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Friday Night Tykes Review Youth Football Show Review

As we did in the past two seasons we will review each show in an attempt to help youth football coaches learn what they see on the show makes sense and doesn’t. Before we start let me say from my own experience of shooting the “Worst to First” show last year, NO ONE is perfect. When a camera crew is following you around 24×7 for every practice and every game, your smallest of mistakes are going to come out and may even be amplified. Friday Night Tykes is out to build an audience and what makes the show and is left on the cutting room floor is left to the producers. It is what it is, a one hour episode can’t cover all the good or bad things all of the coaches did that week.

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The NFL Draft and Youth Football

As youth coaches, we shouldn’t squelch those dreams, but in all reality, less than 1/10 of 1% of High School football players end up going on to play in the NFL. At the youth level, far less than half of our players will end up making it to play football in High School through their senior year. So for the youth level the odds of making it to the NFL are even less, at more like 1/30 of 1% , or one in 3,000 players.

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Outsmarting Yourself In Youth Football

Every week in youth football we see coaches outsmarting themselves by giving too much credit to their coaching adversaries. One of the most common ways coaches outsmart themselves is going to a “flavor of the week” approach to offensive and defensive schemes. These guys will literally change offenses or defenses every week in an attempt to “give the other team a different look.”

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Coaching Youth Football Players to Play as a Team- Handle Adversity

One of the things many youth football coaches fail to coach their teams to do is play as a team and how to overcome adversity. Most of us are so busy trying to develop fundamental skills and executing our base schemes to invest any time in making sure the team plays together and can come back from mistakes.

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Why Youth Football Coaches Shouldn’t Curse When Coaching Youth Football

Youth football coaches should never curse in front of their players, it shows a lack of self-discipline and lack of respect for the players and parents.  Some youth football coaches bring their everyday colorful expletive filled vocabulary with them to the practice or game fields, to the detriment of their teams. Others guys feel the […]

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Youth Football Lessons From Nick Saban

While Saban is a college coach, a lot of what he said could be applied to any team in any sport, even for those guys coachihng youth football. It was time well spent.

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Developing Weaker Youth Football Teams- Coaching Youth Football Jedi Mind Tricks

This post is going to talk about how to get a weaker and smaller team to believe in themselves. As promised I’m going to try and help youth football coaches who inherit athletically challenged and small teams by sharing my story from coaching my 3-4 grade team (8-9 year olds) in 2013. I’ve coached youth […]

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Developing Weaker Youth Football Teams- Developing Depth

Coaching Youth Football- Developing Weaker Youth Football Teams- Part 10 Developing Depth Depth with a weak team, what depth? That’s right you won’t have any depth if your team is in the bottom half of your league in athleticism and size. Don’t fall into the trap that injuries have to ruin your season or can’t be […]

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Developing a Passing “Threat” In Youth Football When You Have None

This post is going to talk about how to develop a pass threat in youth football when you don’t have the players to do so. As promised I’m going to try and help coaches who inherit athletically challenged and small youth football teams by sharing my story from coaching my 3-4 grade team (8-9 year […]

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Developing a Smaller and Less Athletic Youth Football Team- Part 7- Play Calling Strategies

              Play calling strategies for minimum play players. As promised I’m going to try and help coaches who inherit athletically challenged and small youth football teams by sharing my story from coaching my 3-4 grade team in 2013. Hopefully you can use some of the ideas to apply to […]

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