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Observations from the Pop Warner and AYF National Championships

Pop Warner and AYF National Championships                     For the last 3 years I’ve attended the Pop Warner and AYF National Championships in Orlando, Florida to see some of the best youth football teams on the country compete for National Championships. It’s fun and informative to watch […]

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2011 Pop Warner and AYF National Championships

Pop Warner and AYF have over 1,400,000 kids playing and are getting ready to play their National Championships in Orlando on December      3-10. Hundreds of teams from all over the country are playing playoff games this weekend to qualify to get to the promised land of Florida and a chance to win a National Title. […]

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Creatively Managing the Minimum Play Issue in Youth Football

Playing time management is important in youth sports but in championship level games it may even be the deciding factor. In the Pop Warner and AYF National Championships, some teams got pretty darn creative in meeting those standards. In over 80% of youth football leagues there are minimum play rules. These are not guidelines, but […]

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Learning From The Legend AYF Coach of the Year Joe Cianflone

Learning From the Best  One of the things that I try to do is learn from other successful coaches, there is no shame in copying the best and that goes for yours truly. When I went to the AYF and Pop Warner National Championships in December I got to meet Joe Cianflone, the head coach […]

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The Tale of David Versus Goliath in Youth Football

Many youth football coaches feel they can predict who is going to win a game by watching the players in warm ups. During the Pop Warner and AYF National Championships there were quite a few coaches and parents that were partaking in this very activity. I kept my ears open, it was really interesting to […]

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Santa Monica Wins AYF National Championship Using WYF System

Congrats to the Santa Monica Vikings for Winning the AYF National Championship age 7-9 Division last week in Kissimmee, Florida. Coach Deandre Parks and his staff have done an incredible job of installing the Winning Youth Football system. Hats off to Coach Parks, his fellow coaches and all the players for such a great season. Coach was […]

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How Does the Freeze Play Work Against Older and Better Competition?

One of the things the surprised me quite a bit was the success of the hard count or “freeze play” at both the Pop Warner and AYF National tournaments. The “no play” has been a staple of our offense for the last 15 seasons. We are a no-huddle team and we always use the same […]

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Youth Football Plays That Don’t Work When Playing Good Teams

Youth Football Plays- Which Work and Don’t Work Against Quality Teams One of the things I found very interesting while watching over 60 different youth football teams play at the Pop Warner and AYF National Championships was observing trends. One of the things that was very evident early on and was very consistent in these […]

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Why the Mighty Teams Fall in National Youth Football Tournaments

Stumbling Gorillas At both the AYF and Pop Warner National Championships there are many very good youth football teams that have dominated their opponents throughout the season. Several coaches I spoke to quoted their impressive records and point totals that bordered on the absurd. One coach was 15-0 with a 510-6 point total, another was […]

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Observations from the Pop Warner and AYF National Championships

Over the next 40 days I’m going to share with you many of the observations I made at the Pop Warner and AYF National Championships in the Orlando, Florida area. Hopefully, these observations will help you improve your youth football team, no matter your league affiliation or interest in winning a National Championship. Pop Warner […]

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