Teaching Stalk Blocking in Youth Football

Teaching Stalk Blocking in Youth Football

(Running Backs and Receivers)

 

Recently Coach Mike Rowe shared the video below with us outlining a nice teaching progression on how to teach Receivers how to block.  This video does a nice job of demonstrating a number of drills and coaching points that can be applied to the youth game.  As a new youth football coach, one of the the skills that I struggled with was teaching my Running Backs and Receivers how to block in space.  It’s a skill that I believe is difficult for young athletes, but one with lots of repetition can be learned.

 

 

Diamond DrillOne of our go to drills over the past several years to teach this skill has been the Diamond Drill that we orginally learned from Coach Dave Cisar at Winning Youth Football that we have since modified a bit for our purposes.

On the whistle, the Defender must run around the designated point of the diamond trying to get to the center of the diamond to try and touch the football.  The Blocker (offense) runs around the designated opposite (shorter) side of the diamond attacking the defender and keeping them from touching the football for 5 seconds.

Key Coaching Points:

  • Blocker needs to run his feet keeping a low center of gravity with his head up and helmet below the Defender’s chin. No Lunging!
  • Defender can use any type of move they want after rounding the designated cone, but should not be allowed to dive at the football.
  • Depending on the age group you are coaching you may have to play around a bit with the dimensions of the Diamond.

If interested in other drills for your backs and receivers, we suggest you take a look at another article we published covering Youth Football Drills for Running Backs and Receivers.  This not only contains another Stalk Blocking Drill, but has links to other valuable drill material as well.

 

 

Systematic Analysis to Attack Defenses

Systematic Analysis to Attack Defenses

Spread Offense RPOs

 

In the Systematic Analysis to Attack Defenses eBook Coach Mike Rowe and Coach Slade Singleton cover 13 of the most popular Run Pass Option (RPO) concepts in over 50 diagrams that have been used the last three football seasons at the high school, college, and NFL levels.  They diagram each concept versus different defenses and how subtle changes will be needed to keep having sustained success on the offensive side of the ball. All the plays will vary from complex to very simple depending on the run or pass scheme you like best.  They break down how to teach the offensive scheme to your players and play as fast as possible by giving concepts one-word play calls. Get ready to create some explosive plays!


Gaining an Advantage with 2-Point Concepts

Gaining an Advantage

2-Point Concepts

 

2 Point ConversionAre you a High School Football Coach who often struggles with finding a consistent kicker or maybe you are a Youth Coach whose league awards 2 points for passing when converting on extra point plays?  If either of these is true, you will want to take a look at Coach Mike Rowe‘s newest Course on Coachtube.com.  In the Gaining an Advantage with 2-Point Concepts Course, you will learn how to use 8 different formations that give defenses fits. You will also learn the top plays that Coach Rowe has run that have helped his Rocori Spartans score 80% of their 2-point conversions in the last 6 years. Here is what some coaches are saying about the course:

“Coach Rowe has done it again. Here is a course for the coaches who want to go for 2 more but need help in how to formation and set up defenses this is a must have course!”

“Another great resource from coach Rowe! He does a great job of going into great detail of his 2pt. concepts with diagrams and film breakdown. This definitely could be a game changer for your program.”  

High Speed Spread Football’s Review with Course Coupon

“What a great format! More coaches should do this!”

If interested, you can register for this Course at the following link:

Gaining an Advantage with 2-Point Concepts

 

Pin and Pull RPO eBook

Pin and Pull RPO

 

Pin and Pull RPOThe Pin and Pull RPO is a must have play if you run the Spread Offense.   In this eBook Coach Ron McKie describes how he has used the Pin and Pull RPO to help set multiple records in the running and passing game at Crestwood High School in South Carolina increasing their scoring average from 11 points per game to 36 points per game in two years.  If you are interested in putting defenders in conflict, increasing your offense’s productivity, and getting your players excited about football this eBook is for you.

eBook Outline:

