Hand Signals for No...

Hand Signals for No-Huddle Offense?  


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December 4, 2017 8:39 am  

I am an assistant coach for Ogden PeeWee Pop Warner (we lost to Point Loma Saturday in Disney on ESPN3).  While I have not posted anything, I have viewed this site quite often in the past and I have been coaching for over 10 years.  I was just wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction for developing a hand signal system for a no-huddle offense.  Point Loma used this system against us and it’s the most efficient system I have seen.  We have used the card system for years, but this is the first time I have seen the hand signal system used at the youth level for offense.  The disadvantage with the card system is you have 2-3 coaches who are unable to watch the game and see what is happening on the field to give the offensive coordinator information to call the correct plays, where the hand signal system allows these coaches to be in direct communication with the offensive coordinator while watching specific areas on the field.  Having to constantly focus on switching out cards for the next play results in the coaches holding the cards unable to assist with eyes on the field.  This was an issue when one of our o-line coaches and both of our backfield coaches were required to hold the cards.  I have already purchased the No-Huddle Offensive Philosophy system on coachtube.com, which was a good introduction to it, but I was looking for something more comprehensive that what was given.  If anyone could tell me where I could find this, I would appreciate it.  Thank you, and good luck to anyone who is still playing.

-Coach Chris

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December 4, 2017 9:33 am  

The simplest one I know if is to just yell the formation in and have the players relay it, then give a hand signal for the play and another hand signal that means right or left.

Let your smartest players come up with the hand signals to build ownership.  Pick the signal, then teach it to the kids.

Keep your number of plays low.  Take your youngest players' age.  That's about how many plays (and therefore signals) you should have in your entire offense.

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December 4, 2017 11:56 am  

If you find one, please share. We got our butt kicked by wind and crowd noise this year a couple of times.

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December 4, 2017 1:26 pm  


Give me a call, we have one that would work for you.


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December 6, 2017 3:00 pm  

Use of finger/ hand.
Ex. Fist with right hand power
Fist w/left counter
Hand into palm-iso
Right arm extended out- formation right
A billion ways to do it

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December 6, 2017 6:09 pm  

Waving arms above head and motioning Punt! 

LOL 8)

Not MPP... ONE TASK!  Teach them!  🙂

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December 7, 2017 5:51 am  

Arms up - base
Arms out - 2nd formation
Arms flexed- 3rd form
Arms flex down-4th form

Smack thigh - run
Smack chest -pass

Double piece signs -run 1
Double shaka - run 2

Single peace -play action of run 1
Single shaka -playaction to play 2

Handsignal playcalling has a military origin. Basically you need to create a language with your team.

I can explain it to you, I can't understand if for you.

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December 7, 2017 7:11 am  

Not a big baseball fan but when I go to a Rockies game I am mesmerized by the 3rd base coach.

I would have no clue how to implement a hand signal system. Have played against teams that use it.

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December 7, 2017 8:02 am  

Not a big baseball fan but when I go to a Rockies game I am mesmerized by the 3rd base coach.

I would have no clue how to implement a hand signal system. Have played against teams that use it.

Much of that is gibberish in baseball. The real stuff is just mixed in. Same with the boards Oregon used. Kelly said often they were just there to screw with people. Implementation is super easy though. Just like you name a play after a Power Ranger. Instead of giving it a name you give it a sign. Just use the sign as much as possible.

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December 16, 2017 5:55 am  

We’ve been doing it for years. We yell in the formations most of the time though I have siganaled it in before. This past year I had two wristbands. One was white and and one was blue. White was to the right Blue was to the left.  The signals were one handed.

We’ve done it where  doing a signal with one hand is right and doing it with two hands is left. Signal up goes right. Signal down goes left.

We’ve just yelled it in coded which is the fastest way.

We’ve also used American Sign Language

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December 16, 2017 11:13 am  

Sure seems like a lot of wasted teaching time & energy, for what would appear to be little benifit. What is gained from hand signals as opposed to wrstbands & numbering? One takes virtually no coaching & learning, the other takes quite a bit.

One thing i've noticed too, these teams that claim are no huddle, don't actuall go fast. They take forever to get aligned & snap the ball, thus losing any advantage that the no huddle might gain.

We used to do a lot more no huddle, but over time I kind of realized it's mostly pointless (except for 2 minute drill stuff). No huddle's main purpose is to catch teams in substituion problems, but in youth football, defense just keep their best 11 out there most of the game.

I watched PL & other teams at Disney run no huddle this year. I didn't see them gaining any advantage whatsoever. They weren't going much (if any) faster than a team that huddles & sprints to the line.

Anyhow, just my 2 cents. I think it's mostly just wasted energy. If you want to gain an advantage presnap, do what Far West does. Huddle near the ball, then sprint to the line & snap the ball before the D can recognize what you're in.

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