Best Coaching Staff – Successful Youth Football Coaches

The most successful youth and high school coaching staffs I know generally consist of two main guys – one offense/head coach and one defense. On a minority of staffs, the defense guy is the head coach. There are often other guys hanging around wearing polo shirts with the team logo on the them, but the other two main guys pay little attention to them.

On these staffs, the second main guy is not a father of a player on the team, but relatives or long time friends of the head coach.

Jack Reed
Coaching Youth Football – 2006



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December 18, 2016 · 1:02 pm

Practice Schedules; Game Plans vs Teaching Technique

There are two types of practice schedules, those that involve game plans, etc., for specific opponent, and those that involve teaching of techniques in the early fall or spring.

Coach John McKay, USC
Football Coaching – 1966

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December 18, 2016 · 12:00 pm

The Perfect Pass – Air Raid Offense- Book Review

The Perfect Pass

Great Book, Highly Recommend!

I just finished reading S.C. Gwynne’s; The Perfect Pass; An American Genius and the Reinvention of Football.  The Perfect Pass is a brief history of football’s passing game and the development of the Air Raid Offense by it’s iconoclast alchemist Coach Hal Mumme. ESPN called Mumme one of the most influential football coaches in the last quarter century. Coach Mumme wanted to create a passing first offense and buck the system of run heavy offensive systems prevalent in football prior to the 1980’s.

Many people might be more familiar with Mike Leach.  Texas Tech’s ex Head Coach Mike Leach coined the term Air Raid Offense while an assistant to Coach Mumme at Valdosta State College in 1992 and helped Coach Mumme revolutionize the modern passing game of football.  Coach Mumme was the actual inventor of the Air Raid Offense and taught the concepts to Coach Leach.  Over their years coaching together at Iowa Wesleyan, Valdosta and Kentucky they developed and honed Mumme’s  progressive wild far-out passing concepts and ideas into the Air Raid Offense of today.

The book is a great history of the modern passing game.  The book reviews the early football era and the passing rule changes helped along by President Teddy Roosevelt.   The book introduces The Spread Offense, The Run and Shoot, West Coast Offense, No Huddle and Two Minute Offense and the teams and coaches that made them great.  Some of the names you will remember like; Pop Warner, Knute Rockne, General Eisenhower, Dutch Meyer, Sammy Baugh, Norm Van Brocklin, Otto Graham, Sid Gillman, Ken Stabler, Jerry Rice, Roger Staubach, LaVelle Edwards, Jim McMahon, John Elway, Joe Monata, Bill Walsh, Don Coryell, Dan Fouts, Mouse Davis, Tiger, Ellison, Jack Neumier, Warren Moon, and Dennis, Erickson.  I had heard all these names and seen them play but to understand how they all intertwined to influence the modern passing game was very interesting.

The book is also a very good biography in the life of a football coach and the trials and tribulations that they must go through to become a NCAA coach.  It was very eye opening to learn about the salaries, time, recruiting, etc that it takes to be a high school or college coach.  This book should be read by anyone that is thinking about becoming a professional football coach.

The book also has some interesting technical passing concepts explained in the book.  A few of Coach Mumme’s favorite plays are reviewed and discussed in detailed about the development, tweaks and game results which influences how the final version of the plays come about.  The book also discusses drills and how he runs his practices.

And finally in my opinion The Perfect Pass is an adventure story, much like  Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer trying to find the pirate treasure. Coach Hal Mumme with the help of  Mike Leach set out to find the Perfect Pass.  They found it in the Air Raid.

“Now and then we had hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.”  Mark Twain.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book.  I highly recommend it and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  If you read it please leave me a comment below.  I would love to hear your opinion of the book.

Remember to play for fun and winning is funner,
Coach Parker



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Christmas Gift Ideas for Youth Football Coaches

Speed Agility RingsMy wife always seems to have a hard time finding me Christmas gifts or other holiday / birthday gifts or letting her relatives and mine know want I would like for a gift.  So, I’ve put together a quick list of gifts under $50 that every youth football coach would be happy to receive. Well in my opinion I guess.  :)


Great Christmas Gift Ideas under $50

  1. Fox 40 Pearl Safety Whistle
  2. Stanley 84-519K 12-in-1 Multi Tool
  3. World Sport Disc Agility Cone Set
  4. World Sport Speed Agility Rings
  5. JanSport Right Pack Originals Backpack
  6.  SuperBand® Instant Cold Pack – Pack of 6
  7. Lifeline Team Sports Trainer First Aid Kit
  8. Swiss+Tech SUtility Key Multitool 
  9. Champion Men’s Jersey Short With Pockets
  10. PUMA Socks Men’s Quarter Cut Socks (Pack of 6)
  11. Dry Erase Board, 11 x 14 Inches
  12. Expo Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers
  13. Ultra Bright Flashlight
  14. Amazon Gift Card
  15. Champion  Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt
  16. Sharpie Permanent Marker Set of 4
  17. Digital Stopwatch
  18. Baden Dry Erase Football Game Board with Clipboard and Pen
  19. Youth Scrimmage Team Practice Nylon Mesh Jerseys
  20. Heavy-Duty Mesh Equipment Bag
  21. Masonite Clipboards
  22. Coleman Oversized Quad Chair with Cooler
  23. Schutt Ultimate Football Hardware Kit
  24. Champion Sports Heavy Duty Nylon Lanyard
  25. Super Heavyweight Sheet Protectors

This is a pretty good gift list.  If you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments below.  Maybe Santa Clause or the Tooth Fairy will find your grid iron.

Indulge me with a little self promotion during the holidays, I have two youth football ebooks out which also make great gifts too.

  1. 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense by Coach Parker
  2. Power Wing Beast Offense for Youth Football by Coach Parker

I hope this Christmas list is helpful for you and your youth football coach over the holiday season.

Coach Parker


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