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    Youth Football Coaching - playbooks?

    I've been coaching youth football for the last few years (4th, 5th, and 6th grade). We run 11 players per side (as opposed to 8 or 9 player).

    I have been using cyber-shack and football.com for ideas for youth football playbook info:

    Free Football Playbooks

    Does anyone else have any youth football playbook links that they could share with me for 11 players?



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    Re: Youth Football Coaching - playbooks?

    Funny you bring this up today.
    What league do you coach in?

    Quote Originally Posted by zumbro clones View Post
    I've been coaching youth football for the last few years (4th, 5th, and 6th grade). We run 11 players per side (as opposed to 8 or 9 player).

    I have been using cyber-shack and football.com for ideas for youth football playbook info:

    Free Football Playbooks

    Does anyone else have any youth football playbook links that they could share with me for 11 players?


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    Re: Youth Football Coaching - playbooks?

    Wart - he's in Minnesota, so I doubt anyone would be familiar with the league. :)

    I've gotten some info from the web and some in dealing with coaches I've worked with in the past. I'm using a basic Power-I playbook this year that could be obtained anywhere I'd assume.

    Meeting with a "specialist" today for some offensive linemen drills and blocking schemes.

    Zumbro - You'll have to keep us posted as to how your season goes.


    Here are some links I've referred to in the past at one point or another...


    http://www.usafootball.com/resource-...coaches-guide/

    DC's Youth Football Forums - Powered by XMB

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    How to teach and coach youngsters American football defensive formations

    http://dumcoach.com/viewthread.php?a...d=705&pid=5693



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    Re: Youth Football Coaching - playbooks?

    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post
    Funny you bring this up today.
    What league do you coach in?
    Yeah, this is a Southern Minnesota youth football league.



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    Re: Youth Football Coaching - playbooks?

    That sounds so cool. I think it'd be a ton of fun.

    Something that I would suggest is scrapping I formation unless you know you have a good OL.

    I remember playing in my first youth football league in 6th grade... All we ran was dive right, dive left, sweep right, sweep left, and QB sneak.... We were really awesome though...

    In those youth leagues you don't need a ton of plays. You just need players who execute them well.

    Good luck with everything!



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    Re: Youth Football Coaching - playbooks?

    I always found this works fairly well.



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    Re: Youth Football Coaching - playbooks?

    I know a lot of teams from small towns want their younger kids running the same sets and plays as the HS team in that town does. Don't know if its the same case here though.
    Quote Originally Posted by mplscyclone View Post
    That sounds so cool. I think it'd be a ton of fun.

    Something that I would suggest is scrapping I formation unless you know you have a good OL.

    I remember playing in my first youth football league in 6th grade... All we ran was dive right, dive left, sweep right, sweep left, and QB sneak.... We were really awesome though...

    In those youth leagues you don't need a ton of plays. You just need players who execute them well.

    Good luck with everything!


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    Re: Youth Football Coaching - playbooks?

    Quote Originally Posted by mplscyclone View Post
    In those youth leagues you don't need a ton of plays. You just need players who execute them well.
    Exactly.

    I like the Power-I at this level for a few reasons.

    - It's very simple to learn.
    - Gets the kids heading up field at the snap of the ball in most of the plays
    - Blocking schemes not complicated
    - Setup for quick counter plays

    I ran a double-wing for a couple years under a former head coach. I liked the offense for some reasons and didn't for others. I do plan to have a wedge blocking play or two for some quick hitters.

    The problem with the double-wing in my experience was, kids love to head for the sidelines and sending them east/west on the snap of the play only fed that "need" to hit the sidelines.

    Generally, as long as the kids can block and tackle at this level - everything else will "take care of itself".

    Also, I see you're in Ames. They do have a league up there and will play a game or two against teams from the WDSMLPYFL teams.



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    Re: Youth Football Coaching - playbooks?

    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post
    I know a lot of teams from small towns want their younger kids running the same sets and plays as the HS team in that town does. Don't know if its the same case here though.
    We're a league from kids combined from various area schools. I know that the 7th/8th grade does that with school coaches.



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