A Drill Circuit Gets Your Player & Assistants Involved
One of the absolute worst things you can do as a youth football coach is to have most of your team standing around while two players work. Talk about losing their interest in a hurry. This is why you need to incorporate drill circuit stations with your young Pop Warner or NFL Flag football team.
In order to do this you are going to have to entrust your Pop Warner assistant coaches to teach at least one thing. It also will require that you organize the practice before you take the field.
We understand that your assistant coaches are parents and volunteers just like you. However, they too will lose interest if you don’t find ways to invest their time and energy wisely. Here are some ways that you can do this.
A) Create a drill circuit and make your assistant coaches an expert at something. If you are coaching tackle football, designate someone to be the “tackling” coach and someone else the “shedding blocks” coach and yet another to be the “stance” coach. If you are coaching NFL Flag football just make the drills relevant to that game.
B) Make sure that your drill circuit is organized. This way the players will always be moving from station to station while the coaches stay put at their area. Each coach will teach their designated offensive or defensive skill or technique. This will help you avoid having to spend all of your time setting up your drills because that assistant coach will stay with his or her individual drill.
C) You will probably want to incorporate at least one water break into your practice and when you do this, the assistant coaches can be re-organizing the field setup from offensive drills to defensive drills. Once again the players are never standing around as the coaches set up a drill.