Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 20

Thread: Youth Football

  1. #1
    Starter
    Points: 11,115, Level: 31
    Level completed: 81%, Points required for next Level: 135
    Overall activity: 25.0%
    Achievements:
    1 year registeredCreated Album pictures10000 Experience Points
    Cpech56's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    610
    Points
    11,115
    Level
    31
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 65
    Given: 48

    Youth Football

    So I decided to volunteer some time this fall amd will be an assistant coach for a 7th grade team. I am wondering if any of you guys have experience coaching and if so are there any drills that you think would be beneficial? I played football growing up and have a good idea but I would like some more input. I know my fellow Clone fans will help out so I figured I would ask. Thanks guys

    Oh and just to be clear this wont interfer with Cyclone Saturdays.



  2. #2
    Hall-Of-Famer
    Points: 54,449, Level: 72
    Level completed: 27%, Points required for next Level: 1,101
    Overall activity: 12.0%
    Achievements:
    1 year registered50000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Ames, IA
    Posts
    4,095
    Points
    54,449
    Level
    72
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 556
    Given: 258

    Re: Youth Football

    Quote Originally Posted by Cpech56 View Post
    So I decided to volunteer some time this fall amd will be an assistant coach for a 7th grade team. I am wondering if any of you guys have experience coaching and if so are there any drills that you think would be beneficial? I played football growing up and have a good idea but I would like some more input. I know my fellow Clone fans will help out so I figured I would ask. Thanks guys

    Oh and just to be clear this wont interfer with Cyclone Saturdays.
    I've coached basketball at that level before. Just remember that they are kids and may know very little about the game, and may not even know if they like it or not yet. Be patient with them, and understand that fundamentals are of utmost importance.



  3. #3
    Starter
    Points: 12,487, Level: 33
    Level completed: 77%, Points required for next Level: 163
    Overall activity: 2.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran10000 Experience Points
    cycloner29's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Ames
    Posts
    777
    Points
    12,487
    Level
    33
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 42
    Given: 23

    Re: Youth Football

    I have helped coach a team in the West Des Moines Youth Football for the past 3 years. We have to go to a football clinic to be certified to coach in the league. With concussions, we have to try an implement different tackling techniques. Thankfully this year our scrimmages do not interfere with the Cy-Hawk game!!



  4. #4
    All-Star
    Points: 24,556, Level: 48
    Level completed: 1%, Points required for next Level: 994
    Overall activity: 2.0%
    Achievements:
    1 year registered10000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    West Des Moines
    Posts
    1,095
    Points
    24,556
    Level
    48
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 29
    Given: 42

    Re: Youth Football

    Quote Originally Posted by Cpech56 View Post
    So I decided to volunteer some time this fall amd will be an assistant coach for a 7th grade team. I am wondering if any of you guys have experience coaching and if so are there any drills that you think would be beneficial? I played football growing up and have a good idea but I would like some more input. I know my fellow Clone fans will help out so I figured I would ask. Thanks guys

    Oh and just to be clear this wont interfer with Cyclone Saturdays.
    Spend a lot of time on proper tackling and blocking. Make sure you are familiar with proper technique before you teach it.



  5. #5
    Starter
    Points: 12,974, Level: 34
    Level completed: 47%, Points required for next Level: 376
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran10000 Experience Points
    mkcrawford's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    634
    Points
    12,974
    Level
    34
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 31
    Given: 54

    Re: Youth Football

    I've coached youth football for the past couple years. IMO, proper tackling technique HAS to be #1. USA Football and their 'Heads Up' tackling program has some good info. After that, I'd say teaching kids the concepts of angles. I coached defense and found this to be a key concept. From pursuit drills to DB/LB drills, I worked a lot on angles.



  6. #6
    Walk On
    Points: 8,293, Level: 27
    Level completed: 24%, Points required for next Level: 457
    Overall activity: 3.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran5000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Des Moines
    Posts
    128
    Points
    8,293
    Level
    27
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 2
    Given: 17

    Re: Youth Football

    Grow a goatee in the summer, drive a motorcyle, bring on a defensive wizard and his son to help you on the defensive side and you are guaranteed to win conference titles & bowl games



  7. #7
    Recruit
    Points: 2,337, Level: 13
    Level completed: 63%, Points required for next Level: 113
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    1000 Experience Points1 year registered

    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    119
    Points
    2,337
    Level
    13
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 6
    Given: 15

    Re: Youth Football

    One of my favorite drills from Jr. high through varsity was setting up four tackling dummies in a cross/plus sign position with enough space in the middle to put your hands. Have the player place his hands in the middle and (while keeping them there) rotate around the dummies. Blow the whistle every so often to have them reverse their direction and eventually throw a football near them, having them 'recover' like a fumble. It's simple, easy, and you don't need a high football IQ to do it.


    Harvey Dent...can we trust him?

