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Youth Football, Our Fourth Practice of the 2008 Season

Our Fourth Youth Football Practice of the 2008 Season

This is a continuation of the football practice schedule my three youth football teams are following for the 2008 season as well as comments on the progress of all three teams age 7-9, 10-11 and 12-13.

We gave the kids Friday-Sunday off. While most of our competition is practicing 5 days per week, we feel very confident that using the practice methodology we employ along with the proper pace and priorities, we will be able to compete. We believe that youth football players should be really looking forward to practice and are going to make sure no one gets “burned out”, while preparing the kids for our first game on 8/23. This is the earliest game we have ever played and the least amount of practice time I’ve ever had in coaching youth football for over 15 years.

We got started with the base dynamic warm ups, team fit form tackle and angle form tackling, We are easily getting done with all of this in 10 minutes, the pace is where we want it and everyone is breathing a bit heavy at the end of it. Coaches are getting the hang of the perfection we are looking for and the super fast pace, where each small  group of 6 kids is getting a rep about every 6 seconds.

Today was a defensive day and our second day in pads.

We worked 20 minutes competitive group tacking drills, loser goes to left group, winner to right group, Close quarters tackling drills and for those progressing well, 3 slot challenge tackling drills. For those struggling, back to the form splatter tackling drills.

The competitive group tackling process helped us determine where kids were going to play on defense. We had a real good idea based on last weeks practice, but this helped us on the kids sitting on the fence. Our coaches all have a detailed description of each position and the traits required to play each position.

We divided up into and did the following for 30 minutes:

Linebackers-Open Field tackling and block shedding drills

D-backs- backpedal, 45 degree break on backpedal, Cover Post, Out

D-Linemen- Bull Rush move, Swim Move, Both moves then form tackle fit

Bearcrawlers- Bearcrawler progression per the book, relay, squeeze, squeeze to form tackle fit

D-Ends- Base alignment, base move, versus lead block sweep, versus coaches as scout on sweep, reverse, off-tackle

Team Defense 40 minutes- 3 steps and stop on ball movement, versus double tight full house, versus double tight wing, versus split with slot

Subbing every play- Every player has both an offensive and defensive position

The with coaches running backfield, sweep, boot, reverse, dive, off-tackle, play action

20 minutes Kicker tryouts-Younger team

10 minutes “game time” Deer Hunter, Dummy Relay Races

Older team 20 minutes – Punt and Kickoff teams

Stay tuned for more developments.

 

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  1. dave w.

    Dave,

    Thanks for posting the practice summaries. It gives me a good idea of how we are progressing in comparison to your squads. Very helpful stuff.

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  2. Jim Goodmiller

    Dave:

    We have been with our team this past week. We have a “conditioning week” prior that leads up to a Draft. We evaluated 218 9-10 year olds which was quite a challenge. We stayed true to form though and looked for kids that we thought could implement and run the system. We sometimes shocked other coaches by our choices, but we knew exactly what we were looking for in our selections. Our first few days of practice we just used the system. While other coaches were doing sprints and cone drills, we were putting in 16 Power (after we put in the defense first) By the end of our first practice we looked like a team. Over the next few days we put in the rest of the “sainted six”. We don’t do any “sprints”, but insead run 12 plays in a row creating chaos to simulate a game. The kids get it and most importantly are having fun. We spoke to the parents the first practice and set up the ground rules as well as told them to be patient with our system. That seemed to really cut down on the “sideline chatter”. I also worked with a friend who implemented the flag system. He called me two nights ago to tell me they scored a touchdown on EVERY play in a scrimmage. He was stunned. I think they stopped at like 7!

    We have a our first “preseason” game this weekend. Win or lose, we have our system and the kids are excited. We have put the system in with only 3 practices this week (we have helmets only on Friday and we are off today). Thanks for letting the rest of us “join in” on the Single Wing movement. I know we appreciate the work you and the Eagles have done to further Youth Football. I must admit, I cringe now when I watch coaches screaming at kids. They don’t know what they are doing and it is sad. Keep up the good work Dave. Thanks again.

    Jim

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