angling for HC position
Several years ago Dave Cisar wrote that the turn of the year is the best time to start lining up a youth football coaching position, and that most readers should want to be head coaches, because that was the only way we'd likely be happy about it. Anybody here have a link to that piece?
There's too much I'd like to change about our routine for any but the HC. I want to change things about how we practice as well as how we play. I think our team's HC Adam had better ideas than most about these things, but still a far cry from what I'd like. HC Dan before him was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the game, but I think his practices were more wasteful.
Tonight is our team's post-season banquet. In our club each team has their own, but the president of the club might be there. He's a nice man I don't see that often, and I'm looking for advice on how to do this.
In 2016 I was tapped to be HC of a team in the club I was coaching in since 2010, but turned it down because I thought it likely I'd move out of the area during the season, which is exactly what happened. Here I've been an AC since 2017, moving up annually with the players.
The Newton club took 2020 off and switched to 2-year teams (the Morris County Youth Football League accommodates 1- and 2-year divisions) for 2021 and the foreseeable future. I could stay with the Varsity division team (last level before they age out of our club), which for 2022 can retain about half its players in addition to picking up some from the PeeWee division team. However, not only is our HC's son staying, but our DC's son is too, as will Tim's; Tim's the one who had a stroke at a game during the season and is doing pretty well but may quit coaching on medical advice. On top of that, club president Bill's older son will be moving up from the PeeWees. The upshot of this is that if I thought my role was rather passive in 2021, it's likely to be even more so in 2022.
I'd be interested in moving down to coach PeeWees if I can be HC. I don't want to go down further to the Clinic division if I can help it, because I'm not as happy coaching 8 YOs (which about half would be) and the game that division plays in the MCYFL is too loaded with Mickey Mouse modifications and restrictions, as I learned when I started there in 2017.
Good luck Bob!
Go get it Bob.
"The Greater the Teacher, the More Powerful the Player."
The Mission Statement: "I want to show any young man that he is far tougher than he thinks, that he can accomplish more than what he dreamed and that his work ethic will take him wherever he wants to go."
I’m not sure what the best approach would be for you. You definitely need to let the people who make these decisions know you want to be a HC. You seem to be a very dedicated volunteer wherever you are.
Anybody turn up that Dave Cisar piece? It might've been on DumCoach or at Delphi's single wing, etc. forum. It was posted around the end of the year, I just don't remember which year, except that it was not too recent. I'd ask him here except the private messaging feature is out of commission.
Anyway, Bill wasn't at the banquet last night, but my fellow coaches also think he'll move up, so that the Varsity-division team will be top-heavy with coaches. Tim says he's coming back too, says it took him about a month to heal from the stroke, faster than his doctor had forecast.
What Adam did that I liked this season was cut down the number of practice nights a week and cut out a lot of the general agility drills, plus reduced session time a little. What I disliked was that he cut down even more on full contact drills, where I thought Dan already had too little. Plus Adam didn't send weekly practice plans (after the first couple weeks pre-season) the way Dan did, though Adam did talk to us informally about what he wanted to emphasize in particular weeks or sessions.
No matter how bad organizations get, seems they each have some facet about them that I appreciate; in 2007, as bad as the North Bronx Youth Sports Association was organizationally, the head coach of the club did provide weekly and per-session practice schedules -- not that we kept to them, though! ? And he also gave me specific tasks on game days, at least some of the time. And we had club-wide coach meetings every other pre-season week, though those were basically pizza-and-complaint fests. The last club I coached at was getting better with coach meetings too by the time I left, but here they're usually just annual and probably wouldn't be a benefit if they were more frequent. Like all meetings, they can be productive or a waste of time, depending on your needs and how they're addressed.
As far as Xs and Os of the offense, I doubt I'd introduce sidesaddle or cut down the OL splits enough to make wedge a threat, but I would like to introduce progressive splits, some snapping between the QB's legs, FB offsets, and flipping (mirroring) the whole formation -- players, positions, and hole numbering. I have the advantage of not caring at all about Newton HS's games; being a newcomer to the neighborhood helps my apathy about that.
I suggest that you send an email to every program in the area that you think you could be a coach at. That can also help your pitch to your present organization. You would think loyalty would be rewarded, but in reality they might not consider you for a variety of reasons, most of which may even be out of your control. But organizations need coaches all the time, and if you put yourself out there you will find them.