Typically, youth flag football teams have two or three standout players, quite a few average players, and a few who are enthusiastic but not gifted with physical ability. A coach can enjoy success by designing an offense that suits his players' abilities and by teaching his defensive players their particular responsibilities and how to play as a unit. Youth football is a growth experience, and the coach should make sure practices are organized and informative.
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The coach should hold regular sessions to discuss the game and make sure the players know what the line of scrimmage is, what constitutes offside and the difference between a good play and one that results in a penalty. The job of a youth football coach is to teach the basics of football, and this includes familiarizing players with the rules and discussing how the game is played.
A youth flag football offense needs three basic plays: a sweep, a middle run and a pass play. The sweep is a running play that can be called to the right or left side of the field; the middle run can be called to either side of the center; and the pass play can be called to the right- or left-side receiver. These plays should be practiced against different defensive alignments until the timing is crisp and players know their blocking assignments. A coach can field an effective offense by keeping the plays and play-calling uncomplicated.
Setting the Defense
The three areas where a defense is vulnerable are at the ends, over the middle and at the back, where the long pass is a threat. The coach should assign the team’s best athletes to play the defensive end positions, the team’s strongest player as nose guard and its fastest player at rover back. Conduct flag-pulling drills at each practice; the players must learn their assignments and techniques for getting to the ball carrier.