Post by Carharttehseng on Aug 15, 2008 12:53:23 GMT
I would like to thank all of you for your input and helping out the "Little Guy". To give you an idea of what I am facing, here is my story...
Last year I started helping out with my 11 year old. By the end of the season I was running the offense. This year our Head Coach moved up a level so our Defense coordinator stepped up and is the Head coach as well as Defense. He has asked me to run the offense this year.
Our team is made up of 11-12 year olds. We have 11 returning kids and 14 new kids to the team. Only 3 have never played before. We are running the "I" Formation with a single TE, strong side WR and weak side WR. Everykid understand every run play that we do, and we are only into our 6th practice. We do have to work on our mechanics and nail down the details, but we are ready to develop our run game a little more.
Now to my question... We have a GREAT group of young men on the line, and i want to start pulling the guards for our sweeps/ toss plays. The part that I'm not so sure about is which guard I'm suppose to be pulling (playside or backside).
We've ran it a couple of different ways in practice. The problem is if I pull play side, the D line gets through. If I pull backside, they don't make it out in front of the play. Any suggestions or ideas would be GREATLY appreciated.
Run the old green bay power sweep. Pull both guards and send the entire offense playside with instructions to deck the first wrong colored jersey that crosses their face. TELL THEM TO STAY ON THEIR FEET AS LONG AS IS POSSIBLE AND KEEP BLOCKING AS THEY GO! PUT A BACK IN MOTION TO INSURE A LEAD BLOCKER.
Coach Easton-TIGER ONE
J.C. EASTON<BR>HEAD COACH<BR>GA TIGERS FOOTBALL<BR>PROFESSIONAL MINOR LEAGUE
Coach Easton mentioned what I believe to be the "golden rule" when asking a kid to pull, never let anyone cross your face! I think you've also touched on a key reason why I only pull on a few plays though, as I've never become enamered with just pulling linemen just to say it can be done. It certainly can be taught but if I can get a better result consistently out of not pulling one or more linemen, I'd much rather not have them pull than look great on the move without touching a soul, which seemed to be the result with many of them on many occassions!!!!
We do pull on these plays: Trap (basically a cross block pulling the playside guard with belly action in the backfield), Counter (backside guard kicks out PSDE (we only pull the backside OT if he's uncovered, we try to get him to loop/fold around the center up onto an inside LB if possible) and Bootlegs (backside guard). I don't pull either guard on Power as I prefer to zone/combo it instead.
I think another key is to also really work at the accompanying down/pin blocks needed to free your guards up to pull. Having a center block back is one thing but if you're asking an OT to block a 4i or 3 technique, this is very difficult for them to do consistently in my experience.
Best of luck with your team and offensive line coach!
"It's not the will to win that matters - everyone has that. It's the will to prepare to win that matters."
to go one step further than Coach Hartman and Eastman did,
in youth ball, the easiest way I have found to pull is to run counter traps, if you are in an I formation that will work perfectly. Let's assume your numbering is odd left and even to the right. What you would do is run the action of a power play into the 3 hole"G". This will allow the guard to pull and the fb to fill in his gap.
then your tb would cut back into the 4-6 hole following your guard...this provides the delay needed to get your guard in front of your back as well as provides some miss direction needed to get the defense heading in the wrong direction...
you will find that these counter plays can be run from almost any formation and in almost any situation assuming you have "set them up" correctly. Example, if you run a power play to the 3 hole with good success, you can follow that with a counter that looks like another 3 hole power play and bounce your tb back in the other direction...
This will all depend on the size of the defensive line and their speed. If you can scout the team ahead of time or even call the coach from a team that played your upcoming opponents this is your bigget step.
ie; This Saturday we played a 10 and 11 year old team that were 200 avg. def line, outweighed us by 70# on the average. This was an easy coaching decision for us. We ran shotgun spread with our 2 back as lead blocker for our qb and we rolled left and right for the first three quarters. By the time the 4th quarter rolled around we only had to contend with an outside linebacker because the big boys were tired, the cornerbacks were tired of biting on the run and watching the ball go over their head for 6 points. Early on we knew we could pull a guard safely and still get past containment, we could even have pulled two guards by the 3rd quarter. Basically you build a small pocket playside so that you can run with the two blockers or pass from the flat. This is backyard football and can be accomplished with a mid range speed qb. By running 2 receivers on each side we opened the field and made the big boys come chase us. We did not score every play and got stopped a bunch but knew we were one block away from 10 to 15 yards every play. Spread em out, go shotgun, pull one guard, get your qb in the flat and you own the defense. Good luck
Sorry, forgot something in there. We run the wing T and pull the backside guard so that the def lineman is about 1 or more seconds behind. Figure out which tackle over the guards is superslow and that will be the guard you will pull, probably a gametime decision if you have no scouting info on the team.
Post by Carharttehseng on Sept 23, 2008 8:19:28 GMT
Thank you for your help coaches. We've had some pretty good luck pulling our playside guard on our QB sweeps and our tosses to the outside. We have our center block down and by the time the backside DT can get in there, the play is already outside.
I appreciate all of your imput and assistance. Thanks,