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Guiding Principles For Coaching

  • Make football fun, Make football fun, Make football fun!

  • Have a well organized practice plan, limit standing around, and improve conditioning (lot’s of running and “hustler of the day”)

  • Everyone plays in practice and in games

  • Teach as many positions as you can to all the kids to 3rd, 4th, & 5th graders. This is the time for trial (within weight limits) and experimentation with players

  • Teach the importance of attention to detail to 6th, 7th, & 8th graders (mastery of their position).

  • Emphasize the fundamentals in every practice (blocking, tackling, ball protection, teamwork) follow our  Basic O and a Basic D (a “base”)

  • Incorporate a progression of skill development for every player (some are advanced, some are new to the program)

  • Cheer encouragement, whisper constructive criticism

  • Have a team focus (pick what we want to be great at in Ipswich, I suggest “Team Defense”)

  • Connect football values to life values (teamwork, preparation, good sportsmanship, hustle…)

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