Youth Football Coaching Clinics – Some Tips To Running An Effective One

Ethel Gonzales

Any youth football coaching clinics need to cover a variety of topics including, practice organization, defense, offense and game day management. They should last about 6 hours and should include plenty of hands on demos, film and plenty of handouts. We prefer to use Powerpoint with embedded video of kids in practice and game day situations.

Here is the outline we use for the clinics we are doing in Seattle and Salt Lake City in May:

Practice Organization, the Perfect Practice

How to Trim time from Practices while improving effectiveness 20 “Take Home” Strategies

Developing Mission Statement-Goals

Common Mistakes. Don’t make em

Setting Expectations

Getting and Keeping Players Attention, Simple and Effective Focus Method

Attendance Tips and Tricks

Coaching Duty Break Down

Setting Priorities

Practice Plans

Pre Practice

Warm Ups

Drills

Breaks

Discipline

Player Evaluations

Conditioning

Team Building

Scheme Installation Techniques

Scrimmaging

Defense- Developing a Smothering Defense in Youth Football

Common Mistakes

Constraints

Priorities

Which Plays do We Stop?

Position Descriptions/Roles/Responsibilities

Evaluating Players

Tackling Drills

Other Drills

Installing Defensive Schemes

Repping Defenses Efficiently and Effectively

Stunts

Adjustments

Offensive Line- Dominant Offensive Line Play in Youth Football- Step by Step

Common Mistakes

Priorities

Constraints

Split and Stance Realities

Scheme vs Technique Debate

Blocking Rules

Teaching the Base Block

Double Team Blocking

Pulling

Neutralizing Oversized or Beast Defenders

Pass Blocking

Wedge Progression

Simple But Effective Blocking Schemes For Youth Football

Developing Aggression

Making Offensive Linemen Feel Special

The In-Space Debate

Game Day Management- Becoming a Great Game Day Coach

Preparing for the Game-Logistics

Thursday Practice

Playing Time Planning

Pre Game Scouting

Game Day Scouting-Easy Count Method

Calling Play- Play Sequencing

Subbing Strategies and Management

Clock Management

Halftime

Making Adjustments

Post Game

Youth Football Offense, Developing A Consistent High Scoring Offense

Common Mistakes- Common Offenses

Constraints

Traits of a Good Youth Offense

Developing Position Descriptions
Player Evals

Cadence Tricks/Tips

Youth Blocking Realities

Series Football

Play Nomenclature Tips

Implementation Tips

Various Offenses Pluses Minuses

In Space Debate

Single Wing Portion

Why the Single Wing

Base Blocking Rules

The Base Series, Sainted Six, ½ Spin Series, Full Spin Series, Jet Series

Implementing the Offense

Common Mistakes

Use Powerpoints, preferably with embedded video as well as plenty of hands on demonstrations.
That will give you the best results and keep the coaches on their toes.

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