Planning for Youth Football in March
While many of us see the football season as way off in the distance and are maybe coaching youth baseball, basketball of even lacrosse, what should we be doing in March in preparation for the 2011 season? The first thing is if you have yet to send out your attaboy letters to last years team, it’s not too late. These personalized letters tell the player you appreciated his efforts and let him know he is a valuable part of the team. You can personalize it a bit by recalling some of his better experiences with the team last season and of course include a call to action of having him sign up to play next season.
Other things to do now:
Inventory and repair coaching gear
Plan a Summer or Spring coaching clinic
Plan a Summer or Spring players camp
Design and plan a Speed and Agility Program and camp
Actively recruit assistant coaches
Attend coaching clinics
Develop that key mentor coaching relationship with a star coach in your area
Do an inventory and assessment of the coaching skills you want to improve upon
Attend clinics or buy DVDs or books to improve said skills
Write down a preliminary depth chart based on returning roster
Determine strengths and weaknesses of returning team
Determine if existing schemes are the best fit for returning team
Send an e-mail to your roster or signups letting them know you haven’t forget about them- share news
Upload your last seasons game films to Hudl and do an analysis of last years season
Get proficient using the simple to use Hudl tools, make some play groupings to send to your players
If you need players and are allowed to recruit, strategize and develop your player recruiting plans, the time to recruit players is right now if you are allowed to. We are big fans of recruiting any warm blooded male in the area that is in the age grouping
Apply for grants, most have 6-9 month award windows
Develop those all important stake relationships in the community
Take a visit to your local schools and update the Elementary and Middle School Principals. Develop those relationships
Visit the local High School Head Football Coach and AD and give them updates on where your program is and look for areas where you can cooperate with each other.
The guys that are coaching youth football well, don’t wait until July or August to start putting a plan together.
Get excited, the first day of football practice is less than 5 months away !!!
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