Introduction: What’s This eBook About?
Chapter 1: Ask yourself these questions.
Chapter 2: What defensive front dominates your region/conference?
Chapter 3: Primer on Defensive Fronts
Chapter 4: Blocking Pin and Pull Against an Even Front
Chapter 5: Blocking Pin and Pull Against an Odd Front
Chapter 6: Running Back Rules
Chapter 7: Wide Receiver Routes
Chapter 8: Quarterback Reads
Chapter 9: Drilling the Play
Chapter 10: Window Dressing the Play
Chapter 11: That’s it

Here is what some coaches are saying about the eBook:

“Coach McKie does a great job breaking down the Pin & Pull. Clear & concise. No nonsense teaching. Thank you Coach!”

“Phenomenal course that teaches the Pin and Pull in a manageable, yet engaging, way. Easy to follow and implement!”

“Great information and very simple to understand.”

 


 

Unlocking the Air Raid DNA

Unlocking the Air Raid DNA

 

AirRaidIf you are intested in learning about the Air Raid Offense, we highly recommend our CoachTube course “Unlocking the Air Raid DNA” by Coach Slade Singleton.  In this course Coach Singleton breaks down the Air Raid Offense and how to keep defensive players in constant conflict.  Coach Singleton covers in detail Building and Calling the Offense, Formations, Pass Protection, Attack Zones, Pass Concepts, Screen Game, Run Game, RPOs, Motions, and Tags.  Here is what some coaches are saying about the course:

“This Air Raid video by Coach Singleton is great. He goes over his offense in incredible detail. I have picked up some passes, runs, and RPO tags I’m going to install in the upcoming season. Great work coach, and can’t wait to see what you release next.”

“This course is a must buy for any Airraid enthusiast. Whether you are a seasoned coach or just starting your coaching journey there is something that everyone can take away from here. Coach is very clear on what each play is trying to do and where the read man is. It does a good job of breaking the Airraid down to the core plays and showing you how to work out after that. Overall a great buy!”

“Great course for anyone looking into the Air Raid. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to install this as there base offense or someone just trying to add a few wrinkles for the upcoming season.” 

“Excellent job. A lot of information!”

“Coach Singleton’s Unlocking the Air Raid DNA is an incredible coaching tool for any coach who is studying or wants to study the Air Raid offense. I highly recommend this Course!!!”

“Coach Singleton has created a masterpiece. Unlocking the Air Raid DNA is a comprehensive dive into the world of an Air Raid OC. Coach Singleton explains his concepts very clearly. Making even the most conservative “run first” coach confident that he can air it out using these concepts. Thank you coach for all that you do for the Air Raid and Spread community.”

If interested, you can register for this Course at the following link:

Unlocking the Air Raid DNA – Coach Singleton

Business Leadership Principles

Business Leadership Principles
as a Youth Coach

 

Leadership

Coaches-Clinic.com has long been a leader as a youth coach resource and that’s largely due to the coaches we use.  For example, Coach Early not only coached youth football in Colorado for four years but also coached four seasons of flag football, two seasons as a high school referee, was a presenter at a national youth coaching conference as well as providing some of the earlier content for us.  Coaches-Clinic.com coaches are not just volunteers but coaches committed to coaching.

Coach Early’s new book “Business Leadership Principles as a Volunteer Youth Coach” is available on Amazon.com.  His tribute to volunteer coaches like you drives home what Coaches-Clinic.com coaches already know: When you volunteer to coach, you’re going to have fun and you’re going to develop skills that are meaningful in the workplace.

