Age Variations When Coaching Youth Football

Coaching Factors for a number of Age Ranges in Youth Football

In the past posts, I’ve given numerous strategies for dealing with more youthful aged youth sportsmen. As pointed out within the book as well as in these posts, the 6-8 years old children are very visual so we demonstrated you a lot methods about how use that to your benefit.

How can another youth football age ranges change from one another?

They are generalizations that I’ve discovered have held true with my very own teams in addition to from what I’ve come across doing clinics and from feedback using their company coaches:

Age bracket strata change from league to league, they are some I’ve labored with:

Age 8-10: While our opponents rarely permit the eight year olds to experience tackle football, we all do. About 80% in our 8 year olds play tackle, the tiniest and least mature 8’s play flag football. Recommendations with the proper practice priorities like individuals detailed within the book and restricting most drills to small competitive groups and lasting a maximum of ten minutes, even 8 year olds could be educated to be proficient youth sportsmen. That’s obviously while using books practice methodology and never doing the 40-60 play playbook factor that lots of poorly coached youth football teams utilize.

This age bracket is easily the most fun to teach i believe. They’re wanting to please, have couple of improper habits, they would like to discover the game, they’re passionate and many of them still respect authority. This group responds real well to praise and rewards. They’ll test you want any group, but less so than other age ranges.

Age 11-12: This group can frequently perform because the playbook or maybe more compared to 13-14s simply because they still listen pretty much. They have performed a minimum of 12 months and a few as much as 3-four years. What this means is you might want to break some poor habits or accountability standards their previous coach didn’t address correctly. They are able to test you and also a few of the top athletes may try to perform tasks “their” way rather you have. It is crucial to want absolute adherence towards the technique standards you place, otherwise it will likely be chaos with this particular group. Reward, praise and punishment are needed to create this group perform for their potential. You can now toss the waggle pass and employ more motion.

Age 13-14: The most challenging, rewarding and frustrating group to teach. This age bracket in the past has already established the greatest give up rate in youth football. Players this age start looking with other interests like women, work, other sports, game titles and college to mention only a couple of. Some kids this age with little parental support also undergo stages of indifference where they do not do much else. As a number of these players undergo adolescence their physiques change, the large dominating kid is performed growing and today low and behold, he is among the smaller sized kids. The little kid that held their own in the more youthful age ranges does not grow a little or adopts adolescence later and it is all of a sudden dwarfed by much bigger and much more aggressive players. Some players within this age bracket grow 5 inches and set on 30 pounds of muscle in one season to another. They are available back with much deeper voices, hair on your face and tone of muscle, hardly recognizable from the year before. These vast variations in maturity levels frequently drive slower developing kids in the game. Many less strong players by now determine that football won’t be something they’ll stand out at and prevent playing. While passing precision continues to be spotty we’ve had players this age that may toss the ball 35-40 yards.