I am a first time coach fresh off finishing my playing career. I love the game and think I have a good knowledge of how it should be played, and I am interested in expanding my knowledge on the coaching side of the game. Is there any good books that anyone would suggest for a long-time football guy that is fairly new to coaching? Not necessarily on the technical side, but more of an introduction.
Coach Dave is our youth coach Guru here on the site and he will respond to your message as soon as he sees it, I'm sure. His name is Dave Hartman. I once had a son in law who was in the same boat as you and he sent me a youth coaching tape from the NFL to give to him. He will help you in any way he can as he is a dedicated youth coach! There are all kinds of help out there for budding youth coaches and one group even certifies you as a legitimate youth coach. If you have Pop Warner in your town, they are always great to help you get started, as well as, the Police Athletic Leagues. Dave is real big in the Catholic Youth Football Leagues.
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Although there are many terrific books and other resources available to youth coaches, my first suggestion would be to visit www.usafootball.com/articles/coaching and click on the coaches tab. They currently offer two levels of online educational courses that cover really do an excellent job of touching on the entire spectrum of knowledge needed to coach the game at the youth level. They also offer many additional resources on their website from animated drills and practice plans to a coaching handbook. Their full coaching membership is about $25 per year or the online courses are available for less by themselves.
Best of luck Coach Brad! Please let me know if I can be of help in any way. Coach Easton and Coach Mountjoy are among many coaches here on Coach Campbell's site that will go out of their way to help with any question you might have, so please be sure to fire away with any questions you might have!
"It's not the will to win that matters - everyone has that. It's the will to prepare to win that matters."
I actually ordered "The Football Coaching Bible" about two weeks ago, and I am hoping to recieve any day now. I don't know if it is what I am looking for or not, but I found it on Amazon and it looked good. The more I can read, the better.
NUT KRACKER!!!! IDK any other name for it, two guys lie on their backs neither knows who gets the ball until you drop the ball to the other player (sometimes don't even drop the ball and just watch them battle it out ) works on reaction time and quickness and its a good toughness drill IMO. Plus it's fun. Don't just give the ball to your standard ball carriers, as the Center I received the ball in the Nut Kracker more times than I can recall not and I only played Fullback on a Goalline Touchdown play that was in a blowout game. Also the Bull in Ringer is a good one. We also did one where we kind of sumo'd it out. Anything goes aside from actual violence (punching kicking etc,) Leg sweeps, straight up tackling w/e it takes to get the other guy down. Fun drill and good toughness drill. At that level you don't need so much conditioning as Fundemental work and toughness drills to see who your ball players are and just the guys who are their to play a sport. Running sideline to sideline and laps is about all the major running you should ever do.
Winning isn't everything, but wanting to is.
"Winners NEVER Cheat, Cheaters NEVER Win... Cheaters rot in Hell." The Hazelton - 09/17/08
We actually did a drill tonight called the Machine Gun with huge success. You get one player as the "gunner" and everyone else gets in a big line. You send each player one by one at the "gunner" to give him a pop and he has to shed their blocks by initiating contact. Then the last guy in the line has a ball and the gunner has to tackle him. The kids loved it and the intensity was huge.