The most overlooked part of the game of football by most fans, youth coaches, and middle school coaches is unfortunately the most important component of the offense’s success. A major mistake made by coaches is trying to have too many plays, without knowing how to block all of them. They seem to think that by having a large number of plays that they can “trick” their opponent. In fact, the opposite is usually the case. When too many plays are introduced, players develop gray areas. Gray areas are when players do not know exactly what to do, when a particular play is called.
In order for a play to be successful and for a player to be able to play with the utmost speed, motivation, proper technique, and effort, they must know, without a doubt, exactly what their job is on every play, exactly how to execute their assignment, and believe that it will work. If there is a gray area, that player is not completely sure what to do, which will result in a poorly executed play. Instead of being confident, the player will have uncertainty, as to what they are supposed to do. It is impossible to play with full effort with a mindset of uncertainty.
Simple Plays Every Youth Football Coach Should Know shows how to simplify your game to the most effective way for both coaching and teaching your players how to execute the plays successfully on game day with effective blocking.
Chapter 1: Base Blocking and Finding the Advantage
Chapter 2: Base Play Diagrams vs. Different Fronts
Chapter 3: Reach Blocking, Kick, and Rushing Plays With Pulling Linemen
Chapter 4: Three-Step Drop, Five-Step Drop, and Play-Action Passing Game
Chapter 5: Scouting and Game Planning
What coaches are saying:
I have known Chad Szablewski for many years, as he was a former student of mine in the early 1990s. He has the unique ability to encourage and motivate young men to reach their full potential both on and off the field, and he has been a part of many successful football programs his entire life. Coaches of all ages will certainly benefit from reading his book.
-Rex L. Slatton, Athletic Director, Spring Hill (TN) Middle School
Coach Szablewski's offense was very difficult to defend. His players were extremely well prepared and always executed their assignments. It was like a well-oiled machine. The players he coached were fundamentally sound and he always simplified everything to where they completely understood it. Bottom line, the players knew where to go and exactly what to do on every snap.
-Tommy Case, Former Head Football Coach, Mt. Pleasant (TN) Middle School
It's hard to imagine a middle school game with an electric atmosphere, but that's what happened every time Lewisburg Middle School and either E.A. Cox or Spring Hill Middle took the field on game night. The reason for this excitement was that two well-coached and well-prepared teams were taking the field. Coach Chad Szablewski's teams were always fundamentally sound and ready to play. His teams were explosive on offense and played solid sound defense with known responsibilities. I and other opposing coaches always looked forward to competing against a coach of such high caliber.
-Beau Hardison, Head Football Coach, Lewisburg (TN) Middle School
When I took my first head coaching job, I was young, excited, and very nervous. I am grateful that Chad Szablewski was my associate head coach. He helped with every aspect of the game. He taught me, our other coaches, and our players the basics of football and how to keep things simple. His knowledge of football and life skills for today's youth is tremendously impressive. If you want to have a championship-caliber offensive attack, then read this book.
-Matt Sakowicz, Head Football Coach, Spring Hill (TN) Middle School
Coach Szablewski was the first coach to teach me about the X's and O's of football. He helped me understand the game more by simplifying it, which helped me throughout my career as a high school and college football player. He was the first coach that taught me how to break down film. He also made me mentally tougher through all of the extensive physical and mental preparation, which helped me get through adversity throughout my career.
-Broc Loveless, Graduate Assistant Football Coach/Former Quarterback, Cumberland University