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Deep Kickoffs With Good Kickers

If your youth football team gets blessed with a kicker that is out of the ordinary and can kick deeper than 30 yards, many youth footbal coaches are tempted to kick the ball deep. That probably is not the best strategy:

Why put the ball “in space” to the other teams very best open field runner? That is who they put back there, that’s who they want to have the ball. So if the other team wants the ball in that players hands, why accomodate that request?

On the other hand, rarely does a receiving team have very strong and mobile players on it’s first or second row (wide spots) on its kick return team. Most onside kicks are not returned for any yardage at all and we recover an average of 20% of them even in a bad year.

To work hard on offense, drive the football down and score and then let the other team run one back for a touchdown is a very demoralizing situation for your kids. On the other hand if you score, onside kick, get it back and score again before the other team has had a chance to touch the ball, the game is often over. We have done this a number of times to break games wide open.

This has been another post into Dave Cisar’s Winning Youth Football Site
Copyright 2007 Cisar Mangement Services


Why put the ball in space to the other teams very best open field runner? That is who they put back there. On the other hand, rarely does a team have very strong and mobile players on its first or second row (wide spots) on its kick return team.

Most onside kicks are not returned for any yardage at all and we recover an average of 20% of them. To score and then let the other team run one back is a very demoralizing situation for your kids. On the other hand if you score, onside kick, get it back and score again before the other team has had a chance to touch the ball, the game is often over. We have done this a number of times.

Resist the temptation to kick to deep even if you have boomer. You will hate yourself the first time that geat running back for the other team runs one back for a touchdown and takes the game from you.


This has been another post into Dave Cisar’s Winning Youth Football Site
Copyright 2007 Cisar Mangement Services

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