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Offline Spyder89

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Re: Registrations down Youth Football in Your league too???
« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2019, 09:13:10 AM »
Up this season here in our org in NOVA...but I think that's due to a new Commish bringing new life into the program.

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Re: Registrations down Youth Football in Your league too???
« Reply #16 on: August 09, 2019, 09:22:49 AM »
We are finally coming back up in the youth program i started off as a coach in and now stick around as a board member on. We used to have 10 teams across 2 divisions and an incredibly shitty flag football program with falling numbers.

Everyone was focused on nothing but the win. They only coached up their studs and everyone else got their minimum plays then benched. In 2 years we were down to 4 teams between 2 divisions.

We weeded out the coaches and refocused the program. Teach the basics, rep the shit out of the basics and focus on building up the floor rather than just lifting the ceiling.

Now our retention rates are higher, new player enrollment is up 50%, flag football program has been revamped and is up 300%, and we are winning significantly more games.

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Re: Registrations down Youth Football in Your league too???
« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2019, 09:58:40 AM »
We are up slightly over last year....one more team than last year.  In Virginia.

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Re: Registrations down Youth Football in Your league too???
« Reply #18 on: August 09, 2019, 11:32:59 AM »
We weeded out the coaches and refocused the program. Teach the basics, rep the shit out of the basics and focus on building up the floor rather than just lifting the ceiling.

Now our retention rates are higher, new player enrollment is up 50%, flag football program has been revamped and is up 300%, and we are winning significantly more games.

Anyone surprised by this?

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Re: Registrations down Youth Football in Your league too???
« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2019, 02:27:21 AM »
Anyone surprised by this?

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Im not. I was preaching it in front of the old timers before they left. We have no idea what will happen to these kids by they actually grow after puberty. Build the base skills, engage all of your players that show up and are willing to work.

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Re: Registrations down Youth Football in Your league too???
« Reply #20 on: August 10, 2019, 03:48:18 AM »
We are finally coming back up in the youth program i started off as a coach in and now stick around as a board member on. We used to have 10 teams across 2 divisions and an incredibly shitty flag football program with falling numbers.

Everyone was focused on nothing but the win. They only coached up their studs and everyone else got their minimum plays then benched. In 2 years we were down to 4 teams between 2 divisions.

We weeded out the coaches and refocused the program. Teach the basics, rep the shit out of the basics and focus on building up the floor rather than just lifting the ceiling.

Now our retention rates are higher, new player enrollment is up 50%, flag football program has been revamped and is up 300%, and we are winning significantly more games.

That’s awesome!

My only objection here is to calling FLAG, Flag FOOTBALL. There’s flag, & there’s football. 2 vastly different games. Really trying to get people to refer to the 2 sports as seperate entities that have little to do w/ one another.

I strongly believe that the insistence to call Flag, Flag Football, is hurting football. Parents believe signing their kid up for flag is preparing them for football. That it’s some close middle ground. I’m constantly correcting flag parents who claim their child is playing football.
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Re: Registrations down Youth Football in Your league too???
« Reply #21 on: August 10, 2019, 06:09:30 PM »
Our youth program is set with 3 divisions. 2 of which im the director of. 1st/2nd graders are flag, 3rd/4th grade is when tackle starts. Both of those are my responsibility. Then we have 5th/6th grade division to end our program. Around here in West Michigan everyone goes to MS after that and its usually a clusterfuck of teachers who dont know what they are doing but the teachers unions have those jobs locked.

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Re: Registrations down Youth Football in Your league too???
« Reply #22 on: August 15, 2019, 03:34:42 PM »
Interesting article

Game over: Middle-class and poor kids are ditching youth sports

Youth sports in the U.S. are diverging according to income -- more middle- and lower-income students quitting athletics while participation among wealthier children is rising.
The typical family with kids who play sports spends about $700 a year on fees, equipment and more, but some spend up to $35,000.
More public schools are also charging "pay-to-play" fees, pricing out some families.
Wealthier families often spend more on kids' sports in hopes of securing college admissions for their children.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/uneven-playing-field-middle-class-and-poor-kids-are-ditching-youth-sports/?fbclid=IwAR2O5R5hOL6OmaQjwh0Wup-FmVGUTPnXM5cc79n9Vs8wHPalHtNp2kTZ4bw
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Re: Registrations down Youth Football in Your league too???
« Reply #23 on: August 15, 2019, 10:44:24 PM »
We have 10, and have been practicing for over 1 month.

One of our coaches businesses came through and offered to pay for the registration for the next 8 kids, and still can't get kids to come out. Can't GIVE football away...
Made the decision to fold the team this week. Were down to 9 kids, as a couple saw the writing on the wall and bailed to other orags to make sure them have a roster spot for the season. Oh well, will actually have time to work out and eat decent this fall, and catch more games on Sundays.

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Re: Registrations down Youth Football in Your league too???
« Reply #24 on: August 15, 2019, 11:13:51 PM »
Interesting article

Game over: Middle-class and poor kids are ditching youth sports

Youth sports in the U.S. are diverging according to income -- more middle- and lower-income students quitting athletics while participation among wealthier children is rising.
The typical family with kids who play sports spends about $700 a year on fees, equipment and more, but some spend up to $35,000.
More public schools are also charging "pay-to-play" fees, pricing out some families.
Wealthier families often spend more on kids' sports in hopes of securing college admissions for their children.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/uneven-playing-field-middle-class-and-poor-kids-are-ditching-youth-sports/?fbclid=IwAR2O5R5hOL6OmaQjwh0Wup-FmVGUTPnXM5cc79n9Vs8wHPalHtNp2kTZ4bw

Interesting.

One Org in my League that has an upper middle class demographic starting losing numbers big time the last few years. So in 2018 they got a wealthy sponsor to pay for Registrations for every single player. Didnt work. The Slide continues although League wide numbers are up slightly.

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Re: Registrations down Youth Football in Your league too???
« Reply #25 on: August 16, 2019, 12:20:05 AM »
Interesting.

One Org in my League that has an upper middle class demographic starting losing numbers big time the last few years. So in 2018 they got a wealthy sponsor to pay for Registrations for every single player. Didnt work. The Slide continues although League wide numbers are up slightly.

That's because when you give something away, it loses all value.
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Re: Registrations down Youth Football in Your league too???
« Reply #26 on: August 16, 2019, 03:47:56 AM »
That's because when you give something away, it loses all value.

That's been my experience. Parents have to have some skin in the game to motivate them to bring junior to practice/games.