rookie youth football coaches training

This is a presentation / coaching clinic I created for Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training for our youth football league in Keller, Texas. It is from 2014 but still very relevant to rookie youth football coaches training and updates to experienced coaches who might not be as up on coaching kids 5U to 12U. This is a great presentation on how to be a winning youth football coach.

Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training

Key to Winning is Organization and Planning
  1. KYA New Coaches Clinic / / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training Play for Fun but Winning is Funner! January 27, 2014 Version 3.0 SCP
  2. 2. 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 2 A good coach needs a patient wife, a loyal dog and a great quarterback, but not necessarily in that order. Bud Grant – Vikings What All Good Coaches Need
  3. 3. Introductions • Welcome • Coach Steve Parker – Almost 20 years Coaching Youth Football – 67% Winning Percentage – Made Playoffs all but 3 Seasons – Last 5 out of 6 KYA Super Bowls with 3 SB wins – Coached Flag, 7on7, & Tackle – 10 Years Played Football in Houston 5A -HS, YMCA (14/22 positions in game) – Specialty Defense and Offensive Line • Name Game with Coaches 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic -/ Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 3
  4. 4. 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training- CoachParker.org 4 Three rules for coaching: 1.) Surround yourself with people who can’t live without football. 2.) Recognize winners. They come in all forms. 3.) Have a plan for everything. Bear Bryant 3 Coaching Rules
  5. 5. Why do You Want to Coach? • Thankless Volunteer Role • Unpaid Multiple Headaches • Bad Parents Complaining all the Time • Players not Learning Assignments • No One Shows Up for Practice • Everyone Late to Games • Team Mom Hates You • Assistant Coach Upset About Son’s Play Time • Your Wife is Mad that Your Not Home Enough • Your Boss Does Not Understand Why You Are Leaving Early on Tuesdays and Thursdays 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 5
  6. 6. 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 6 Organization is the foundation of all successful football coaching. This is just as true in the handling of high school and college teams as it is in coaching play for pay professional squads. Organization is the basis for the whole game. George Allen – Washington Redskins The Foundation
  7. 7. What makes a good YF Coach? • Organization & Preparation • Passion & Commitment • Student of the Game • Communication (parents / players / coaches / refs) • Must be Flexible • Love his Players • Learn Everyone’s Name (not hey kid) • Role Model • Team Leader • Motivation • Safety • Consistent • Strive for Perfection in all Details • First to Arrive and Last to Leave • Great Coaching Staff & Team Parent • Football Play Experience / Knowledge at HS or above 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training- CoachParker.org 7
  8. 8. 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 8 Sure, the home-field is an advantage — but so is having a lot of talent. Dan Marino Talent is Good
  9. 9. Grass Drills and Draft • Very Important to Choose the Right Players • Interview Players at Grass Drills – DESIRE? Likes to Hit? • Evaluate talent – Age / Exp / Speed / Size / Coach’s Referrals • Draft 1-3 Top Tier Speed Running Backs or QB – Then look for Full Back type players – Multipurpose • Rate top 50 to 75 players before draft • Be Prepared and Organized – Know the players names and faces – Who is NOT a Pick – Key Point 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic -/ Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 9
  10. 10. Top Draft Picks 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic – CoachParker.org 10
  11. 11. 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic – CoachParker.org 11 … It’s not necessarily who has the most talent but what team sticks together and executes their fundamentals the best. Tony Dungy It’s All About the Fundamentals!
  12. 12. Fundamental Coaching Goals 1. Teach Basic Rules of Football 2. Position Names & Basics Responsibilities 3. Hole Numbering System 4. Defensive Gap System 5. Proper football stance 6. Blocking 7. Tackling 8. Passing 9. Catching 10. How to use out of bounds 11. Kicking Game Fundamentals 12. How to run and hold the football 13. Sportsmanship 14. How to win and learn from losses 15. Center QB Exchange – Snap Counts  IDEA – Introduce – Demonstrate – Explain – Attend ( Ask them to Coach Fundamental)  Progression Teaching – break down in simple step by step parts  Use simple words not football terms to explain 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic – CoachParker.org 12
  13. 13. 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic – CoachParker.org 13 Some people try to find things in this game that don’t exist; but football is only two things – blocking and tackling. Vince Lombardi What is Football?
  14. 14. 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic – CoachParker.org 14 Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play. Mike Singletary I Want to Play!
