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COACHES EXPECTATIONS





What we expect of our Coaches and volunteers ( The Head Coach will emphasize team vision and expectations)
 

1.  Keep it Fun 

 
Football is a game, it's not life.  While there are wonderful life lessons to be learned from the game, we as 
 
coaches cannot be so caught up in pummeling our opponent that we forget this important principle. Kids should 
 
not dread coming to practice.

 

2.  Teach the Fundamentals

 
The best football players of today learned the fundamentals of the game many years ago.  This is in our job description 
 
as a youth football coach.  We cannot give our kids a 100 page playbook and expect them to memorize it in a 6 week 
 
season.  Simplify.  Teach.  This game gets more complicated the older they get.  Take the time now to focus on 
 
fundamentals, and teach them how to make a good block, how to catch the football, how to make a solid tackle, how to 
 
perform correct cheer stances. Etc.  Set them up for success in their future football career by laying a solid foundation 
 
now. Don’t just tell them, SHOW  them.
 

3.  Teach Good Sportsmanship 

 
We are privileged to have a role in the shaping of some young people, and we need to take that responsibility seriously.  
 
Our kids should be the ones breaking up the fights in school, not starting them.  Our kids should be the ones leading by 
 
example with their grades, effort, and enthusiasm.  And if we expect them to lead by example, it starts with us.   This 
 
does not mean they have to gather up after every play and sing “We Are The World” .  We can encourage good 
 
sportsmanship and physical intensity at the same. I love to see players going as hard as they can between whistles, and 
 
after the play, helping each other up and going back to do it again.  We help shape Character.
 

4.  Keep It Safe 

 
Football has always been a physical game, with many injuries, and injuries are a normal part of most sports. However, 
 
the reputation for football has gotten worse recently with the research and media buzz about concussions in football. 
 
Can't we, as a general body of good coaches, do our part now before we have mandates on training and safety audits on 
 
our practices? Do we really need to do "bull in the ring" drills with our 10 year olds? Again, our goals are to make sure 
 
they come back to play the game, have fun, and grow into good people. Some injuries are avoidable.
 

5.  Build Lasting Relationships 

 
Many of us reference our youth or high school football coach when we talk about who has made a big impact on our life. 
 
See beyond the scoreboard. You've got parents, neighbors, aunts and uncles involved (for better or worse). You've got 
 
little Willie’s little brother, who actually is fast and physical, and might play for your team someday, if  Willie has fun 
 
with it. To me, it's not just about the game of football, it's about relationships. In some of your eyes, our team and 
 
league may not seem like much, but it's an opportunity. I ask my fellow coaches the same thing I've asked my players; 
 
What are you going to do with what you've been given?
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