Youth Coaching

Gold Star Motivation

In 2006, I picked up my current youth football tackle team.  The team was mostly made up of small rookie 8 and 9 year old players, and only two players on the roster played tackle football before the 2006 season.  A few played flag football in the past.    I knew based on the roster I…

Youth Coaching

Practice Days and Length

We have a debate going on amongst my coaches and parents about what days to practice and the length of practice.  I grew up playing football in Texas, so I am definitely an old school football coach with regards to discipline and respect but embrace many of the new proven training techniques.  Our midget football…

Youth Coaching

Minimum Play Players, Favoritism, & Parents

I planned to write about defense today, but I received an email last night which begs me to address minimum play players, favoritism and parents in today’s blog post.  My coaches and I rank our players each week and use these rankings to determine who will start and what positions they will play.  I develop a depth…