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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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What I’m Reading Now: Keep It Simple “The Wildcat Multiple Offense”

Nothing perks coaches and players interest like the “Wildcat” offense that is becoming increasingly popular.  However, don’t be mislead like I was from the title of this book.  The author, Victor E Laurie, was a middle school football coach at a school that had a mascot that was the wildcat.  This book is a multiple [...]

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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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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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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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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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