You must learn how to serve first to be a great leader. I’ve always heard that philosophy but I was not a true believer until this football season in Keller Tx just North of Ft Worth. I moved to Keller this past summer and was too late for a Head Coaching spot. The HC of my oldest son’s team asked me to assist with the offensive line after 3 games of poor blocking. I also helped a bit with my youngest son’s Keller Select football team. Since I was not a Head Coach this season, I told myself to watch, listen and learn this season, and that’s what I did.
Here are a few quick points I learned as a parent and an assisted coach to be a better Head Coach:
- Over Communicate and then communicate again
- Organize practice before practice
- Assistant coaches can not read the head coach’s mind
- Adjust coaching staff if it’s not working
- Each player has a different motivation
- You can’t coach everyone the same
- Head Coaches can not be late to practice or games on a regular basis
- Different coaches see different player skills
- Parents want feedback on their children – report card
- If you don’t practice that situation, you will not perform that situation well in a game
- Repetition, Repetition, Repetition
- Head coach is not perfect and neither am I
What have you learned from serving as an assistant coach that you will implement as a head coach in youth football?