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Favoritism in Youth Football / Sports Podcast

In this first episode of Coaching Youth Football Tips & Talk, Coach Parker discusses Favoritism in Youth Football / Sports.

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Other Posts on Favoritism

  1. https://coachparker.org/2009/08/25/favoritism-in-youth-sports/
  2. https://coachparker.org/2008/05/23/the-head-coachs-son-favoritism/
  3. https://coachparker.org/2008/05/08/minimum-play-players-favoritism-parents/
  4. https://coachparker.org/2014/09/17/how-to-become-the-coachs-favorite/
  5. https://coachparker.org/2012/06/17/coaching-your-own-child-in-youth-sports/
  6. https://coachparker.org/2011/08/16/so-your-child-is-not-a-starter-oh-no/
  7. https://coachparker.org/2017/06/20/coaching-youth-football-to-lose-and-why/
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Youth Football Players Talent vs Coaching in Youth Football

Touchdown Talent vs CoachingThis 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.  I think youth football is very similar to basketball where you can have one or two stud players out of 12 on the basketball team and be a force in you’re league.  I think in youth football if you have 5 to 6 studs or on your youth football team then any coach can look pretty good especially if they have the fastest experienced running back in the age group.

I agree that coaching is very important to have a winning program.  And that is what good coaches can do for any organization from pros to youth sports.  Good coaches can almost on average guarantee winning seasons, positive experiences for the players and that the athlete will learn the sport’s fundamentals.  But, at the end of the day you still need talent to win consistently in the Playoffs and Championships.  I know here in Texas, High School coaches get fired for not winning playoff games even with above average winning percentages.

So I agree with the article that Coaching is very important but I recently read You still need the hosses to win.  Great coaching alone will not win games consistently in youth football / sports because at these young age levels one or two really fast experienced running backs can devastate an age group with even just a little coaching.

If you ask me if I want my son to play for the team that has great coaches but have not won a Super Bowl lately but still have winning seasons or for the team that has won the last 4 Super Bowls because they have they have the one man-child running back that is dominating the league sweeping Left and Right all day long and an average coaching staff, I would put my son on the great coaching staff team.

So yes, I love great coaching.  But can great coaching in youth football over come talent in youth football.  Yes and no.  Good coaching can keep teams very competitive and in the hunt, but a dominating tier 1 tailback in youth football is very hard to stop especially with an above average team around that running back.  And that team with the stud running back, will usually win the big game.

Even though I know I am a good coach, I always try to recruit the top players in my age division.  I never try to leave winning up to lady luck.  And that is great coaching; being able to find and recruit the best talent for your team.  So I am greedy and want both.  LOL

What do you think?  Can great coaching overcome talent in youth football?

Remember to Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!

~ Coach Parker

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

WarHawksAs 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 parents by Jon Buzby prompted me to write this article along with my experience from my last playoff game.

Jon is right in his article about being 15 minutes early.  Hall of Fame Coach and Football Legend, Vince Lombardi was very big on the 15 minute rule, If you are five minutes early, you are already ten minutes late. On time is 15 minutes early so you are ready to go when the meeting or practice starts.  I am a little time sensitive anyway, so every season in my parent meetings I talk about Lombardi time and being 15 minutes early.  Almost every coach that knows me, calls it Parker time now.

Why does every coach want their players to meetings, practices and games early?  So we can take roll of our players and make sure we have time to adjust if there is a player absence or someone is sick or injured.  We also know we can start warm-ups on time and get practice started quickly without waiting for key players to show up.  It is very frustrating when your starting Center, QB and or Running Backs are late or no shows for practice.  Its very courteous in this modern age of cell phones to let the coaches know that you will not be on time, so we can move on and adjust our thoughts to prepare for the practice or game.  I cannot tell you the stress and nerves before the game when players are late.  We are already nervous about the games and the tardiness just adds to our stress.  And really its so simple to help us, be on time.  You can easily support your youth sports team by just being early to every practice and game.  The coaches will notice and greatly appreciate your support, dedication and dependability as Jason Witten recently spoke about.

The Lombardi rules also is also great to use in real life not just in sports.  In over 40 years of my professional career in IT / Internet Services, I’ve met only one manger that did not like people showing up early to meetings.  And that was because he said usually everybody was 15 minutes late and it was a wasted 15 minutes.  Wasted if you did not bring other work to work on while you waited for the selfish employees that decided to be late.  I’ve learned in my 54 years there are people that do not care about being on time unless its their meeting and then maybe its an issue.  I know that sometimes everyone is very busy but a short text to let everyone know your on your way is a simple courteous extra appreciated step.  But maybe you’re too busy already.

On a youth sports team and especially one of my teams, since I communicated that being 15 minutes early is actually on time, I expect our players to be early.  If you are one of these people that are late all the time, just know everyone is waiting on you to get started and we all talk about you behind your back.  LOL  All kidding aside, be courteous.  Be early.  Be on time.  Your coaches will love you for it.

