Youth Football Guys RUINING Your High School Program?
The lifeblood of any High School football team is numbers. Over time, if a High School football team doesn’t have numbers, they won’t be able to compete, no matter how great the coaching is. So where do those players come from? Over 96% of High School football players played organized tackle youth football of some kind. So where’s the beef? The beef is many if not most High School football coaches don’t have a good relationship with the youth programs that feed players into their respective schools. Why not? Because so many youth football teams are poorly coached.
There are a lot of angry High School coaches out there because youth football teams are running off kids due to poor coaching and many of the players they do send on are uncoachable. A Michigan State study of over 20,000 young athletes found that 70% of those youth players would not go onto play that same sport at the High School level. Why? Because of poor coaching, it’s an epidemic.
Yes, you’ve all been there, you run up on that good looking athlete in the halls and when you ask him if he would like to come out for football he says, “Nah I played when I was a kid and I didn’t like it.” Today kids have options and if they get ruined on football as a kid, there is a very high likelihood they will move on to another activity and never return to football in High School. So what are you going to do about it?
When your future kids are ruined on the game, that may ruin your future as a football coach. If you want to have consistent success at the High School level, you need a healthy relationship with the youth football programs and coaches whose kids feed into your program. Does that mean you should take over the youth program or force them to wear your colors and run your schemes? No, see the other posts below on what youth coaches and very successful High School coaches say on that subject. But if you are in an open enrollment area or you have strong private schools around, you’re going to get beat to the punch by other High School coaches if you don’t work with the youth football programs.
Does this mean you have to be best buddies with the coaching staff, parents and players of these teams? No, it just means you need to let everyone know that you care that the kids have a good youth football experience and that they know you care about and are interested in them. You are there to provide a helping consultative hand if it’s needed and be a friendly welcoming face to your future players and families. All’s it takes is a few phone calls and a brief appearance at a couple of practices and games. Want to really show you care? Go to the opening day parents meeting or the team banquet, give a 15 minute speech and head out. When I was in Omaha, our basketball teams played every Saturday morning at Kellom elementary school starting at 8:00. Every Saturday morning no matter how bad the weather was Central High School’s head coach Eric Behrens was there. He rarely stayed longer than 15-20 minutes, he would say hello to the coaches, kids and parents. He would glad hand some, call everyone by first name and then slip out a side door. During my time there he won something like 5 straight state titles in the largest class. A little bit of effort can go a long way in providing some guidance and a warm face to a program that may end up impacting your job performance in a major way.
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