I have posted previously on my Wolverines. Things have gotten dire. We were 0-2 going into Saturday's game but had played really well in the second half of last week's loss, shut them out for the half and moved the ball really well.
But this week we took a major step back. Our kids showed a really lackluster effort, I mean a total lack of desire to play. We lost 40-0, gave up huge TD runs on every drive with kids just watching the guy run past them, didn't get near the end zone, turned the ball over (first lost fumble this season and there were 3 of them) and made a lot of excuses about who else wasn't doing their job.
Our kids seem to know their assignments (at least on offense) but are going half speed if that. On defense we were really awful; our opponent ran one play left and right, an off tackle play they could bounce outside if it was there (which it was). It was open for huge yardage every play, we knew it was coming and the kids didn't even care to try to step in front of the runner.
I'm coaching 9-12 year olds. We have liberal minimum-play rules so we can't bench anybody or apply playing-time rewards. There's nothing schematic that's a problem, we just have kids not going full speed and acting like they don't care.
I am at a loss for planning my next week of practice. I'm really trying to find a way to chalk this up to coaching so I can feel like I can do something about it. I don't want to be the kind of coach that has the whole team run when somebody isn't paying attention or they're not going hard in practice, nor am I the kind of coach who seeks to "motivate" a kid with anything other than straight-up coaching (i.e. mind games), but I'm also not doing my job if I permit them to half-ass.
For other coaches, how is your season going?