I have had several clients install the system this spring with tremendous feedback. The terminology is easily assimilated, and the conceptual adjustments introduced with the updates allow not only for clear understanding, but for flexibility for the coach as well. One of the clearest signs of this is the first-hand experience so far with my son's 3rd-grade 7 on 7 team.
With just one installation meeting for the players (along with supplimental handouts and powerpoint presentations), I've been very impressed with not only retention, but execution as well. In addition to the full route tree and basic backside IN tags, we also installed SWITCH, DRAG, and HIDE (for my son's team, we are calling it HALF -- as in half the distance of a regular IN) tags. Moreover, two Advantage Principles were taught: Individual Advantage Routes, and the RAM principle.
When we refer to the term “Advantage Principle,” we are talking about more than a singular route in a pattern, although sometimes the two meanings overlap. This is because this “advantage” can sometimes be expressed in multiple routes or combinations.
This system defines three Advantage Principles that can be employed at the onset of a pass play:
- Individual Advantage Route
- “Read Away From Mike”
In our vernacular, RAM stands for "Read Away from Mike." We will build two stretches, one on either side of the formation, and simply attack a two-high defense by throwing away from the drop of the MLB. While some coaches might think of this as an advanced idea, it actually simplifies the thought process for the passer because it ensures a 2 on 1 in favor of the offense. We are teaching 2 RAM patterns: