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COACHING AND TEACHING YOUTH FOOTBALL PLAYERS GO HAND IN HAND

Youth football coaches should consider themselves teachers of the game. No matter which age group you coach, youth players will vary in experience and competence. Here are ways in which a youth football coach can connect with players and maintain a successful coaching teaching relationship

LEARN PLAYERS NAMES

Learn all of your players' names as soon as possible. This will allow your players to feel more comfortable. You can accelerate this process in several ways. Write each player's first and last names either on white adhesive tape, computer labels, or name tags. The tape, labels, or tags can be adhered to players' jerseys.

DON'T FORGET THE BASICS

Not all kids can completely grasp the concept of football as a sport. They must be taught football beginning with the basics. The trick is explaining enough aspects of the sport without overwhelming them. A coach who pays attention to all of his players can best gauge how much time and how many drills to devote to the fundamentals.

ONE STEP AT A TIME

When teaching aspects of the game to young players, coaches should use teaching drills that promote a steady progression of learning and success. For example: Don't have your players throw long passes until they have experienced success throwing shorter distances. This coaching philosophy will help your player build a strong foundation of success and leave them looking forward to progressing to the next level of skills.

COACHING IS TEACHING - GET THEIR ATTENTION

Kids will be kids, and won't always focus their attention on their coach. When demonstrating a play, drill, or other activity, get your players' attention first. Any show of enthusiasm on your part can be contagious. If the coach isn't excited about practicing, the players probably won't be either.

PRACTICES

Practices are required. Each coach must conduct 1 practice per week according to your personal schedule. Sending emails is the easiest way to communicate your practice schedule to your team. It is impossible to please every member of your team. Pick a day and time for your practices and stick with it.