Preparing for the First Youth Football Game of the Season

First games are always tricky. I set my expectations lower than regular season games that I scout and get information on the opponent. This way I am happily surprised by the potential win or even if it is a close game. Losing the first game is not a season killer. Even though you may have… Read More

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Inside the Patriots’ offensive playbook

This article is gold.  Love these plays, and a few have worked for us in youth football.  Enjoy. Today, let’s do the same for the New England Patriots’ offense, looking specifically at the game film since Rob Gronkowski went down for the season with an injury. The Patriots feature a mix of short-to-intermediate passing, inside… Read More

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Pre Game Speech – Game of Thrones Inspired

We had a playoff game last Saturday and I needed to get my team motivated.  I am a huge Game of Thrones fan and also watched the movie, Kingdom of Heaven the night before the game.  This youth football pre-game speech came out of the love of Knight battle movies. Enjoy! Kneel to become a… Read More

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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.             You can also head over to my Podcast Library at http://coachparker.libsyn.com/website Other Posts on Favoritism https://coachparker.org/2009/08/25/favoritism-in-youth-sports/ https://coachparker.org/2008/05/23/the-head-coachs-son-favoritism/ https://coachparker.org/2008/05/08/minimum-play-players-favoritism-parents/ https://coachparker.org/2014/09/17/how-to-become-the-coachs-favorite/ https://coachparker.org/2012/06/17/coaching-your-own-child-in-youth-sports/ https://coachparker.org/2011/08/16/so-your-child-is-not-a-starter-oh-no/ 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

This 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. … Read More

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

As 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… Read More

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Youth Football Spring 2018 at KYA

I 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… Read More

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100 Names for Linebackers on a Youth Football Defense

I guess I was a little bored today and started looking at linebacker position names like Mike, Sam and Will.  We’ve all heard of these names for LBs but I decided to dig a little deeper and see what other names have been used over the last 100 years of football.  I made up a… Read More

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Playing Multiple Sports but not During Same Season

I am so surprised each season, when parents come up to our coaching staff and explain why their child will not make practice for half the season and miss some games because they are playing another sport which overlaps with our Football season. The parent will let us know that when they signed up their… Read More

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