Tuesday, February 8, 2011
WOW, now that the regular NFL season is over what do I do..what do I watch..lol. I guess this would be a good time to refocus on my blog for the 2323234 time...lol. Hey a man has to have a hobby right?.
Well today I am going to post about misdirection in flag football. I normally play 7 on 7 flag football , but the play(s) can apply to 5 on 5 or 8 on 8, also in the 4 on 4 arena misdirection is a big part of the offense.
Your team should have at least 6-10 flag football plays that include misdirection. There are several ways to include misdirection in your offense. The worst kept secret is to use your lineman, most teams will assign there slowest players to the line - but a better strategy is to either a mix of slow and fast or just stick your fast players on the line. The options open up when you do this
Here is a free flag football play - misdirection.
In 7 on 7, you want to line up where you have two recievers on either side of the formation and a slot reciever. The typical line formation of a center and two blocks at the line. The quarterback should take a deep drop. This is how the play will work, the slot will go in motion once behind the center the ball is snapped to the slot guy. The reciever on the slot side will run a deep slant pattern, the center once snapped will run a deep out to the slot side of the ball, away from the play. The reciever on the opposite side will run a quick out. blocker will try to funnell the rush inside, the slot and quarterback will be the option tandem. The slot can either drop back and do a quick throw..or a quick pitch to the quarterback which will have the option to run or pass. Another option is to simple run the option with the slot and quarterback. There are many options in this one play and it can be ran from either side.
Misdirection plays work well because usually the defense is not displcine enough to stay in there zones. Usually the rush in flag football is so fast that when using misdirection you will leave the defense open for big plays down the field - remember to practice your pitch as well.
It is vital that youPRACTICE the misdirection. No team can win without running some type of misdirection after maybe 12 plays. The field is small and the game is quick, having a trick play or misdirection will go a long way toward help with achieving victory.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Basic Leg workout
- Swiss-Ball leg extension
- Dumbell sumo squats
- Power Jumps
Friday, August 27, 2010
With the off-season injury to star wide receiver Steve Smith, in flag football I thought it would be perfect to write a post on injuries in Flag Football. Most flag football injuries occur for several reasons. One cause with any "weekend warrior" style sport is conditioning. Some type of pre-season conditioning program with a focus on strength and stretching should be under taken. It also should go without saying that if you have been a "couch potato" and now decide that you can get out there and compete, pay a visit to your local doctor.
We all can use a checkup before we hit the field. Another risk is the exposure-related injuries; Like extreme heat that can lead to heat exhaustion or worse heat stroke. Cold related injuries can bring forth the same conditions if you are layered up and not properly hydrated.
Flag-Football is not usually played as a contact sport, but there are leagues where light contact is encouraged and played out. So the more exposure to contact the risk of injury increases. I have witness some very severe hand, head, and knee injuries all from seven man no-contact leagues
So the following tips should help you with an injury-free season.
1. Participate in a pre-season strength and stretch program.
2. Pace yourself, if you have been in-active for a period of time, take your time.
3. Warm-up and stretch 30 minutes prior to game time.
4. Have the proper equipment, like a mouth guard to prevent oral injuries.
5. No shorts with pockets should be worn, shorts with pockets leads to broken fingers.
Bonus Tip - The field can also cause injury, check the field for any glass, divots, holes, or just trash period.
Have a Good Season
Thursday, April 1, 2010
A weapon you absolutely must have on any successful flag football team is a running quarterback. The style of play does not matter, you must have a quarterback that can run and tear down a rush. This is the only weapon you must have to win in a fun or competitive league.
The usage of the running quarterback will be the difference between a win or lose From every level of football the emergence of the running quarterback as change the game Every game against a running quarterback is a nightmare in the flag football world Rushing them or laying back only serves to take away one skill at a time of the running quarterback.
It’s hard to scheme against them Having a good arm is not the hallmark of a running quarterback, neither is the accuracy of the throw. If you can find that in a quarterback that can run, you will have flag football glory. How many times have we seen the former high school quarterback or college castoff on a team that just stands in the pocket and throws? How does the team usually perform? Choosing your quarterback on arm strength, only gives you an athlete that can throw. His arm strength will only help if you have equal set of “hands” on your team.
