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  1. K-3rd Coach

    Need Help With A Bad Attitude!

    Update! I'm sure you guys are expecting the usual "I used the advise and a miracle has taken place!" Well, we had an absolutely horrid practice as a team. A constant joke session. I think I underestimated the father of Mr. Trouble, though. He actually came to me at the beginning of practice and asked how he could be more involved. It was easy from then on communicating frustrations about his child and others. Mr. Trouble was the least of my worries and it seems dad will keep him in check. I have two bigger boys who are 3rd graders, that I've awarded team Captains. I took their inmaturity (I know they're only 3rd graders) for granted and failed to explain what being a Capt. actually means. I got through practice and ended up adding a few new plays, then ran the team pretty good for awhile. It ended pretty good and I don't think my Captains will let this happen again. I'm not too concerned, I know this age group cannot be perfect. It's quite a challenge having Kind's in their learning with 3rd graders. Just another day in coaching paradise. Update! I'm sure you guys are expecting the usual "I used the advise and a miracle has taken place!" Well, we had an absolutely horrid practice as a team. A constant joke session. I think I underestimated the father of Mr. Trouble, though. He actually came to me at the beginning of practice and asked how he could be more involved. It was easy from then on communicating frustrations about his child and others. Mr. Trouble was the least of my worries and it seems dad will keep him in check. I have two bigger boys who are 3rd graders, that I've awarded team Captains. I took their inmaturity (I know they're only 3rd graders) for granted and failed to explain what being a Capt. actually means. I got through practice and ended up adding a few new plays, then ran the team pretty good for awhile. It ended pretty good and I don't think my Captains will let this happen again. I'm not too concerned, I know this age group cannot be perfect. It's quite a challenge having Kind's in there learning with 3rd graders. Just another day in coaching paradise.
  2. K-3rd Coach

    Need Help With A Bad Attitude!

    I like the logic as far as having the team run for individual mistakes/poor attitude. I don't mind using that method to see how it goes. I coach alot of O-Line blocking during our practices. I've found that other K-3 coaches neglect to teach ANY blocking assignments or schemes. My experienced players have always blocked pretty much in a wedge. I've got the respect of 99% of players/coaches. They are very eager to practice and learn something new. I will take alittle bit of what ALL of you have offered and report back after tonights practice.
  3. K-3rd Coach

    Need Help With A Bad Attitude!

    The league doesn't hand anything out to parents and league meetings are very laid back. The important thing for me is handling quickly and on my own. I would be very disappointed if it goes far enough to require a meeting. I think everyone loses if the league gets involved. I want this kid to realize he's got a person/coach in his life who isn't goin anywhere or give up on him. I've been wondering if he's used to causing trouble and having people give up. Maybe this is another AWESOME character lesson that football tends to offer. If not, we have a meeting. I've got a feeling, conflict may be what he is after.
  4. I'm needing serious advise for dealing with a 2nd grader who's constantly insulting players and coaches. Insults everything from appearance to practice drillss. I've been waiting for his dad to nip the problem and it's not happening. I'm not sure exactly how to handle a 2nd grader who is KILLING any kind of team unity. He's doing everything from calling coaches stupid, laughing at drills, and recently telling everyone pretty much how pitiful they are. I'm not around for most of these situations and hear from another parent or coach. I've preached my hatred for negative attitudes and asked for the negativity to stop. Is it out of line for me to make a player to run for being negative? Are these guys to young for that? How would you handle this?
  5. K-3rd Coach

    Help With K/1 Grade Flag Football

    Just about everything you're looking for is right here. http://www.coachteed.com/
  6. K-3rd Coach

    Should I Let My Son Quit Football?

    I'm curious about how other players treated him after the play was over. That could be crucial. Kids that age can be brutal. He MUST understand football is also one of the few sports where EVERYONE has a responsibility and games aren't deciced by one individual busted play. If he was treated poorly by other teammates, they need to be taught how to become football players. Games are won as a team and lost as a team. When's the last time a headline read "Jefferson High 42 - John Davis 0" If his teammates felt let down as a unit, he has to let it go and be waiting for redemption. I guarantee more chances will be there. A lot of replies have explained football very well. It's such an unbelievable learning tool for life. My opinion is simple. NEVER accept quitting! Quitting is a destructive option that will become a habit that is almost impossible to break. As a fellow parent and former imperfect football player. I want you to look at this situation as a blessing. Think of what football has given him already, STRUGGLES. We all know life is fuull of 'em. These struggles will groom him into a never quit, hard working, and successful person. I'm overly impressed with the lengths you'll go as a mother. I don't see many moms lookin for advice on a football message board. Rare! I think he's been knocked down and it's time to get back up. Keep us posted if you can. Please don't tell anyone you got this info from me. I've got a manly reputation to uphold and the boys at the lodge would be devastated.
  7. K-3rd Coach

    Need Opinions!

