Many youth football teams are wrapping things up at the moment of year. The majority of us have been in either playoff runs or at the least want to really make the last game a competitive one. When coaching youth football you usually want your team to progress weekly, this means your last game of the growing season should be your team’s best. At the same time, you need the last week of practice to be special. We all desire to top off the growing season with some fun and hopefully whet the appetite in each of the players ahead back and play the next season. Just how do we accomplish both goals, have a great time, and yet be ready for that last big game?
Currently of year, we are down seriously to two football practices per week. Many youth football coaches either don’t do anything fun that a week ago or they turn that last practice into some sort of circus. I’m all for which makes it fun for the kids, but by making the last practice all fun and games you often plant the seed in your player’s minds that the growing season is over.
We like to accomplish our “fun” practice on that first practice of the week. Through that first 30 minutes, we may do things such as play Hawaiian Rules football or execute a live scrimmage with running backs playing on the line and linemen playing running back. We often just do items that the kids on that specific team have got to heart, like deer hunter or the towel game. This season our first practice of the last week got rained out, so we were in the gym, We played Dodge Ball and Capture the Flag for the first 30 minutes of practice, the kids had a blast https://7m.live/.
During team we mentioned our goals for the week and our goals for the in-patient members of our team. The players know that the end result won’t be known for 20+ years. Hopefully, by then a seeds we had planted during in 2010 will have sprouted and matured. We let them know these are seeds of persistence, work, teamwork, sacrifice, accepting criticism, accepting guidance, humility, compassion, respect, and reliability that will assist each player be better sons, husbands, fathers and providers, While youth football isn’t a cure-all for every one of societies ills, for several kids, it is a critical part of their development. As an employer, I will always tell if a person has played competitive sports or not. The competitive sports player is often innately more competitive, they accept coaching better, they work harder, get flustered less and overcome obstacles a lot better than their game playing counterparts.
While that first day of the week practice might be a bit fun and reflective, we get back into “football mode” the last 50% of that practice. If the parents might like to do something special, here is the practice they get it done at. Later in the week at that very last practice, we get back down to “business “.Along with our regularly scheduled individual development periods, we’d be repping on-air team offense, team defense and special teams. At this time in the growing season, you will see many youth football teams pulling out most of the stops. This means you need to take some time on aligning and alerting your team about special formations just like the Swinging Gate/Lonesome Polecat or severely unbalanced sets. We also see things such as wall kick returns, starburst kick returns or throwback kick returns at the moment of year. Yet another thing we often see in this last game are “trick” plays like QB throwbacks or even illegal plays just like the “wrong ball” play,
One way to prepare your youth football team for these situations is to create your defense or special teams against a “scout” team of your coaches and remaining players. Align everyone up in positions and have everyone take a knee. Discuss the play and walk your scout team through the play because the defense observes. Then jog your scout team through each of the trick football plays you need to get ready against. After you have demonstrated 4-5 of the football plays to your defense, return and huddle up and run the plays live or to thud (not taking the ballcarrier to the ground). We also have the coaches at the skill positions here to offer quality reps to the defense in a quick quantity of time.
While you might never see these “trick” plays or formations, it is something new for the kids. Frequently football practice is obtaining a little stale at the moment of the season for youth football kids, it’s natural. Doing things such as this keeps the kids attention and gives them a fresh and interesting way of learn. It can also be a difference-maker come game time.
We might even have a few trick football plays of your own up our sleeve at the moment of the year. But we get it done primarily for the novelty of it as opposed to with respect to the play to score. We get it done to help keep the kids interested and may not run the play at all or run it as an extra point play, and then be properly used when comfortably ahead.
Nothing is more disheartening to a youth football team than having their super-secret trick play which they KNOW will probably get a touchdown, stuffed for no gain or a big loss. What the other team is relying upon once they run something such as this is too little preparation in your part. They expect panic, poor alignment, confusion and needless to say success. This happened in the last game of the growing season for my age 10-11 team. The opponent tried the illegal “wrong ball” play. For more information on that play and even a video clip, do a phrase search on “wrong ball” with this blog and view it being run.