Preparing for the First Youth Football Game of the Season

First games are always tricky. I set my expectations lower than regular season games that I scout and get information on the opponent. This way I am happily surprised by the potential win or even if it is a close game. Losing the first game is not a season killer. Even though you may have… Read More

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Holiday Gift Guide for Football Coaches 2018

My wife and her family are always asking me what do I want for Christmas and my birthday since my birthday is close to the holidays.  As a youth football coach, I always need certain football supplies each season and things I would not ordinarily buy myself although I love Amazon Prime.  Esther, my wife… Read More

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Youth Football Players Talent vs Coaching in Youth Football

This is the age old argument; Talent vs Coaching.  I just read USA Football’s article In high school football, does good coaching trump talent?  by Stephen Spiewak which got me thinking about talented players in pee wee youth football ages 6 to 12.  How much does talented skills players mean to a youth football team?  Well, a ton. … Read More

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What does on time mean for Youth Football Games and Practices?

As a youth football coach with over 20 plus pee wee football tackle seasons one of my biggest frustrations is players and parents late, especially to games.  Don’t get me started on late to playoff games or Super Bowls.  A recent USA Football article, Always plan to be 15 minutes early’ is true for players and… Read More

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Playing Multiple Sports but not During Same Season

I am so surprised each season, when parents come up to our coaching staff and explain why their child will not make practice for half the season and miss some games because they are playing another sport which overlaps with our Football season. The parent will let us know that when they signed up their… Read More

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Coaching Youth Football to Lose and Why?

Over the last 10 years, I have coached three different youth football teams through the 7U to 12U age divisions.  During those many Spring and Fall football tackle seasons, our teams consistently beat a few teams that we played each season as our team aged.  I always think about why our Teams won versus other… Read More

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Challenging Season Leads to Super Bowl Win

When you think you can’t, you really can if you work hard and stay focused on the prize. The 2017 Spring KYA Football 12u Senior season was one of my most challenging youth football seasons to coach in all my 20 plus seasons coaching tackle pee wee football. Even before the Spring season started, the… Read More

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Youth Football League Organization Comparisons

A few of my readers asked me to discuss youth football league organization and my thoughts on what works and might not work.  I’ll try to do my best and review league organization based on leagues that I have coached within both in Select  / Recreation youth football and some youth baseball and basketball leagues. First… Read More

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Passing Formations in the 62×8 Defense

This video introduces the passing formations in my 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense.  I review the 61 air, 52 Dragon, 53 Defense, 51 Cowboy and the 43 Pick 6 youth football defensive passing formations. Only 1 or 2 of these youth football passing defenses are needed until about the age 10 or 11 since… Read More

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