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Offline CoachMattT

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Re: looking for tips
« Reply #15 on: July 08, 2017, 05:01:36 PM »
Thanks mahonz that really is some great advice, I hadn't really considered it that way.

A little clarification. The teams get broken down but we still do some joint practices as an entire team. Last year we did two joint practices and then one team practice each week and had games on the Saturdays.  It didn't really give much time for really building a team, but at the lower age group we were at they all ran the same playbook.  I spent more time going over line positioning then anything while the other coaches wanted to do nothing but coach up their "studs"

This age group is supposed to be more individual team practice and coaches are allowed to install their own O and D.  I am hoping to push my way into the overall head coach position.  I just can't help but look at the way things were being done last year and see so many fundamental flaws in the coaching.  It was painfully obvious at the end of the year when we get together for the "travel team" the younger kids had a lot of low scoring grinding games.  The older kids (12u) typically got destroyed by everyone they played 35-0 at halftime was not uncommon. 

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Re: looking for tips
« Reply #16 on: July 08, 2017, 05:22:34 PM »
Here is a presentation that I give to new coaches in our youth football tackle league in Keller Texas.  This should help.
https://coachparker.org/youth-football-coaching-clinic-video-series-by-coach-parker/

Here is the video on practice plans
https://youtu.be/qf2EyCGF9dU?list=PLEaSh6IHbtQ-jMXViYuc76RVy2ciJWlOg

Also here are some HC interview questions a league may ask you based off some actual league materials I've used in the past.

How many seasons of experience do you have coaching youth players in any sport?
Are you or have you ever been First Aid / CPR certified?
Are you Heads Up Football or NYSCA certified?   
Do you have an alcohol or substance abuse problem?   
Have you attended a League's Coaches Training?                  
Did you play football as a youth? If so, at what level did you play?            
If answered yes, at what level did you play? YOUTH, MIDDLE, HS, COLLEGE   
If selected, are you willing and able to perform field duties for at least 2 games this season?  Y / N
Do you have at least one Assistant HC Identified?   Y / N   NAME:                                                   
Tell us about yourself (i.e. where you work, live, kids, etc.).   
Does your work schedule require travel? If so, how often do you travel? Local or Nationwide?   
What is your experience coaching kids?   
Where do you think you will excel at being a coach?   
Where do you think your weaknesses are in coaching and what's your plan to fix them?   
Tell us how your practice is organized and where and when do you plan to hold them?   
Tell us about your game day preparation.                     
What is your plan for communicating with the parents? (Text, Email, Shutterfly, Facebook, Twitter)      
What is your position regarding Alcohol or Tobacco use while on the practice or game field?                           
What is your position regarding the Texas Open Carry Law while on the practice or game field?                           
Do you an idea of what offense and defense you would like to run?            
What role will you have other than Head Coach? (Offensive Coordinator, Defensive Coordinator, other)                           
Are you familiar with the "Heads Up" or Seahawk approach to teaching players how to tackle?                           
Are you aware of the 5 play rule? Help us understand how you will ensure that you meet this requirement each game.                        
From the Coach’s Training, what stood out for you the most?                  
A parent complains that their child is not getting enough playing time. What is the conversation like?                           
How do you handle discipline for players that miss practices or players who are disruptive and/or fail to follow instructions?                           

Hope this helps,
~ Parker


So I feel after all the reading that I have done is that my situation seems a bit different from the norm.  So I am hoping some tips of your situations might help mine, there will be things that I am not seeing that I need to be.  I hate the idea of going into this year unprepared, I know there will always be things that I am going to have to learn on the fly but I want to minimize stupid mistakes when I can.

So my town breaks our teams down into as many teams as they can, usually 11-15 players to a team.  Last year we split to 3 teams of 13.  Three head coaches then draft the teams and then discuss to make sure everyone agrees the three teams are relatively equal for talent.  Then the three coaches draw what team will be theirs out of a hat. If a coaches kid is on another team they are traded for perceived equal talent. (Ill probably be the only coach to say my kid isn't elite talent. lol side note: he still loves the game and I want to keep it that way.) Of the three coaches last year there is an overall head coach with each age group, coaches obviously get drafter volunteer as needed.

