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Charlie last won the day on October 24 2013

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  1. Snooptym, I think this all depends on the group of kids and parents that you have. I personally think that it would be best to start developing your players at certain positions and not rotating them all over the place. You may get some push back from a few parents but if you communicate up front what your plans are and design plays that get everyone touches this should help make it a smother transition to a more competitive league. Charlie
  2. It's a good teaching moment for your kids. You can only control yourself you can't control what anyone else does. You are approaching it the correct way. Believe me the kids are watching you and will react accordingly. In my years coaching my kids I ran into a few coaches like that and for the most part was able to ignore it. In fact I was like you and would go to the side lines or take a seat because if i didn't I would tend to get caught up in it. One time during a basketball tournament I got caught up into the whole back and forth with another coach who was acting like he was an NBA coach and kept going on an on and we both ended up getting technicals called on us and told to sit down and my son who is now 19 still gives me a hard time about it. Good luck. Let us know how it goes. Charlie
  3. I will be coaching a 4-6 year old team this year and would like some feedback on the following: How many practices a week? How long should my practices be? How Many Plays do I plan on running? What should I spend the most amount of time on in Practice? Favorite Drill for this age group? Biggest Issue to Plan for? Thanks in advance for your input. Charlie
  4. I think with it being 5 on 5 it is going to be tough to run it effectively unless you have a very fast QB.
  5. Hey coach thanks for the detailed information on routes. I see that you are working with 8-1o year olds. My question to you is how many of your players are returning players and how much time at the beginning of the season do you spend working on the route tree? I have a bunch of newbie 8-9 year olds and would love to implement your route tree but just not sure if I its douable when most have never even played football before. Thanks!!
  6. Your letting it get to personal. This is about you and not about your team. Let's be real here. You could be the best coach in the world and if you don't happen to have two or three studs on your team your not going to be blowing people out. Just like you could be a terrible coach and just happen to have three or four studs on your team and you are going to win. YMCA is recreation basketball by its very nature. I am not saying it's not competitive its supposed to be rec ball. My point is this. Remember the next time this happens (we have all been there and understand exactly how you feel). This isn't about you, it's not about the other coach, this is purely about ego. Nobody likes getting blown out. Nobody. So when the other coach vents his frustration recognize it as a moment of ego getting in the way and walk away. Now some thoughts on what you can do during blowouts. We would do one of two things. We would implement a couple of rules. No layups or fastbreaks, before we could shoot everyone had to touch the ball on the offensive end and the same person could not take a second shot until everyone else had taken a shoot. We would do this for half of the quarter and you would be surprised how good and quick your passing could get so that someone can take a shot, and then for the second half of the quarter we would do nothing but three point shots again with the rule that you could not take a second shot until everyone else had an opportunity to shoot. And lastly we would focus on playing defense and defensive rebounding. Finally, if you have a good team and you enjoy teaching the game and you have a committed group of guys. Take them to AAU and quit wasting your time. Just my two cents. Charlie
  7. We are playing 7 on 7 10-11 year olds. My question to you all is what is your go to play that always seems to get you good yardage and how often do you go back to it? Charlie
  8. Most teams at this age group don't do that well in a half court set offense. I agree that the better teams at this age group usually play a tight zone and let you try to beat them with jumpers. If your not blessed with a great shooter then I would recommend the following: You can have some success with swinging the ball and overloading a side or if you can hit a few early jumpers from outside you will probably creat some space but with teams at this age group I usually focused on good defense and fast breaks. I would push the ball the whole game. I think you can get a whole lot more offense on transition and fast breaks than in a set half-court offense. Just my two cents.
  9. Metz, You have a tough unique situation on your hands. I have experienced what you are talking about in another sense. My son was playing club soccer on a D1 team and with 3 other kids we just got to the point where the travel every weekend got to be too much. The next season we moved him to a D2 team that only travelled locally and compated to the D2 talent there was just no comparison and the training was just not of the level that he was getting on the other team. So for us it was a big mistake and a long season. From the experience if your son is getting excellent coaching and is developing I would probably sit down and have a heart to heart with the trainer and tell him what you expect and the problems you see with the current method and then stay on top of it. I would hesitate to pull him out of that situation.
  10. Orange, That is a very well written player parent contract. I may have to use some of that for my own. I would like to add a couple of things that I think have become my most important tools as a coach. It took me a long time to figure it out and buy into it completely but it works. 1 - Being Positive and Encouraging. For the longest time I tried to coach like my old high school coaches, screaming and in your face thinking that was going to motivate my players. This is not to say it doesn't have an affect on some of your players it does work. But I have found looking for the good things that my players are improving on and pointing it out and always being encouraging makes my players work and try harder. 2 - Patience. This is a tough one sometimes but it you work on it you find that you are less stressed and the players are less stressed. When your players are tense they don't play as well as when they are loose and not affraid to make mistakes. Just my two cents... Charlie
  11. Bigern, How are things progressing for you> Have you found any assistance to step up yet? How many kids do you have on your team? Charlie
  12. I would like to see some more coaches chime in on this subject. I am kind of mixed between Schann and John. I have not necessarily forgotten about players but in a sense i have given up on them. I am not a big proponet of this philosophy that all you have to do is show up and were going to treat you like your an all-star and tell you how great your doing. I believe that you have to earn it. So IMO I think sometimes it's not wrong at all not to give certain players an opportunity to shine in game situations. This is one of my biggest issues with coaching. We have created this generation that doesn't know how to take constructive criticism and learn from it and work harder. Some many kids of this generation want to just show up and have things handed to them. No passion and no drive to get better. What in my day we would call coachable. If I have a player of lesser than average talent but who busts his tail each and every week to get better, I am going to give that player opportunities to shine in crutch situations during games. If I have a player who is just going through the motions in practice and doesn't work to improve himself then he is not going to get those opportunites. I also tell my players this upfront and I hold myself and my players to it. Charlie
  13. My son is 12 and this was our first year of little league (and probably last). His team won the league and he was selected for all-stars. For whatever reason his regular season coaches were not the all-star team managers. At the time I thought this could be a good thing but it turned out to be awful as it was pretty much daddy ball. The two main coaches son's never sat and combined through our 4 games hit 3 for 30. We actually had a chance to stay in the tournament but our head coach decided to pitch his (all-american) son who walked three in the first and gave up a total of five run's in the first inning. After he finally pulled him it was 3-2 the rest of the way. So I don't think it matter's either way. It depends on the indivual coach and if he is coaching for the right reason. Charlie
  14. That's a pretty interesting question. I think as a parent my biggest fear is that my child one do well or finish their event. It's so personal out there compared to other sports. You finish last everyone sees it. As far as trying to coach them the most difficult thing is coming up with training ideas and how much to push them. I did recently find some great information at New York Road Runners that is specific to coaching young runners.
  15. I have to disagree with rushbuster a little here. I think that for your age group this is a perfect offense. Unless you happen to have a highly skilled quarterback, a big offensive line and a couple of lightening fast receivers you aren't going to find an offense much better than the single wing. This offense is geared towards the run and you will find success with undersized and underskilled players. Do a search on youtube for youth single wing and check out some of the teams and I think you will agree.
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