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KBurke24
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This is only my 2nd year as a head coach.  Last year, I was very lucky to have great help. In fact, I didn't realize how good I had it until going into this year. I do have help, but they are parents with little knowledge. They even admit that. So, as much as I have always loved coaching and calling the defense, I feel kind of stuck this year. Obviously, I am going to have to install both, but I still need to assign these parents to roles. One of them is going to have to call the plays on one side of the ball as scary as that is. I am going to need to coach the coaches, which I am prepared to do.
All that being said, how should I approach this? Stick with what I love and call the defense, or man up and let someone else so I can call the offense?


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CoachSugg
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Coach, if you are the best choice to call both, then do it.

My help changes every year, with last year being the best group of assistants I've had. I've had one consistent guy thru all the years, but now he's dropping down to smurfs to coach our youngest boys.

I always call the offense.  Every other year I have to call the defense also.  Set your ACs up to be successful.  If they can't call the O then you must do it.

Just make sure up hand off all your other "in-game" responsibilities like subs, STs, etc. so you can focus on O and D during the games.

Kent Sugg
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KBurke24
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I appreciate the advice, but I don't think it would be good for anyone if I called both sides of the ball on game day. I would like to be able to do some coaching during the game rather than just call plays, you know?


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Bob Goodman
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Interesting that of all the problems you might think of, the need to have plays called during games is the one you'd be scared of.  Are you most scared of this for competitive reasons, or for "political" reasons?

If you have series-based offense, then I think the job of calling the plays for the offense is diminished in competitive importance, because "they're all good plays".  If OTOH you have an O or a D that's grab-bag like Mahonz has used, where you take what the other team looks like they're giving pre-snap, then you do need someone with the skills to do that.

You're coaching 14Us.  How many of them do you expect to have played with you previously?  Could you trust any of your returning players as captains calling plays?

If you can't see that happening, do you platoon O & D?  If so, do you think it'd be a problem to teach some of those parent coaches your O, D, kickoff, & receive systems, and then to have whichever parent-coach does not have a child on the field call the plays?


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This is only my 2nd year as a head coach.  Last year, I was very lucky to have great help. In fact, I didn't realize how good I had it until going into this year. I do have help, but they are parents with little knowledge. They even admit that. So, as much as I have always loved coaching and calling the defense, I feel kind of stuck this year. Obviously, I am going to have to install both, but I still need to assign these parents to roles. One of them is going to have to call the plays on one side of the ball as scary as that is. I am going to need to coach the coaches, which I am prepared to do.
All that being said, how should I approach this? Stick with what I love and call the defense, or man up and let someone else so I can call the offense?

I would never turn over one side of the ball to somebody to do whatever they want. F- NO! I have seen for 5 years what that is, and it is not something I am doing. Own both sides, Game day, have a play caller if you want, but it better be yours.

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chucknduck
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You have AC's that know they know nothing?  You're set, they'll do everything just how you want it.  You're in a pretty good spot if you ask me. 


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joshv155
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Call both. I did this for several years until I had an AC who I trusted could run either side. You are doing the kids a disservice if you hand off one side of the ball to a parent who isn't as committed as you are.

Passio Bellator


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PSLCOACHROB
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You have to call the defense. Start training a guy to call the offense and work him in slowly. Or have him call a few series in the game when you need to talk to players. Much of this depends on the offense you are running. Some system offenses teach you how to call the plays based on edge counts, where the backers are etc. If you have something along those lines the offense is easier to call.

Having inexperienced assistants is sometimes a good thing. Better than a guy who thinks he knows how do to things but just screws it up. Train them up early and often. Mandatory preseason and in season meetings are going to be necessary.

Another thing you might not of thought of, ask on this board if there any guys living in your area that would like to be on your staff. Believe it or not, that has worked here on more than a few occasions.


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