Plug 'N Play Football

Simplifying Football for Youth Coaches

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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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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Bringing Technology to Youth Football

Video taping your football team will change the way you coach in two significant ways: First, video taping obligates you to investing more of your time off the field.  Studying game film alone will require an additional two hours per game at minimum.  I’m not saying that it’s not worth it, but be forewarned – [...]

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Highlight Videos – Defense & Special Teams

Here is a highlight reel from a team I coached in 2010 – Rogers, MN 5th Grade Panthers. We ran a version of Jack Gregory’s 6-3 defense modified to fit our league rules of no blitzing linebackers.  We saw tremendous growth in skill as the season progressed and every member of the defense contributed.  We [...]

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Establishing a Surprising Defensive Line

I recently wrote an article called ”Minimum Play Players” which discussed some options on how you could best utilize your MPP. Some of the most satisfying moments I’ve experienced as a youth football coach have come as I watched a small, inexperienced player, whom others may have written off, suddenly start wreaking havoc in the [...]

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Minimum Play Players

Many youth football leagues have rules that dictate each player must play a certain amount of plays or a certain amount of time which is where we get the term “minimum play players (MPP).” In other words, we are describing the weaker players on a team. Many leagues allow coaches to play their MPP less [...]

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