Monday, January 28, 2013

How to Coach Winning Football Book

Yep, just got a few more old football books in today.  I like to find them on Amazon in the used books for less than $10.  You can find some good info in these old football books.  This afternoon, I skimmed through How to Coach Winning Football by Otto D. Unruh published in 1960.  Great book.  I wish some of the top NFL coaches would write some coaching books.  I read Rex Ryan's 46 defense book and loved it.

I am really psyched because I am coaching offense this Spring football season and was developing a multiple offense and Coach Otto has the same formations I am planning to use; Double Wing, Single Wing and a Wing T which is similar to the offset I am planning on using. He has several plays which i have never seen before and now plan on using.   Coach Otto also uses a multiple defense similar to my 70 / 6-1 / 6-2  Multiple defense I run.  It's always nice to find confirmation evidence of your plans.  Thanks Coach Otto.

I'll write up a more detailed review over the next few weeks.

Thanks,
Coach Parker
Keller, TX / Fort Worth, Texas

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Book - Coaching Football and the Split T Formation

Just received the book Coaching Football and the Split T Formation by James M Tatum and Warren K. Giese published in 1953.  I really love these old football books.  I read the first few chapters which are related to the history of football, coach's responsibilities and common injuries with taping instructions.  I am about to start the Chapter on the Single Wing.

I will post a full review in a couple of weeks.  I know I am going to love this new football book, because these old books have many gems for running game strategies which are perfect for youth football.

Thanks,
Coach Parker
Keller, Texas / DFW / Ft. Worth TX

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

John McKay USC Football on Defense

"It is not where you line up, it is where you wind up." John McKay USC Football Coach in his book Football Coaching talking about defense alignment. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Football is a game of Legs

I've been reading USC's Coach John McKay's book, Football Coaching.  He says that he believes that football is a game of legs and the primary excercise should be running.  I tend to agreee.  If you have strong legs and a strong base then football is easier for that player.  This off-season my youngest son is playing soccer and he is already getting faster and quicker for this fall.  

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Twitter Tweet Coaching Youth Football

Twitter and Tweet yourself and find some cool information about coaching youth football.  Plus you will learn like minded football coaches on Twitter.  Twitter is nothing more than a real time headline / subject feed from real people.  Its a great source of niche information on your interest subject matter.  And for youth football coaches, there is a ton of good info.

Ok, so I am an Internet Marketer in my real life, but to be honest I finally really using Twitter September 2010 after reading The Twitter Book by Tim O'Reilly and Sarah Milstein.

The biggest mistake I was making was trying to use Twiiter like Facebook.  They are two different animals.  On Twitter try to find everyone in your niche interest group and follow them.  You can follow me here http://twitter.com/#!/coachparker_org and find a ton of football coaches, sportswriters and players from my following list.  This is how I got started.  I found a several youth football coaches and started following them and their follow lists.  Soon I was following close to 300 people.  It sounds like a ton but it is not.

Increase the people you follow was the main point the book taught me.  Follow more than just your freinds and professional acquaintances.  Choose credible people to follow by looking:

  1. Who is following them
  2. How many tweets
  3. Subject of Tweets
  4. Recent activity of Tweets (at least that week)
  5. How many people are following them
  6. Are they listed and how many
Try to follow at least 200 people to get a feel of what is going on.  You can always add, delete and change your follows.  Don't be scared.  Jump in and get started.  You will be glad you did.  I am so happy I started tweeting because I have picked up some very good information.  

I highly recommend The Twitter Book.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Handbook of Winning Football by Coach George Allen

Last night I finished reading Handbook of Winning Football by Hall of Fame Coach George Allen.  About 450 pages of football wisdom.  It was published in 1975 but once you read it, you will realize why Coach Allen is a Hall of Fame football coach.  Also if you are a Washington Redskins fan from that era you will love all the pictures.

For all new youth football coaches that think they may not be good football coaches because they lack football knowledge, "Organization is the foundation of all successful football coaching.  This is just as true in the handling of high school and college teams as it is in coaching play for pay professional squads.  Organization is the basis for the whole game."  Get your self organized find some good assistant coaches and have fun coaching youth football.

Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bear Bryant Autobiography - Greatest College Football Coach

I just finished reading Bear: the Hard Life and Good Times of Alabama's Coach Bryant, the autobiography of one of the greatest college football coaches of all time.  I enjoyed the book.  Bear is pretty cocky but his southern charm come through.  He is definitely old school and from a different generation.

It was interesting to learn he coached Joe Namath at Alabama and actually suspended Namath. He also was one of the first coaches to embrace Darrell Royal's Wishbone.

Ok, I recommend Bear: the Hard Life and Good Times of Alabama's Coach Bryant if your wanting to read great coach's autobiographies otherwise I preferred Tom Landry's book. 

Friday, December 31, 2010

Tom Landry and Autobiography - Football Dallas Cowboys

I just finished Tom Landry: An Autobiography and it was excellent.  I must admit I have always been a Dallas Cowboys fan since growing up in Texas and from the Dallas / Fort Worth area as a young child.  I also coach youth football and I love this book.  I am definitely a Landry guy!

..."if you want a football team to improve, you need to identify the areas in which you aren't as good and practice those."  Tom Landry

After finishing the Paterno autobiography last week, this autobiography is a little different in that its less about coaching and more about Coach's life but a more enjoyable read, probably for a Cowboy fan. I highly recommend Tom Landry: An Autobiography.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.