Beating That Youth Football Team With a Beast at Running Back

If you’ve coached youth football long enough, you are going to coach against that big beast running back that is carrying an entire team on his shoulders. He is usually at the absolute upper end of the age bracket, mature for his age (may have even started puberty early) and is usually right at the weight limit if you have one. In many youth leagues, the players weigh in just one time for the entire season. In some cases, a player may drop 10-15 lbs prior to the weigh in, don’t get me started on how wrong that is. So later in the season, those same players may be 20 lbs over the weight limit, creating some pretty sizable mismatches.

What separates these players from others is maturity, athleticism, attitude and in many cases size. Most of us play against average or above running backs with average size and average athleticism. Every year we all see some pretty nimble, fast and athletic backs who are small. But it is very rare to play against that player who is bigger than most players in the league, but also fast, athletic, has good burst and body control and is physically mature. When you face a player like this, the biggest obstacle you will face will be the minds of your own players. We’ve faced kids who scored 30 touchdowns in a season who were more than twice the weight ufabet เว็บหลัก of 25% of the players on our team. This one 6th grader comes to mind who played in a 5-6 grade Division. He had to weigh about 20 lbs over the running back weight, as this game took place nearly 3 months after he had weighed in. He was as tall as many of our 6 foot coaches and he had a pretty thick moustache and chin whiskers to go along with his hulking frame and 99th percentile speed.

Stopping Him

How do you stop kids like that? Focus on tackling and scheme to limit these one man shows makes a lot of sense. There is no one way to approach this, but one thing you surely won’t want to do is lose the game in the minds of the players prior to the game. Let your defense know who is going to get the ball a lot, where he is going to get the ball, the plays he is going to run and his running style, but be careful not to over-hype the man-child. The more you build the beast up in the eyes of your players, the more mythical he becomes. The more time your players have in their little minds to envision this man-child running over them and through them, the less effective your boys become on the field.

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