Category Archives: Practice

PLAN YOUR SEASON BEFORE PLANNING YOUR PRACTICE

Plan your season before planning your practice.

To steal a phrase from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits book: Begin with the end in mind. I have been doing this with my team for many years but I never really had a title for it.

Envision your team at mid-season. Think this through thoroughly. What plays you want to be running at that point and the players’ thorough knowledge of it. What defense do you think you’ll be running? The mental and physical toughness you want your team to have. The hustle you expect at that point. The conditioning level you want to be at. Now with that mental picture in mind, start writing.

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Half Line Drills For Double Wing Power Schemes

So one of the complaints I used to have as a ‘newbie’ Double Wing Coach was our inability to get live reps for our offensive line without setting up a scrimmage with another team.  You see in youth football we often have only 16-18 kids (several of which don’t give you much competition against your starters), making it difficult to work live with your linemen to develop their footwork for blocking plays.  And of course the Double Wing offense has 11 moving parts and the plays just don’t operate the same without 11 on offense.  So now you need 11 on defense to get them a decent look to go up against and now you have a numbers problem.  So I felt we had to find a way to simulate a live play with just half the available players.

Just so you know about our version of the Double Wing, we use a TKO blocking scheme for Power, Counter and Trap and of course the Wedge blocking scheme for Wedge and we use a variation of a Reach blocking scheme to get outside.  Wedge we found was pretty easy to practice by using a Coach for the O-line to push against and this was actually for the safety of our players as well because that Wedge play really grinds up any Defensive Linemen who happen to get in the way.  And of course when we run outside we don’t really get everyone involved so we could practice that pretty easily.  But our Power Off-tackle scheme really does involve all 11 players and that is why it is so devastating.

I also realize that some guys use ‘rules’ blocking instead of TKO (we used that for many years as well) and I can assure you that these drills will also work great for your team.  You can even get some practice reps for your X or G plays as well.  

The first drill I am diagramming is our WALL DRILL. It is used mostly to work on our TKO wall blocking.

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Simple Multiple Series Single Wing

This article was originally posted on Direct Snap Football.

Deron Bayer, the Keynote Speaker of the 08 Conclave declared, “We’re simple because we’re simple.” It’s a great statement. One that makes coaches stop and take stock of what they are doing.

How much is too much? When does more become counter productive? Are you fooling them or us? Questions we all should ask of ourselves from time to time.

A good Single Wing Buddy, Sean Orr, said to me, in jest (I think), “I couldn’t play for you in that offense.” He meant that we appear to be very complex in what we do and there must be a lot of coaching to get our kids to execute it all so well.

Yet we are much like Coach Bayer in our approach. We have found a way to show the defense many series and looks that is easily taught to our players. Continue reading Simple Multiple Series Single Wing

33-Stack Installation Schedule

I get this question a lot … and truthfully I have been running this defense for many years and no longer use a true installation schedule … some years I put the defense in for 30 minutes before our first scrimmage … other years I put it in the night before Jamboree … we like to learn on the fly and teach it on the fly … but not everyone is happy with that answer … and I understand why …

So, if I had to follow a schedule and prioritize what calls I was going to install and when … it would look something like this … please notice I am simply accounting for blocks of time … how they fit into your practice schedule is up to you … Continue reading 33-Stack Installation Schedule

Building Better Athletes

Everyone has different time constraints and different schedules imposed upon them by their programs, leagues and governing bodies.  So exactly what you can do with the following idea will vary by your situation.  Just remember if you don’t have the ideal amount of time, you can usually rearrange some stuff or prioritize and still get this concept accomplished.

Lets consider the following time frame for the beginning of your football season. Summer is June & July … Practices start in August … Games start in September.  No matter what offense or defense you run, the opportunity exists to have a great team each and every year … and this is how you do it. Continue reading Building Better Athletes