Our kids flag team is moving on to youth tackle (Germany, up to 15 years of age) and while we are currently training the fundamentals of safe and efficient tackling technique, the kids are eagerly anticipating the first training session with full pads and helmet. Other questions arise for the coaching staff. I'm pretty unexperienced with 9on9 football and currently trying to get some ideas about defensive schemes that can be practiced in a manageable period of time and keep the idea simple - the kids should be having fun while being aware of their responsibilities on offense, defense, or special teams.
Are there any good resources for the conception of a 9on9 tackle defensive playbook?
Post by Chris Clement on Dec 22, 2015 8:36:35 GMT -6
Ok. Here's what I used to great success. We weren't allowed anyone on the centre so that affected things a bit.
Twin 2i's playing the A gap. We had a call for them to pinch the centre that forced a lot of fumbles.
Two DEs whose first job is stopping toss and sweep plays. Not a lot of pulling in 9-man, be much more afraid of the straight toss. Fit outside any blocks.
Man up the five eligibles. Essentially you have a spectrum that runs from MLB to CB and they move in and out of the box as necessary so that every wide receiver is covered and there are equal linebackers and RBs.
If there's a TE put a LB over him. This LB is responsible for B gap, the DE is always the outside player.
Put the FS at 10. The deep pass down the sideline is not your biggest fear, the seam or post or uncovered TE pop pass, as well as runs that break through.
Don't abandon the receivers right away vs run. HB pass is real and dangerous.
Thanks for your reply. So this is basically a 4-2 set with four pass rushers? Let's think about 12-personnel on the offense and man coverage on the defense, you're going to have one LB against a TE, one LB on the RB and will end up having the FS to cover the remaining TE. Of course, the same problem will arise against 11-personnel where one LB will have to cover a WR. Are four down linemen too much so we'd have to go for a 3-3 set?