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75 Football Books That Can Change Your Life

By Coach Martin | Football Basics

This list of football books is a great reading list for all football junkies out there.

Whether you’re a coach or player trying to develop your skills, a novice fan just trying to learn the ropes, or a devout follower who wants to read something football-related while waiting in between seasons, these 75 football books are for you.

This list is complete with biographies of legendary coaches, memoirs of star players, inspirational messages from respected football figures, and manuals for strategies and schemes.

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What is a Bubble Screen in Football

What is a Bubble Screen in Football? (Explanation and Video)

By Coach Martin | Football Basics

It is a pass play that is designed to get the ball out of quarterback’s hands and into the receiver’s hands as quick as possible.

The work, then, is on the receivers to do the initial blocking, and for the player catching the ball to make a move or two to get downfield.

Let’s have a closer look at the bubble screen so we can know exactly what it is, how it’s run, and when it’s best used.

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The Oklahoma Drill Should Be Banned Forever (Here’s Why)

By Coach Martin | Football Drills

The infamous Oklahoma Drill was created more than 70 years ago now by Bud Wilkinson, the former coach of the University of Oklahoma football team who won three national championships and 14 conference titles.

While some aspects of the game of football that were created that long ago are still relevant today, this archaic and dangerous drill is not one of them.

Many “old-school” football players, coaches, and fans think the game is becoming “soft” today, but there is plenty of evidence that not only does the Oklahoma Drill put players at risk of serious injury, but it doesn’t have many benefits at all.

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7 on 7 Flag Football Plays (The Top 10 Plays for Kids)

By Coach Martin | Football Plays

When creating offensive 7 on 7 flag football plays, the idea is to try to get the ball to a receiver or running back in space.

Since in flag football, all a defender has to do is rip off a flag from a belt (rather than make a tackle), the idea is to keep the ball handler as far away from defenders as possible.

This makes creating offensive plays in 7 on 7 flag football slightly different than that for normal tackle football.

Let’s take a look at the top 10 7 on 7 flag football plays for offenses — five passes followed by five runs.

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Wing T Offense Football Coaching Guide

Wing T Offense Football Coaching Guide (Includes Images)

By Coach Martin | Football Offense

The Wing T offense is a formation that not a lot of defensive coaches and teams are used to seeing.

It is not a traditional base offense in the sense that it has one tight end, one running and multiple wide receivers on the field.

At the same time, it does not have the “big” personnel that some other run-heavy formations such as the Single-Wing and Double-Wing offenses have.

Instead, the Wing T offense is a hybrid of them both.

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The Correct Youth Football Sizes for Every Age Group (Chart)

By Coach Martin | Football Basics

All footballs are not made equally.

That is to say — just because you’re playing the game of football doesn’t mean that you will be using the same ball.

Unlike a sport like baseball, where the size of the ball is always the same regardless of what level of the sport you’re playing, there is a different size football that you should use depending on how old you are and what level of the game you’re playing.

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Run and Shoot Offense Football Coaching Guide

Run and Shoot Offense Football Coaching Guide (Includes Images)

By Coach Martin | Football Offense

The Run and Shoot offense was first made popular in the 1970s with Darrel “Mouse” Davis and his Portland State football teams.

His version of the offense was very simplified, in that it contained only three running plays and five passing plays.

Instead of having multiple plays that could be run, the offense instead created variations off those plays to take advantage of the specific situation and the specific defense that the opposing team was running on a play.

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