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.
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.
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.
Motions are very underrated and underutilized on the youth football level. In my opinion, motions offer a variety of different benefits.
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 […]
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.
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.
There’s an old saying in sports and that is “speed kills”! Obviously having fast athletes will greatly improve the likelihood of success, but even if you do not have an abundance of team speed, you still can play fast.
There’s an old story about the famous West Coast Offense that was created by Bill Walsh. In the early years of the offense one of the Tight Ends lined up on the wrong side of the formation.
I want to start out by saying that I do not hate flag football. I’ve coached spring flag football for almost as long as I have coached tackle youth football.
The Crossfire Blitz out of the 3-4 under defense is a great way to take away the strength of the offense’s formation. This blitz is easy to install, but very difficult for the offense to block.
We have talked multiple time before about the problems a Tight End causes with the Inside Zone Scheme. By adding an extra gap, the defense must bring another defender down to deal with the run threat.
A guiding principle in coaching football is to do what your players are good at. If your players are not able to complete their assignments on each play, then the play will never work.
The Strong Safety Blitz out of the 3-3 Stack Defense is designed to attack the offense from the wide side of the field. You can also execute this blitz to the strong side of the offense’s formation.
Running routes is one of the most under-coached aspects of football. The same way an offensive lineman needs to be coached on the details of each of his steps, wide receivers need to be taught the finer points of the routes they are running.