How to Put on a Successful Youth Football Coaches Clinic
So now you’ve decided to put on a youth football coaches clinic, now what? How do you make it so they get something out of it? What should you teach? How should you teach it? How do you get them to come back?
#1) Be welcoming, that means donuts, coffee and juice laid out for them as they enter. Get everyones e-mail addresses for follow ups. Make sure to have food at lunch as well. Some pizzas or subways and caffeinated beverages will go a long way in making friends and breaking ice. Have every coach from your staff and the attendees introduce themselves in front of the group. CALL THEM BY NAME. Make sure YOU do the intros for the program heads by getting their bios and welcoming them in front of the group. Let them talk for a few minutes each about what they are hoping to get out of the clinic.
2) Logistics: Have pens and notepads available, you will be shocked at how many guys show up with nothing. Send out your power points or have handouts (better) of all your presentations and drills. Break every 50 minutes for 7-10 minutes. Always start and end on time DON”T let your coaches go over their allotted time frame like many do.
3) Starting Point- Let the coaches know you are on their side and there to help them, their kids and their teams be successful. Tell them how much you appreciate the time and effort they put into coaching, get them on your side.
4) Presentations- Should be at least half demos. Film is great but DON’T feature athletic plays by freak athletes, show fundamentals done by average athletes. EVERYTHING should revolve around the topics of team management, developing fundamental skills, how to effectively teach, retention/inclusion and having fun. Nothing should be about scheme. Demos are the best teachers either with kids doing the drills or the coaches themselves. Keep the guys moving from the film and PowerPoint to demos.
5) Presentation Tips- Don’t assume anything, that means don’t talk about 3 or 6 techniques, use language they can understand and teach in progressions. This ISN’T the time to show of how much jargon or clinic talk you are able to regurgitate. Ask questions, get input and involve everyone. Use more than one presenter and don’t use this as a training ground for trotting your nervous nelly assistant to speak in front of a group.
6) Wrap Up- Thank them again for attending. Let them know you and your staff are willing to help. Share with them any follow up activities that might make sense to help the programs work together like:
Youth Football Night- free admission at a home game. Recognize them at the half
Ball Boy of the Week- 1 player from youth team is allowed to help on sidelines that week
Scrimmage Night- When you have your big team scrimmage- let the youth team scrimmage during a break or after your scrimmage. Make a big deal about it
Dropping in on one of their practices or games
Designating a Varsity Youth Game Day- 2-3 of your varsity player attend each of the youth teams games with their uniform on and are on the sidelines.