  15. 15. What do Players Want? • They want to Play • Know their Name • Fun • Please their Parents • Education • Competition • Exercise & Conditioning • Friends • Positive Motivation • Achievement • Recognition • Dominance • Physical Challenge • Respect • Safe Place to Play • Get Away from Home • Winning 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic – CoachParker.org 15
  16. 16. What do Parents Want? • The Want Their Child to Play • Safe Environment to Learn Football • Knowledgeable Football Coach • Organized Coach • Coach that Communicates • Ethical and Moral Role Model for Child • Great Family Experience • Honest Feedback about Child • Not a Losing Season 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic – CoachParker.org 16
  17. 17. 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic – CoachParker.org 17 The worst thing that can happen to a player [from a player’s perspective] is for him not to know what the coach is really thinking about him. Bill Parcells What Do You Think?
  18. 18. Parent Communication • Parent Meeting Before First Practice – Team & League Rules Attendance, Tardiness, Play time, how to talk to coaches, sidelines, volunteers, etc – How You want parents to act at practice and games – NO Coaching from Sidelines “Blitz” – Identify who has coached youth sports before and or might be issues – Player Equipment Fitting – Make NO Promises to Parents or Players • Set Expectations / Be Tough Early – Do not ignore issues , they fester and explode. – Play time, Win / Loss, Season, etc – Communicate with Parent if Player not meeting Expectations 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic – CoachParker.org 18
  19. 19. Parent Communication 2 • Choose a Good Team Parent! – Social person with very good organization skills – Must be your biggest fan even when losing – NOT UR WIFE • Choose good Asst. Coaches – Trust and have similar football philosophies – Understand you have the final say • Difficult Parent – Honest Communication Early – Do Not Ignore • Ask yourself is it you or your staff? Do I need to adjust? • Is their issue Valid? Even small? • Empathize with their issue? – Communication with Team Parent – Communication with League Commissioner 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic – CoachParker.org 19
  20. 20. Technology Tools / Website • Shutterfly – My current favorite • GroupMe – Text App • Facebook Page / Group / App • Twitter / SMS Text Set up / App • Cell Phone Messaging • Blog / Website – Word Press / Blogger / Tumblr • TeamSnap / TeamZone / TeamPages • MS PowerPoint for Playbooks 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic – CoachParker.org 20
  21. 21. What’s in Your Coaching Bag? • Two Coach’s Whistles • Team Playbook • Clip Board with Practice Plans • Spiral Notebook Paper • Pens & Pencil • 3×5 Note Cards • Black Sharpies Small • Black Sharpies King Sized • Dry Erase Pens (Red Black Blue) • Small Dry Erase Board • Back Packer First Aid Kit • Two Lace-Up Ankle Braces • Masking Tape • Athletic Tape • Small Helmet / Pad Repair Kit • Multi-Tool • Compact Hand Air Pump • 6 Mouthpieces • 2 Chin Straps • Helmet Award Stickers • One Football • Wrist Coach • Stop Watch • $3 in Change • Small Video Camera • Batteries for Camera • Helmet Pump • Football Pants Belt • 2 shoulder Pad Strap and Clips • Paper Towels • Receiver Gloves 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic – CoachParker.org 21
  22. 22. Extra Football Equipment • Football First Aid Kit • Large Helmet / Pad Repair Kit • Small Tool Kit • Multi-Tool • Helmet Ear / Jaw Pads • 6 Footballs • Kicking Tee • Extra Point Kicking Tee • 50 flat disc agility cones • 8 nine inch Cones • Football Hand Pump • Extra Sharpie Markers • Extra Mouthpieces – 12 • Extra Chin Straps • Extra Athletic Tape • Spiral Notebook • Medium Dry Erase Board • 2 Practice Jerseys • Pair of socks • Football Pants • Extra Game Jersey • Extra Pads for Pants • Scrimmage Pennies • Hole Number T-Shirts • Football Field Spray Paint • 20 Agility Rings 16” • Neck Roll – in SUV • Rib Vest – in SUV • 2 Hand Shields – in SUV • 6 Half Round Bags – in SUV • King Crab Sled – in SUV 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic – CoachParker.org 22 High Heat – Cool Towels & Ice Water
  23. 23. 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic – CoachParker.org 23 Never mistake activity for achievement. John Wooden Practice Perfect?
