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Simplifying Football for Youth Coaches

What I’m Reading Now: Keep It Simple “The Wildcat Multiple Offense”

Nothing perks coaches and players interest like the “Wildcat” offense that is becoming increasingly popular.  However, don’t be mislead like I was from the title of this book.  The author, Victor E Laurie, was a middle school football coach at a school that had a mascot that was the wildcat.  This book is a multiple [...]

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What I’m Reading Now: Football’s West Coast Offense

I started reading this book and it’s pretty good so far, doesn’t cover much of the running game but provides a good, in-depth understanding of the philosophies and plays common to the West Coast Offense.

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Book Review: Coaching Youth Football: The Guide for Coaches, Parents and Athletes

When I was starting out coaching youth football I wanted all the information I could get my hands on.  I researched web blogs such as this one, spent time on youth football related message boards and read books.  One of the first books I read was Coaching Youth Football:  The Guide for Coaches, Parents and [...]

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Highlight Videos – Double Wing Offense

The Rogers, MN 5th grade team I coached in 2010 featured a double wing offense.  Here’s our end-of-the-season highlight video I put together using a program called PowerDirector.  PowerDirector is very easy to use and can be downloaded here: http://www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdirector/overview_en_US.html We used the “Plug ‘N Play” system you’ll read about on this website.  The double wing [...]

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Choosing an Offensive System for a Youth Football Team

What exciting offense should you be running with your youth football team?  A spread-option?  A wildcat?  Pistol offense?  How about a more traditional offense like a single wing offense, double wing offense or a wing-T? The best starting point would to pick an offense that best fits the grade level of your players.  Trying to teach a [...]

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Do Award Stickers Have a Place in Youth Football?

The 2010 season was the first one I used an award sticker system. Prior to that I was worried that award stickers would promote too much of a “me first” attitude and that only the star players would earn a sticker creating a division in the team. Working with my coaching staff, we came up [...]

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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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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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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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