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WgWildcats
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June 25, 2020 9:47 pm  

Coaches,

We are a 12U program with roughly 80% of the team being 12. Most of these kids have been with me for 4 years now. Unfortunately one of my QB's aged out, and two others have decided to play modified. For our area, I would consider our group of skill players to probably be right up there with anyone in our league, problem is I have no QB. Do I install a Single Wing? I have done it in the past, but I have never been a huge fan. Just looking for some advice....Thanks fellas


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Coyote
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June 26, 2020 9:42 am  
Posted by: @wgwildcats

problem is I have no QB.

Depends on what you're asking of your QB, and maybe what you see in your pipeline...

An athletic kid who can get the snap, hand off to the right kid and carry out good fakes... run some boots / waggle....  add in a qb sweep ... maybe option (likely a stretch for a 12 yr old) - could still take advantage of his athleticism even if he's not a great passer.  Power (Dead) T attitude???   I'd stick with what I know, so if Single wing has been your thing in the past, why not? 

If you have a kid coming up the pipeline who'll be the qb you're looking for ... maybe all you need for a yr is a game manager???? 

This post was modified 5 months ago by Coyote

Umm.... why does that 6 ft tall 9 yr old have a goatee...?


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terrypjohnson
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June 26, 2020 2:42 pm  
Posted by: @wgwildcats

Coaches,

We are a 12U program with roughly 80% of the team being 12. Most of these kids have been with me for 4 years now. Unfortunately one of my QB's aged out, and two others have decided to play modified. For our area, I would consider our group of skill players to probably be right up there with anyone in our league, problem is I have no QB. Do I install a Single Wing? I have done it in the past, but I have never been a huge fan. Just looking for some advice....Thanks fellas

Since I coach 8U, I completely understand where you're coming from! In fact, I don't know what I would do if I had a true QB (but would love to have that problem).

My advice would be to stick with what you're most comfortable teaching. With all of the skill position talent that you have, I'm sure at least one of them would make a good QB for your current offense. If not, you could always find a scheme that's better suited to the players' strengths.

If it makes you feel any better, I'm in the same boat as you are (just at a younger age group). I ran the Single Wing the past two seasons, but am switching to a shotgun Double Wing set this year. This allows me to run a set as deceptive as the Double Wing, but without teaching as much footwork. It also reduces my install time, which is HUGE because I'm lucky if I get three weeks of practice before the season starts (especially during a bad hurricane year).

Hope this is helpful... best of wishes this season!!

Coach Terry

 

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32wedge
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June 26, 2020 2:48 pm  
Posted by: @wgwildcats
 
 but I have never been a huge fan. 

Then don’t run Single Wing.

 

Take one of those athletes and train him to be the QB you want.  If you want to run a QB offense, you need to learn how to coach a QB.


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Bob Goodman
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June 27, 2020 10:19 am  
Posted by: @wgwildcats

Coaches,

We are a 12U program with roughly 80% of the team being 12. Most of these kids have been with me for 4 years now. Unfortunately one of my QB's aged out, and two others have decided to play modified. For our area, I would consider our group of skill players to probably be right up there with anyone in our league, problem is I have no QB. Do I install a Single Wing? I have done it in the past, but I have never been a huge fan. Just looking for some advice....Thanks fellas

How did the quarterbacks who played with you previously become quarterbacks?


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Seth54
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June 27, 2020 10:40 am  

I’m in a slightly different predicament, but I may come to a similar conclusion. My 10U had an excellent QB last year that’s moving up and I’m giving heavy consideration to converting my TB to QB. If I did, I’d switch from being largely I formation based to more shotgun, which we dabbled in last year. I’m thinking I just want the ball in the hands of my best playmaker every play, since I’m not sure I’m going to have many complimentary athletes around him since the rest of the backfield aged up. 

Since you have an abundance of athletes I may just train the one with the best personality to handle the huddle and get the plays in and set up. I wouldn’t jump into single wing, but what system do you typically run?


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32wedge
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June 27, 2020 10:53 am  

I love the Single Wing precisely because I don’t have to worry about personnel.

 

I didn’t have any backs at the start of the season last last year.  I placed my most athletic guard at QB and taught him to run forward and not fumble.  We got an athletic kid after the second game and put the guard back on the line most of the time but had to move him back in to the backfield because of injuries.  

 

If you have athletes galore, you can run any scheme you want.  Those athletic running backs make good linemen and vice versa.  


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ZACH
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June 27, 2020 1:42 pm  

I dont think I had "that" qb I wanted ever lol so I normally pick the most disciplined and coachable kid I have. If he can throw, even better, just need 10 yd passes in order for my guys to throw. If not, it's option time. 

 

Don't know what your offense is, I would look for a manager of the offense instead of that Payton manning time.

 

Good luck

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