this season:
We won the toss and elected to receive in every game but one- I had one kid call the toss when it was our right and he called it correctly every time
YES EVERYONE knows what we run and have a plan, but when they have to play against US- compared to their scout team- our physicality and speed at which we run the plays- and the play calling sequences- it was a shocker for most of them.
In title game we scored on opening play- something new I came up with formation- blocking wise that took advantage of what they had done defensively in game 1. They hadnt had their first team D scored on all year and just 3 garbage time scores in the entire season given up.

We scored on the opening possession of every game but 1. Sometimes quickly in 3-4 plays, one game was a 17 play drive with several converted 4th downs

We averaged 63 offensive snaps per game. IMO we werent going super fast- just quick- with a small but efficient sense of urgency. With all the injuries and moves I usually had about 19-20 healthy kids every week so I couldnt afford to try and get 75 snaps

I threw a lot on 4th and short- We scored 4-5 times on TD passes on 4th and short and converted at least 9-10 times with it. Only one completion. My QB and 2 TEs were really dependable this year.

In title game- we actually went to Swinging Gate for a series- the other team KNEW that offense- they had run it in their 3rd possession
We ran it better than them- but not well enough
We whiffed on the throw to the bunch side, MPR TE missed his block
QB run got 10
QB pass to Center got 15
QB run got 8
Throw to BUnch- again lost yardage- missed block on edge
QB pass to Center got 15
Got penalty for alignment- bunch not on LOS- QB was trying to go too fast
Incomplete to wideout of RUPO weak
QB run got 2
Pass break up- cant remember
QB sacked

Kids had fun with it
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Re: My Season
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2018, 01:04:11 PM »
We averaged 63 offensive snaps per game.

DC, what is the duration of your quarters?

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Re: My Season
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2018, 05:52:17 PM »
10 minutes

High School refs for all games

Im blown away when I hear guys talk about games where they get just 4-5-6 possessions and 25-30 snaps
We do that many snaps by halftime- we had an opening possession go 16 snaps- we took less than half the quarter
« Last Edit: November 21, 2018, 07:12:13 AM by davecisar »
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Re: My Season
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2018, 10:23:54 AM »
Im blown away when I hear guys talk about games where they get just 4-5-6 possessions and 25-30 snaps

That's because you're not a Double Wing guy. lol

Seriously, that's an incredible number of snaps per game at the youth level. 

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Re: My Season
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2018, 10:36:40 AM »
10 minutes

High School refs for all games

Im blown away when I hear guys talk about games where they get just 4-5-6 possessions and 25-30 snaps
We do that many snaps by halftime- we had an opening possession go 16 snaps- we took less than half the quarter

Despite, or maybe because of, the fact that we're a hurry up no huddle team by default, this happens a lot when we play bad teams.

We end up scoring in 1-2 plays on many drives against weak teams when we have any semblance of our 1st unit in there and also often score on defense and Specials. The only ways I've found to avoid this are a) emptying the bench (which we always do at some point in these games but the 1s deserve some time if they earned it) or b) intentionally making idiotic play calls. And even then we'll sometimes crease them anyway. I'm just amazed at how bad some youth teams are.

Those teams, on the other hand, will do everything possible to try to slow the game down when they have the ball. And bc we will often start our weaker players in those games, they're sometimes able to take large chunks off the clock on drives even if they don't score.

I also often question the time keeping by the officials in those games. There is no league rule to run the clock but I KNOW they do when we're up big.

That said, I have learned to pick my battles with the Zebras. I may joke with them about it "you have a hot date at 6, huh?" But we often see those guys multiple times so I'd rather save my goodwill for the close ones and not piss them off in games we're up huge.
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Re: My Season
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2018, 11:23:06 AM »
10 minutes

High School refs for all games

Im blown away when I hear guys talk about games where they get just 4-5-6 possessions and 25-30 snaps
We do that many snaps by halftime- we had an opening possession go 16 snaps- we took less than half the quarter

We are back to coaching Super Smurfs, its all play count so no clock. So going fast is just that... going fast. It does not add to the number of plays you can run overall unless you get turnovers.

Funny....when I looked at this before the season we were on the 80 play count format. I thought...that's it? It was actually a bit too much at times. First and second graders were punching out after about 75 minutes. 80 plays was about 100 minutes. All plays count except accepted penalties and PAT's.

We had one game go over two hours.....bad Refs.
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Re: My Season
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2018, 11:43:46 AM »
Despite, or maybe because of, the fact that we're a hurry up no huddle team by default, this happens a lot when we play bad teams.

We end up scoring in 1-2 plays on many drives against weak teams when we have any semblance of our 1st unit in there and also often score on defense and Specials. The only ways I've found to avoid this are a) emptying the bench (which we always do at some point in these games but the 1s deserve some time if they earned it) or b) intentionally making idiotic play calls. And even then we'll sometimes crease them anyway. I'm just amazed at how bad some youth teams are.

Those teams, on the other hand, will do everything possible to try to slow the game down when they have the ball. And bc we will often start our weaker players in those games, they're sometimes able to take large chunks off the clock on drives even if they don't score.

I also often question the time keeping by the officials in those games. There is no league rule to run the clock but I KNOW they do when we're up big.

That said, I have learned to pick my battles with the Zebras. I may joke with them about it "you have a hot date at 6, huh?" But we often see those guys multiple times so I'd rather save my goodwill for the close ones and not piss them off in games we're up huge.

We didnt really play any extremely inept teams- in the big boy division
Some not so great- but plenty of numbers etc

When we get up big we fair catch kicks or let them go
If we intercept- we tell the kids to go to the ground
We dont want quick scores when up big
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Re: My Season
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2018, 12:22:27 PM »
We didnt really play any extremely inept teams- in the big boy division
Some not so great- but plenty of numbers etc

When we get up big we fair catch kicks or let them go
If we intercept- we tell the kids to go to the ground
We dont want quick scores when up big

Ha, to clarify, we're in the "big boy division" too and I didn't say extremely inept. We played only one (new) team I would call that and they forfeit mid 2nd Q  ::). I said weak which I use as a relative term - every league has teams at the top and teams at the bottom of the standings.

When we play the teams at the bottom, we tend to score VERY fast, esp in the first Q and a half. After that we usually pull our best kids for the day and it slows down a bit.

However, that is when the refs running the clock comes into play. Also, when given the choice we always take the ball first while many of our opponents elect to defer so we almost always end up Kicking to start the 2nd half.

So we usually come out with our bench essentially emptied and our opponents are now able to grind out longer clock-eating drives. We've had times where they eat up the entire 3rd Q on the opening drive which indicates timekeeping issues but again, I pick my battles with the zebras.

Appreciate and respect why you coach kids to go down after an INT, etc. but not something we subscribe to. Our philosophy is we only play one way but we empty it out as we get up big. It's not that we WANT quick scores when up big but our backups work their butts off so if one picks off a pass, when we're up by 30, it's his time to shine. If we get less offensive plays as a result, we're fine with playing more defense. 
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Re: My Season
« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2018, 05:54:56 PM »
Your words were" bad and weak"
We only really had one of those teams this year
They weren’t really bad
Lined up great
Ran crisp plays
Well organized and good numbers
Just very small and weak so they werent both

We had one team that extremely athletic and strong I could have mercy ruled my team with them- they werent both- they were one of the two
But they were poorly coached and we were able to score on every possession but had a tough time defending against 5 wide with an absolute stud huge fastest on the field quarterback





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