  8. #8
    Starter
    Points: 11,115, Level: 31
    Level completed: 81%, Points required for next Level: 135
    Overall activity: 25.0%
    Achievements:
    1 year registeredCreated Album pictures10000 Experience Points
    Cpech56's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    610
    Points
    11,115
    Level
    31
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 65
    Given: 48

    Re: Youth Football

    Thanks guys. I appreciate the ideas, cant wait for practice tonight!



  9. #9
    Starter
    Points: 19,619, Level: 42
    Level completed: 75%, Points required for next Level: 231
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran10000 Experience Points
    brother bob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    7 Seas of Rhye
    Posts
    938
    Points
    19,619
    Level
    42
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 14
    Given: 6

    Re: Youth Football

    Tackling is #1
    Team work
    Sportsmanship
    Trust
    Good communication
    LOTS OF PATIENCE!

    I was a coach one year of Youth Football when my son was in 6th grade. The kids didn't have much of what I described above mainly because of the head coach and his 'playing favorites' with his son's friends and letting them practice/play more than the other kids on the team.

    Best of Luck to you!


    Cyclone fan since 1964 and proud of it!

    Keepers of the Faith -- Member

  10. #10
    Rookie
    Points: 19,546, Level: 42
    Level completed: 67%, Points required for next Level: 304
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran10000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    485
    Points
    19,546
    Level
    42
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 16
    Given: 1

    Re: Youth Football

    Have coached youth sports for years (though not tackle football). Regardless of the sport, treating the kids fairly and with respect, laying out expectations for them, and ALWAYS excentuating the positives (no matter how small) is key.

    Some of the best moments are when the not so good kid has some level of success, even if it is just a layup or a good block. My sons are generally not the best ones on the team or in the league but they can still work hard, be good teammates, and learn to be good winners and losers.

    And whoever said patience is spot on.



  11. #11
    All-Star
    Points: 36,639, Level: 58
    Level completed: 99%, Points required for next Level: 11
    Overall activity: 2.0%
    Achievements:
    25000 Experience PointsVeteran
    CycloneVet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Cedar Falls
    Posts
    1,458
    Points
    36,639
    Level
    58
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 132
    Given: 979

    Re: Youth Football

    Quote Originally Posted by Cpech56 View Post
    Thanks guys. I appreciate the ideas, cant wait for practice tonight!
    Teach fundamentals as much as possible, best to build a good foundation now. Also Youtube has some really nice drills for youths all the way up to NFL.



  12. #12
    Pro
    Points: 25,503, Level: 48
    Level completed: 96%, Points required for next Level: 47
    Overall activity: 3.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran25000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    southern iowa
    Posts
    2,660
    Points
    25,503
    Level
    48
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 62
    Given: 170

    Re: Youth Football

    Blocking, how to carry a football, proper footwork, etc., and most of all tackling fundamentals.


    Go Cyclones!!

  13. #13
    Starter
    Points: 11,115, Level: 31
    Level completed: 81%, Points required for next Level: 135
    Overall activity: 25.0%
    Achievements:
    1 year registeredCreated Album pictures10000 Experience Points
    Cpech56's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    610
    Points
    11,115
    Level
    31
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 65
    Given: 48

    Re: Youth Football

    Night one in the books. It was fun and made me feel like a kid again. Focused on good stretching, fundamentals and started to put kids into spots we think will fit best. Things I didnt realize....first day in pads at the awkward age of 13 can be quite humorous and some kids have little discipline in their lives. Thanks guys for the input. I was constantly stressing how football is fun but also that it takes lots of hardwork.



  14. #14
    Pro
    Points: 58,787, Level: 75
    Level completed: 16%, Points required for next Level: 1,263
    Overall activity: 5.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    intrepid27's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Marion, IA
    Posts
    2,629
    Points
    58,787
    Level
    75
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 130
    Given: 133

    Re: Youth Football

    At that age you usually use the "fish technique" on defense. Everyone runs around in a big school chasing the ball carrier.



  15. #15
    Rookie
    Points: 14,108, Level: 36
    Level completed: 8%, Points required for next Level: 742
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran10000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    516
    Points
    14,108
    Level
    36
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 22
    Given: 2

    Re: Youth Football

    Quote Originally Posted by Luth4Cy View Post
    I've coached basketball at that level before. Just remember that they are kids and may know very little about the game, and may not even know if they like it or not yet. Be patient with them, and understand that fundamentals are of utmost importance.
    This may have been the case 30 years ago, but not anymore. By 7th grade, your coaches already know who is going to have a chance to be a decent player and who isn't. Kids that haven't started playing basketball by 7th grade have little to no chance of ever helping on the basketball court in today's world.

    Now your comment about having patience is spot on. That is key. If the kids don't have some fun while learning/improving their fundamentals, your patience will be shot the first week and your kids' attention will be gone by day 2.



Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • TV: FS1
  • Iowa State vs. Oklahoma
  • November 1, 2014
  • 11:00 AM