ADDED THOUGHT: PLEASE EXCUSE MY ATTEMPT TO BE HUMEROUS ABOVE. I DID NOT REALIZE THAT THIS WAS A POST FROM A YOUTH COACH.
MY BEST SUGGESTION WOULD TO BE KEEP THE PRACTICES INTERESTING, FOLLOW A REGIMEN THAT ALLOWS FOR SOME CHANGE IN THE ROUTINE EACH WEEK. WHEN I WAS A JR. HIGH COACH, I USED TO TAKE THE TEAM ON OUTINGS (PICNICS, SWIMMING, HOT DOG ROAST, ETC.) WHEN I SENSED THE KIDS WERE GETTING FATIGUED AND BORED, ESPECIALLY IN THE LATTER PART OF THE SEASON. I ALWAYS TRIED TO HAVE INCENTIVES OF SOME KIND OTHER THAN THE STANDARD HELMET DECALS, ETC. ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLOYS WAS TO TAKE THE BEST STUDENT ATHLETE AND HIS PARENTS OUT TO DINNER AT A RESTAURANT OF HIS CHOICE WHEN GRADES CAME OUT. IT SERVED A TWO FOLD PURPOSE; ONE IT SERVED AS INCENTIVE TO EARN HIGHER GRADES FOR HIMSELF, BUT ONCE THE PARENTS BOUGHT INTO THE PLAN I GOT SOME GREAT HELP FROM MOM AND DAD TO REALLY PUSH THE ATHLETE TO HIGER ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE.
J.C. EASTON<BR>HEAD COACH<BR>GA TIGERS FOOTBALL<BR>PROFESSIONAL MINOR LEAGUE
Well, we always have a beginning of season BBQ on the last day of conditioning (our league has a 5 practice min. before pads), bring popsciles, etc when its hot, and during season we may do several differnt things. This year we did coaches ( all 4 of us) vs. 6 players in a game of 2 hand touch. During our bye week I took the kids paintballing ( they had fun getting a chance to shoot their coaches) etc. We just try to remember that they are there to learn the fundamentals, have fun, and have a positive football experience.
Keith Wheeler<BR><BR>www.herofund.com - give to those that are giving their lives everyday.<BR><BR>"It's not about plays; it's about personnel, execution, getting people to believe and doing it right." - Norv Turner<BR>
Post by luvdemlinemen on Jan 28, 2005 23:50:24 GMT
One of the biggest high points of our practices were the days we ended with the "sumo" drill. Take a long enough section of garden hose to make a circle roughly 10 feet in diameter (i spliced replacement connectors on each end of my hose so they screw together) and pair the kids off by size, at least to start. First player to go to the ground, step on the hose or step out of the ring loses.
Not only do the kids absolutely LOVE it, it teaches them to keep a wide base, low butt and drive their feet. Otherwise, they will fall off the opposing player if he tries to side step. We started this with our o-linemen but after about five minutes, all the wr's and backfield types were begging to get into the action.