Your Youth Football Practice Plan (Part One)

By FirstDown PlayBook on Aug 4, 2020

One question we get every year is about how to set up a practice schedule for your youth football team. FirstDown PlayBook going to really slow down and take a good look at this over the next few days

For those of you with degrees in education, this is going to seem like common sense. However, after an extensive football coaching career, we have seen more than a few coaches go to the practice field and the meeting room without a lesson plan or a practice plan.

Former players can be some of the biggest culprits when it comes to this. They are normally very confident in what they they know and after all, their coach always had the practice plan and all they did was follow it.

When you become a coach, it is a different. Now it is your responsibility to be organized so everyone can get something out of practice. Over this three part series we will look at why having a practice plan is essential.

Practice Plans Hold You Accountable To Yourself

When you head out to the football field, you will have a starting time and an ending time for your practice. We can promise you that regardless of if you coach 6-8 year olds or grown men in the NFL, you will never have enough time once you get to the field. This is why it is critical that you map out what you want to get accomplished before you take the field.

Coaches who go to the field without a practice plan will consistently find that they never finish. They never get to the last two or three things that they wanted to teach. This is because they have not organized their time. There will always be at least one thing that they ended up spending more time on during practice than they had planned to.

Once You Make The Practice Plan…Stick To It

A practice plan forces you to move on so you can get to everything you need to cover. If something you have taught needs more work you can always come back to it the next practice.

If you look at any coach from the NFL down through high school, one thing they have in common is that they always have a practice plan. Every minute of that practice should be planned before you ever take the field. You must be disciplined enough to make a plan and stick to it if you expect to get everything taught that you need to.

Tomorrow we will dive into part two of this series and take an actual look at an NFL practice plan and a youth practice schedule. You will be surprised at how similar they are.

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