Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Gifts from the Opposing Youth Football Coach

Never question a "gift" from your opponent. Just make sure
to make the most advantage of the situation you have just
received.

Every once in a while a gift may come from your youth
football opponent and we live by the old saying never look
a gift horse in the mouth. For example, you find yourself
in a situation where the other team is overpowering your
team at the line of scrimmage. I mean to the point where
they are getting 4-5 yards per carry directly off tackle or
up the middle. Nothing seems to work, even after all of
your adjustments.

I guess things were working too well, since now our
opponent starts passing. They just drove over half the
field running the ball and had us on the ropes, so now they
start passing. I don't know if it is ego, or just
stupidity, but I see this situation happen every year, at
every level. Maybe the opponent thinks they'll catch you
in a big play. Never question why this has happening, just
take advantage of it! This brainiac now has a second and
long, if he didn't turn the ball over and begins to panic.
What does he do now? Now Einstein become Bill Walsh and
passes on every down. He took a dominating good situation
and made it go bad.

A few years back we were on the outside looking in at the
playoffs and were in desperate need of a win. We were
facing our neighboring nemesis, who gives us fits every
year, and were concerned we were in big trouble as they
were playing fantastic at the time. As soon as the ball
kicked off, we notice something very strange. His
quarterback and running backs were bench players. His
starters were on the bench. We thought we made a mistake
on our scouting report, but looked over on his sidelines
and noticed his studs were sitting on the bench. Not just
one or two of them, but all six of them. A gift from the
Gods, as we went on to an easy win. This victory gave our
players the confidence we needed to finish our season on a
strong note, making the playoffs and competing for the
championship. We did find out in the off season that the
opposing coach was having parent problems regarding playing
time and we making a point in this game. He had a
completely different agenda for this game than we did.

In conclusion, we do not care why these situations happen,
but we know they do happen and we need to be ready to take
advantage of them when they occur.


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Jim Oddo has been coaching youth football, ages 4-14, for
over 23 years. In addition to coaching tips, there is a
wealth of information regarding youth football playbooks.
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