Practice Days and Length

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We have a debate going on amongst my coaches and parents about what days to practice and the length of practice.  I grew up playing football in Texas, so I am definitely an old school football coach with regards to discipline and respect but embrace many of the new proven training techniques. 

Our midget football league allows us to practice 3 days a week for two hours each practice and we have Saturday games.  If we do not have a game, we can practice 4 days that week.  We cannot practice on Sunday.  The last two football seasons we practiced on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  All three practices have the same intensity.  I like Friday practices, because our games are Saturdays, and the young players do not forget much between Friday night and Saturday.  Many of our parents do not want to practice Friday nights.  They believe it is too hard on the kids to practice Friday and play Saturday.   I tend to disagree because the youth football players are 10 years old and have tons of energy.  But, with any debate there is always some truth to both sides.  To address the Friday practice issue this year and try something new, our Friday practices will be lite walk-thru practices in Shorts, Helmets, and Shoulder Pads.  If all goes well, I will probably shorten the Friday practice to 90 minutes. 

What has been your experience with practice days and length of practices?  I would love to hear from you.  Please click on Comment / Reply below and let me know what you think. 

Have a great season.  Play for Fun and Winning is Funner.