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What do Parents Want? – Coaching Clinic

This is the sixth post of a multi part Youth Football Coaching Clinic presentation that I developed for KYA Football in Keller, TX. In this post I will be discussing what parents want from a youth football coach. Find Part 1, Part 2, Part 3,  Part 4 & Part 5. This post is a video blog post.  Enjoy.

Let me know what you think of my first video blog post.  I am learning how to use the webcam and software.

Play for Fun and Winning is Funner.

Coach Parker
Keller, Texas


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Why are the Broncos Winning with Tebow?

If you haven’t heard, the Denver Broncos won again in overtime against the Chicago Bears, in another miraculous Tebow comeback.  The Broncos are now 7-1, with 3 overtime wins, since Tebow became starting quarterback.  Memories of my football hero Roger Staubach, Hall of Fame quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys (1969-1979) come back to life along with the sense of bygone days when good honest morale people stood up against evil and walked the talk.  Like Edmund Burke states in his famous quote; “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”  Well, Tebow is doing something positive in this money worshipping lock-out strike NFL league of thugs like Ndamukong Sue.  He’s using his football talents and prowess that God blessed him with to promote…. wait for it, God and not drugs, money, DUIs, dog fighting, domestic violence, sexual assaults or brandishing a handgun.

In a country founded on Judeo Christian values and beliefs, why are so many Americans against promoting our Country’s core value system?  Is Tim Tebow’s in your face Christianity stirring our hidden quilt of losing our moral compass by American’s focusing on maximizing shareholder wealth and keeping up with the Jones’.  When did a good guy who goes to church become so bad, maybe when we stopped believing in the impossible?

“If you believe then unbelievable things can sometimes be possible.” says Tebow from SI.com.  He didn’t say believe in God, just “believe.”  Have hope.  Dream.  Wish.  Think.  To quote “THE” Hall of Fame Football Coach, Vince Lombardi, “We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.”  What do you think these guys have in common?  According to Lombardi’s daughter, Coach went to mass every day.  They both believed in a the impossible higher power; God.

Believing in something other than money can give one hope.  Ask Jerry Jones, he keeps trying to buy happiness. The look on Jones’ face last Sunday after Bailey’s blocked field goal should be a wake-up call to everyone that money does not buy happiness.

So how does this relate to coaching youth football you ask? Desire, Character and Positive Attitude are more important than a football player’s physical abilities.  I feel like a youth athlete needs to believe in themselves and a higher moral purpose to become a good youth football player.  This belief in themselves along with hope and positive attitude will make them successful at anything they do in life, not just athletics.

The Denver Broncos are winning because Tim Tebow, the Quarterback and Leader of the Broncos, believes in the impossible and is inspiring his teammates through his Desire, Character, Positive Attitude along with his actions on the field to vanquish his opponents as David believed he would triumph over Goliath.   Tebow might be just an average QB, but he is one of the best inspirational football players playing in the NFL.

Believe in the Impossible, have Faith and God willing your Dreams might come true.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,
Coach Parker
Keller, TX / Fort Worth Texas


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The Cast Protector for Youth Sports

The Cast Protector

The Cast Protector

A reader of my blog sent me a link to his new product, The Cast Protector.  He also sent me one to review.  The Cast Protector allows athletes to pad an arm cast andcompete safely under most if not all sport’s association rules  I like the design and it looks like it would be a great addition to your Team’s first aid bag. You just never know when one of your players will need one.  The product is around $50.   See the video for more details.

If you have experience with this product, please post in the comments.

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Youth Football Coaching – The Budget Process and Fundraising

About this time very year, youth football coaches from all over the US start putting their fall plans in place; roster, play books, recruiting, practice organization, coaches responsibilities, ordering uniforms and the dreaded fundraising and budget questions.  How much will it take to run our team properly?  When I first started coaching 20 years ago,  I never thought about our team’s budget.  I spent about $500 out of my own pocket and coached the team with some help from a few parents that also chipped in a few dollars or equipment here and there.  But after several years, my pocket book was a little lighter and decided to develop a budget for my youth sports teams.  Many volunteer coaches put in 20 to 40 hours a week to coach and buying new equipment each year gets to be very expensive.  At a conservative hourly wage of $12.50 / hour  at 10 hours a week with a 12 week season, your team could owe 2 paid coaches $3,000.  Which by the way, $3k  is an excellent one Fall season budget for a youth football team.

I know some of you may say, “No Way!”  Well, add up everything that is spent from your coaches, league, parents, and freebies you get and see how close you come to my budget number.  Let me do a quick breakdown of some of our major budget items:

  1. Advertising                                     $500
  2. Player Jerseys –                            $1500
  3. Coaches Uniforms                        $500
  4. Footballs                                          $300
  5. First Aid Kit / Supplies               $200
  6. Blocking Dummies                        $500
  7. End of Year Banquet                   $2,000
  8. Tournament Fees                          $500

If you do not have to buy your jerseys this is a huge advantage.  You can also save on your budget by reducing your End of Season banquet but I love the banquet.  Our budget is usually around $7,500 per Fall football season and we will have a few hundred dollars at the end of the season that we use to buy coaching videos or go to clinics.

Here are a few fundraising ideas:

  1. Sell product door to door – cookies, candy, bread dough, discount cards
  2. Casino Bus Trip
  3. Team Dinner / Breakfast at Restaurant get % Team ticket
  4. Corporate Sponsors
  5. Parent / Grandparent Donations
  6. Texas Hold’em Party
  7. Raffle / Sweepstakes
  8. Team Garage Sale
  9. Web Affiliate Program with Retailers
  10. Score Pass Cup at Games $1 for each TD
  11. Sell Breakfast burritos, donuts or Gatorades at games

I know this sounds like a lot.  But if you plan your budget and fundraising, just like you do you season, you will make your budget.  Plus, its great to have the right tools and equipment to teach your players.

If you have any fundraising and budgeting ideas let me hear about them.

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