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American Football Monthly Magazine – Nov / Dec

I received my December American Football Monthly magazine just the other day and I must agree with the cover story, “The Tackling Crisis: Why Proper Tackling Has Deteriorated,” that tackling at all levels of football is terrible.  According to AFM research 78% of surveyed coaches believe tackling has gotten worse over the last decade.  I hate…

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2008 Summary

Our football season ended one game too early.  We lost in the semi final playoffs to our rival, Highlands Ranch Mustangs, which eventually won our league’s Super Bowl, the Carnation Bowl.  Overall we had a great season, #1 offense and #3 defense in our Division, and Conference Champs with a 7-1 regular season record.  We also…

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Bad Motivational Technique

Last week, I heard from a fellow pee wee coach from another youth football league across this great football nation.   He wanted to let me know about a motivational situation on one of his friend’s teams that went wrong.  It seems a parent and or coach from a rival team sent letters to their own players…

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Heel Pain in Youth Football Players

Several of my players this year are experiencing heel pain, under the ankle and on this sides of the ankle.  Most of my 5th grade football players are turning 10 and this is the age for a very common problem with inflammation of the heel for youth players 10 to 14.  Soccer players have been…

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Season Record Report

I apologize for not writing more in September but I got busy with real life and coaching my youth football team.  Many of you have replied to my posts and some of you have said hello after our football games.  Thank you.  My 5th grade tackles team is in first place in its Division conference…

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Colorado Youth Football Coaching Clinic

I just got back from the Colorado Youth Football Coaching Clinic hosted by our league.  I was very impressed with the clinic.  We spent two hours outside learning position drills and 2 hours of classroom.  Here are a few tidbits I picked at the youth football coaches clinic: Defensive Line When you call slant, line…

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Player / Parent Policy Letter

At our football team’s parent meeting before the season, I hand out a Player / Parent Policy that defines our expectaions of the player and parent during the season.  Here is a rough copy of what I hand out at my meeting.  Hopefully this will give you some ideas for your Parent Policy Letter… July 27,…

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1st Day of Youth Football Practice Plan

Here’s my practice plan for my first day of youth football practice. Check out the updated article and free ebook of practice plans.. Due to league rules our first 6 practices are non-contact no pads practices.  Out players can wear their helmets to get used to the weight of the helmet and fit it properly…

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10 Pre-Season Practice Mistakes – AFM Article

I just read a great article in American Football Monthly by Mike Kuchar, 10 mistakes You’re Bound to Make at Pre-Season Practices.  The article outlines St Thomas’ Coach Glenn Caruso’s top 10 practice mistakes. Don’t practice in a sterile environment – Purpose, Urgency & Movement Don’t underestimate the importance of tempo by creating competition –…