Secrets of a Youth Football Coach With 97% Wins

This week I’ve probably had more conversations with youth football coaches than in any previous week of my life. I did a huge clinic in Cincinnati and been flooded with e-mails, but a flood of questions this week came from coaches ordering the materials over the phone. Invariably they will ask; “Why have you been so successful?”

The answer I think really surprises many. We have been so successful because of 3 factors: Setting Proper Priorities, Practice Methodology and our Schemes both offense, defense and special teams.

Proper Priorities means prioritizing the critical success factors of creating a great youth football team. We have determined over time and study of other successful and failing programs of what those priorities should be and how much weight and time each should be given. Without proper priorities a team flounders like a fish on hot pavement. You have to understand what your goals are and what constraints you live under to develop the right priorities to meet your goals. During my study, I found the priorities of the consistently great teams and the consistently poor teams were on different sides of the Grand Canyon, very far apart. When you are planning your practices, ask yourself; How is this activity going to specifically help my team meet its goals? How is it helping me achieve goals that are my critical success factors? Are their better activities that would be wiser uses of our valuable practice time?

Practice Methodology: We have a very unique practice methodology that takes the above weighted priorities and implements a step by step plan for developing a very sound and competitive team. The methodology was built on the premise that youth football coaches have very limited time to practice and often very limited attention spans to deal with. It was built to accommodate all levels of players and coaching ability while trying when possible to make the practices fast paced, simple to understand and fun. Our practices have been described by many as fitting a weeks worth of practice into one day, kind of like the ultra concentrated bottles of Roundup you buy at the Garden Center. A little bit goes a long way.
Keep your drills small, focused, football specific and with minimal standing เว็บแทงบอล around. Our practice pace is just below panic level.

Schemes: Don’t let anyone tell you schemes aren’t important, they are. A good youth football scheme is integrated and allows for the playing of not so great players at certan positions. They aren’t the 20 best plays the coach saw on TV or that cool stunt the Patriots used last week. Remember, most youth teams don’t cut and are of limited size, you have to make due with what you have.

Our schemes are technically and fundamentally sound and are fully integrated. Every football play and defensive stunt builds upon itself to set up complementary plays, within the series. Everything we do is like that, no one trick ponies found here. The schemes are talent independent, meaning you do not have to have great talent to succeed with them. Some offenses and defenses require that you have a great player at position X or maybe 3 positions. The problem is many youth football teams don’t have that type of player every year.

When a coach tells you the game is all about the Jimmies and Joes, not the X’s and O’s, he is usually a guy whose team loses ofte