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Youth Football Coach’s Reading List

It’s almost a new year, 2012.  Can you believe it?  No, me either.

If you are like me, you are starting to think about your next youth football season and developing your plans. Since we play Spring ball here in Keller, TX, we’ve already had a few coaches meetings .  What did we do right, wrong, and should have done?

It seems like each season after these meetings and before tough games, I will pull out one of the books below and reference one or two things, or just re-read or scan the book again for ideas and or answers.  I probably have 50 or so books in my youth football library, but these are my favorites and trusted stand bys:

  1. The Toss by Jerry Vallotton
  2. Coaching Offensive Lineman by Dave Christensen
  3. Coaching Team Defense by Fritz Shurmur
  4. Directory of Football Defenses by Drew Tallman
  5. Complete Book of Drills for Winning Football – Michael D. Koehler
  6. Coaching Youth Football by John T. Reed
  7. Winning Youth Football – Dave Cisar
  8. Coaching Football by Tom Flores
  9. Football Scouting Methods by Steve Belichick
  10. Football; principles and play by David M Nelson

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I usually buy these books used on Amazon.  I wait until I can get a good copy for around $10 plus shipping.  Many of these books are out of print and sometimes demand a high price.  Wait a few months and you may find a copy on Amazon or Ebay.  Also, Google the author and they may have an old copy for sale or an ebook copy.

Yes, I know many of these books are older books.  But think about it, youth football is mainly a running game like football was in its early days before passing became so popular in the mid 1970’s.  Trust me these are great football books.  This is my top 10 best coaching youth football books as of today.

Other good web resources that I frequent are Gregory Double Wing , DumCoach Boards and USA Football.

Have a great New Year.

Coach Parker
Keller, Texas / Ft. Worth, TX  / DFW

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Swing Your Sword – Football Book Review

I just finished Coach Mike Leach’s Book, Swing Your Sword: Leading the Charge in Football and Life.  What a great book. I’ve recently read autobiographies and books from some of the greatest football coaches; Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry, Bill Walsh, Bear Bryant, John McKay, Paul Brown, and George Allen.  Coach Leach’s book ranks up there in my top 3.  Sure it talks about the Texas Tech scandal in the last chapters, but there are three of four chapters in the middle of the book that are laced with football genius.

Here are a few of my favorite passages from the book:

  1. Arm strength is about 6th on the list of what I look for in a quarterback. First I want to know how accurate he is and if he can make good decisions.
  2. I think playbooks are outdated.  Now everything is on video, and you playbook is your cut ups.
  3. You’re either coaching it or allowing it to happen.  

There’s a lot more.  And there is a good quote about making football fun from Rex Ryan.  I don’t want to give it all away.

If you are looking for a nice read on the plane or just looking for a good football book, check out Coach Leach’s new book. I read Swing Your Sword: Leading the Charge in Football and Life in two days.  It was that good.

Coach Parker
Keller, TX

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A Football Coach’s Playbook for Coaching Youth Football

I spent the 4th of July weekend, thinking of a name for a youth football coaching book.  I am thinking about writing a youth football coaching book, and I came up with the above title thanks to my good friend Brad Sigman.  What do you guys think?  And here’s the first paragraph from Chapter One – Why do You Want to Coach Youth Football?

Why do you want to coach youth football sounds like an easy question, but once you think about your answers, your motivations for coaching youth football will determine what type of coach you are going to become and the dedication and commitment you must give, not just to your son or daughter, but to the players, staff, league and parents of your youth football team.  At first, coaching a youth football team sounds simple, but as a volunteer youth coach you are expected to be a role model, leader, psychologist, team builder, motivator, baby sitter, medic, trainer, football guru and the list goes on. In today’s environment of helicopter parents that are involved in every aspect of their child’s lives, a successful youth football coach must juggle many tasks and coaching the “actual” game of football is a small part of the overall coaching process.  As a youth sports coach, you must be willing to coach the parents also, because the parents will be the hardest and toughest players to coach on the team.  So, if your only coaching motivation is to be a “daddy coach”, I would seriously consider becoming your child’s biggest fan from the sidelines. A Daddy or Mommy Coach focused only on their child will not have much success and more importantly fun.  And at the end of the day, your team just wants to have fun.  Winning is funner too.

Let me know what you think.  Too bland?  Bad Grammar? Misspells? What would you add?

Stay tuned as I post the first paragraph of each Chapter I write over the next year or until I finish.  Hopefully by February 2012.

Coach Parker
Keller, TX

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Tackling Types – Defense Coaching Youth Football

Tackling form youth football coaching defenseI am reading Coach George Allen’s Handbook of Winning Football.  Coach George Allen was one of the winningest NFL coaches on the Rams and Redskins in the 60′ and 70’s.  I watched his teams many times give my home team Dallas Cowboys fits on Thanksgiving.

I was surprised this morning reading Coach Allen’s defensive line chapter and section on tackling.  “The type of tackle used by the defender depends on who is carrying the football.  If there is a big strong runner coming at him, the tackler will probably hit him low.  If the carrier has tremendous footwork, he (tackler) might want to go high on him.  If the offensive player is a real scatback, the tackler has to go high on him or he might get faked out.”

All my life Ive been taught to hit low and form tackle, and that’s what I’ve been teaching.  Although a few years ago I wrote a post on the death of form tackling after hearing a few NFL coaches and players talk about tackling.  I do think Coach Allen is right, for scatbacks I see young players look low and lose the running back in the process of making a form tackle.  The young tackler would have been better off hitting the running back high, grabbing cloth and pulling the RB to the ground.

What do you think? Let me know.

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