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Short on Youth Football Coaches? Change Your Practice Plans

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Changing Your Youth Football Practice Schedule

\Are you short coaches and unsure about how the heck you are going to field a competitive team? LOTS of guys are in your very same shoes.

First step is to heavily recruit the parents. Let them know they don’t have to be great football minds to coach. They just have to be open minded, consistent, pass the background check and be coachable. You can train most guys up if you use cheat cards and direct them in groups right next to yours. You can get them started, jump over to your group, then come back to them when it’s time to start another drill. Drill Cheat Cards

So what do you do if you’ve come up dry for coaches? A lot of guys will just go to doing a lot of full team practices. The problem with that is it is difficult to teach fundamentals and coach up large groups of players all at the same time. Kids develop best during individual and small group drills, not in team. However if you put everyone together the lines are going to be long, most players won’t get many reps and the pace will be like watching a snail going uphill on a cold day.

One approach is to go on opposite days. The backs go on say Monday and Wednesday, the linemen on Tuesday and Thursday and you go team on Saturday. The problem is a lot of guys can’t go 5 nights a week and you are only together in team for 1 day.

Another approach I really like is altering the practice times. The linemen practice from 5:30- 7:30 and the backs practice from 6:10 to 8:10. That way you get 40 minutes alone with each group and the team overlaps together for 80 minutes. This is what I did the season I coached in Reno during that Reality TV Pilot “Worst to First”. It worked really well for us,  but of course it requires the coaches to practice for 160 minutes instead of 120.

About The Author

Dave Cisar- CEO of winningyouthfootball.com. With over 25 years of hands-on experience as a youth coach, Dave has developed a detailed systematic approach to developing youth players and teams. He was named in the HUDL 100 as the fourth biggest influencer in the game, right behind Pete Carroll. He is a six time Nike Coach of the Year Designate and has spoken at over 230 team and Youth Football Coaches clinics in 38 US States and 5 foreign countries. He is a sought after consultant and speaker and has worked with Esquire Network as a panelist for their show “Friday Night Tykes”. His book “Winning Youth Football a Step by Step Plan” was endorsed by Tom Osborne and Dave Rimington. His DVDs and book have been used by youth teams to win over 1,000 league championships as well as National Championships in Pop Warner, UYF, AAU and AYF. There are over 500 “Worst to First” testimonials on his web site of teams. He was founder and President of two youth football programs in the Lincoln and Omaha Nebraska that have served over 3,000 kids. Using this approach his personal teams have gone 185-28 in 5 Different Leagues at all levels and age groups from ages 6-15 while retaining over 95% of his kids

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