A Football Coach’s Playbook for Coaching Youth Football

I spent the 4th of July weekend, thinking of a name for a youth football coaching book.  I am thinking about writing a youth football coaching book, and I came up with the above title thanks to my good friend Brad Sigman.  What do you guys think?  And here’s the first paragraph from Chapter One – Why do You Want to Coach Youth Football?

Why do you want to coach youth football sounds like an easy question, but once you think about your answers, your motivations for coaching youth football will determine what type of coach you are going to become and the dedication and commitment you must give, not just to your son or daughter, but to the players, staff, league and parents of your youth football team.  At first, coaching a youth football team sounds simple, but as a volunteer youth coach you are expected to be a role model, leader, psychologist, team builder, motivator, baby sitter, medic, trainer, football guru and the list goes on. In today’s environment of helicopter parents that are involved in every aspect of their child’s lives, a successful youth football coach must juggle many tasks and coaching the “actual” game of football is a small part of the overall coaching process.  As a youth sports coach, you must be willing to coach the parents also, because the parents will be the hardest and toughest players to coach on the team.  So, if your only coaching motivation is to be a “daddy coach”, I would seriously consider becoming your child’s biggest fan from the sidelines. A Daddy or Mommy Coach focused only on their child will not have much success and more importantly fun.  And at the end of the day, your team just wants to have fun.  Winning is funner too.

Let me know what you think.  Too bland?  Bad Grammar? Misspells? What would you add?

Stay tuned as I post the first paragraph of each Chapter I write over the next year or until I finish.  Hopefully by February 2012.

Coach Parker
Keller, TX

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