Youth Football Coaching Tips: Odds and Ends

August 10, 2011

For every Yin, there is a Yang: (Sorry to go all Zen for a moment.) Every offensive blocking drill is also a drill for a defender, who must learn how to avoid being blocked or how to fight through a block. Every defensive tackling drill is a drill for the offense to learn how to avoid tackles – or more important – how to gain just one more yard. Every passing drill is a drill for the defender to knock down or intercept the pass.  Read the rest of this entry »


Coaching Youth Football Defense

August 9, 2011

Contain, Pursuit, Tackle – the 3 Golden Rules of Defense

Contain: When I was coaching youth football our philosophy was that the defense was in control of every play. Our job was to contain what the offense wanted to do, to not ‘let’ them do what they wanted to. We ‘let’ them do what ‘we’ wanted them to. Containment was mostly about positioning, but, in this a player had to know their own abilities. How quickly could a player get back into containment if the play suddenly changed. Our players always had to be in position to stop a play. Don’t get fooled. Read and react. Contain, contain, contain. Read the rest of this entry »


Coaching Youth Football – Blocking

August 9, 2011

Small is no measure of ability.  Even slow is no measure of ability. Desire / Intensity are great measures of ability. In blocking drills I often paired small guys against big guys, because in a game you did not get to choose who you would block. The small guys would have to learn to use leverage and speed against the bigger guys, who often just relied on raw power. Read the rest of this entry »


Scripting Youth Football Practice

August 8, 2011

I went to a sports seminar once where several high school championship coaches got up and talked about the secrets of their success. Every one of them mentioned scripting. This was a new concept to me. I had never heard of ‘scripting practices’, let alone ‘scripting a whole season’. Still, I decided these high school champion coaches just might know a thing or two, so I gave it a try. Read the rest of this entry »


The PT who coached Youth Football

August 7, 2011

Matt and I started talking about the “All Things PT” website back in October of 2010. We were finally going to open up the site in June, 2011. As a result I started several posts relating to summer sports activities (running, baseball, swimming, general fitness).  Well, here it is August and finally we are opening our doors, so to speak.

To me, August means football. I was a youth football coach in Grand Ledge, Michigan for 12 years, grades 4 – 8. So, I am going to start talking about coaching youth football. My posts won’t be anywhere near all inclusive. Just some heads up ideas that might help the beginning or even the experienced coach.

This week all of my posts will be about coaching football.

My First Tip: Script every practice and script the whole season.