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  1. We also found one of the most important factors is getting in front of the runner and using both hands. We'll even teach our kids to attempt to pull both flags. This gives them a better chance to get a flag. There is a good article here on pulling flags - how to pull a flag in flag football.
  2. 1. Pivot Pass Drill Purpose of the basketball drill: Help players learn how to pivot and pass quickly. Set up the drill: Players get in groups of three, lined up in a straight line, about 5 feet apart. The center player is the spotlight player. Other two players are “passer” players. One passer player holds a ball. Description: Passer passes to spotlight player. Spotlight player must pivot all the way to turn and pass to other passer player. That player receives, and passes back to spotlight player. Repeat until spotlight player has passed 10 balls, and then have players rotate. Variations/tips: More advanced players can use two balls at once – with the passers maintaining a second ball which they bounce-pass between themselves in between passes with the spotlight player. Have a basketball drill for youth you want to share?
  3. here is great place to get free coaching advice and free basketball plays - www.basketballplans.com
  4. Pitcher’s Fielding Practice Purpose: Rehearse the responsibilities of the pitcher on infield groundballs and bunts. Drill Set-Up: All pitchers should be lined up behind the mound, with position players stationed all around the infield, including catcher. Outfielders should be wearing helmets standing near the plate to be used as runners. One coach should be in the batters’ box with a bucket of baseballs to be used for the drill. The Drill: For the first rep, have one pitcher stand on the mound while the others stay back. Place one of the runners near the plate, instructed to run when the ball is put in play. The coach will throw a ball anywhere in the infield to simulate a batted ball. The ball can either be back to the pitcher, or toward first base so that the pitcher is required to cover. Encourage communication and hustle on the part of the pitcher. The catcher should be directing traffic on balls that are in between two positions. Throughout the drill, create different scenarios by placing runners on base, changing the number of outs, etc. Make it a Game: Make two teams of six players that can form an entire infield. Have them each through twenty reps in a variety of situations. The team that makes the fewest errors during those reps wins the drill. Provided by Youth Sports Plans: Youth baseball drills can be found at youthbaseballplans.com. If your looking for t-ball drills, visit tballdrills.com
  5. The fundamentals of a solid pass To become an effective passer kids need to understand the basic fundamentals of how to direct a ground pass to a teammate. The basic fundamentals of a solid ground pass are as follows: 1) Plant the off leg that will not be used to strike the ball parallel to the ball; 2) Strike ball with inside of foot using area directly below the ankle (the most surface area); 3) Follow through to the target; 4) Focus on keeping the ball on the ground as this makes it easier for your teammate to receive the pass; When coaching youth sports. Be sure to always stress the fundamentals. This can be challenging when your also trying to have fun. Find usefully youth soccer drills for kids at YouthSoccerPlans.com
  6. i think you should teach the kids basic plays at the young age. when you run set plays, the kids are asked to get into their position on the court, and then follow some basic instruction to run the play. the plays should include the fundamentals you are teaching in practice. at the age of 6 and 7 i would limit the passes to one pass per play. Your plays should start with the point guard. The 2 or 3 guard should provide screens so the guard can clear him/herself and be able to pass. The kids should cut towards the basket when receiving their pass. I found a bunch of good plays for this age group at basketballplans.com. they sell youth basketball plays for ages 5 thru 12 years of age.
  7. Thank you for the soccer drills. I look forward to seeing more drills I can use when coaching my youth team. I also found this site which was helpful with u7 youth soccer drills.
  8. Setting expectations at the beginning of the year is very important when talking with parents. do not over commit to playing time, and development, as this is something parents will look back on. Keep your attention on being fair to players, and trying to develop every player, regardless of talent level. i found other great youth soccer drills and advice at this site - www.youthsoccerplans.com. the also have a blog that post free soccer drills
  9. this is fun drills that helps conditioning, and base running. Divide the team into two groups with one lined up at first base and the other at 3rd base. This is basically a relay race. The team on first base will run around the bases and when the arrive back at first base the next player runs around the bases until all players have completed the lap around the bases. The team on third is doing the same thing until all players round the bases. The team that finishes first is the winner. We usually do this at the end of practice and have the teams compete a few times. There a bunch of other great drills for tball and youth baseball. t-ball drills and youth baseball drills.
