Lavar Ball should be featured in Wikipedia under the term- Terrible Sports Parent. If you are coaching youth football you know guys like this. His actions have heightened awareness on the problems of problem sports parents.
We’ve all seen this buffoon on the news the last few weeks, so what has everyone up in arms? For starters this year his two younger sons Chino California High School team after winning their first nine games was playing in a tournament where Lavar Ball basically tried to hijack the team.
Lots of youth football coaches are unsure if they should play man or zone coverage for their youth football teams. While man coverage is the ultimate accountability tool and is fairly easy to teach, zone has its advantages as well. This post is going to talk about zone coverage.
Let’s not get caught up in how you may want to play your man. Some defenses call for a press man approach. I prefer an off-man approach where we are at varying distances to the offensive player based on our scheme, the matchup and the other teams tendencies and abilities. Those distances can also be adjusted by down, distance and if you are playing to the boundary or field.
Are eighth grade youth football players just out of puberty really understand the criteria they should be using to determine what college makes the most sense for their needs? Heck they don’t even know what their needs are. In most cases, they probably don’t have a field of study picked out to even know if that college offers it.
Open field tackling can be one of the most difficult skills to teach when you are coaching youth football. Players without good body control or who don’t understand proper pursuit angles and tackling techniques are usually going to fare poorly when they have to make an open field tackle. While we can do a lot of technique and fit work when developing the skills for the open field tackle, in the end we have to get some full speed reps in to bring it all together and help the player feel confident in the way they approach, leverage and make the open field tackle.
Some youth football coaches love dealing with parents. They enjoy the personal relationships that can develop with some parents and are skilled at communicating with parents and problem solving the issues parents bring to their attention. There are others of us that just don’t have the time or patience to deal with the minutia or sort through the politics these conversations often times deal with.
We all have dealt with parents who are uninformed, unreasonable or there only to manipulate the situation to better serve their own selfish interests. We also have all dealt with very nice, well-meaning and reasonable people that want to make sure all the kids have a positive experience. The question is, do you have the time, energy and patience to handle all of that?
If you’ve coached youth football long enough, you are going to coach against that big beast running back that is carrying an entire team on his shoulders. He is usually at the absolute upper end of the age bracket, mature for his age (may have even started puberty early) and is usually right at the […]
“Grab, grab, grab, everyone is grabbing out there, no one is tackling” if you’ve ever watched any of that old NFL films footage you will remember that scene with NFL legend Vince Lombardi. Coach Lombardi was obviously upset at the lack of good tackling technique from his Packer defensive players, the expression on his face and […]
Pop Warner Takes First Step Pop Warner, one of the nations largest and most influential youth football leagues mandated new practice rules this month. Pop Warner football has announced that coaches will be required to make at least two-thirds of their practice time non-contact, and during the one-third of the time with contact, there will […]
Offensive Line DVD, Defensive DVD, Book In an effort to help the coaches using our DVDs to be more effective coaches, we’ve added text addendums chocked full of diagrams, pictures and detailed explanations of how and why we do what we do. This also has allowed us to add some of the new things we […]