The Best Kept Secret For Youth Coaches
By Anthony Stone on Mar 10, 2017


By Guest Coach Anthony Stone

Getting a players attention is one of the hardest things to do today.  This generation is not like the old days where the coach would yell and the players would listen.  That is why I believe this is the best-kept secret for all youth football coaches, schoolteachers, or anyone that needs to get the attention of a large group in order to stay on track and keep the groups attention.  As a coach, I know none of us ever have a problem with someone not paying attention at practice or during a game, right?  In an ideal world they are all excellent listeners so we never have to repeat ourselves!  I have found that this technique works for ages 2-18 and it is usually a big hit especially when said with excitement!  I use this method for coaching and teaching and it always gets the attention of the group as well as show the ones that are not paying attention.  So I say really loud, “Two Claps (Athletes clap twice), Two Claps (Athletes clap twice again.)”  I recently added, “Let me hear your: WOOOOOOOOO!”


This method is especially ideal for youth sports, like football.  It is important for parents to remember that coaches at this level are volunteering.  They are doing it for the love of the game and because they remember the excitement football or any sport can bring at a young age.  Or like me, they are the parent that is either called on to help so they make sure their son or daughter can play because there are not enough volunteers.


Two Claps, Two Claps

Let Me Hear Your: WOOOOOOOOOO!


I started implementing this because the traditional methods were not getting the players attention.  I have learned that we must evolve with the generation or they will stop listening to us.  Plus, it helps lessen stress levels.

“I want to thank all of the coaches that have coached me as a player, coached against me, or coached with me. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today!”

Coach Anthony Stone


Anthony Stone is a Physical Education teacher at Gregory Elementary School and Quarterbacks Coach at Boylan High School in Rockford, IL.  He is also the Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach for the Women’s Australian National Outback 2017 Team. In July 2016, he was named to the Hudl Top 100 list. He has presented at IAPHERD, the top physical education convention in the state of IL, on how to get students moving with his Games Galore presentations. He has also presented at the Chicago Glazier Clinics on Quarterbacks & Special Teams. He was the Defensive Coordinator for the 2010 U.S. Women’s National Tackle Football Team, winners of the IFAF Women’s World Championship in which Team USA did not allow a point in three games with an overall score of 201-0. It is still a record. Stone has coached in the CIFL and the IWFL Leagues as well as Beloit College (Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator) and Rockford University (Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers). He has also coached football at the youth, middle school and high school level. He will be putting on fundamental football youth camps around the world in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @Coach_Stone_MT and use the Hash tag #TwoClaps to share your success.


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