Using Video in Youth Football Coaching

Dan and Tank Chalk Talk Update This year I finally took our game, highlight,  scout, scrimmage, practice videos to the web to use it real time as a coaching tool.  For the last several years, we sent clips around via DVDs or loaded a clip here and there on Flickr or YouTube.  But this year,… Read More

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Portable Blocking Sled – King Crab By Gilman Gear

We introduced the Gilman Gear’s King Crab Sled at our 7-9 year old practice this week and the response was great.  The kids loved the new piece of equipment to use and the challenge to push it around the field.  I let another coach use the King Crab Sled at our Tuesday practice and he… Read More

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110% Divided by (x)Sports

I know playing multiple  sports during a single sports season is not going to be a popular topic, but I’ve had a few families including my own try to accomplish this impossible task.  Team sports is all about the giving 110% to the team, not just yourself as an individual.  There are many individual sports… Read More

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Assisting to be a better Head Coach in Youth Football

You must learn how to serve first to be a great leader.  I’ve always heard that philosophy but I was not a true believer until this football season in Keller Tx just North of Ft Worth.  I moved to Keller this past summer and was too late for a Head Coaching spot.  The HC of… Read More

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Blocking Tips for Youth Football Offensive Lineman

My son is making the transition from QB to tight end this season, so he and I have been focused on blocking.  He was my best blocking back last year when we ran the Single Wing offense, so he’s a hitter.  The offensive line and especially the tight end position blocking assignments are new to… Read More

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Fitting Youth Football Shoulder Pads

My son Bear needs a new set of shoulder pads, so I have been looking at all the shoulder pad possibilities.  I found the Football Shoulder Pads site run by Williams Sports Group LLC.  They have been selling Pads to the Florida Gators for years and recently patented some air flow technology.  I really like the Williams… Read More

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Dead Ball Snap or West Virginia Snap

I read a few weeks ago on the Spin Channel about an end over end shotgun snap.  Brad Scott from the Spin Channel calls it the West Virginia snapping technique.  And, in Jan 2009 AFM issue Schutt Football is running an advertisement editorial called, The Little Things, and Bill Powers, Head Coach, Jupiter High School in Florida… Read More

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Colorado Youth Football Coaching Clinic

I just got back from the Colorado Youth Football Coaching Clinic hosted by our league.  I was very impressed with the clinic.  We spent two hours outside learning position drills and 2 hours of classroom.  Here are a few tidbits I picked at the youth football coaches clinic: Defensive Line When you call slant, line… Read More

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Player / Parent Policy Letter

At our football team’s parent meeting before the season, I hand out a Player / Parent Policy that defines our expectaions of the player and parent during the season.  Here is a rough copy of what I hand out at my meeting.  Hopefully this will give you some ideas for your Parent Policy Letter… July 27,… Read More

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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… Read More

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