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Simple Multiple Cadence

READY – – – – – – SET – – GO is our snap count.

These 3 words are what kids are using from the time they can stumble around the house and have imaginary races against their parents … Ready, Set, Go …

The words inspire very specific action ideas.  And our cadence is designed to force the defense to get ready when we break the huddle while still keeping things nice and simple for our players to remember.

READY – Once the Center looks over the line, he calls ‘READY’ so we can do any shifting into different looks and still get everyone down and set before the QB takes charge of the offense.  This allows us to go on first sound (SET) at any time, and forces the defense to get set in case we run a play.

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While I usually am content to get into our base alignment and run TOSS until we bludgeon the defense into submission, I do realize that there will be days that we are not as effective as usual.

Sometimes it will be based on our kids not performing well or missing the game altogether due to illness or family emergencies.  Other times the defense will simply have better players or a better coach and they will cause us problems that way. And to further complicate things, each season we will be dealing with a different group of kids that have different skill sets.  All of these factors contribute to our realization that sometimes we need the ability to change our formation or the mechanics of a specific play in order to continue moving the football offensively. Continue reading TAGs

Centipede’s Dilemma

I had a conversation with a good coaching friend of mine named John Koester that revolved around different techniques and footwork that we teach our players.  Now we each already know pretty much everything the other teaches so this conversation revolved around why we teach what we do.  Some of the things that we said were:

“I am not very good at teaching kids techniques that require more than a three-step progression. So by eliminating the punch step the QB can just: 1. Receive the snap, 2.Spin and 3.Toss.”

“I think that is why LEG also works better for me than the  BEEF blocking progression that many coaches use.  Teaching and repping 3 steps instead of 4.”

The main theme of the conversation was ‘KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID’.  But John also reminded me of a great (old) nursery rhyme that makes us both think of how some kids react to coaches who ‘overcoach’ a technique or try to control every step a player takes during a play … that rhyme is called the Centipede’s Dilemma.

A centipede was happy quite,
Until a frog in fun
Said, “Pray, which leg comes after which?”
This raised her mind to such a pitch,
She lay distracted in the ditch
Considering how to run.

Choosing A Defense

It’s a lot like picking an offense! Defense is a reactionary game with out a doubt, but there are a lot of options to consider when deciding who you want to be as a defense. Gone are the days of being good pursuers and tacklers, then being able to line up in anything you want. It is true that I believe those are the foundations of good defense but having a coordinated effort on defense is essential to building a winning program. While a lot of this might seem simple, as you read this article I’d like you to take some time to consider if you are coordinating a defense and have a plan to hide or cover your weaknesses, because you do have weaknesses. Let me talk about some of the principles of a coordinated defense. Continue reading Choosing A Defense

Should Rookie Coaches Buy Materials?

Should we (rookie coaches) buy material on football coaching?

Yes. Yes and yes.

You can get free stuff from the Internet, free playbooks (I found some very good ones), you can find amazing advice for free in forums just like this one, you can find very good advice in blogs from coaches that have winning programs, I did. Continue reading Should Rookie Coaches Buy Materials?