Dumcoach Clinic

Dumcoach.com Clinic

Series of Youth Football Clinics

 

Our Dumcoach.com Online Clinic on Saturday, 6/3 was a great success and we have now made the clinic recordings available for viewing.  This is a great opportunity to learn from several great coaches from the comfort of your home.  The cost for the clinic series is just $12.49.  If you are a youth coach and are not familiar with Clark Wilkins and the Dumcoach Forum, we highly recommend that you visit the site and look around.  We feel it is one of the best resources for youth football.  Be careful though it can become addicting!  Below is our Coach and Topic lineup:

Coach Topic
Bruce Eien Simple Passing Concepts
Clint Schumacher Developing Championship Parents
Dave Potter Turnovers by Design
Keith Magee Non-Contact Drills for the Offseason
Mike Rowe Installing Tempo at all Levels
Tito Correa Formational Designation

Click Here to Register:

Dumcoach.com Clinic

 

Youth Football Playbook

Youth Football Playbook

(Must have Youth Football Plays)

 

If you are a frequent visitor to our site you may have seen our article about Essential Youth Football Plays where we described both the Power and Counter plays and why we believe they should be a part of any youth football playbook.   We later followed that article up with a post describing ways to use formations to get more Power in the Power Running Play.  Recently we watched as several coaches shared their favorite Power and Counter plays on Twitter and we thought it might be worthwhile to gather all their tweets in one place and share with other coaches.

If you are interested in learning more about the Power and Counter concepts, you should take a look at our Multiple Ways to Run the Power Concept and Counter in the Youth Game clinics.

Tackling Circuit

Tackling Circuit

(Improving Your Youth Football Defense)

 

We believe that many of us would agree that the best defense in youth football is one that can tackle.  After getting the fundamentals of tackling down, we think that a tackling circuit is a great addition to any practice plan.  It allows you to get a maximum number of reps in a relative short period of time by splitting up into small groups and running multiple drills at the same time.  Concerning groups, we suggest that you create them with size and abilities in mind. Also, to save time and possibly even frustration we suggest that you know what the groups will be prior to your practice so that you don’t have to waste time splitting your players up.

If you are looking for drills to incorporate in your circuit, we recommend that you take a look at the following links:

Coachsomebody.com Every Day Drills
Glazier Clinics Tackling Circuit
Coaches-Clinic.com Tackling Drills Library
CLYFL Youth Football Drill Book
Winningyouthfootball.com

Teaching Skills

Teaching Skills

4 things you should NEVER do

By Greg Robinson

Program Setup Coordinator I Youth Football

 

Skills Training1.  Make a player feel bad about not successfully executing the drill/activity:

I wish I could give you a penny for every time a coach gets negative on kids. Have you heard these: “Come on Tommy! You’re killin us!” “We can’t win if you don’t catch the ball.” “You took your eyes off the ball!”

Remember, you are dealing with very fragile egos and confidence levels. Always be the encourager!

2.  Don’t assume the drill you are running is age or skill appropriate:

As an example, let’s say you are having the kids try to catch the ball before going out of bounds. This a very athletic task. If your players are only catching the ball 70-80% of the time just standing there, the success rate of trying to catch the ball heading out of bounds is going to be less than 50%. If you continue to permit this dropped pass rate at your practices, soon your players won’t even want to TRY to catch.

3.  Don’t worry about the details:

Yes, I think that is a double negative but you NEED to worry about the details. How do you get better at something? “Practice!” But make sure you are practicing the correct things. If you want your players to catch the ball at higher percentages, you must break down what happens when the player actually drops it. Are his hands or elbows too wide? What is he looking at when the ball comes to him? Are his pinkies or thumbs together? Is his confidence so low he is turning his head?

Do not continue to let your players fail at the drill without analyzing why they are failing. Break it down into small parts.

4.  Treat every player the same:

Shouldn’t I treat every player the same? Not in skill training. Every group you teach will be different. Very rarely will all of your players be at the same level. Do not make other players feel bad about their skills at the expense of trying to improve your best players. However, your goal should be to challenge every player, at his individual skill level. You can do this by splitting the group or making a drill more challenging for skilled players.

There is nothing wrong with telling your players that once you get good at this part of the drill (whatever that may be), you can graduate to more difficult steps/levels in the drill. Examples of making a football catching drill more difficult would be things like: catching with one hand, running a difficult route before making the catch, or doing pushups before the catch.

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