The failures of your football scout team are the bane of every coach’s existence. You’re trying to prepare your starters to play a top opponent. That scout team is ruining everything, though.
Football scout teams don’t have to equal misery. But you have to put them in a position to succeed. We have a plan for that, and I’m going to share it with you in this episode.
Set Your Football Scout Teams Up For Success
- Your scout team is not going to look like the opponent. You do not run their systems. You do not have their players.
- Don’t expect your players to simply ‘be a good teammate’. Make your football scout team valuable for them, too. Adapt your own offensive and defensive systems to look like the opponent’s schemes.
- You must have coaches that are heavily invested in working with the scout team. If no one is coaching them, they will feel like they are wasting their time.
Scout Team Offense
- If you run a versatile offensive system, you can look like absolutely anything you face. Using the Pistol Power Offense System, we have been able to create every look from Spread Option and Air Raid to Double Wing and Single Wing offenses.
- Use your terminology whenever possible. Players need to feel like they’re running your offense.
- Drop the scout cards. Use wristbands that tell each player exactly what to do on every snap. You get a lot more reps from your football scout team this way, too.
- Call the scout offense to win the scrimmage. Attack weaknesses in your defense. Make it hard. Don’t just script the whole session so that everyone looks good.
- Move your best scout team players around so that they are making key blocks or getting the football.
Scout Team Defense
- Just like with the scout team offense, you need to make the scout team defense feel like they are running your defense.
- Use the same terminology in your defense to call your football scout team.
- Put extra players on the field. Play with 13 or 14 players out there. Not all the time. But sometimes you want your football scout team to be everywhere.
- If you do not have enough effective defenders for scout team, go half-line. Use the offensive players from the other side to fill out the scout defense.
- Read: 5 Ways To Get A Better Look From Your Defensive Scout Team
- From Episode 173 of The Football Coaching Podcast, check out Solve Your Scout Team Problems.
- On Season 9, Episode 16 of The Football Coaching Podcast we talked about Special Teams practice planning – including your scout team: https://joedanielfootball.com/special-teams-practice/