A recent question we received from a fellow coach was:

Where should I put my best players on defense when coaching Youth Football? Should I play him at linebacker or at defensive end? I am coaching a 7 and 8 year old team.

Should I put my best 2 kids at linebacker or at defensive end on defense. There is only 2 passes attempted per game roughly…I forgot to mention that defensively, we have to play heads up on the offensive lineman. No nose tackle, etc.

When coaching such a young age group level, there is UFABET ไม่มีพลาดแน่นอน no real passing threat you need to worry yourself with. Some coaches will chuck it deep and see if they can out run your secondary, but if you have a disciplined safety that should not be a big concern.

It really depends on the defensive scheme you decide to use. If you go with a 5-3 Defense then you will want to use you best players at the defensive ends position. The defensive end has outside run responsibility and your best player should be able to stop the outside sweeps and turn the running back into the middle of your defense.

We run a 3-4 Defense where you need to put your best players at safety. In the 3-4 we run our safeties have both outside run containment responsibilities as well as inside gap responsibilities like a linebacker. There responsibilities vary depending on the stunts, blitzes or slants we are running on that particular play.

I coach 7&8 yr old football team. Should I put my best 2 kids at linebacker or at defensive end on defense. There is only 2 passes attempted per game roughly…I forgot to mention that defensively, we have to play heads up on the offensive lineman. No nose tackle, etc.

Jim has over 22 years of hands-on experience as a youth coach. The system he has used with great success for both youth football and youth basketball. His personal teams have won over 80% of their games.


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