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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Youth Football Spring Training Preparation

Spring is right around the corner and after a long winter I'm starting to think about the upcoming 2014 football season, our depth chart, as well as potential newcomers that will join our football team. As well, I'm currently evaluating our football systems in order to determine whether or not our current system compliments the abilties of our returning players. This is a very important component of being an effective football coach as sometimes we get so wrapped up in our system of choice that we fail to see that it does not fit the abilties of our players. The worse thing we can do as coaches is implement a system that our players will fail in. A good coach will recognize the strengths and weakenesses of his players and implement a system that they will thrive in! Other factors to consider would be where your football players are as far as experience and maturity and what they can handle.If you are in year one of a three year rebuild then probably your system should be simple but effective. At this stage players would be struggling with terminology and position assignments which basically is the "growing pains" of coaching a young team therefore you want to keep things simple but effective and keep building on it as they mature. Cheers!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Football Coaches Evaluation

As football coaches we can get pretty wrapped up in our systems spending endless hours trying to tweek and improve our offence or defence in order play more efficient football. As football stategies, systems or philosohies are a personal choice made by all football coaches there's only one true way to get a evaluation on your systems and thats to sit dowm with another coach that you trust and know is knowledgeable and have him critique your teams performance. I must admit it can be intimidating laying it out there for critism, however after going through it with a trusted coach I found it to be not so bad an experience. In fact, I belive that the constructive critism has made me a better coach in the end. Simply we watched film together, looked over the playbook and he pointed out a few things that I could have been doing better and after hearing it from him I agreed! Simply put I'd much rather be exposed by another coach by watching film,then to have the same thing happen during the big game! Cheers!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Youth Football Spring Training Preparation

After the winter break from football,and with spring football just around the corner, nows the time to begin reviewing our drills and practice plans for the upcoming spring camps that soon will be upon us. Lets face it we're only human and we need to review our football stuff to make sure we're up to snuff when the camps begin. Theres nothing worse than a coach showing up for a Spring camp session with many enthusiastic kids ready to go, hungry to play football, to find the coach not prepared or trying from memory to run a practice. Not a good plan my friend! Instead as coaches we need to be organized in our drills, and come prepared with a great practice plan.So take the time now to reveiw to yourself what you teach funadamentally and have a fluid organized practice that has the kids chomping at the bit to come back for more. Spring football is fun, its refreshing and exciting and a great time to coach without the pressure of preparing for a game. Cheers!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Fullback vs. H-back

Is the fullback position in football being slowly pushed out in favour of the hybrid H-back? My generation of football always featured a power I formation that featured a powerful crushing fullback blocking for a speedy athletic tailback. Until recently the fullback position was very prominent in most all offensive formations but in today’s football game it appears that the blocking fullback is being pushed out in favour of a more dynamic H-back that can line up as a receiver as well as in the backfield. Does it mean that in time the fullback position will be eliminated? No, not at all my friend! What it means is that for now the H-back is a more popular choice for offensive co-ordinators trying to gain an advantage over traditional defences in spreading out the defence as well as looking for mis-matches in downfield coverage. It’s all part of the evolution of the game of football. Similar to the ideas of the Wildcat formation which jumped on to the scene several years back with success, the H-back formation will have its success for awhile and then the game has a funny way of moving on or back to something else. Cheers!