So when it comes down to quarterback you must find someone that can run. Without this at the position of quarterback will leave you on the losing end of games. A running quarterback improves your chances of winning. Having this weapon on your team will have the defense struggling.
A thinking defense is not a good one, the job of the defense is not to think but to react and takeaway. With a running quarter back they have to worry about who will rush. Most flag football teams make the mistake of throwing there slowest players to rusher, big mistake. Another problem is who will cover the flats when he takes off running. There are numerous questions to answer when facing a running quarterback. The questions are the death knell of the defense, having an answer for his legs will only leave open receivers. Lying back covering the receivers only increases the possession time and running yards for the quarterback. You can see that having a running quarterback gives you a clear advantage in winning games. A couple of examples from the youth level. It translated to the adults as well
Friday, February 13, 2009
With flag football becoming a popular pastime among men in their twenties this holiday shopping list will be sure to please the football enthusiast in your life.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Flag Football is all about the wide open, misdirection passing game. So line play can be downright boring and frustrating. This is because you cant use your hands to block. In seven man screen flag football the screen is just what it says, you screen your blocker with your feet. Eight and nine man football is a little different you are able to full extend your arms and block. So you would think that when playing seven man why would you run the ball. The answer is simple, in seven man all defenses are looking for the pass. Some good teams from the start of the game will place Linebackers and safeties directly in most passing lanes. The run will keep them guessing and thinking, and we all know once a defense starts to think and not react it increasing the chances of the offense. So you ask what is the art of the run?. Here you go
The first thing you want to do is get in a two point stance with your feet about shoulder width apart. Placement of the feet is important. Running to the outside to the right you want to place your right foot forward with your left slightly back. This will allow a good seal screen once the play starts to help the runner get a quick jump to the outside. Even two yards matter in Flag Football. If running to the outside then it is left foot forward and right foot back.
The trick to this is when the play starts you have to move with short quick steps and place yourself in front of the oncoming rusher. If you followed the above foot placement then you should be in a position to either bump or limit the penetration of the rusher. Once in front of the rusher use your leverage and weight to guide or turn the blocker in the direction you want. The key here is to keep a slight bend to your stance and move into the blocker.
The greatest thing about the run is this, once the play goes forward and you provide a good block and most times the run will catch the defense off guard. This will open up the next most under used play/weapon on any flag football team. That is the pitch. Always run behind the runner providing an outlet for the pitch. So you can see playing the blocking position is not that bad
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Welcome to 2009 and a new year of flag football. Recently i have searched the web for new topics and ideas for this blog. A couple of areas i am going to focus on in the new year are drills and fitness. Let me just say that flag football is a popular sport but it has no one central place to go for anything, I aim to fix that. So lets start this first post of the new year of talking about Flag Football Drills. Most of the Flag Football Drills i have found deal with the basics, Run, Pass, Tackle- or in the case of flag football pulling of the flag. Using google to search for the term Flag Football Drills i discovered a couple of good drills here . The author of the post goes into detail how each drill works to make your players better I will post one here that was authored by TPBFF .
Purpose: A flag football drill to develop running skills and avoid having the flag pulled.
Organization: Set out a 40 x 40-yard area. Place cones 2 yards apart to simulate a mini-end zone. Recommended for six pairs of players, the maximum number of kids is 20. If cones are not available, marks on the ground or floor, t-shirts, or tape can be used. Balls are optional.
* Pair players up - one as a RB and one as a DB. The DB is in back of the RB and chasing the RB from behind.
* RB's should carry a football (if available).
* Each RB starts off on the end line at either side of the playing area.
* The DBs start 5 yards behind the RBs.
* On the coach's whistle, the RBs attempt to cross through the mini-end zones without getting their flags pulled by the pursuing DBs.
* The DB must chase the RB.
* Both flags are pulled, RB is out. If one flag pulled, the RB keeps going.
* Any end zone can be crossed and there is no order in which the end zones have to be crossed.
* The drill lasts 45 seconds and then you switch RB's to DB and DB's to RB.
Progression: Shorten time to 30 seconds.
* RBs run plays with their heads up.
* DB watches the movement of RB's hips, not his/her head or shoulders.
Article Source: http://www.sportspracticedrills.com/
Like i said over at the site there are more listed i am just posting the quality and ease of the drills. Enjoy. Above a found a video that shows a different various of the drill but still effective in training for the fast sport of flag football