  10. I think the best way to teach the boys the plays in practice. they should know the play by name and know what their assignment is in each play. Once you get to the game, you provide the QB's a quarterback wristband with the plays on the wristband. This will be used to assist the QB with calling the play in the huddle. All you have to do is relay the play name to the QB. This can be done with hand signals (1, 2, 3 etc), or with a player running them in. There are alot of websites that offer quarterback wristbands and flag football plays to be inserted
  11. There are a number of websites that have free plays, like flagfootballplans.com. they also have a blog that provides good information. A good thing to get is a wrist coach that holds the plays. The quarterback can wear it and you can call plays from the sideline.
  12. There are many great websites that publish flag football books. The majority of the sites provide downloadable playbooks which can be easily printed and are ready to take to the field. There are plays that are color coded flag football plays for 5 man, 6 man, 7 man and 8 man flag football. The play books are easy to teach, the kids really enjoyed learning them, and the plays really helped us compete.
  13. I create two teams - Blue/Red (color of their flags). The teams are equal in talent. One of the teams plays the first half on offense and switches to defense the second half. As far as rotations on offense - I play a forced rotation - moving every player to every position through out the year. So each game, the players have their set position and at practice they get plenty of snaps in their position before the game. The next week they all switch to a new position. Which they know in advance. In practice that week, the QB's and Centers do all the hand-offs in drills and are given plenty of snaps at running the plays. I have a structured playbook that I use the entire year. They plays are easy to learn for everybody. Each kids gets to learn the plays and can execute them regardless of the positon. In our league the QB can not run the ball. Every other position has an opportuntiy to get the ball - either by pass or hand off. I play (2) running backs in a split formation ( or wishbone) and one RC either the left or right side. I move the running backs to the line when the play calls for it. Our plays are designed to be very effective regardless of talent at QB. When we are forced to pass (and the current QB is not good at it) we run the pass of a hand-off to one of the players who is. This rotation last for the first 5 weeks. Going into week 6 and into the playoffs, we finalize the positions based on the first 5 games. The positions stay consistant throughout the last game and into the playoffs. I do not emphysis winning during the year. I focus on teaching all the kids the fundamentals of flag football which includes the positions. The key is to start with a plan and stick with it. I have not had one parent complain about playing time. We are always a better team at the end of the year - playoff time - and always compete for the title. This system has worked with 4-5 yr olds, 6-7 yr olds, and 8-9 yrs. My oldest will be moving to the 9-10 division next year so we'll see what happens.
  14. It's not the number of plays that causes issues. It's the number of formations and complexity of the offense that get kids confused. By keeping the number of formations to a minimal and the complexity of the play down, you'll be able to teach more plays while increasing your competitiveness on the field. Ages 8-10 are plenty old enough to comprehend learning multiple plays. I coached 6-7 year olds this year. We started with 15-20 plays and ended with 30 different plays that had multiple options per play. We were able to utilize this playbook by using only using a couple different formations and keeping the plays simple. The kids were able to learn their position and quickly gain understanding of their role in the play. I recommend using a flag football playbook that is easy to teach and learn so you can easily teach the kids plays and they can easily understand. One thing to keep in mind is that if you have too few plays, you may perfect the play, but the defense will easily pick up your plays and you'll have a hard time moving the ball. Trust your players and yourself and you be may surprised at the outcome. Coach JD
  15. First, it starts at the very first coaches/parent/player meeting when expectations are outlined. Attendance (commitment) should be point to as an important factor as it key to a successful season. Also be aware that parents/players may not be coming to practice for other reasons(too many practices, coaching style is not positive, practice is too hard, or not, kids are not enjoying practice, etc. If you have players are not showing up, be sure to ask the parents directly for their insight. There may be other issues that you can positively effect. The head coach may not be aware of things that are going that is causing parents to want to stay home. So ask. Last season one of my coaches was very loud and at mid point of the season I noticed some of my players motivation for being on the field at changed. Well after digging around it was uncovered that the load coach - was well - too loud - and the players and parents did not like it. I was unaware that his tone and loudness was bothering people. The coach was a very nice man with good coaching skills, but his style and loudness was not fitting in. I was able to make an adjustment with his responsibilities and smoothed everything out.
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