Youth Football Coach Lesson #1…

By FirstDown PlayBook on Jun 2, 2023

Okay, it’s June. It’s time to start getting serious about preparing for your youth football or flag football team you plan to coach. Here’s the first lesson for every youth football coach and flag football coach…It Ain’t About You, Coach.

Don’t take this personally. The statement holds up regardless of if you are talking about the NFL, college or high school football too. It’s always about the players and if you don’t understand that, you are going to struggle mightily.

This is lesson number one for coaches at all levels. It’s particularly critical to remember that it’s always about the kids on your roster when coaching a youth football team. Everything that you do when planning your practices or games should be prefaced with this question. “Is this helping the players?

It can be easier to say than do sometimes. We are all competitive. When the word “Coach” gets put in front of our name there is a certain amount of power that comes with it. Deserved or not.

Here’s a good way to help prevent abusing that power. The best coaches we have ever seen in our years of coaching always replace “coach” with “teacher” in their minds when they work with their players.

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This will always help you stay focused on what you are really trying to get done. Regardless of if it is an intense practice or a very close competitive game. It must always be about the kids. It’s not about the parents and it certainly ain’t about you Coach.

During the month of June, we will take deeper look into some things that can help you as a youth football coach and a flag football coach. You are taking on one of the most challenging jobs out there. Being a youth football coach is hard. Being good youth football coach is even harder. So be sure to check back here at the FirstDown PlayBook Coaches Community website for more help later!

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We will also feature a youth football or flag football play of the day on each blog. You can click on the play to see more free youth football help. So book mark this website because there is going to be a lot of helpful things on here. This is particularly true if you are new to the coaching ranks. Stay tuned this will be fun!

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