football | Youth Coaching

Drafting Youth Football Players

So your youth football draft is approaching or maybe its over like mine is for Spring football.  I wanted to highlight a few things that I learned from my last youth football draft.  The main point I learned in this year’s recreational football draft is that actual tackle football experience should trump size and any…

Youth Coaching

Competition is Good for our Youth

I’ve been getting a few emails lately about why certain players start or what is my stance on minimum play rules or we should not let our youth players play for Select / Draft teams because it limits their growth as a person.  To be honest, I am old school on the issue of competition. …

Youth Coaching

Favoritism in Youth Sports

Since my last favoritism post is the most read and the post I get the most email about,  I thought I would try and answer some of the emails in this post.  I agree that there is favoritism at all levels of youth sports.  I also think that each coach has a different set of…

Book Reviews | Youth Coaching

The Mental Game of Football

Since my son is playing baseball this year, I visited John Reed’s site the other day to read a few of his baseball articles and order his baseball book.  Coach Reed’s football books and articles are great, and I wanted to see what he had to say about baseball.   I read through his baseball articles and…

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…

Book Reviews

Football Principles and Play – Books

I recently bought four out of print football books: 1) Radar Blocking by Leo Hand published in 1985 2) Football Principles and Play by David M Nelson published in 1962 3) Sports Illustrated Book of Football published in 1960 4) Defensive Football by Louis R. Oshins published in 1949 The latter book by Oshins is…