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1st Day of Youth Football Practice Plan

Here’s my practice plan for my first day of youth football practice. Check out the updated article and free ebook of practice plans.. Due to league rules our first 6 practices are non-contact no pads practices.  Out players can wear their helmets to get used to the weight of the helmet and fit it properly…

Offense

Spin FB Gut Cut Back Play

One of the base Spin plays to keep the defense honest is the Spin FB Gut Cut Back.  After running the Spin Sweep, Reverse and Counters, the defense is likely to shift wide and open up the middle.  This is when I like to run the Spin FB Gut.  Spin Offense – Fullback Gut Cut…

Magazine Reviews

American Football Monthly July 08 Issue

I received my July 2008 issue of American Football Monthly magazine this week.  My last post highlighted my favorite article from that issue.  Here is a list of July’s articles: Auburn’s Pass Rush for Defensive Tackles 10 Mistakes You’re Bound to Make at Pre-Season Practices Take What They Give You: The Veer Offense in Simplest Form…

Youth Coaching

10 Pre-Season Practice Mistakes – AFM Article

I just read a great article in American Football Monthly by Mike Kuchar, 10 mistakes You’re Bound to Make at Pre-Season Practices.  The article outlines St Thomas’ Coach Glenn Caruso’s top 10 practice mistakes. Don’t practice in a sterile environment – Purpose, Urgency & Movement Don’t underestimate the importance of tempo by creating competition –…

Offense | coaching youth football

Coaching Quarterbacks – Parcells’ 11 QB Commandments for Success

Coaching youth football is tough and coaching quarterbacks is even tougher. Well, I should say choosing the right youth football player to play quarterback on your team might be your toughest decision after getting your Center nailed down. I’ve found over 30 seasons coaching youth football, that youth football coaches that play their son at…

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…

Defense

Even Front Defensive Schemes for Youth Football

I finally finished my Defensive playbook for my 5th grade pee wee football team.  After reading and watching Dave Cisar’s Winning Football Series and Coach Reed’s Winning Youth Football book, I focused on the 6-2 Wide, 4-4 Stack and Gap 8 defensive schemes for my 2008 little league tackle team.  I am not going to…

Defense

Is Form Tackling Overrated?

I attended a Denver football clinic last year and the speaker, an ex college coach, brought up a very interesting point for youth football coaches.  How many times do you see a perfect form tackle in a high school, college or pro football games?  He proposed not very often, and you know what, I must…

Offense

Which Offense for Youth Football?

There are so many football offenses these days to choose from, Spin, Double Wing, Single Wing, I-Formation, Power I, Straight T, Wishbone, Pro Set, and more, but which one works best in youth football?  In our Colorado Pee Wee Tackle football league, there is not one definitive offensive leader.  I have seen everyone run all…

Football Drills

Youth Football Tackling Drills

Here a are two youth football tackling drills we use with our pee wee football players to learn tackling fundamentals.  Tackling Fit & Form Drill Hug and Hold Drill On the first day of practice we teach proper tackling with the Fit & Form Drill.  This drill is part of our dynamic warm-ups.  Our two…