  24. 24. Practice Planning & Organization • Have a written plan for practices – 15 to 20 minute station rotation – Tell players the goal for practice • Work on Weak Spots • Focus on Off more than Def – 2 hour practice – 15 min Warm Up / Talk, 1 hour Offense, 30 min Defense and 15 min Special Teams • First Two Weeks – Equipment Fitting – ease into hitting – Find your center and qb – Identify your skill players – Find your LBs and Des – best hitters – Video tape your practices • Multiple Drill Stations • Keep Pace Very Fast • End Practice with Fun • Players learn better by Watching than hearing – Film Study / Demonstrations • Arrive First Leave Last • Can’t Read Ur Mind • Share with Parents 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic – CoachParker.org 24
  25. 25. 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic – CoachParker.org 25 Fatigue can make cowards of us all. Vince Lombardi Don’t waste too much time on Warm-Ups and Conditioning. Tired players do not listen because they are trying to catch their breathe. Put important parts of your practice early in the practice plan. Use the fast pace of your practice to condition your players. Also, make conditioning fun and or logical to the player. Don’t run just to run. You can make it Fun. Wind Sprints and Conditioning
  26. 26. Practice Plan Examples 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic – CoachParker.org 26
  27. 27. Depth Chart Weekly Evals • Rank Your Players Each Week – Blocking – Tackling – Agility – Conditioning – Improvement Areas • Starters / 2nd String / MPPs • 2 QBs and 2 Centers is a must • Who is getting better? • MPPs – “Coach’em Up” – Remedial Drill Stations • Helps with Difficult Parents if Documented 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic – CoachParker.org 27
  28. 28. 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic – CoachParker.org 28 Football is one-third offense, one-third defense, and one-third special teams. George H. Allen 3 Phases of Football
  29. 29. Offense • Have a “real” playbook not napkins • Base Offense on Personnel not Scheme • Start learning holes, positions, play calling language day 1 • The Sweep and Run are more important in Youth Football, this is not the NFL or NCAA – Passing should be less than 5% of plays • Work on your QB / Center Exchange everyday 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic – CoachParker.org 29
  30. 30. Offensive Goals • Score at Least 22.5 Points • Eat up the clock – Clock Management • Do not turn the ball over • Positive yards each play 3+ • No Penalties for off sides, holding etc • No muffed Snaps or Hand Offs • Do not turn the ball over inside your 25 yard line 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic – CoachParker.org 30
  31. 31. Offensive Formations / Best Plays • I Formation • Double Wing • Single Wing • Wing T • Straight T • Spread • Power I • Wish Bone • Pistol 1. Sweep 2. Stretch Sweep 3. Off Tackle 4. Lead Dive 5. FB Blast 6. Wedge 7. Counter 8. Reverse 9. Pop Pass 10. The Beast 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 31
  32. 32. 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 32 Especially in football, it is not a QB’s game… even though the media likes to make it into that – it takes the whole team. Installing a new offense is harder than a new defense. It just takes time. Joe Montana Offense is not About the QB
  33. 33. A Good Youth Football Offense • Organized & Prepared for Opponent’s Defense • Proven “Real” Playbook • Simple but Effective Blocking • More blockers than defenders at Point of Attack • Misdirection / Fakes • Plays are built around a system or series • Offense is simple / Play calls simple • Very few pass plays • Talent and Coaching X Factor 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 33
  34. 34. 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 34 Linemen are literally the unsung heroes of the game. Their situation is analogous to the infantry in warfare. They do the hard, bitter fighting for victory. As the generals reap the headlines in war, the backs reap the headlines in football. Yet in their hearts, the generals and backs know that victory and the accolades came to them through the work of the foot soldiers and linemen. — Gomer Jones (Bud Wilkinson’s line coach at Oklahoma) The Real Heroes of the Game
  35. 35. Blocking Fundamentals • Violent Shoving / Knock People Down on Bootockies • Hands are Weapons • Eyes on Target – Body goes where eyes look • No Chicken Wings – Engage Chest, Arm Pits / Elbows • Hip Roll and Drive • Quick Feet • GOD / SAB / GOO / Wedge / BB / Zone / GOLD • Pulling vs Overload or Combo • Inside Gap most important gap • 2 or 3 point stance 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 35
  36. 36. 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 36 You never lose a game if the opponent doesn’t score. Darrell Royal Defense Wins Games
  37. 37. Youth Football Defense • Goals 1. Score on Defense 2. Limit off plays over 15 yards 1. Stop the sweep 2. Contain / Contain / Contain 3. Create turnovers 4. Less than 7 points a game 5. Use hands 6. No penalties especially offsides 7. Stop top 2 RBs 8. Stop 5 best plays • YC Defenses – 6-2 Wide Tackle – 5-3 Defense – 70 – Defense – 6-1 Defense – Gap 8 – 5-2 Monster – 33 Stack – 44 Stack 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 37
