One of the great things about doing youth football clinics all around the county is you get to hear some great stories from some very interesting youth football coaches. Recently after a youth clinic I did, I met privately with one coach from Alabama. He went into great detail describing the league and program he would be coaching in.
Starting 11 Both Ways
In his teams league, it is very common that when the ball changes hands NO PLAYERS COME OFF THE FIELD. Yes even with team sizes of 24 plus, when the ball changes hands quite often not a single player comes off the field. This is age 10-11 non-select youth football.
This coach is coaching in this league for the first time, but has had a son play in the past season and he knows several of the coaches and many of the parents. Not only do the teams in this league play their 11 best both ways, but some even try and get the non-starters to quit before the season even starts. One of parents of this coaches newly assigned players was told by his coach from last season that he “wouldn’t see the field”, before the practices even started. This was told to the boys father flat out and this boy is very well behaved and has wrestled for 2 years. Most of the non-starters on these teams play just 2 plays per game and those plays are mostly special teams plays.
Why Do They DO This?
While I’m a firm believer in playing competitive football, (we have gone 78-5 the last 8 seasons) with a winner and a loser and playing some kids more than others due to merit, I find this absolutely appalling. While I’ve coached in both select and non-select programs and in many different youth football leagues and tournaments, thankfully I’ve only seen this type of behavior a handful of times. What is common in the coaches that I’ve seen do this, is they have always been extremely weak coaches that are desperate to win games.
They are almost always the “Jimmies and Joes” coaches who feel the only way they can compete or win is to have the very best players. They don’t have a scheme or are able to teach techniques that will allow anyone but a stud player to have any success whatsoever. These are usually coaches who can’t “coach up” a weaker player or make a stud out of an average player. These kinds of coaches put a huge premium on recruiting players and are almost always “grass is greener coaches”, they are always looking to coach a team that has the most talent. These type of coaches are only successful when they have the best players in the league.
Who Wants to Play for This Kind of Coach?
In my mind it takes little to no coaching ability to take a group of extremely talented kids and do well, the question is what can you do when you don’t have that kind of group? To start 11 kids both ways says a lot about these coaches abilities to develop players. It certainly isn’t where I would want my kids playing, especially if the kids were talented. If this coach can’t coach up the average or weaker kids, how in the world is he going to make the decent players better? A good youth football coach can “coach up” someone that starts off as weak player to be a competent player, he can coach up the player that starts out as a competent player to be an average player, he can coach up the average player to be a “stud” player and his stud players can reach new heights when coached properly. ลิเวอร์พูลเอาชนะเอซีมิลาน
A Better Plan
My new friend from Alabama had a different vision for his team than his peers. He is a very successful dad, husband, businessman and youth baseball and lacrosse coach. His vision is to take the group of castoffs that he has been assigned and not only have them be successful on the field but to coach everyone up and get everyone some reasonable playing time. He has no intentions of starting 11 both ways. Out of his 25 kids he is hoping to start 16-17 kids, but has intentions of having the other 9 non-starters play well more than 2 plays each. I have all the confidence in the world he will realize his vision for this team.
Call it football or soccer, it is the one game that has won the hearts of millions. Today, millions of football fans are following their football stars by their looks, their dress, their behavior or their dedication. This can be seen by the sales of millions of different types of football clothing, shoes, accessories, and kits that are sold throughout the world. Whether it is in its birthplace, Great Britain, or in the most popular United States, football has its impact on the lives of millions. To meet this demand, the Football shirt stores are growing like mushrooms with the original brands, and also their replicas.
Today, most fans do not bother to buy originals from the official teams, and rather go for a replica of the original design of the football teams. Apart from the official uniforms, the replica also displays the names, logos, pictures or captions of the teams. The most famous among these are the faces of famous players or their actions. Right from a kindergarten kid to a professional worker, everybody is bitten by the craze of football.
The season is up again, and the sales are zooming throughout the football shirt stores. People are looking for the latest trends with crazy designs and captions that support the players or teams. Some go even further and tattoo their favorite team’s logo, name or design onto their body. Although football is a successful game that has a growing number of fans, the fashion is very short lived. The football shirt stores need to update their warehouse from time to time to keep up with the models released by the official teams. In this regard, the football shirt stores are more inclined to bring out more generalized designs rather than keeping a huge stock of the jerseys.
These general shirts, T-shirts and accessories are more popular among the teenagers, who like to follow their football star. This allows them to afford the latest designs rather than shell out their savings on the costlier branded jerseys. The specialty stores which stock the official wear for the big teams also provide club membership for the fans and provide a discounted price on all the items purchased. This gives the fans a chance to interact with the other fans and also keep in touch with the latest trends in the town. The internet is playing a major role in these kind of clubs and associations. Fans can access via the Internet and keep a check on the products and prices, and order online for the best price in town.