Thinking Outside the Box When Coaching Youth Football

Now is the time to start evaluating everything you do for next season. You don’t want to wait and do your research in July or August and then go back to doing things the same way because you ran out of time. In March I break down game film for the second time. I look critically at practice plans, drills and priorities and make sure what we are doing isn’t wasting time and relates directly to our end mission. I research different methods, techniques, offenses, teaching processes and defenses now. I’ve already read nearly a dozen books and attended countless clinic sessions and yet I still have about 6 books on my stack as well as 3-4 DVDs to watch.

Turning Over New Leafs

While our mission won’t change, I’m always open to new ways of accomplishing it. We’ve had incredible success, but that doesn’t mean we own the franchise on how to get there, there are lots of great ideas out there still waiting to be used to improve our youth football teams. We just have to be open minded enough to continue to look for them and relentless enough in our search to find them.

Learn From the Best

If you haven’t heard of John Gagliardi (pronounced แทงบอลออนไลน์ Guh-LAR-dy). He has been head coach at St. John’s University, in Collegeville, Minn., since 1953, his teams have won 461 games. I’ve written about him a number of times and he has a different way of approaching football practice.

This is what John Jeansonne of Newsday wrote about coach:
At a school of 1,900, none of them on athletic scholarship and therefore none coddled through music history or any other class, Gagliardi, at 82, will be coaching his 57th season at St. John’s in the fall, attempting to win a 27th conference title and a fifth national championship – the most recent in 2003. Three years ago, Gagliardi became the first active coach to be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Listen to his philosophies: No agility drills, lengthy calisthenics or taking laps (One push-up before practice only). “When I was in high school, we had a coach I learned a lot from – all negative. He was a fanatic on calisthenics and drills, torturous stuff. And laps, laps, laps. We were worn out before we started. My memory of it was that Hell must be like this. Those damn duck walks. I hated them. Years later, everybody was told how bad those duck walks are for your knees. Anyway, then we’d scrimmage. We’d kill each other in practice. I came within a hair of not hanging in there. See, I noticed all the kids who would go play intramurals never did all the drills and that stuff, and I never saw any ambulances going over to their fields. The ambulances always were coming over to us. And, see, fortunately, I didn’t have a TV. I didn’t know a damn thing. I just knew what I didn’t like.”