Youth Football Stance Story


A few years ago I attended a youth coaching retreat and heard one of the high school coaches talk about getting into a proper 3 point stance for a lineman.  He said something like you bend down into a two point stance like your taking a dump in the woods.  He was right you do kinda squat down into that “dump” position.  After the coach’s retreat and reading an article on teaching by telling stories, I started thinking about how I could turn “dumping in the woods” into a story for youth lineman to get into a proper 3 point stance.  So here is the story I tell my incoming lineman to help jump start their proper 3 point stance technique.  I line up everyone in a circle, and I begin the story demonstrating as I tell the story….

Let’s pretend we are camping in (Colorado or Alaska) bear country and we need to take a dump but NO public restroom near our campsite.  I am sure there are a few boy scouts that know how to do this right?  Ok, let’s all squat down like we are going to take a dump with our feet about as wide as our shoulders so we don’t fall over.  Is everyone ready?  Ooops, Nope, we left the toilet paper just out in front of us so we can just reach it with our fingers.  We need to reach out with one of our hands and just gently tickle the toilet paper with our fingers back to us without falling over.  Our hand and fingers should barely touch the TP and ground so we do not fall forward when we let out a loud grunt.  Now that we have the TP between our fingers on the ground so it does not blow away, we need to look up and find any bears that might be spying on us while we dump.  Get your head up and look for bears.  We also need to get our free hand out of the way and ready to punch the bear if it decides to come over and smell us.   Put your free elbow on your uncovered knee with your free hand open and thumbs up ready to punch any curious bears.  Ahh look now we are ready to dump in bear country and its not a bad football stance either.

I know it’s probably not mom friendly but the young boys love the story and remember how to get into their stance.  After Ive told the story a few times, I ask one or two players to demonstrate and tell the bear story.

Do you have any stories you tell?  I would love to hear from you.  Please leave a comment.

Coach Parker
Fort Worth, Texas / Keller

Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!

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  1. Im new to this and have some very “protective” mothers. My daughters softball coach broke down the swing into a 4 step process and it showed great results. I broke the 3 point stance down the same
    1 Feet sholder width apart 2 Elbows on knees
    3 Hand on ground touching the grass 4 Monster hands
    Granted my kids are 4-7 but this has worked very well for us learning the proper position.

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