This year my son and subsequently myself will be moving up to the 12 and under league.  Last year they managed two teams almost had enough for three.  Given the age group I would imagine we will still have three.  After seeing how the 12u league was coached last year I am hoping to put my name in the ring to be the grades overall head coach.  Minimum I will be one of the team coaches.

So where I am needing some advice first and foremost is the coach interview.  Not sure what kind of an interview they even do, I am currently planning on putting together a binder of what I(and my "team mom" wife) have planned.  I want to be able to give some ideas into scheme, drills, and practice plans to show that I am not going into this lightly.  I am planning on a DCWT and I will be getting the install video soon.  So my next question is what install video should I be looking at for a 12u team?

Lastly I have a bunch of stuff bookmarked to read, haven't gotten through it all yet.  Does anyone have a good idea of how to lay out those first few practices?  I am sure the install video will help with that, but I am just hunting for all the info I can get.

I have a lot of info to digest and don't plan on nibbling! lol

Thank you for all your help I will add as I go i'm sure.

Thanks Matt
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Re: looking for tips
« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2017, 06:47:26 PM »
Thanks mahonz that really is some great advice, I hadn't really considered it that way.

A little clarification. The teams get broken down but we still do some joint practices as an entire team. Last year we did two joint practices and then one team practice each week and had games on the Saturdays.  It didn't really give much time for really building a team, but at the lower age group we were at they all ran the same playbook.  I spent more time going over line positioning then anything while the other coaches wanted to do nothing but coach up their "studs"

This age group is supposed to be more individual team practice and coaches are allowed to install their own O and D.  I am hoping to push my way into the overall head coach position.  I just can't help but look at the way things were being done last year and see so many fundamental flaws in the coaching.  It was painfully obvious at the end of the year when we get together for the "travel team" the younger kids had a lot of low scoring grinding games.  The older kids (12u) typically got destroyed by everyone they played 35-0 at halftime was not uncommon.

Sounds like you have some good Team opps there. Could be a very good thing.
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Re: looking for tips
« Reply #18 on: July 09, 2017, 02:45:00 PM »
Thanks Coach Parker, I have actually looked at a lot of your videos before.  I even introduced some of the drills that you use in your videos last year.  All the kids really loved the Texas Swing it became a great tool for us teaching a running block and how to run behind blocks.

Mahonz I am really looking forward to this year, it is going to be a big step for me.  It is a big opportunity for me and I do really like the way the league sets up.  It gets a lot of kids involved and gets them playing time they might not have gotten otherwise.

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Re: looking for tips
« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2017, 06:18:06 PM »
So my town breaks our teams down into as many teams as they can, usually 11-15 players to a team.

--11?  What happens when a player gets hurt or doesn't show up?  Especially since everyone would be playing both ways.

I want to be able to give some ideas into scheme, drills, and practice plans to show that I am not going into this lightly. 

--I'd be shocked if they'd be interested in your scheme or drills.  I'd suggest bringing a practice planner.

I am planning on a DCWT and I will be getting the install video soon.  So my next question is what install video should I be looking at for a 12u team?

--I thought you were looking at the DCWT?

Does anyone have a good idea of how to lay out those first few practices?  I am sure the install video will help with that, but I am just hunting for all the info I can get.

--Depends on how much time you have for practice.

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Re: looking for tips
« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2017, 01:12:24 PM »
So if a team is short a player (no show, or injury) and therefore only has 10 then we will play 10 on 10. On rare occasion we have had a player switch jerseys to re-up the team to play more players at one time. The lowest I think we ever played was an 8 on 8. Far from ideal, but no one complains about playing time.

I agree that practice plans will probably be the most effective as well. I am working on those as we speak.

I thought that I had seen an install video, but now I can't find it so I very well could have been looking at something else entirely. Lol

I am trying to get specifics on exactly how long our practices will be and how many days a week they are. I will post as soon as I know.

Thanks