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Youth Football Special Teams – Coaching Clinic

Here is another episode, Special Teams, in my Youth Football Coaching Clinic Series that I developed for KYA Football.


Kick Off – Onside Kicks most popular

  • Deep kicks allow for long returns dangerous unless practiced
  • Directional Kicks to sidelines – hit number sideline #40 or #30 marked on field
  • Kick to your sidelines majority of time
  • Kick to a MPP or big lineman with no hands
  • Find a soccer player on your team to try out for kicker
  • Practice kicks 20 reps before practice 10 to 15 yard kicks to 2nd line – right and left

Kick Return – Hands and Speed Squad

  • Hands team
  • Do not hide MPPs here
  • Trap Return blocking
  • Assign players to block – we number them
  • Watch film and find out where they kick

Punt – only within your 10 or 20

  • Use 4 downs for a first instead of punting
  • Most dangerous play in youth football
  • Too many variables – snap, kick, return coverage, open field tackles
  • We tend to fake punt more
  • Rugby Style Punt – Sweep then punt down sideline

Punt Return – Very Dangerous

  • Punt block
  • If return, best hands person and only if ball drops in his hands
  • If they have good punter drop two hands players back to field the ball and let them block for each other
  • No one on punt return touch the punted ball but your hands guy and only if the ball drops right to him for an easy catch.

PAT Kicks / Field Goals

  • too little time unless you have a great Kicker Snapper and Holder

I hope you enjoyed the video.  Stay tuned as more videos will be coming in the next month or so.  Thanks for watching, please comment, like, and share the video.  It helps me continue to bring you more videos.

Play for Fun and Winning is Funner,
Coach Parker
Keller, TX / Fort Worth, Texas



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Complete Guide to Kicking DVD from KickingWorld Coach Brent Grablachoff

Complete Guide to Kicking Video by Brent Grablachoff @ kickingworld.comAbout two years ago KickingWorld’s Coach Brent Grablachoff  sent me his kicking book  which I really enjoyed, and now he’s out done himself with his new kicking DVD, the Complete Guide to Kicking.  If your kicker needs to get better at kickoffs or field goals this DVD is for them.  Or maybe you are a kicker and need a private lesson and or some drills to tighten up your technique, then this DVD is for you.

The Complete Guide to Kicking DVD is 2 DVDs.

Disc 1 – Fundamentals and Technique

  1. Field Goals: Fundamentals 101
  2. Field Goals: Advanced Techniques 202
  3. Field Goals: Making Adjustments 303
  4. Kickoffs
  5. Onside Kicks

Disc 2 – Drills, Fitness and Training

  1. Drills
  2. Stretching and Warm Ups
  3. Gym Training
  4. Secrets and Mental Strategy
  5. Getting to the Next Level

I watch a ton of coaching DVDs and Coach Brent’s kicking DVD is one of the best.  Coach Brent presents the information in a way that is very interesting and knowledgeable.  The on field instruction and demonstrations are really good.   The second DVD with the training and mental tips is awesome and a nice addition to the on field training.  You can purchase the the Complete Guide to Kicking here.  

Like I said I really enjoyed this video from Coach Brent.  So if you are a field goal kicker and also kick kick offs this DVD is for you.  The DVD does not cover Punting, just kicking; Kick Offs and Field Goals.  Maybe Coach Brent will send us a great YouTube video on Punting soon as an added bonus.

I hope you enjoy the video.  If you do and would like a Kicking lesson then give Coach Brent at KickingWorld a call.  Let’em know Coach Parker sent you.

Play for Fun and Winning is Funner
Coach Parker
Keller, TX / DFW / Dallas Fort Worth, Texas


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To Punt or not to Punt – Special Teams

I read an article the other day about a High School team that has decided not to Punt on Special Teams.  Based on their stats, they conclude that they have a better opportunity to make a first down vs the gains made by punting.  Since I coach youth football pre-teens, this seems like a pretty good idea, especially since punting at this age group is very risky; snap, blocking, kick / punt, and return coverage. 

Based on our Punt stats from our last season, not punting might be a good option for us.  We only netted about 10 yards from our punt team.  Our net yards per play were 5+ for the regular season.  I sent the Punting article to my other coaches, and they agree.  Not punting is a legitimate strategy for our team. 

I’ve been strategizing if not punting within the 10 makes sense.  Should you take the safety and kick-off or should you go for it and hope your defense can hold within the 10 if you do not make the 1st down?  I am thinking that within the 5 and 5+ yards to go maybe we take the safety.  We are consistent making two point conversions so we could make up the difference for a saftey.  If we are outside the 5 and less then 7+ to go we should go for it on 4th down.   Within the 10 is my only sticking point with not punting for an entire game.

Let me know if you would punt inside the 10 or go for it. Or would you always punt on 4th down no matter where you are on the field?

Play for Fun and Winning is Funner.

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Football Book Review – Complete Guide to Special Teams

Last night, I read American Football Coaches Association’s Complete Guide to Special Teams.  This is an excellent 250 page book on Special Teams tactics, drills and techniques written by some of the best Special Teams coaches in football and edited by Coach Bill Mallory and Coach Don Nehlen.  Some of the tactics outlined in the book are too sophisticated for youth football but the fundamental strategies lay an excellent special teams’ foundation for any youth tackle football team and the position technique chapters apply to all football players that want to play skill positions on Special Teams.  I could not put the book down and read all 250 pages in one sitting.  I rate the book 4.5 /5.0. 

The book is divided into two parts; tactics and techniques.  The Tactics sections includes chapters on; Punting, Kickoffs, Punt Returns, Kickoff Returns, Extra Points and Field Goals, Two-Point Conversions, Punt and Field Goal Blocks, and Developing Special Team Units.  The Techniques section includes chapters on; Punting, Kicking Off, Kicking Extra Points and Field Goals, Long Snapping, Holding for Kicks, Returning Punts and Kickoffs, and Developing Special Team Players.

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