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Coyote
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May 14, 2020 11:42 am  

Greeting Coaches,

We're reviewing everything this off-season, and at the moment thinking about our coaching philosophy.

What are your coaching philosophy & beliefs regarding football?

Not really looking at strategies / tactics / game-practice plans, but general approach to coaching.

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spidermac
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May 14, 2020 11:51 am  

Hmm...that is very broad...I am going to think about it and then come back and answer 🙂

None of them suck, they just haven't found what the kid is good at yet.


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May 14, 2020 1:33 pm  
Posted by: @coyote

 

What are your coaching philosophy & beliefs regarding football?

 

We are simple, because we are simple.


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chucknduck
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May 14, 2020 4:27 pm  

"Wanna know what kind of a coach you are? Ask your worst player."
Jim Harbaugh

I strive to have no mpp's. I try to sell the coaches on that the first time I meet with them. Most will not fully buy into it, but they don't have much choice. I want to take the minimum play requirement right out of the equation. We are going to use them all, usually more than double the requirement. Hopefully, they don't kill us out there, but we're going to sink or swim getting all of them involved on game day.

At practice, the worst players are getting the same amount of reps as the best players. We're going pretty fast, nobody is standing around. On game day, we will start 22 players if at all possible, sometimes it is not. If it is not possible, it'll be close, we'll have 20 or 21 starters.

Using this approach over the past six years or so we may have lost a couple close games that we could have won had we used the best eleven approach, but I can't really think of any. However, there have been several games we have pulled out at the very end that we probably would have lost playing the best eleven. Our guys were fresh, the opponents were not.

I've been on staffs where the best guys played both ways, pretty much the entire game. I hated it. The only kids that cared if we won or lost were the eleven that were on the field.

The sideline atmosphere between a team that platoons and one that doesn't is very different. The coach on the best eleven team has to tell their sideline to cheer for their teammates or to even pay attention. That is not necessary with a platoon team. The players on the sideline are engaged. They're counting on their teammates to help them win. The kids are excited, having fun,and they're happy.

And a happy team is tough to beat!


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May 14, 2020 6:39 pm  

We get a 'helper' coach or two every season, some parent who wants to be helpful.  So we've got some stuff written out for them.  We have a Mom and a Grandpa from last season returning... likely will add one maybe two more.   This is is the shortened version of what we share with them... I've edited it down to the important stuff related to the thread.  I doubt there's anything original in here...

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A coach - above all else - is a teacher.   We can’t teach what we don’t know. 

Too many think they can walk off the street and be a coach because they were players. That’s like thinking you can run a restaurant, because you have fixed a meal before. Good coaches spend as much time learning how to teach/coach as they can. Materials are readily available, national clinics are too.  As coaches we must keep learning and developing ourselves. If we’re not willing to develop as coaches we’re not being fair to the kids.  

Philosophy:  Find what the kid does best, and let him do it, a lot!    Kids bring different abilities to the game, find what they do well and help them succeed.   It’s the Jimmys and the Joes, not the X’s and the O’s. In other words, we play to their strengths, not their weaknesses.        Coach ‘em UP!

Goal: To play with excellent execution and technique.  It’s not the scheme, it’s not the play, it’s the execution.  Meaning execution within the capacity of 8 & 9 year olds.    Coach ‘em UP!!

Skills and Drills:   Teach them how to win the one-on-ones against kids who are next level better.  Teach weaker kid how to beat the average kid; the average kid to beat the good kid; the good kids how to beat the great kid.   Everyone loves coaching the great ones, but the great ones will be great anyway, it’s what the rest of the kids can do that makes the difference between good & great teams. Daily Skills and Drills will improve our players’ fundamentals.    Coach ‘em UP!!!

Belief:  Proper form and technique allows a less talented kid to succeed against better talent.   This requires we teach fundamentals.  Having coached different teams at different levels, experience says there is nothing more important than to teach the fundamentals. If the kids can’t perform the fundamentals and techniques correctly, they can’t function within any offensive or defensive scheme we might try to install.   Coach ‘em UP!!!!

With these 4 ideas in mind, our Offense & Defense is kid-friendly designed to allow a wide range of talents and abilities to flourish against better athletes.    Coach ‘em UP!!!!!

Point of Emphasis:  Practice does not make perfect.  Perfect practice makes perfect.  We chase perfection hoping to catch excellence.   These are, after all, 8 & 9 year olds, perfection is a bit much, but excellence we can achieve.     Coach ‘em UP!!!!!!

