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What Would You Like to See?
« on: February 15, 2011, 11:37:40 PM »
Okay, coaches.  I got tried of complaining about the quality of youth presentations at Glazier and decided to do something about it.  I called their national youth rep and threw our hat in the ring.  I suggested Wade and another of my ACs and they agreed to include them for next year.

So what is it you'd want to see?  (Not neccessarily from my coaches, but in general?)  Let's say you're going to hold a youth clinic in your area for your org.  Or perhaps it's just for your team.  Here's your chance to make a difference.  What would be helpful to you?  For your coaches?  What subjects and presenters?  You can be as vague as: "I'd like the local high school coach to offer an on-field demo with our little guys participating."  Or, as specific as: "I'd like to see Steve Calande bring his Gambler presentation to our org." 

Start throwing some ideas out there.

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Re: What Would You Like to See?
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2011, 12:02:26 AM »
Practice Time Management
-Dynamic Warm Ups
-Stationing
-EDD
-Indy's
Player Evaluation
-Overall
-Sorting the numbers
-Who Goes Where
Defensive Skill Building
-LB
-Line
-DBs
Offensive Skill Building
-QB
-RB
-WR
-TE
Drills that aren't "drills"
-Sumo
-Baseball
-My Ball

Coaching Coaches
-Why
-How

Sounds rather, doncha already know this? But we are talking about a clinic for all not one specific person.  It can't hurt a new coach and might give something for us gray beards to consider. 

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Re: What Would You Like to See?
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2011, 01:16:18 AM »
Hmmm. Looks like everything is covered in that list. So i will second it.
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Re: What Would You Like to See?
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2011, 01:19:14 AM »
Dave

May as well go big or go home on this idea.

Why don’t you host a national tour….The Youth Football National Symposium.

It would have to include speakers that are somewhat independent as far as careers are concerned so that they could afford time away from home.

Start on the Right coast and end on the Left coast with a few stops in-between.

Have a set agenda that isn’t necessarily system specific. I am not a DWingnut but I’d sit and listen to you or Steve or Jack talk about whatever for 2 hours easily and take many things of value back to my program.

You find a coach in Philly ( Big Nut )….Chicago ( Michael )….Denver  ( me )…. San Diego ( Rob )…etc. Hire them as your area reps. I’d do it for a six pack of diet Coke, caffeine free please.

Each area rep puts together all of the particulars way in advance and your posse shows up on a set weekend.

Create one web site that you run that takes CC registration payments. This covers all of your costs plus fees that you would most certainly deserve. You pay all of the local overhead bills out of the fees.  Local lodging is provided but not part of the registration fee. That’s up to each attending coach but everyone stays at one local Symposium style. Hire a local film guy to travel with you and sell those DVD’s to the masses.

You would fill up a dozen dates over consecutive weekends. Cisar may present full time…Clark may do it….Jack may do it….you would do it….Derek….etc. You would also have numerous coaches present on a part time schedule as well. Not all coaches can be all in for 12 weeks so allow them some latitude.  Each area rep could fill at least a couple of spots via local contacts.

Tons of work but think of the fun you would have. You will need a really good secretary.

Eventually companies like Riddell will see the real value in this and pony up some dough. It’s the youth coaches that have the influence over all those new customers…customers that repeat their business every other year. The HS’s are not where the real money is for these types of companies…it’s the youth parents that have all the money.

This format does not exist but is long over due. There are at least 1500 youth football teams within a stones throw of Downtown Denver. Each team has 4 coaches at least. None of them run the same exact systems. Few visit these forums. All of them need your help.

You will get 10 –15% that give a damn and pony up a hundred bucks for a two-day all access pass that may or may not include a snack. Simple marketing 101 has proven this for ages. 

Do the math. I already have the venue for you. They can handle 1000 people in one room without breaking a sweat. Full bar, food, technology, breakout areas… etc. It will cost nothing for the weekend. They make their money off of your Symposium attendees.

Our org has at least 150 coaches in it alone. Seven went to the Glaizer Clinic last year. When I asked why the number one answer was the level of information being presented. Its free yet they still wont go in numbers because the topics fly right over their heads. Since we are dealing with a whole bunch of part time dad coaches here...that makes perfect sence. They find Cisars website on line instead and spend their money on that. Now...on a national youth tour they would be meeting Dave in person even though Dave is presenting at the Glaizer Clinic here in Denver this weekend. I'll bet he has a pretty good turnout, some will buy his products...and then most will hit the exits fast.

My 2 cents....   

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Re: What Would You Like to See?
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2011, 04:17:58 AM »
You could get an email list and or web site going for the early sign-ups, and have a back-and-forth to determine some or all of the topics.

A lot, or all, might be the same everywhere, but tailoring would probably help, and it would probably help coaches see that their needs will be met.

A panel-type of deal would be neat, where a few of the speakers take questions and talk/debate/argue among themselves, kind of like on this board.  Look how much good stuff resulted from threads on here like the one on shedding blocks (which, I know, I started myself with a relatively simple question).  Normal clinic talks would be great, but discussions among top coaches would really draw some neat things out.  The recent youth/high school thread did that, the recent zone blocking thread did that, and all of the hands vs. shoulders threads have done that.  I don't need DP to convince Clark, for example, or vice versa, and I'm sure they don't, either.  But I know I'd learn a lot from them going back and forth about various topics, in response to questions from the audience.
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Re: What Would You Like to See?
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2011, 04:28:19 AM »
Bring a few really good team moms along on the tour, and have them run a few sessions for team moms.  My team moms are on point, as they say.  Those talks might get even more done than the coaching talks.  And I bet the local team moms would love it.  And I'm pretty sure it would work out well for all the local coaches, too.  Good team moms are a huge help, obviously.

