We start that system of communications when we give names to our positions, and teach them the names of the Offensive positions. And you better be teaching that – your kids don’t all know what a Guard is unless you’ve taught them. Don’t believe me? Ask them.
From there, we need a system to communicate our alignment and assignments. We need to be able to quickly state where each player will line up. We need to tell him exactly what he is responsible for.
In our first video in the Coaching Basics series, you will learn three key pieces of communication:
- Communicating alignments. Most of us are familiar with terms like a “3-Techinique” but the terms are not universal. Get a basic system of alignments to communicate with players quickly on where to line up.
- Communicating gap assignments. Who’s got the A Gap? Which player is responsible for C Gap? This is essential understanding to building a gap sound, run stopping defensive front.
- Communicating Receivers. When you are putting your coverage package together, where will the secondary align? 7 by 1 inside of the #1 Receiver? Apex the #2 Receiver and the End Man? What does it all mean? Your players need to know.
Our Coaching Basics series is an in-depth overview of coaching defensive football. If you’ve been on Football-Defense.com or other sites around the internet and felt like your head was swimming, this is going to be a great place to start.
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