Remember to Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!

~ Coach Parker

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Youth Football Spring 2018 at KYA

IMG_2234I am starting an in-season journal for the KYA Football Spring 2018 youth football season.  This is a continuation / expansion of my autopsy review of last season.  Hopefully by writing this in-season journal along with some of my notes, practice plans and games plans, I can better reflect on this season when its over in May.  Some of my journal posts will be over at DumCoach Forum.  I will try to summarize them as I’ve done below from time to time on this blog.

Feb 16  Coach Whit and I met last night to run through some mock drafts based on our rankings from our Monday night coaches meeting.  We both feel pretty good about the draft.  We are hoping everyone has their own favorites so we can pick up our top ranked picks, but who knows.  There are 60 players in draft and a huge drop off after the 25th rank.  Its either going to be a great draft or well a long season.  Lady luck come on baby.

The Bantam draft is tomorrow at 9:30 am.  I need to review and organize docs tonight and get to bed early so I am ready to go.  I’m not really a morning person so I need to be up around 6 am-ish am to feel real alert by 9 am. Maybe breakfast with Coach Whit in the morning?

It looks like it is still raining all next week so this should be fun trying to get practice in with light and fields closed.  I hope the league has the practice fields and lights worked out tomorrow so we can pick practice times.  I was hoping to have this done already.  Have my parent email and letter almost ready to go.

I am getting impatient about waiting today for the draft. I am ready to go now.

~ Parker

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The entries below are also over at DumCoach Forum

Feb 2  Our KYA Football Spring 2018 try outs start tomorrow. So I guess for the coaches, the season officially starts today with try out prep. I am reviewing the sign ups and getting my eval sheet ready for the Bantam 8U age Division. Coaching again with Coach Whit. We just missed the big game last season and came in 3rd in our age group. We froze two coming into the Spring hoping to draft a tier 1 Tailback or Fullback and then start picking up our returning players. This should be interesting since we took a gamble on the freezes to try and get a fast running back to go with our other backs. I kinda wanted to freeze the full 6 but we do need the extra speed in the backfield. I really want a good shotgun Center too, since I am trying out some new Wildcat Spread formations that compliment my Power Wing Beast Offense. Oh well, hopefully skill and lady luck are with us the next three weeks as we go through try outs and then draft.

Stay tuned…. ~ Parker

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Feb 3  Pretty good day at KYA Football grass drills and try outs for the Bantam 8U age Division today in Keller, TX just N of Fort Worth. We had about 30 8U players come through to be evaluated. I have my heart set on 3 players that will fit into our system very well and another 7 which would be nice additions. Of course 4 or 5 other teams might be fighting over these same players. Not a bad day. I still think we might have been better off freezing our 6 players rather than 2 and gambling on picks. We will see how this drama ends in a few weeks on Draft day.

Helped out the league and a National Guard friend /coach eval the JR division which there were about 60 players. Good group of players in the Juniors this Spring. Not enough QBs. They must all be playing 7on7 or pitching baseball. Couple of good looking linemen with good feet.

We also had a Speed consultant come out and she ran our 40 timing with an NFL caliber timing system. She could tell who was sandbagging their 40’s. I actually caught one stud sandbagging and made him rerun. She told me I had a good eye. Player admitted to trying to dump his 40 time to get on a certain team. Crazy coaches and kids…..

Hopefully next week my dream Tailback will appear along with the Purple Unicorns. More to come….

Cheers,
Parker

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Feb 9   Scrambling a little today for our KYA Football League. They ask me to possibly fill in for a coach being deployed overseas. There is about a 25% shot I will be coaching two teams this Spring. I had to scramble to get all player try out notes from last week, scout try out film, set up new coaching staff and have a quick coaches meeting tonight. Tomorrow will be interesting looking at over 100 players in try outs for two different age groups. This is going to be fun. I really hope he does not get deployed because there a few power house teams in this 9-10 age group and its really tough coaching two teams as I get older. Need to check my ego and just help out the league and hope to be competitive. I’ve done this step in and coach at last minute three times before and it is not for the faint of heart.

More drama to come I am sure…. Stay tuned

~ Parker

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Feb 14    It was very cold for N Texas last Saturday at 35 degrees with a lite mist. The boys were freezing at Try Outs / Grass Drills. 40 times were slower. I interviewed the 100 players in both Bantam and Junior. Was happy about the evals. I heard that I would not have to step into Junior to coach to help the league out which I am very happy about. Two teams is a lot now that I am 54.

Coach Whit and I ranked our 60 players for Bantam and feel pretty good about our possible picks. Draft is this Saturday. I am ready to go now. It is suppose to rain all next week which will hurt the first week of practices if fields close. Maybe looking for an indoor facility but those are $200 for two hours here in Keller. Not sure I want to drop $200 for a rental field just yet. Maybe do a parent meeting at a church or community room or something. We will see Saturday or Sunday.

I am ready for our first practice!

More to come….

~ Coach Parker

 

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