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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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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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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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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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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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Running a Good Youth Football Practice

If you’ve had a son or daughter in youth sports and watched practices there’s a good chance you’ve experienced this scenario before:  It’s 5 to 10 minutes after practice is scheduled to begin and the coaches are huddled together frantically discussing what to do while the players are either standing around or running around crazily to [...]

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Blocking Philosophy

When I first started playing organized football in the 6th grade (first time it was offered back in my day), the offensive line was taught one type of block – the drive block.  A drive block is taking the defensive opponent across from you and pushing him backwards in the direction you want him to [...]

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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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