2013 Football Season is about to begin at East Boca Tackle. Our registration numbers have surpassed last years and we have a crop of talent from other leagues joining our program.
The first week of condition was conducted by the guys from Athletes Edge. They train some of the most famous sports athletes today and provided the kids a great start to the season.
Week two is all about the coaches and their ability to assess the players. Draft night is Saturday and each team has six frozen players. Each player receives a skill number and entered into the draft for their perspective division. (Fr/JV/Varsity)
I am looking forward to this season, we have a strong team with big kids. Like last year, I expect our defense to be number one ranked but unlike last year, I expect our offense to score touchdowns often and a lot.
Our QB has two years experience and has improved his arm strength and accuracy while picking up a little size and height. His ability to move in the pocket will be our opportunity to stretch the defense and make it easier to run the ball. We have 2 backs weighing in at 105 and our TE is 119. Power running plus a good dosage of quick passes will get us to the championship game.
They say 9 yr olds can't pass effectively and we're out to prove it wrong.
We started off strong with inside running. We chewed up the 1st quarter and were on the 6 yard line with 1 and Goal. QB sneak was the call and the Cardinals score.
Defense held strong for the first possession until at 4th and 15 and they throw a bomb to tie the score.
We drive on our second possession with more strong running. Then all of the sudden with team running out West Boca strips the ball and scores a 60 yard touchdown.
By half time we had 10 players and we continued to play until the 4th quarter when our 3 third player went down and we had to forfeit the game.
Tough lost but many positives came out of the game. Our kids showed grit, determination and heart. They were out manned and fought till the end.
One more game to secure second seeding and then its' playoff time. Hopefully we can get enough players to practice.
One player down due to a broken arm and another moved down to a smaller division.
As a coach you have to learn how to juggle a lineup and give all kids playing time. It's not so difficult when you only have 15 players but the challenge is practice and live simulations.
We lost the our first game due to poor angle tackling and not staying at home on sweep plays. We played the best team in West Boca and had them down at half time and only allowed 2 touchdowns in the game.
Offensively, the line did not push and have not been aggressive. Overall for our first game I would give our team a B-.
Second game was a defensive marathon. We improved by staying home on the sweeps but got ran over up the middle. Our defensive line never got in the back field and our linebackers were taking a beating. Half time score 0-2 and we had the ball for 5 offensive plays and got sacked in the end zone.
The second half never got better even after a 30 yd kickoff return. On offense the lineman were so tired they could not get a block or remember the play. Running backs didn't hit the holes and receivers never got open. Needless to say we lost 0-9 with limited offensive yardage but with superb defense.
For Cardinals to win...our offense needs to block, execute plays and have the desire to play hard for 40 minutes.
Our next game is against the Dolphins, the number one team in the league and division. Practice has been nothing but drive blocking and King of the Hill.
I have simplified the playbook and hopefully they will have a good game. We also got a new player, 8 yrs old - 100lbs - soccer player - friends with my son. Should be a good addition.
Two weeks of practice and two scrimmages. Cardinals 2-0. It looks like we are the team to beat this year.
What a great game. The Steelers pounded the ball inside with my former fullback. He gained 50 yards running inside the tackle. They marched down to the ten and then beat us back to the 1 yard line until the half time whistle blew.
It was still 0-0. Our defense looked like a pretzel sometimes but we never broke. We held them on 4th downs when we needed it and fought hard to keep the ball out of our end zone.
Second half Cardinals ball and we return the kickoff to the 40 yard line. First play was full back up the middle for no gain. Next play was an outside sweep and we break it for a 60 yard TD.
For the next 20 minutes the two teams went back and forth and possession of the ball was at the middle of the field. The last play of the game, 4th and 11, was the same inside hand off to the full back but this time he broke up the middle shook two tackles and broke free for a 50 yard TD.
It was total bliss for the Cardinals beach. Moms and Dads cheering and coaches taking a deep sigh of relief that the game was over. We were getting our butts handed to us and we found a way to win.
"It's not how you start...it's how you finish!"
Cardinals - 13 Steelers - 0
What a great two weeks of conditioning for our young players. All the kids worked hard and gave it their all.
We made our draft selection on Saturday and I LOVE!!! my team. We have a combination of athleticism, size, speed and football IQ. We have 16 players per team with 4 teams in the division.
I got every player I wanted and had to pick up a few guys I never saw before but overall we have 11 quality players that will go offense/defense and special teams.
It's real nice to hear parents and kids requesting to be on your team but the reality is I can only pick so many. Parents are happy because we accommodated special requests for all and made the teams as even as possible so the kids and learn and have a great time.
First week of conditioning over and next week we get to evaluate all the players.
It looks like we have average size players with most of the coaches kids being rated as 1 and 2's. There is one kid that I want so I am keeping a tight lip on this. Hopefully with the right order, we can pick 2nd or 3rd and draft this player.
Two coaches from last year have joined with another coach and I look forward to beating them.
On the Cardinals team...I feel we have the biggest kid, the fastest kid, the toughest kid and the best athlete making up our coaches kids. I have 4 or 5 kids that have requested to play for me but we will see how it goes in the draft.
I like kids that want to play for you. They are the hardest working and extremely coach-able. They come to practice, do what you tell them to do and make the other kids play harder.
This is going to be a fun year compared to last season.
Conditioning camp starts tonight!
We have over 240 kids signed up and ready to play. We anticipate another 25-40 late signup players so it will be a full house for 2012 season.
I will be there early to help set up and map out the area for our coaches. I have the list of Freshman players and will evaluate from day 1.
Hoping for a great season for both my sons. My youngest will have a new offensive coordinator to learn under and I will help our out defensive coordinator to ensure all kids are learning the proper tackling techniques.
It is nice to have volunteer dads that have the same beliefs and commitment.
Had a good meeting with the coaches last week and we have a game plan going into two weeks of conditioning at FAU with Athletes Edge conducting the drills and time trials. Monday - Friday...6-8p at Henderson field.
We have 4 coach's son on the team with various skills and sizes. We are looking for smart big kids that can block and then some skilled and fast players. I gave my coaches the criteria and now its up to them to scout.
My oldest son has been picked up as a Sponsor's Exemption. He should do really well this year...his 3rd season. All the coaches love his attitude and want to coach him...problem is Dad can't coach his older son. We learned this the hard way but things are getting better as he matures.
Draft night is August 11 at players sports lounge in Boca. Can't wait for the season to begin!
First coaches meeting this week.
My wife thought I was crazy when I told her my selection of a.c.'s. I look at it now and I hope I made the right choice.
People change for many reasons... sometimes better later than never! To give this man an opportunity to become a better coach is a simple gesture for me.
We will see as the season unfolds. For me...it's a clean slate. My three A.C's from last year have either retired or decided to coach on another team.
Like all experiences in life...we learn from our mistakes and make better decisions the next time around. Season 2 comes with more expectations but also more reward.
I look forward to 2 week camp on July 30th.
We have 200+ registered players with one final wave of registrations 2 weeks prior to school.
Meeting with board members to discuss playing against Acreage, Boynton Beach and intra league play with West Boca.
We should have 4 Teams of 18-20 players per division. We will have a waiting list once we meet our numbers.
The first monthly meeting for Boca Pop Warner is this Wednesday at Mr. Chapman's house. All the coaches from EBT freshman will be their along with parents. I am still up in the air about coaching and need to have an open mind about both leagues. Their are pros and cons to both leagues but usually in business and life...the one with the financial resources ultimately wins. I just want what is best for both my boys.