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Putting in Some Mid-Season Touches When Coaching Youth Football

While some coaches try to put everything they are going to need for the entire season prior to the first game, others take a more practical approach and put things in as the season progresses. I’m one of those guys and suggest that is the way to go. If you try to put everything in that you will need for the entire season prior to the first game, you aren’t going to be very good at anything.

At this point of your season if you haven’t already put in your Goal Line defense or Prevent, now would be the time. Last week we put in our Prevent defense, this week it’s our serious Goal Line package. You never know when an end of half or end of game situation where you need a Prevent package. Prevent isn’t something you want to put in on the fly or just send out an additional Defensive Back. The very same thing goes for Goal Line.

Now is the time to also work on rotations and secondary positions. In non-select youth football, you just never know when an injury, illness or other situation is going to put you in a bind. Maybe you have a player at Wingback and Corner but he is smart and disciplined and with a little training he may end up being a good Defensive End. Now is the time to start experimenting with it. If you get a safe lead do some experimenting with player groups and positions.

Kids also like to be challenged. By adding in tweaks and nuances as the season progresses, you keep the kids interest. You don’t want your kids to go all stale and disinterested by midseason.

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  1. Corey Mac

    Hey Dave,

    Congrats on the win and 6-0 start this season! I have had a lot of success running your 6-2 defense but still struggle against the pass coverage concepts. Is it man or is it zone? If it is a simple split receiver and split backfield out of shotgun and a tight end, my assumption is DB’s have WR’s, Safety picks up TE, DEnds contain. However, when the two RB’s split out for a screen pass in the flats are the Dends supposed to go cover them? The book and dvd’s I purchased didn’t go into much depth of the pass coverage stuff other than the alignments vs different offensive sets. Any help would be appreciated. We are 2-0 with only giving up 2 touchdowns in the last 2 games and finished 7-1 last year. I love the 6-2 but the passing game makes me very nervous at times!

    1. davecisar

      The book clearly shows you how to align to every offensive formation and what the coverage is. In the base package you are in man. Yes, the outside receivers are always covered by the CB, when they are Tight End to one side and Flanker or Wing to same side, the Safety has the Tight End. When a team screens to the flats out of the first set you described, the LB has them, the LBs when they don’t have an assigned receiver in man, flow to a zone. At age 8-9 that zone is the flat to their size as about 5 yards.

      When a team goes empty, with both RBs in say slots, you then have trips to one side and twins to the other more or less. So you align in trips- CB on oustside man, S on middle player and LB on inside man. On the other side you go “echo” with the DE on inside man and CB on outside man. That is all in the 170 page addendum that comes with the Defensive DVD.

  2. Edd Harvey

    Hello Dave,
    This week is our bye week with 3 games left before playoffs….. any suggestions for a fun effective week for 7-8’s

    1. davecisar

      Make sure you work on cross training players. Always important to do in October, you never know when you will be without someoen for a game. Put in your adjustments on offense and nuances on defense, keep the kids learning and interested. You might even set some goals for practice, if the kids hit them, then you install a trick play or do something like Towel Game or Dummy Relay races as a reward. You dont even need to have an intention of running the trick play, just putting it in and practicing it can be reward enough for kids that age.

      Best of luck


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