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Monday, July 12, 2010

Youth Football Summer Season Planning

With spring camps completed and the summer upon us nows the time to start thinking about your up-coming football season. Depth charts should now be established with player evaluations completed and you should have a good idea who's penciled in to play at all positions. This includes your specialty spots, long-snappers, holders, returners, and kickers. So with training camp six weeks away you will have a general idea of where your players will fit in, and what positional spots you need the most help. Playbooks should be reviewed and tweaked, your season schedule and match-ups revealed, equipment inventory taken and new stuff ordered , and your training camp dates set.

All in all, you should be ready now at this point to "get er going"!

With the framework of this years team in place it makes it easier for you as the coach to get into your training camp as you will have a good idea where players will be fitting into positions. One of the funnest things in training camp are those pleasant surprises of who will show up unexpectantly that will impact your team. It doesn't happen a lot but when it does you'll be smiling.

Now that all is in place, sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of the summer. You'll find that your mind will drift in and out of football daily, hourly,its natural as a football coach. Just don't get the fired up juices flowing, its too early! Relax, and enjoy the sun!


Monday, July 5, 2010

Football :Attacking the 3-4 Defence

The football defence of choice these days appears to be the 3-4 defence. Teams at all levels appear to like its diversity, its pressure, and its ability to cover most areas of the field. The 3-4 defence has emerged as an attacking defence capable of bringing the heat and providing good downfield coverage.

But what is its drawback?

Basically, my belief is that this defence is set-up around the nosetackle. If this defence does not have a true nose-tackle then things can become unravelled and exploited. A true nose tackle per say is a player with both good size and football ability that can take on a double team block effectively and not be scooped or washed down. But the key is the ability to withstand a double team block. What usually takes place on a nosetackle that cannot handle the double team block is that they will end up initially being double teamed by the centre and offensive guard and once their momentum is stopped or they began to lose ground one of the offensive linemen will chip off the double team block and go down and get one of your linebackers.

This brings up the point that an effective zone blocking scheme versus a 3-4 defence with a weak NT can be very effective. Double team the NT and chip off to get the middle linebacker would be the basic strategy.

Another weakness of the 3-4 defence would be misdirection such as an inside counter. An agressive nosetackle would definately "bite:" on the lead back and with the tailback cutting back to counter, with a trap from the OG on the counterside DT with both middle linebackers getting washed down with good blocking angles by the offensive line would definately do damage.

Coaching point versus the 3-4 defence. Test and attack the NT position. Look for the double team chip to middle linebacker and run misdirection plays such as an inside counter. Run the ball effectively inside and get them to switch into a 4 man front to counter the zone blocking double team.


Friday, July 2, 2010

Youth Football Fullback Orientated Offence

If you like a power game in football then you need to run a offence that includes a fullback in your backfield. Or perhaps your in a situation whereby you are a little short on the offensive line and a fullback in the backfield could be the answer to your problems.

Or perhaps you short yardage offence needs a little tune-up!

I like a fullback in the backfield especially with a small program where linemen can be short in supply. By going with a fullback in the backfield you are bringing perhaps your best blocker to the point of attack probably 95% of the time. As well, it can create more double teams for your smaller offensive line with your fullback going down to the second level at the linebacker or defensive back.

Ideally, your fullback candidate is probably your best pulling athletic offensive guard. Think of it as this way, instead of utilizing your best guard say in 50% of your plays, you put him in the backfield and bring him to the point of attack 95% of the time.

I like those odds!

Place an athletic tailback behind the fullback, coach your offensive line up to look for more double teams and watch your power game unfold with your best blocker getting down into the second level and move the football.

Another thing with the fullback orientated offence is that so many defences will key on the fullback that any misdirection plays such as counters will be very effective. As well, a fullback coming out of the backfield for a pass is also a big play.