In the day, I used to drive a lot for business. I’d often want to do numerous drives where I got up at 3:00 or 4:00 am, do numerous meetings and to be able to maximize the efficiency of the trip drive to 10:00-11:00 pm that same night. Needless to state this was tough trying to stay awake so I’d channel surf and listen to talk radio, the more outrageous it had been, the easier it had been to keep awake listening to it. There was previously a female named Dr Laura that was on that I’d catch from time to time, who had a fairly famous book published called ” Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives “.While the book title seems pretty harsh, it had been directly on target, detailing 10 very common but absolutely preventable (non common sense) things women often did to destroy their own lives. I often thought there should really be a book out entitled “Ten Silly Things Youth Football Coaches Do to Mess Up Their Teams”
Common Threads of Failing Teams
Unfortunately you will find numerous items that tend to be common threads to poor performing youth football teams. After coaching for 15 years in 6 different leagues and fouding/managing several youth football teams I’ve seen a number of bad youth football teams. I even took two years from coaching to examine the best and worst youth football programs not only within my immediate area but nationwide. While there certainly is several method to skin a pet, there was lots of commonality in the teams that have been consistent bottom dwellers. These are teams that have been consistently year after year in the basement of the standings and having a genuine problem with retaining players. It was painful watching some of those teams practice and play games, I must say i felt for the indegent kids that had to play for some of those coaches, unfortunately, ข่าวฟุตบอล it had been obvious many of the kids were playing what might be their last youth football season. Oftentimes these teams had plenty of talent, more than I’d imagined, but these were being coached so poorly they had no chance at having much individual success and little if any team success. While a few of the coaches were obviously well meaning but lost, there have been also plenty of coaches that appeared as if these were very confident in the abilities and their approach, notwithstanding their overwhelmingly poor results. While I could write volumes on why these teams did so poorly, I’m likely to attempt to provide you with my version of the top 10.
Top Ten Things Youth Coaches Do to Mess Up Their Teams
10) Scrimmaging too much.
Some of those poor performing teams were scrimmaging for half the practice and didn’t execute a single fit-and-freeze or bird-dog rep.
9) An excessive amount of conditioning.
Many of these teams were spending from 25% to 40% of their practice time doing non-football related conditioning type drills. These youth football teams could have been great had they been competing in a x-country meet or push up contest, however when it came to playing football, these were getting crushed every week.
8) Poor Defensive schemes-
These teams used defensive schemes that have been designed to prevent college football offenses and college or pro football players, not youth football plays or offenses and youth football players. Let’s not even get started about those who have minimum play rules and how their defenses rarely accommodate the playing of those players on defense in situations where they could execute and provide team value on each snap.
7) Blaming the kids.
The coaches blamed the children not enough “effort” or not enough talent for the teams not enough success. Several coaches were “the grass in greener” guys. Coaches that think they required the best talent or big size to compete. Any not enough success was attributed to being truly a’Jimmies and Joes” situation where their team got “out athleted “.Rarely did some of these coaches take personal responsibility for the teams not enough success, it’s always the children, the refs, the elements, the breaks, player sick, the other team, cheating, the dog ate the homework blah blah blah
6) Insufficient coaching effort.
While the normal youth football coach will put between 110-160 hours per season in practice, travel and game time alone, many don’t put just one hour into doing research about becoming a better youth football coach. Fewer than 15% of youth coaches ever purchase coaching materials. When these poor performing coaches were asked about coaching materials, most had no idea these materials existed and didn’t own any. Another flavor of coaches kind of laughed it off like they knew everything they needed to understand and didn’t bother to own any either, notwithstanding their teams consistent not enough success.
5) Silly Playbook.
These coaches playbooks often appeared as if the best 25 plays (or more) that the coach had seen on TV on Saturdays and Sundays. There was no series basis to these offenses, most plays stood by themselves and often were paired with many different formations. Other offenses included those who had no potential for succeeding unless their team had a monopoly on the best talent within their respective league. These offenses didn’t fit the talent or the age bracket of those respective teams. The playbooks were often in excess of 40-50 plays which not really a single play was executed to perfection.
4) Nonexistent Blocking Schemes
Blocking schemes either non-existent or poorly coached. “Block the guy across from you” was the essential approach, but needless to say that’s not really a blocking scheme or rule. None of those teams would pull, down block, double team, trap or even cross block. Blocking obviously was not a priority and usually not assigned to the top coach.
3) Not Teaching using Progressions.
Several coaches had played football, but they had no idea how exactly to transfer their knowledge with their players. In the end it doesn’t matter what the coaches know, it matters what the players know. These coaches had no idea how to teach in an advancement and often were trying to teach techniques that the typical youth football player could have hardly any potential for executing consistently well even if it were taught properly.
2) Teaching age inappropriate techniques.
Many youth football coaches are clueless in regards to what average kids in certain age ranges can and can’t do. Many coaches get frustrated because the typical youth player can’t do what coach did in High School at age 18 with 9 years of playing experience under his belt, as well as your body maturity and all year round practice schedule that most High Schoolers do now. Others (very few) underestimate what can be achieved, yes age 8-10 kids can pull, trap, throw short passes on the run and play zone defense, but no they can’t throw 20 yard outs or reach block 9 technique defensive ends.