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Select and Non-Select Youth Football is Two Different Games

Often times I hear from youth football coaches that X or Y can be done with “all” youth football teams. When you do your due diligence, though often times you see those guys are playing with a stacked deck. In “select” youth football teams either selectively recruit players, have tryouts and demote the unworthy to other […]

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Getting Kids Who Are Terrified of Contact- to Engage in Youth Football

What to Do When Youth Football Players Won’t Engage I’ve had a number of youth football coaches e-mail me with a problem most of us have to deal with from time to time, a player who won’t engage in contact. Maybe won’t engage is a poor choice of words, he feigns injury when it comes […]

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Overcoming Daddy Favoritism When Coaching Youth Football

 Daddy favoritism is one of the most common and deadly team killers in youth football. Almost all of us have seen it, the average player who is put into a no-win situation by a well meaning but selfish or delusional father. The average baseball player who would make a pretty good outfielder is made the […]

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The Deer Hunter Game for Youth Football, New Twist

  As many of you know I’m a huge proponent of using unique movements and games to help me determine who should play what positions as well as help the athletic development and conditioning of my players. One of the best games for doing this is the Deer Hunter game. Last weekend at my Coaches […]

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Youth Football: The Dummy Relay Race To Evaluate Youth Football Players

    The Dummy Relay Race Game for Evaluating and Conditioning Youth Football Players. We use a variety of fun games to not only condition our kids but for team building and evaluation purposes as well. Youth Football is a game that values core strength, this is the strength a player has from just under his […]

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Youth Football Player Evaluations- How to Get it Right 100% of the Time in Youth Football

  Evaluating Youth Football Players Evaluating youth football players either for a draft or to determine positions is one of the most important but most poorly performed tasks done by many youth football coaches. Too often a player is assigned a position because he “looks” like the position without regards to the skills required of […]

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Coaching Youth Football: Older-But-Lighter Rules

Older Lighter Rules in Youth Football The older-but-lighter rule is one that allows a youth football player that is one year older than most of the players in an age group, to play with that younger age group if the player is quite a bit lighter than the players in his own age group. An […]

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Evaluating Youth Football Players

One of the most important tasks in coaching youth football is evaluating players. If your organization does a “draft”, where you choose your team from an aggregated group, evaluating players correctly can be a huge advantage if done right. Even if you don’t have a draft, you have to determine within your teams, which players […]

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