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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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What I’m Reading Now: Football’s West Coast Offense

I started reading this book and it’s pretty good so far, doesn’t cover much of the running game but provides a good, in-depth understanding of the philosophies and plays common to the West Coast Offense.

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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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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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Highlight Videos – Double Wing Offense

The Rogers, MN 5th grade team I coached in 2010 featured a double wing offense.  Here’s our end-of-the-season highlight video I put together using a program called PowerDirector.  PowerDirector is very easy to use and can be downloaded here: http://www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdirector/overview_en_US.html We used the “Plug ‘N Play” system you’ll read about on this website.  The double wing [...]

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Choosing an Offensive System for a Youth Football Team

What exciting offense should you be running with your youth football team?  A spread-option?  A wildcat?  Pistol offense?  How about a more traditional offense like a single wing offense, double wing offense or a wing-T? The best starting point would to pick an offense that best fits the grade level of your players.  Trying to teach a [...]

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Simple Wrist Coaches for Offensive Linemen

Here is a cheap, creative idea for you to make sure your offensive linemen know what they are doing on each and every play.  It will work best with an offensive concept like we promote at Plug ‘N Play football which is to have “blocks” of plays that you install.  For example, you might teach [...]

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Do Award Stickers Have a Place in Youth Football?

The 2010 season was the first one I used an award sticker system. Prior to that I was worried that award stickers would promote too much of a “me first” attitude and that only the star players would earn a sticker creating a division in the team. Working with my coaching staff, we came up [...]

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