What Does a Good Practice Look Like?
By FirstDown PlayBook on Aug 17, 2020

Over the past several months FirstDown PlayBook has provided you with tips on organizing and running your youth football program. We are continuing that here today. If you have missed any of these blogs and want to go back to read them just go here and type in YOUTH FOOTBALL HELP in the search engine. You will find these articles and much more!

You have evaluated your youth football roster. You know what style of offense and defense you want to teach. You have made a practice schedule out for all of your coaches. You have even planned out what life lesson you plan to incorporate with your first practice. Now what? Well, now it’s time to practice!

What Does A Good Practice “Look” Like?

If you have ever watched a good football practice and a bad football practice here are some things that will stand out between the two. If you watch a bad football practice you will see some of the following things:

  1. A lot of standing around by the players and the coaches.
  2. Players and coaches walking from drill to drill.
  3. An abundance of talking by the coaches without much player activity.

On the other hand, when you see a good football practice it often looks like a production. The team will come up with the coach before practice and at some point there will be a whistle or a horn that is blown. When that happens everyone is moving!

The field and equipment is already set up and every coach has his or her drills ready to go. After the the team breaks down on the word of the day, then it is time to work! It looks like organized chaos but make no mistake about it, it is organized!

This one simple thing can set the tempo for your entire practice and the mindset of everyone on the field. Your practice should be full of movement! Your coaches should be coaching effort and hustle as they get the players to their individual areas. Of course, in order to do this you and your coaches have to know where and what you are doing when the whistle blows.

When we return, we will look at how you can empower your assistant coaches. This will exponentially increase your ability to get your team taught.