2010 Lake Elsinore Junior 33 Stack Hi-lites

Thank you to Coach Louis Morones who is starting to coach youth football again.  He has been coaching High School ball since 2011 but has decided to help out the local youth program once again.  He also sent me this video from the 2010 season.  That was the 3rd year for these coaches using the 33 Stack Attack Defense.  The age group is 11-13 yr olds.  This team was undefeated in their last 2 seasons.  Each year they have about 75% new players because this was the Division 2 team.  Basically Division 1 gets their players first and Division 2 gets the rest.  This team outscored their opponents by scoring over 400 points and only giving up about 100 (the vast majority was against the second string once they were up big in the game).  Hope you enjoy their video.

Coaching My Son

When my son, Caleb, was very little I wanted to give him a gift. I wanted to make sure he had his own niche when he entered high school. As a long time teacher and coach I had seen so many wasted lives where kids just drifted in and out, never having much of a purpose or passion. I wanted my son to have a reason to excel, a reason to do well in school. I wanted him to taste success and hunger for more. So I gave him wrestling.

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I taught at the high school and was coaching football, when my son was in 4th grade. I had given up trying to coach both wrestling and football because I had three young kids (two girls and one boy) at home. So after letting Caleb try many different things and being a lawn chair prisoner watching endless hours of soccer, baseball, basketball and roller hockey, I finally was set free to participate in something I loved while being with my boy. I began volunteering as an assistant for the Jr. Wrestling Club that practiced at my high school. It was the start of a long and wonder filled journey. Continue reading Coaching My Son

Developing Your Coaching Portfolio

When coaches ask me what they can do to stand out in the job search process, I ask them if they have their coaching portfolio prepared. Many coaches aren’t sure what a portfolio consists of, let alone have one prepared! The coaching portfolio is a tool that provides a potential employer insight on you as a coach and a person. It can answer a lot of questions for a potential employer before an interview even takes place. It can also be the difference between getting the interview or having your resume placed at the bottom of the stack.

So what does a coaching portfolio involve? In this article, I am going to give a few examples of things that can be included in your portfolio. The portfolio should be a direct reflection of you and your philosophies on building a quality athletic program. Even if you are applying for an assistant coaching position, your portfolio should provide a look at how you would build your own program if you were the head coach. Continue reading Developing Your Coaching Portfolio

Power Opposite Motion

“Does anyone know the plays at left tackle?”  Like many small high schools, our junior varsity team often consists of whatever bodies are available.  So, we play many junior varsity games with several starters playing ‘new’ positions.  And more than a few of these guys are the same ones running laps for not paying attention during practice.  So for obvious reasons our junior varsity playbook is pretty slim and most games we have to try to make our living running power and wedge.  And while we aren’t exactly blessed with huge numbers in our program, we make up for it by not being blessed with an abundance of talent, speed or size.

So we usually find it tough to just line up and run right at the defense over and over and over each game.  The truth is there are very few football teams at any level who can get away with just lining up and running right at the defense every down.  You need to get creative and use some smoke and mirrors.  You need to run some form of counter.

Whether you choose counter, counter criss-cross or reverse you are going to need quite a bit of practice time to perfect what is essentially a completely different scheme with completely different techniques.  If you do not have the time, or perhaps the experience, then running ‘Power Opposite Motion’ may be the counter play for you.  Or if you already have one or more counter plays installed this might allow you to add yet another counter play with minimal effort.

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Running power opposite motion was an evolutionary process.  We were a Wyatt terminology team using gap-down-backer as our main blocking scheme.  When we first began running the Double Wing in 2004 we started with the basic power play (Rip 66 Super Power, above).  Rip motion refers to the left wingback (A back) would go in orbit motion to the right, while the right wingback’s motion was referred to as LIZ motion. Continue reading Power Opposite Motion

Fullback Wrap-Around Draw

Every year several different discussions will pop up on the various football forums surrounding what some call a trick play and others call a hidden hand-off or even misdirection.  I have seen this play given many names including Wrap Around Draw, Ghost Trap, Ghost Draw, Pimp Juice and even just FB Draw.  The basics of the play are quite simple but it can have devastating effects when executed correctly.

Whether the QB is under center (most people run it from this type of formation) or in the shotgun, the QB either drops back or rolls out to show pass (some coaches even have their linemen yell pass to confuse the defense and add to the fake of the QB).  At the snap of the ball the FB will take his position (this will depend on the formation or offense you are running) and settle in with one hand on his far hip creating a pocket and his off side hand resting in front of the pocket to help ensure the ball doesn’t get pushed too far through the pocket.  This technique is demonstrated here:

As you can see, even with no other players in view the actual exchange is quite difficult to see no matter the angle you are viewing it from.  As it occurs faster and faster in the technique video the exchange becomes almost invisible.  Of course it is extremely important for the FB to pause and sit still with the ball on his hip while the defenders’ eyes follow the QB farther and farther away from the ‘new’ ball carrier.  Then once he can afford to wait no longer, he must explode up the field and gain as many yards as possible.  As you will see in the video examples below, the more patient the FB, the more effective the play tends to be.  Of course it helps for the FB to have some speed for once he is in the open field but it can work with slower FBs as well. Continue reading Fullback Wrap-Around Draw

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