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  1. Does anyone have a good drill to teach kids effective fake hand-offs? I'm coaching a 5-on-5 league with 7/8 year-olds.
  2. I started the football trading card reward this season in hopes of motivating them to swarm to the ball carrier on D. It seems to be working pretty well. I initially planned on giving a pack of cards to every kid that had 5 flag pulls in a game. After 3 games this season, I've discovered that we usually have 1 kid that can make it to 5-6 pulls, and the rest are in the 1-3 pull category. So now we usually reward the top 2-3 flag pullers each game. They all get pretty pumped about the trading cards (and bummed if they don't get enough flag pulls ot earn them that week).
  3. I ordered the strips with our team name from that site and they work real nice. Since playing Center seems to be the least liked position, I give the eye black strips to the boys that play Center each week. They get pretty excited about it.
  4. Very cool video. Did you shoot the footage yourself? I'd like to put one together but think I'd have to get a parent to shoot the footage.
  5. Ours started last Sunday and we really lucked-up -- snow on Saturday, rain Sunday morning, and sun by game time. The joys of Spring in Seattle. But now we have 3 weeks off for spring break and Easter. I'm planning on holding optional practices each Sunday, but don't expect a big turn-out (6/7 year-olds and 10 kids on the roster). I'm expecting maybe 4-5 kids will show-up. Any suggestions for fun games/drills with only 4-5 kids? I figure "Sharks-and-Minnows" and the "Gantlet" for flag-pulling practice. Not sure about offense-related games with so few players.
  6. Coach Rob -- Our league is the same. Do you have any specific drills you run during practice to emphasize guys running their dummy routes?
  7. Do you guys coach your kids the spin move? i.e. Do you have specific drills to prepare your ball carriers so that they spin when about to get their flag pulled? Spin moves are legal in our league (I9), but flag guarding is not.
  8. http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/archive/ind...hp/t-17234.html http://www.baproducts.com/riterain.htm Nice. "All-Weather" laser printer paper. I just ordered some online. I'll let you know how it works out.
  9. We didn't keep stats last season, but I'd like to this season. Mainly to make sure each kid is getting fair playing time. I like your shorthand idea. One problem here in Seattle is that we can count on rain for most games, especially in the Spring. Any suggestions on keeping the notes in wet weather? I was thinking of maybe a voice recorder that I would refer to later and write down the stats. But that may be too much work. Also, can you send me a copy of your newsletter? It sounds like a great tool.
  10. Great idea that I plan to steal this season! I'm sure the 6/7 year-olds will love this.
  11. Good question. I've only coached 1 season, but start a new season in a couple of weeks. We'll have a 1 hour "pre-season" meeting with the kids/parents, and then the following week we have our first practice/game (practice for 1 hour before game). Needless to say, there's not a lot of time to come-up with a team name. Last season, we let the kids come up with the name and it was pretty much like you describe (8 different names, shy kids had no input, coach decided on two and let them choose between the two). I like the idea of giving them a list to choose from and then voting on the top one. Otherwise, here in Seattle, we get Huskies, Cougars, Seahawks, Bulldogs, etc. I think 4 out of the 18 teams in our league were the Bulldogs last season.
  12. I suspect this is a touchy topic, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about for the last few days. I attended a football coaching clinic this past weekend (a mix of about 300 youth, high school, and college coaches). One of the sessions was taught by a local high school Offensive Line coach. This particular session was primarily for Youth coaches, and about 100 of us were in the session. The coach presenting was at least 100 pounds overweight. He bent over to show a 3 point stance and nearly fell over when his “leg cramped.” He spoke a little about how he trains his players, and seemed proud that he “didn’t allow his guys to drink soda during the season.” The guy looked like a walking heart attack. To be honest, I had a hard time listening to his advice on O-line coaching because , I think, subconsciously, I questioned his credibility. He coaches for one of the best private high schools in the state, so I have to assume he knows what he’s talking about. Still, it made me wonder: Do youth coaches have a responsibility to lead by example when it comes to health and fitness? There are certainly several examples of successful overweight coaches in the NFL (e.g. Andy Reid, Mike Holmgren), and I’m sure there are examples in college ball as well. But at that level, I don’t think the players look to the coach to lead by example when it comes to physical fitness. I think we do have a responsibility to lead these kids by example. I’m not personally overweight (6’2”, 190 lbs), but I rarely work-out and know I need to improve my fitness. If I got anything out of that clinic session, it’s that I better be able to execute any of the drills I’m asking my kids to do without having to call 911. I hope this topic doesn’t offend anyone. I know, as youth coaches, we all make huge time commitments and sacrifices to better the lives of kids.
  13. Funny---we have our "most fun" practices when it rains here. Of course if it rained all the time like where you are, I'm sure it would get old. There were a few times during our last season where the forecast called for snow (or "wintery mix"), and I promised the team if it did we would conduct an ad hoc practice. Unfortunately we didn't get the wintery mix during the season. In the spring/summer---heat is obviously the problem here. The kids all know they are free to get a drink anytime they want, and I force them to take a water break every 20 minutes. Yeah, I grew-up near Palm Springs in California and had many 115 degree days. It's one of the reasons I moved to Seattle after college. Give me the rain and mild temperatures any day. The kids really don't complain about practicing/playing in the rain. I think that it's mainly the parents not wanting to stand around in the cold and wet weather for 2 hours.
  14. That's how we did it last season too. I thought it worked pretty well. This season, I plan to do the same, but I'm going to add a twist. I'll have each position color coded (C=Orange, QB=Yellow, RB=Red, WR1=Blue, WR2=Green). The same for Defense. Each kid will be assigned a color before the game and play that assigned position (offense and defense) for the entire game. That way they can look at the play in the huddle and quickly figure out where to line-up, who's getting the ball, and what routes to run. My goal is to get them out of the huddle and lined-up quickly -- a problem for us last season. The following game, they'll get a new color and chance to play a new position.
  15. Same here. Although, I'd love it in a way b/c my team is mostly soccer players. Us too. I can't imagine my 6-7 year-olds would be able to get much distance on a punt. But ,yeah, my soccer kids could probably get some good distance on a place kick.
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