Why Kids Need Football: Resilience

I used to think resilience was all about toughness, but I have come to realize, it is much more than that. Resilience is a key component of lifelong success, it is undeniable.

Defending the Spread Inside Veer Triple Option

By Ross Maddalon (Assistant Coach, Cinnaminson High School – formerly the OC at Old Bridge HS and Nottingham HS, NJ) Having coached the triple option for over 11 years, I have seen many different ways teams have tried to stop it.  Here are three things teams have done in the past that have given us […]

Pursuit Drill- Downtown Rip Blitz

Here is a quick look into our pursuit drill. We are executing our “Downtown Rip” blitz out of our 3-5-3 Stack Defense.

Using the Mesh Concept to Beat Man Coverage

One of the universal rules for planning your offensive attack is that you must have an answer to man coverage. At one stage in the game the defense is going to put their defenders in man coverage and send a blitz.

Smash Passing Concept out of 3 X 1

The Smash Passing Concept is one of the best passing concepts in football. I love Smash out of 3×1 Spread Formation because it spreads the defense horizontally.

Maximizing Practice and Install Time

Article Written by: Chad Harter One of the biggest mistakes made by struggling coaches is spending valuable practice time “conditioning”. While conditioning is important there are better ways to utilize your time.

Why We Prefer Stacked Defenses

We prefer stacked defenses for several reasons: it creates confusion, it allows you to be flexible, it offers you several different blitzing and slanting combinations, it puts speed on the field, and it’s a defense that is fun to run and it will give your defense an identity.

Coaching Mental Toughness in Youth Sports

Coaching Mental Toughness in Youth Sports Mental toughness is a phrase that is thrown around a lot in sport and competition. Athletes demonstrate mental toughness coming back from an injury or battling back for a come-from-behind win.

Double Arch Counter Play out of the Pistol Spread

The Double Arch Counter is one of the toughest plays to defend. It combines misdirection with a gap blocking scheme that can easily move defenders and punish over pursuing defender.

Tailback Long Trap off of Jet Sweep

This is a great play that works off of Jet Sweep. The rules on this play is that the guard is trapping the first defender outside of the B-gap.

Fire Man Blitz out of the 4-3 Defense

The Fire Man Blitz out of the 4-3 Defense is a simple blitz that we like against spread offenses. This blitz has the defensive linemen slant inside and the (M) blitz off of the edge.

4 Ways you can Utilize Jet Motion in Your Offense

Motions are very underrated and underutilized on the youth football level. In my opinion, motions offer a variety of different benefits.

How to Utilize the Stack Formation in the Passing Game

One of the best things you can do to a defensive back is to make them think and make decisions after the snap of the ball. While making players think about their alignment before the snap of the ball is great, when you force defenders to make choices after the ball has been snapped it […]

Building a Complete Running Back

There is so much more to playing running back than just carrying the football. Running with the football is only one aspect of playing the position.

Running Back Slip Screen

When we need a big play, we go to this running back slip screen!

Empty Motion-Simple Ways to get the Ball to Your Playmakers in Space

The goal of any offense, especially a Spread to Run Offense, is to get the ball to playmakers in space. By creating space around playmakers, the ball carrier has more room to make something happen.