Plug 'N Play Football

Simplifying Football for Youth Coaches

Bringing Technology to Youth Football

Video taping your football team will change the way you coach in two significant ways: First, video taping obligates you to investing more of your time off the field.  Studying game film alone will require an additional two hours per game at minimum.  I’m not saying that it’s not worth it, but be forewarned – [...]

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Running a Good Youth Football Practice

If you’ve had a son or daughter in youth sports and watched practices there’s a good chance you’ve experienced this scenario before:  It’s 5 to 10 minutes after practice is scheduled to begin and the coaches are huddled together frantically discussing what to do while the players are either standing around or running around crazily to [...]

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Highlight Videos – Defense & Special Teams

Here is a highlight reel from a team I coached in 2010 – Rogers, MN 5th Grade Panthers. We ran a version of Jack Gregory’s 6-3 defense modified to fit our league rules of no blitzing linebackers.  We saw tremendous growth in skill as the season progressed and every member of the defense contributed.  We [...]

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Blocking Philosophy

When I first started playing organized football in the 6th grade (first time it was offered back in my day), the offensive line was taught one type of block – the drive block.  A drive block is taking the defensive opponent across from you and pushing him backwards in the direction you want him to [...]

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Establishing a Surprising Defensive Line

I recently wrote an article called ”Minimum Play Players” which discussed some options on how you could best utilize your MPP. Some of the most satisfying moments I’ve experienced as a youth football coach have come as I watched a small, inexperienced player, whom others may have written off, suddenly start wreaking havoc in the [...]

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Minimum Play Players

Many youth football leagues have rules that dictate each player must play a certain amount of plays or a certain amount of time which is where we get the term “minimum play players (MPP).” In other words, we are describing the weaker players on a team. Many leagues allow coaches to play their MPP less [...]

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