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6 Things Youth Football Coaches Should Do In The Offseason

The 2011 season is in the books and whether you had an outstanding or a rebuilding year here are 6 things you should do this offseason to become a better coach: 1.  Coach Another Sport Let’s face it, being a youth coach takes a lot more than knowledge of X’s and O’s.  You have to be [...]

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Football Helmets

  I just finished my first year as the head coach of a middle school program in South Florida.  After all the equipment was turned in I had a chance to take a detailed inventory of our football helmets.  We have a great athletic department and all football helmets have been reconditioned on a yearly basis.  Earlier this year [...]

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Concussions – What Every Coach Needs to Know

When I played football smelling salts were part of every team’s medical kit.  If someone got their “bell rung” or was knocked out briefly the smelling salts were brought out and the player tried to “clear the cobwebs” so he could get back on the field as soon as possible.  Today with better medical information we [...]

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ESPN Gruden’s QB Camp

An excellent series on ESPN right now is Jon Gruden’s QB Camp.  Jon Gruden breaks down the top NFL draft pick QBs on his show.  He spends time reviewing film with them and takes them out to the field to review their mechanics.  Gruden has just the personality to pull this show off and it truly [...]

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Glazier Clinics Offer Free Scholarship for Youth Football Coaches

Here is a tremendous opportunity offered through Glazier Clinics for Youth Football Coaches.  You can sign up for a free admission to Glazier Clinics and there is a scholarship opportunity that gives coaches an opportunity to receive free access to the Glazier Clinics Online.  Follow the link below for more information: Glazier Clinics Youth Coach [...]

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Review Frontline’s Football High Documentary

On Tuesday PBS aired a documentary called “Football High” on Frontline.  The show highlighted some concerns particularly in the area of head trauma and heat strokes.  Here is a snippet of the video and a link to the full episode.  I’d love to hear your comments. Watch the full episode. See more FRONTLINE.

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Handling a Loss in Youth Football

Nobody likes to lose.  Everybody will lose at some point.  How you react when you do lose will have a big impact on your players. It always grieves me to see coaches yelling, screaming and berating their players after a loss.  Saying things like “If you’d only listen to me we’d have won the game.”  Telling [...]

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Coach’s Game Day Checklist

  A football coach has many roles but definitely the most public one is game day coaching.  A successful game coach will always have spent a significant amount of time preparing for the game.  Any neglected minor details could become major issues during the game.  I like to have a checklist to make sure I’m [...]

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Book Review: Coaching Youth Football: The Guide for Coaches, Parents and Athletes

When I was starting out coaching youth football I wanted all the information I could get my hands on.  I researched web blogs such as this one, spent time on youth football related message boards and read books.  One of the first books I read was Coaching Youth Football:  The Guide for Coaches, Parents and [...]

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3 Keys to Having a Positive Experience with Youth Football Parents

I’m sure you’ve seen it first hand or have at least heard the horror stories. Headlines such as: “Coach, Parent Fight at Youth Football Game”, “Parents Gone Bad: Fight Breaks Out at Youth Football Game” or “Youth Coach Suspended After Verbal Confrontation with Parents” have become all too common. Parents have high expectations for their [...]

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