    "I am a bit confused. Why would you separate practice at all? You have 1 team. If you are worried the little guys need extra attention recruit an assistant coach who can spend extra time with these guys while you work the offense on plays. With 18 kids on the roster I think each and everyone of them would both practice and play as 1 team. If you start your best 5 kids and play them both ways that leaves 12 other full time players. Even if you started the best 8 that would leave 6 other full time starters and you would then have 4 subs. You may find those K kids wont come back and play for you next year if you don’t practice and play them. Football is not fun when you don’t play. My son skipped flag and was a stud CB and FS at age 5 in a 7-9 league because he was quick and didn’t have to stand still and he had a coach that believed all kids on the roster would play. Had the opposite mentality last year and only 5 out of 30 kids returned. We have 5 day a week practice here which I think is overkill but I would practice no less than 2-3 times a week as a team. I would start with the fundamentals. I would not expect this age group to understand fundamentals yet even if they played last year. We work fundamentals every practice for at least 20 minutes. As they improve we tweak. Heads up wrap better explode quicker etc." In response, I agree with the practicing as a TEAM and letting a few asst. coaches focus on the subs. As far as playing time and any concern with a younger player returning for more seasons, I shouldn't have a problem rotating ANY of them in as a CB or WR. I'm not too concerned about returning players or kids not coming back for future seasons.(not kids on my team anyway) I've coach my sons soccer team since he was 3 and I stress the importance of a childs first season and explain how expectations should be realistic and the focus early on is learning fundamentals. I think encouragement and communication can bring back most children. My main concern is letting them down by coaching at too slow of a pace or giving them too much too fast. I guess the first year will be a learning experience for me too. What should be a realistic goal, performance wise, for these kids' first game?
  8. K-3rd Coach

    Need Opinions!

    I'll start by saying this site could be the most helpful coaching tool out there. OK, In case you're wondering, K does stand for Kindegarten. It's flag football and I guess the signup turnout wasn't very good and they've decided to put K kids in with 3rd graders. I'm not complaining but was wondering if my phylosophy makes any sense. My son is in Kindegarten and is about average compared to some of the kids his age. I don't want to break a record for the longest post or anything but let me give my take and some experiences with children and athletics. I played in this same league when I was in 3rd grade.( I'm 29 now) Anyway, that was the 1st year of eligability. I played every year and usually with the same group of kids. I was very similar to my child as far as being a late bloomer. I can remember a few kids my age who were LEGENDS of that 3-6 grade division. I had a few on my team. I also had a great father who preached encouragement and never let me lose hope or confidence. I ended up being one of "the studs" of the 7-8 division and went on to have an personally unbelievable high school career. I also noticed as kids got older some studs became average and some average ones became studs. That is a crutial lessoned learned as far as dealing with my son. My wife used to think I was freakin' cause my son wasn't the fastest kid his age or didn't seem to be the best at really anything yet. Sometimes talent seems to have a way of catching up to ya and sometimes it never does at all. Back to me, I'm from a small town and very few if any High School stars play ball in college. I was a stud in very small school oriented conference. I wasn't anything special compared to kids from bigger schools. If you're still reading, you're a trooper and here is my plan for this group and parents. I'm going start off by getting parents involved on and off the field. We start 11 kids on the field and my roster is 18. I'll need some bodies to use for formations. I also think it gives the father/mother a chance to learn their childs position and maybe even learn how to practice drills at home. It will be clear that I'm in charge and so on. I know it's gonna tough coaching Kindegarteners and 3rd graders in the same manner. I'm planning on seperating linemen and backs/wr's during drills. I think I'll coach speed drills for the backs and stance/technique for the line. Offense one day, defense the next. I think that realistically my child may not be on the field with 3rd graders very much and I'm fine with the fact this will be a learning year. I'm just not sure how the other parents will feel about their little ones. Games are on Sat'days and I would like to play the experienced and capable ones during gamedays and fitting the littles ones in on special teams and blowouts. I would also like to practice the nonstarters and beginners the following Mon. and practice the entire team on Wed. I'll also make football a fun learning experience and teach these kids the pride that comes with being a football player.
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