  38. 38. A Good Rec YF Defense • Focused on Stopping the Run – Sweep and Off Tackle play – Contain Reverse and Counter • 7+ in the Box • Attacking / Penetration Type Defense • CB Focused on Run / FS Focused on Pass – Cover 1 or No FS (Seniors may need to have a pass defense) – Learn to Stop the Pop Pass • Def Ends – Contain Man and Best Tacklers • LBs – Also best Tacklers and Pursuit 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 38
  39. 39. Fundamental Tackling • Find the Ball and Ball Carrier • See the Ball • Focus on Mid Section of RB • Approach the ball and RB • Break down • Shoot arms around RB up through the arm pits • Head up – Bite / Kiss the Ball with facemask • Grab clothe • Drive through the RB and take to ground • Bear Hug RB and Fall with him • Push out of Bounds • If in Open field may not break down but tackle high so RB does not juke and break your tackle 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 39
  40. 40. 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 40 Great special teams in youth football will steal wins from even the best teams. Coach Dave Cisar Steal Wins
  41. 41. Special Teams in Youth Football • Kick Off – Onside Kicks most popular – Deep kicks allow for long returns dangerous unless practice – Kick to a MPP or big lineman with no hands – Find a soccer player on your team to try out for kicker – Practice kicks 20 reps before practice 10 to 15 yard kicks to 2nd line • Kick Return – Hands and Speed – Hands team – Do not hide MPPS here – Trap Return – Assign players to block – Watch film and find out where they kick • Punt – only within your 10 or 20. – Most dangerous play in youth football – Too many variables – snap, kick, return coverage, open field tackles – We tend to fake punt more • Punt Return – no one touch the ball but your hands guy if drops in his hands – Punt block – If return best hands person and only if ball drops in his hands – Unless they have good punter drop two back to field the ball and let them block for each other • PAT Kicks / Field Goals – KYA??? Just seniors? 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 41
  42. 42. Favorite Youth Football Drills • Offense – QB / Center Exchange – Hand Off Ooo / Ahhh – Pop Pass Pod – Blocking Box – Blocking Boards – Blocking Pod – RB Bag Guantlet – Climbing the Ladder – Crazy 8 Drill – Big Oklahoma Drill – Game Simulation • Defense – Form Tackling Basics – Grab Cloth Drill – Oklahoma Drill – Angle Tackling Drill – 3 Bag Shuffle – Contain Pod – Pursuit Drill – Sprint Tackling Open Field – Quick Hands Drill – RB Read Flow Simulation 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 42
  43. 43. 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 43 Coaches have to watch for what they don’t want to see and listen to what they don’t want to hear. John Madden Hear No Evil?
  44. 44. Scouting Wins Tough Games • Buy the Scout video • Stat your games and opponents – Find Tendencies – Identify Top 5 players offense and defense – Identify Top 5 plays – Identify Special Teams – Kick Directions? • Scout Your Team – Weak areas that need improvement – Where would you attack your team? 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 44
  45. 45. 4 Documents Every Coach Needs • Playbook • Depth Chart • Scouting Report • Practice Plan ~ Coach Reed 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 45
  46. 46. Resources • Websites – CoachParker.org – winningyouthfootball.com – johntreed.com/CYF.html – gregorydoublewing.com – dumcoach.com – usafootball.com – fbforyouth.com – Championshipproductions.co m – AmericanFootballmonthly.com • Books – Coaching Youth Football- Reed – Winning Youth Football – Cisar – Directory of Football Defenses & How to Attack Them – Tallman – Coaching Football – Flores – Guide to Youth Football – Bass – Rookie Coaches Football Guide (Pop Warner) – ACEP – Coaching Team Defense – Shurmer – Coaching Footballs 46 Defense – Ryan / Walker – Handbook of Winning Football – Allen – Football Scouting Methods – Belichick – Complete Guide to Special Teams – AFCA – Complete Offensive Line – Trickett – Complete Book of Drills for Winning Football – Koehler – Football Principles and Play – Nelson 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 46
  47. 47. 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 47 Before you can win, you have to believe you are worthy. Mike Ditka Are you Worthy to Coach?
  48. 48. Lifetime Memories • Most of your competition is either too stubborn or in some cases too lazy to take the time and effort to get better. Your kids are suffering and will have memories of poor coaching for a lifetime. ~ Coach Cisar • Don’t let your players suffer from your lack of effort. They deserve 110% because that’s what you ask them to give you on the field. If you give 80% effort then expect to lose. 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 48
  49. 49. Group Discussion Requests 1. Keep it Simple (KISS) 2. Parent Communication 3. Team Management 4. Daddy Ball and Favoritism 5. Lineman Drills 6. 3 Point Stance 7. Hole Numbering 8. Blocking, Tackling, Running 9. Hitting & Concussions 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 49
  50. 50. End • Visit CoachParker.org for more free youth football coaching tips, plays, playbooks, drills and more. 1/27/2014 KYA Coaches Clinic / Rookie Youth Football Coaches Training – CoachParker.org 50

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