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Open to thoughts and suggestions, 
Thanx

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Coach Kyle
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May 14, 2020 7:28 pm  

I spent some time studying philosophy. It wasn't in school or anything, but I realize now that a "philosophy" of football is too broad a term. I think most people really just mean style when they say philosophy. For example, an up the middle run team might practice breaking tackles and blowing people off the ball where a spread team might want to focus more on being able to get the ball into space with short passes and zone blocking. And obviously it would make no sense to practice getting the ball into space if you plan on running up the gut all season. Then there's personnel.

So I guess "philosophy" would mean something different at the youth level because you may not necessarily be able to pick your players. You may sort of get stuck with whatever you get. So I think most people would stick to one type of football that they're more comfortable with, but they'll try to feature one kid and set up some misdirection. I think a lot of people also try to get the edge. I think a lot of people try to make the game as simple as possible. I think a lot of coaches want a high level of toughness out of their team. 

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May 15, 2020 9:29 am  
Posted by: @coach-kyle

a "philosophy" of football is too broad a term

I know what you mean, the term in a college Philosophy class wouldn't be used the way us common folk use it.   

I'd been googling "philosophy of football" before seeking the collective wisdom of this list.  Generally I think most folk (on-line) use the word to cover their approach to coaching or their belief about the game.   I think - for us - 'style' as your thinking of it, falls under what we're reviewing under 'strategies and tactics'.  'Style', tho, would also fit under 'beliefs'... so, yeah, 'philosophy'.  😎 

My post reflects our approach and belief - 'philosophy' -  we're doing a critical review of everything we do, seeking to upgrade everything... that includes taking a hard look at this as well. 

[We're also going over our strategy and tactics, assignment and alignment, forms and techniques, skills and drills....]

Looking forward to hearing what others' 'philosophy' covers... 

Thanx

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May 16, 2020 1:05 pm  

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May 16, 2020 5:20 pm  

Guess mines vague... "Improve the player for the team" 

 

We set out to improve the players individually, in all attributes and facets of the game. We push this on our player to improve and help improve. Always work together. Our coaches are to do the same. 

I can explain it to you, I can't understand if for you.


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May 16, 2020 9:25 pm  

My philosophy is that if you need a philosophy for football to coach it, you're thinking too hard!


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May 16, 2020 11:01 pm  
Posted by: @bob-goodman

My philosophy is that if you need a philosophy for football to coach it, you're thinking too hard!

LOL...Its good to follow some rules you set for yourself privately at least. 

Everything is earned regardless....play your minimums....enjoy the moments.....delegate....

Sure its youth football but for most of these kids its a really big deal. Plus there are some life lessons to be had along the way for the kids. We all know that to be true. 

What is beautiful, lives forever.


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May 16, 2020 11:04 pm  
Posted by: @gumby_in_co

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BTW....forgot to mention it....Jeannette wants us to consider coaching at AHS this Fall. She is tight with the AD and can make it happen. They are looking for help. 

Food for thought if there is a season. 

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Bob Goodman
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May 17, 2020 2:25 pm  
Posted by: @mahonz
Posted by: @bob-goodman

My philosophy is that if you need a philosophy for football to coach it, you're thinking too hard!

LOL...Its good to follow some rules you set for yourself privately at least.

If I had to consciously set rules for myself when I engaged in some activity I didn't have to do, I just wouldn't do that activity.  That's like the people who go to a casino with an advance idea of the maximum they'll let themselves lose; what's the point of that?  If you don't trust your future self to make reasonable wagers, you shouldn't go there.


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32wedge
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May 17, 2020 3:12 pm  
Posted by: @bob-goodman

My philosophy is that if you need a philosophy for football to coach it, you're thinking too hard!

If I had to consciously set rules for myself when I engaged in some activity I didn't have to do, I just wouldn't do that activity.  That's like the people who go to a casino with an advance idea of the maximum they'll let themselves lose; what's the point of that?  If you don't trust your future self to make reasonable wagers, you shouldn't go there.

Bob is on a roll.   Good stuff Goodman!  Keep it up and I am going to start a file of Bob quotes.


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May 17, 2020 6:53 pm  
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Posted by: @mahonz
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My philosophy is that if you need a philosophy for football to coach it, you're thinking too hard!

LOL...Its good to follow some rules you set for yourself privately at least.

If I had to consciously set rules for myself when I engaged in some activity I didn't have to do, I just wouldn't do that activity.  That's like the people who go to a casino with an advance idea of the maximum they'll let themselves lose; what's the point of that?  If you don't trust your future self to make reasonable wagers, you shouldn't go there.

I've picked up a few broke hitch hikers leaving Las Vegas in my day😎 

I only play Roulette. I have a system that puts me up or down $500 no matter how long I play. The goal is to drink heavily for free and score some Comp tickets to a show...along with the thrill of gambling. But if you sit there long enough they think you at least deserve some tickets. 

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