Youth Football Practices, Fun Increases Competitiveness – it is Your Friend, See How

Having Fun and Being Competitive Are NOT Mutually Exclusive

First let’s start off by establishing, you can have fun, play all your kids, teach great fundamentals and play well (win), these aren’t somehow mutually exclusive goals like some soccer moms or perennial losing coaches would like you to believe. But I’ve also been challenged by some of the win-at-all costs guys or the skeptical negative naybobs of negativism that you can’t interject fun into everything you do in youth football. One of these cheerful guys once challenged me to make an angle form fit and freeze tackling drill fun.

How To Interject Fun Into the Most Mundane Drill

While this very important drill is probably one of the few แทงบอลออนไลน์ drills we do every day in practice, it can be a very vanilla and bland drill. These are the EXACT type of drills you HAVE to make fun, otherwise the kids end up just going through the motions on the drill instead of getting the full benefit of it.

First, let’s describe the Angle Form Fit Tackling Drill: 2 players facing the same direction (towards the coach) about 10-12 yards apart. The coach is about 7 -10 yards in front of the players, he is standing in-between the 2 players 10 yard spacing. The “defender” is in his defensive position stance, whatever that may be. The “offensive” player is standing in a 2 point stance. On “go” each player jogs at about 1/3 speed toward the coach, so each player is running at about a 45 degree angle. The players converge just in front of the coach, with the ‘defender” executing a “fit” form tackle on the offensive player. The coaching points we are looking for are: defenders feet nearly on top of the feet of the “offensive” player, knees bent, feet just wider than shoulder length apart, head up and in front of the offensive player, backside shoulder making contact with the offensive players midsection, and arms wrapped completely around the offensive players midsection. Upon contact each player freezes and the coach corrects any mistakes, once the coach taps the players on the head or says “go” they can come off the “freeze” and go to the end of the line.

Pace is Key

You can do this at a pace of 4-5 per minute; I do mine at a pace of 6-10 per minute. Do this in very small groups of 6 or 8, get several groups going and remember to alternate which line is offense and defense so the kids get used to tackling from both angles. This drill is part of our dynamic warm up, where our goal is to get blood flow to the muscles as well as teach a very important football skill. You can’t accomplish this goal if the pace is not quick and the lines are too long. The pace should be such that the kids are breathing a bit heavier than normal, but not winded.

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