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  1. I am coaching mini-mites this year and it is driving me crazy, that at least 30% of our parents seem to think their kids can just show up when they want to. Today, we were missing 10 players on a Friday practice before a saturday game. Unfortunately I can't make the parents run laps. I realize that this is only 6-8 year olds, but it is impossible to prepare for a game when a 1/3 of the players miss practice. How do others handle this? Any suggestions would be greatley appreciated.
  2. Hey guys, can someon explain the SAB blocking technique to me. I see it written about every where, but never explained. Thanks
  3. Eddy tell us what age group you are coaching. Both are good defenses, but it really depends on the age and skill of your people.
  4. I agree that the remark was inappropriate for this age group. To borrow a quote I read once, I can't actually remember who said it but it's as follows " I never yell at a kid because they can't see who to block with tears in their eyes". That being said, we are all human and occasionally I find myself being harder than I'd like to be. I coach 6-8 year olds. If this was a one time incident and the coach is usually better at communicating I'd let it go. If he contantly belittles the kids I'd bring it up to the Rec director. As far as the medals / trophies I agree with the coach. It serves no purpose to give every kid in the league a trophy just for playing. It costs money, it certaily doesn't motivate anyone, and if your child plays two or three sports a year from the time they are 6, what are you going ot do with all those trophies. Reserve them for the league champs so that they mean something.
  5. This is the first year I have coached my sone in football, all though i have helped coach baseball. It's different in football because I actually know a lot about football and was only helping in baseball because the head coach needed some help. It helps that my son is one of the better players on the team. This prevents the problem of making him sit and possibly catching heck from the wife. I find that if I'm not careful, I can be harder on him then I am on the other players. During one game I was calling stunts, (he's a LB) and he went inside when i told him outside. This wasn't him mistaking the call but rather him going for the fake instead of covering his gap. I yelled at him and after the game he came to me and said, "don't yell at me u almost made me cry". Properly chastised, i made a deal with him that if he would listen i wouldn't yell. I beleive criticism coming from a father bites a little harder than from a coach. One of our other assistants asked me to jump on his son who was playing poorly, he felt like it would be better coming from me. Of course that may have been due to the fact that his wife was halfway on the field chewing her husbands butt because he had been yelling to his son on the field and the son turned to listen and got out of position when the play started. It does get interesting some times. I believe overall it is a positive thing to coach your children as long as you keep it in perspective. There comes a time when you have to let them go. I recall a dad who coached his son in high school, causing some significant problems on our college team when his son wasn't playing well and was replaced. The son ended up quiting and i think the father had a lot to do with that decision.
  6. We have 32 people on the team when everyone shows. There are minimum participation rules, but the 5th quarter applies to this rule.
  7. In youth football can i run an unbalanced line, four to one side of the center, plus have a wide reciever to the same side, or is there a rule that you can't have more than 4 on LOS to one side of center? Our OL is really small and inexperienced, looking to give them an advantage.
  8. This is my first year coaching and i am the assistant coach. It is also our head coaches first year coaching, as a matter of fact its the city's first year with a youth football program. We are 4 games into the season and are winless. We are getting better though. My question is for coaches and any parents on the board. Our age group is 7 & 8 year olds. Most haven't played before, but some have. We have some pretty good players and could probably beat alot of teams if we played those players both ways. We started not playing any both ways but have slowly moved toward letting a few. My personal feelings on this are conflicted. On the one hand I'd like to see us win a few games. On the other hand i think it is very important at this age group to build a love for the game. We are losing too many kids to soccer. So what is your opinion, play everyone so everyone is happy (especially parents of smaller or less skilled players) or let the best, play for the win. Our league does have an extra quarter before the game which doesn't count so that the smaller players can get some game time. Most want to play in the real game though.
  9. I agree with coach Calande you remove the problem. Since when do coaches not address bad behavior on the field. I agree with talking with the parent, my purpose would be to let the parent know what the bad behavior was and to let them know it would not be tolerated. From there out I would handle it. The kid would then spend his time running or sitting. Bad behavior has to have consequences for the individual. Punishing the team for individual mis-behavior may work at the high school level and up where other team members will bring pressure on the individual to comply with team rules. I don't think second graders have the maturity to use peer pressure affectivley. The don't address the kid directly mentality is what causes second graders to think they can disrespect coaches, parents and fellow players. Get a grip! Be the adult!
  10. Flashpd

    Wrapping Up

    Here is a good drill for tacklers and runners alike. Line up several blocking dummies (u can use cones if no dummies) the dummies should indicate the holes 1,3,5,7. Start two lines one for offense one for defense. You give the running back the ball and he takes off paralell to the line, he then will choose a hole a go through it. The defender has to mirror the runner down the line then come up and make the tackle in between the dummies or in the case of a sweep it should be as close to the LOS as possible. The dummies should be wide enough apart to give the runner some room to juke, but not so whide that the tackler doesn't have a chance. This teaches good one on one tackling drills. You can discreetly tell the runner which hole to run through or let them read the defender and pick their hole. Do not allow the runner to reverse field as this is unfair to the defender who has no pursuit help.
  11. I don't want to make you mad, but it almost sounds to me like you are having a tougher time with your sons lack of playing time then he is. Could it be that you will be embarrassed if he doesn't play when the relatives are in town? Historically first yeat players do not get significant playing time unless they have significant skills. This will make sense to you next year, when your son plays all the time. You will then get upset when he gets pulled to let the first year players get some game time. The coaches praise was most likely sincere in that he saw improvment and wanted to re-enforce it with positive praise. Your son will have to improve to a point where he is consistently better than the player in front of him. This is hard to do in the middle of the season. I commend you for not mentioning your feelings to your son, the worst thing that could happen is for him to think you are embarrassed by his lack of playing time.
  12. There are a lot of topics in this discussion. First off, i agree that children should be made to stick by their decision once made. When I was starting football I had one of those crazy coaches that about killed us in practice. Most of us who are a bit older probably did. I rememeber wanting to quit my first year. I'm glad my dad didn't let me. As some have said standing up to challenges early in life, prepares you to handle more serious challenges as you mature. I agree with the father asking his son to stay for the entire year and then make the decision as to whether or not to give up football. The child may decide later in life to try it again, if not he has interests in other sports. I feel for the father who was trying to judge wether or not his son was really injured or was faking to keep from playing. I'd hate to make that call. I don't agree with taping up joint injuries in youth football. If its a bruise, you can pad it and go, but a joint injury is not worth aggravating for youth football. i am coaching youth football (7-9 yoa)for the first time this year and have a son on the team. Many of the kids have a fear of being hurt, many cry histarically when they feel pain. As coaches we have to be able to teach the difference between pain and injury, at this age being very conservative and taking care of the kids first. In my opinion the best way to ensure a good aggressive football player is to give the kids confidence in their abililty and the ability of their equipment to keep them safe.
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