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Youth Football Coaching Clinics

 Youth Football Coaching Clinics 2011

With the exception of working side by side for an entire season with the best youth coach in your area, coaching clinics are probably the best use of your time to help prepare you for next season. It always amazes me who I see attending early morning and late night sessions at coaches clinics. It isn’t the guy in last place who lost a third of his team to defections, it’s the guys winning National Championships and league titles. While their know it all competitors are at home in front of the television, these guys are burning the midnight oil to get every bit of knowledge they can for next season by attending every single clinic session they can. Lunch, beers with the buddies at the mixer, not for a lot of these guys. Now don’t get me wrong, spending time with your coaching staff and peers is time well spent and many a great idea has been hatched on a damp cocktail napkin.

 Sometimes I feel, how can a guy that has played in the Pop Warner Title Game the last 2 years in a row sit though 6 hours of my presentations? In December the AYF National Coach of the Year was the first in line to my Orlando clinic and sat through 4 sessions. His teams have won 5 National Titles in the last 6 years. Do the know it all guys sitting at home in front of the tube know more than these two guys? Have they won more games than these two? Are their kids and parents as satisfied as the kids and parents that were on these guys teams? I seriously doubt it. But that’s why guys like these two win every year, no matter what and others don’t. If you haven’t attended a quality coaches clinic with youth coaches that know the game and know how to make it work at the youth level, you are really missing out.

 The best youth coaches have an open mind and a humility that says, “I can always get better, I don’t know everything, I can learn from others. I want my kids to have the best experience possible.” When I speak at the big clinics for Nike or Glazier, I attend every single session I can and take extensive notes, my kids are the winners when I decide to sit in on that 8:00 pm session. I picked up two great ideas listenung to a coach from Northern Colorado talk about program development and player motivation.

Until you attend a clinic, you just won’t get it. A lot of guys who have played a lot of football or even coached a lot of football have no clue how much they don’t know. When you attend a clinic, you gain- you are able to take the knowledge of the speaker who may have coached for 30 years and worked for some of the top coaches in the country. You get to take the best of his aggregated knowledge that if you were lucky you MIGHT be able to figure out on your own after 20 years. Where else are you going to gain that type of knowledge in such a short period of time?

 My theory was proven at the Glazier clinic in Denver last month. The first coach in the room at 6:55 for my 8:00 presentation had coached a team that won their league title the previous season running my system. The room was half full 30 minutes before the start time and nearly every one of the coaches there, when asked how they did the previous year were 12-0, 11-1, 10-2 etc Almost to a man, these guys were either coaching league champions or vying for the title.

What a great crowd in Denver, no seats available, standing room only with a bunch of poor guys sitting on the ground in front, trying to avoid me stepping on them during demos. In Boston last week, the clinic sold out, we had to move across the street to the Double Tree to get more room. Both Denver and Boston, VERY attentive groups, everyone stepping in and helping with demos, just over the top. Many thanks to both groups and especially those that helped with gear, lunches and dinners, you guys make the 12 hour days worth it.

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