Empowering Coaches Step-By-Step

Play Sequencing

Play sequencing is something most youth football coaches develop over time. It is one skill that maybe gets developed less quickly than other football coaching skills, but there are a number of way to improve on this skill right off the bat:

Never run a running play in a game that you can’t execute 19 of 20 times perfectly on air with no defenders. Don’t run a pass play you can’t run perfectly on air in practice 16 times of 20. Too many coaches are “wishers” they have plays that never work in football practice even on air and they think if they just wish hard enough somehow in a real game, with real defenders, moms and dads in the stands, refs and concessions etc, that somehow this football play is magically going to work. Don’t run plays that you can’t run perfect consistently in practice.

Each team has it’s own unique personality, strengths and weaknesses. Each team needs to have a “go to” play that is their base play. In 2002 for my team it was the 22 wedge. In 2003 it was the Spinner 26 Power, in 2005 and 2006 it was the 16 Power. We were great at that play and the complementary plays to it in those years. We were not great at everything, but by goodness we were good at the base play.

If the defense can not stop the base play, keep running it until they overcompenstate and then run the complementary play, usually it will go for a long gain. Too many youth football coaches do not do this. They often move away from what they do well before it has been exploited enough to make larger openings in other parts of the defense.

As the Offensive Coordinator, you know which plays work and don’t and should know ahead of time which you will run in short and long yardage situations. You don’t need a fancy chart, but know ahead of time for that game the 2-3 plays that make sense for the down, distance and field position you are in.

Some youth football coaches script their plays and it works well for them. We don’t script, but do have an idea the first few series which plays we want to run, but I stay flexible, looking for what is working, cracks in the defense and down and distance. In chapter 13 of the book and in the Game Management DVD there are details on on scouting, playcalling, making adjustments and quick and easy mechanical methods to help you determine your next football play.

This has been another post into Dave Cisar’s Winning Youth Football Site
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