No Huddle- The Board System for Youth Football
With the advent of Oregon and their fast paced warp speed no-huddle system, everyone seems to be wanting to get on the bandwagon to move to their picture and board system for calling plays.
Before you go investing big money in lots and lots and lots of boards, think about a few things. How many plays do you have? How much time do you want to have between plays to set up your boards? Do you trust anyone or a group of people for that matter to be able to sort through 20-30 boards in a short period of time to get the correct play up in the heat of battle? Do you have a staff of guys who can hold up the boards? Does it ever get real windy where you are at? Do you want to be limited to running just a handful of plays using the boards- limiting your team and playbook? Do you want to invest time in having your kids have to memorize what each picture means?
Winning in youth football is about setting priorities and getting the very most out of each minute of practice time and each player. Why invest that time in something trendy, when simple wrist bands are much more effective? Wrist bands don’t require you to interact with another crew to arrange the correct boards to put up. You have your entire playbook available rather than a few plays, plays get called in MUCH faster, you don’t have to worry about being lifted into the next county on windy days, kids don’t have to memorize what images mean what, the list is almost endless.
We have been a no-huddle team for the last 17 seasons, using simple wrist coaches, that cost us $5 each, the ones I’m using now are about 9 years old. To give you an idea of how fast you can go: in 2011 with a group of 10-11 year olds- we had an opening drive of 11 plays that took 2:05, we also had an opening drive of 9 plays that took 1:55. In 2010 a different team of age 10-11s- we scored 3 touchdowns in the first quarter of 8 games and in an out of state tournament- we scored the winning touchdown with less than a minute to play by covering 80 yards in 9 plays in less than 2 minutes and no timeouts. In 2012 with a group of age 7-9 kids we scored 3 TDs in the first quarter of 7-8 games and 18 of the kids were playing their first year of tackle football. See the scores here:
Wrist bands are simple, inexpensive, very easy to use, simple to transport and for my time and money the fastest and simplest way to get plays in and out. Trendy isn’t always better.
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