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. But to be honest, I was not ready for the many hats you must wear and the overall time commitment it takes to be a successful team.
If you are thinking about becoming a Head Coach for any sport, you should ask yourself;
- Am I committed to doing my best?
- Am I willing to put up with today’s 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?
The first and last points are the big questions. I started coaching because of them. I watched my son’s coaches waist their 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.
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 Prep / Player Depth Chart / study 3 hours
- Coaches Meeting 1X 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.
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.
Good luck this season.