Friday, July 23, 2010

Scouting in Youth Football

I am sure many of you have never scouted another youth football team in preparation for your game against them.  I can't tell you how important scouting is to your season's success.  After you scout your first opponent and find out the benefits, you will be hooked.  I don't scout every team in my league but I usually scout the top 4 or 5 teams.

I recently bought Steve Belichick's Football Scouting Methods and it was an eye opener.  I was scouting with my own system, but Belichick's book goes into great detail about the methods of college and professional coaches.  The book was written in 1962 but the vast majority of information is relevant to youth football coaches.

I highly recommend the book.

Coach Parker
Keller, TX

Youth Football Defenses

This season I am stepping into a Defensive Coordinator role again.  I missed defense last season and I am happy to be back.  I played linebacker most of my football career so Defense feels like home.  Since the two Keller youth football teams that I will be coaching this fall are under 14 years old, I will run a Defense that focusing on stopping the rushing game.  Passing at these age groups will be 20% or less, so stop the run!

There are several defenses I like for stopping the run and they are:
  1. wide Tackle 6
  2. 5-4 Oklahoma
  3. Gap 8
  4. Diamond

    I just bought the above book this week and its great.
    Directory of football defenses: Successful defenses and how to attack them Hardcover – 1969
    by Drew Tallman 

    It goes over many of these rushing type defenses.   Eben though the book is from 1969, it is a great book on these rushing defenses.

    I personally prefer the Wide Tackle 6 with a heavy load of blitzing.  For more on that visit my other blog at

    Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!

    Coach Parker
    Keller, TX