What are the time commitments for head coaches in youth football? Much more than you think! Coaching youth football is tough. To be successful the time commitments for head coaches is 10 plus hours and more.
So you want to be a youth football Head Coach or you are already one. Are you committed to do your best for the team? The players and the parents look to you as the football guru, the inspirational leader of the team. What most youth football Head Coaches don’t get is that they are also the Chief Executive Officer or General Manager of a small company of about 60 players and parents.
Not only must you develop the entire football system that your team will run, but you must also be accountant, sponsorship sales, equipment manager, psychologist, marriage counselor, trainer and sometimes babysitter. I think I forgot a few, but I love being a Head Football Coach. Because, I love football and coaching young players. To be honest, I was not ready for the many hats one must wear and the overall time commitment it takes to be coach successful team.
Time Commitments for Head Coaches
If you are thinking about becoming a Head Coach for any sport, you should ask yourself;
- Am I committed to doing my best; giving 110%?
- Am I willing to put up with today’s over-the-top sports parent?
- Am I willing to take the criticism when we lose?
- Am I willing to commit the time it takes to coach a successful team?
- Am I willing to sacrifice family time to coach others?
- Does my job allow me the time to coach? Leave at 4:30pm?
I started coaching because of some of my son’s coaches were not committed. I watched my son’s coaches waist the our family’s time and the teams time, because they were not committed to doing their best and put in the time to make the players and team successful. Youth sports requires a ton of time from everyone don’t waste this opportunity.
During the pee wee tackle football season, I spend on average 20 hours a week on my coaching duties as a Head Coach.
- Practice 3x week @ 2hours + 1 hour Prep / Post 9 hours
- Game 1X week @ 3 hours 3 hours
- Game / Practice Prep / Player Depth Chart / study 3 hours
- Coaches Meeting 1/2X Week 2 hours
- Drive Time Practice & Games 3 hours
During off season, well I started this blog because I was spending a lot of time in the off-season studying football.
I am not saying you must put in 20 hours a week, that’s what I must do to do my best and be successful.
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But, I am saying that you can’t show up for practice in flip flops, without your coaches equipment bag and never remember any of your players names. And the biggest point, you can’t miss the majority of your practices and games.
If you are the Head Coach, you must always try to be the first at the field and the last to leave.
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Good luck this season.