Have a session or two for brand new daddy coaches.  They don't need the intricacies of the Wing T.  They need to know what the hell they're supposed to do the first day they step on the field.
« Last Edit: February 16, 2011, 04:29:56 AM by Michael »
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Re: What Would You Like to See?
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2011, 05:52:11 AM »
Practice Scheduling -- Most guys at a youth level have only a couple of day per week to practice so in 4-6 hours a week you have to schedule offense, defense, special teams etc.. most high school coaches or higher only understand practice 5 days a week and have enough kids (or coaches) to specialize in offense or defense.

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Re: What Would You Like to See?
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2011, 06:07:45 AM »
Practice Scheduling -- Most guys at a youth level have only a couple of day per week to practice so in 4-6 hours a week you have to schedule offense, defense, special teams etc.. most high school coaches or higher only understand practice 5 days a week and have enough kids (or coaches) to specialize in offense or defense.

I'll add to Rob's point and say that most HS coaches have a decent size staff as well, so add how to Coach Many with Few under Coaching the Coaches.
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Re: What Would You Like to See?
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2011, 08:16:01 AM »
I'd come for most anything...between Charlotte and Baltimore.

Richmond, Tidewater or DC would be GREAT!
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Re: What Would You Like to See?
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2011, 08:46:46 AM »
Dave, that's a good topic/idea.  It's funny, because I've recently been thinking about exactly that, what I would do if I could do a youth oriented program for Glazier.  Which is probably scary, because when I think, I type, LOL.  Fortunately, right at this moment I don't have time to type it all out.

The basic gist of my thinking is that there's two aspects to this - what youth coaches need vs. what youth coaches want.  The PROBLEM is that what they need, so many of them don't realize they need.  And what they WANT, which is still better than what's offered, is a few steps ahead of what they need.

So in my mind, the trick is going to be, how do you set it up with topics and titles to attract them, and still give them the information they need but don't know they need?

I'd also like to see interconnected youth sessions that link into a full youth oriented program instead of cherry picking like the rest of Glazier is.

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Re: What Would You Like to See?
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2011, 08:49:33 AM »
"Bring a few really good team moms along on the tour"
Fantastic idea.  I would love to travel around the country with our Team Mom.  "But Deirdre, you have to understand, she's my Team Mom and it is a football tour."

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Re: What Would You Like to See?
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2011, 08:51:24 AM »
Personnel
How to choose your staff and common mistakes coaches make in choosing staff

Utilizing MP rules.
How get the most out of your MPPs

No pads week
How to get the most out of your time in no pads/ no contact

Efficiency in running practice
How to really get the most out of the short time youth coaches don’t have.

Teaching the proper tackling techniques
Most of the clinics I have been to and were mandated by Pop Warner were coached by HS coaches and they expect everyone to automatically know what a proper tackle is supposed to look like. Then we have to hear the HS coaches saying things to our players when they get there “Forget all you learned in youth ball” we will teach you the correct way.

Proper pursuit angles
Enough said

Proper stance
Teaching the proper stance has always been huge effort on my part and I will not let them learn anything else till they get this down

Proper first step
I am even missing the boat on this one. I can honestly say I have never been taught the proper first step of an O linemen. I would like to see a progression from first step to third step.


When you start going over some of this in a clinic you may start to see eyes rolling cause they think its beneath them to learn such a mundane task, like “every should already know this”.

I attended a safety clinic on common injuries on the youth football player and the doctor that put it on is a sports medicine doc and he had my son being the guinea pig showing the other coaches what to look for where and how to treat certain injuries as to not cause any more harm till they get to the hospital things like that.
 So I would also suggest 2 youths as demonstrative props

These are just some off the top of my pea brain

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Re: What Would You Like to See?
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2011, 09:02:57 AM »
"The basic gist of my thinking is that there's two aspects to this - what youth coaches need vs. what youth coaches want.  The PROBLEM is that what they need, so many of them don't realize they need.  And what they WANT, which is still better than what's offered, is a few steps ahead of what they need."
John, you bring up a great point:  Need vs. Want.  Youth coaches seem to think they WANT is the Spread, I-Formation, Flexbone, 3-5-3, 3-3-5, etc.  What they need is: How to Deal with Parents, What to Look for in Building a Coaching Staff, How to Teach the Center/QB Exchange: Twist, End Over End, or Straight Back?  How to Teach Blocking: Hands, Shoulders, or Flippers?  How to Teach Tackling: Chest Plate or Shoulders?  The Advantage of the Punt in the Youth Game.  Kick-Offs as an Offensive Weapon

That's probably why a Traveling Caravan approach wouldn't work.  What they need isn't what they'd want.

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Re: What Would You Like to See?
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2011, 09:05:04 AM »
"No pads week
How to get the most out of your time in no pads/ no contact"
Ooooo, mama!  Now that's a topic I'd like to cover.  Especially if I could have someone's kids for the day.

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Re: What Would You Like to See?
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2011, 09:15:16 AM »
Ooooo, mama!  Now that's a topic I'd like to cover.  Especially if I could have someone's kids for the day.

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I will pony up my kid  :)
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