Thursday, October 28, 2010

Complete Guide to Special Teams by Frank Beamer

Another great addition to your youth football coaching library is Frank Beamers Complete Guide to Special Teams (American Football Coaches Ass).  This is a great book on special teams.  My copy is worn, highlighted and notes in different colors along the page edges.

I spend a good amount of time on Special Teams in practice, because Special Teams is an easy way to gain an edge in youth football .  Even Coach Vince Lombardi knew that an error on Special Teams was usually the difference in close games.

I highly recommend this book, Complete Guide to Special Teams (American Football Coaches Ass).  Remember to play for fun and winning is funner.  EMJ69USHHT46

Complete Guide to Installing 44 Split Defense by Joe Roman

One of the many defensive books in my youth football coaching library is Complete Guide to Installing the 44 Split Defense (Art & Science of Coaching)  I am not big on the 44 defense but this book has some very good general defensive coaching information, coverage explanations, communication, linebacker play and a pretty good chapter on the kicking game from a defensive perspective.

I recommend this book.  Its not a favorite of mine but a good addition to any coaching library.

Remember, Play for Fun and Winning is Funner.  Coach Parker, Keller TX

Vince Lombardi On Football

Yesterday, I  received my copy of Vince Lombardi on Football and read the first 25 pages this morning.  Absolutely amazing.  Coach Lombardi goes into great detail about the Green Bay Packer Sweep by position.  I can hear him speaking to me through the pages.  Can't wait to read more.
Here's a video so you can hear Coach.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Block to the Pile

I like John Gruden's coaching point to offensive lineman. I tell my guys the same thing.

Offensive lineman should block to the tackling pile and block / peel tacklers from piling on the your running back. Don't watch the defense pile on your teammate. Help your brother out.

Have Fun and Winning is Funner.

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Complete Book of Drills for Winning Football Book by Koehler

One of my top books I use to help organize my youth football practices is the Complete Book of Drills for Winning Football by Micheal D. Koehler.  It has over 350 football drills in offense, defense and special teams; agility, quarterback, running back, receiver, offensive lineman, d-lineman, linebacker, tackling, defensive backs, and team drills.

It has great diagrams of the drills, with coaching points, purpose and detailed explanations of the football drills.  I highly recommend Complete Book of Drills for Winning Football.

Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Single Wing Offense DVD Youth Football Dave Cisar

I am a fan of the Single Wing Offense.  I like to run the Single Wing and Beast formations on short yardage situations in a multi formation offensive scheme.  A couple of years ago, Coach Cisar ask me to review his book and a few of his videos on my blog at Coach Cisar's books and videos are great for the youth football coach.

Even if you do not use the Single Wing, the information is Coach Cisar's books and videos will be useful to you in coaching your youth football team and players.  Coach Cisar's media is highly recommended.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Helmet Safety article NYT

NORMAN, Okla. — Moments after her son finished practicing with his fifth-grade tackle football team, Beth Sparks examined his scuffed and battered helmet for what she admitted was the first time. She looked at the polycarbonate shell and felt the foam inside before noticing a small emblem on the back that read, “MEETS NOCSAE STANDARD.”

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Play Football the NFL Way by Tom Bass

Here's another book that I bought back in the 1990's when I first started coaching youth football for Plano Sports Authority just North of Dallas Texas.  My copy of this book is worn out.  A ton of good pics and Bass is a great author. You can probably find a good used copy for a bargain.

The book outlines the main position areas in football, like QB, RB, LB, etc and explains their techniques in detail and describes practice drills.  You can hit the Amazon link on the left and search inside the book for more details.

I hope you enjoy the book!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Playing Outside Linebacker or Defensive End

Fritz Shurmur's description of how to play the outside linebacker or defensive end whichever you call it, maybe the best I have read yet.  I just got his book today The Eagle Five-Linebacker Defense, and was thumbing through it and came across his outside linebacker description.  Unbelievable!  I can't wait to read more, but need to finish the Lombardi book first.  I must be ADD.  I've got 15 defensive football books on the coffee table.  


Football Coach's Survival Guide Coaching Book

I bought the Football Coach's Survival Guide back in 1992 when I first starting coaching.  You can pick up a used copy pretty cheap.  Its not the greatest book but it does have some good information in it for football coaches.  It a guide for High School coaches and has good practical applications for youth coaches.  I am partial to this book since it was one of the first books in my football coaching library.  I hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Coaching Youth Football by Coach Reed

If you are a youth football coach or thinking about coaching a team, you must purchase Coach John T Reeds Coaching Youth Football book.  This is a must have book for your youth football coaching library.  Coach Reed is a little gruff and gritty, but his common sense no-nonsense approach is great.  I personally loved this book, and I know some do not like him.  If you are old school and or a very disciplined focused individual, you will love Coach Reeds books.  I highly recommend this book to youth football coaches.

Coaching Football's 46 Defense book by Ryan and Walker

One of the defensive football books that I read this summer was Coaching Footballs 46 Defense by Rex Ryan and Jeff Walker.  This football coaching book is a must have for our coaching library.  I love Rex Ryan.  I watched him speak on one of the COOL clinic DVDs three years ago and recently on HBOs Hard Knocks with the New York Jets.  He is a coach I wish I would have had the opportunity to play for and would die for an internship opportunity with him and the Jets.  Ok, so let me dream.  :)

Buddy Ryan's 46 Defense gained exposure with the 1985 Championship Chicago Bears.  And because the defense is so widely identified with the Bears, it is sometimes known as the "Bear."  The Defense focuses on the run so its great for all football levels even youth football teams where the run is king.

I highly recommend this book.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Footballs secrets in The Official Lombardi Playbook

I am currently reading The Official Vince Lombardi Playbook by Phil Barber.  This is a great book about one of football's Hall of Fame coaches, that includes actual hand written plays and notes from Lombardi along with interviews from some of Lombardi's top players.

For youth football coaches, Lombardi emphasized perfection, drills and repetition.  One of the main points of success for Lombardi's Packer Sweep was the endless repetition; 30 minutes sweep time per practice and at least 30 reps weekly in practice on just the sweep play.  Lombardi focused on the sweep to set up other plays, like the off-tackle trap and full back cut back.  Remember youth football coaches, your play calling should not be random offensive plays but a series of plays to set up the next play, like a chess game.

Lombardi liked to keep things simple.  Lombardi once said "Football is two things.  Its blocking and tackling.  I don't care anything about formations or new offenses or tricks on defense.  You block and tackle better than the team you are playing, you win."

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Youth Football Defensive Football Drills - Great football drills book

I am the defensive coordinator this season for the Keller Raiders Select youth football club in Keller Texas, and I am reading a ton of defensive books this season.  Every month I buy one or two used football defensive books that are less than $10 on Amazon. I keep a few books by the TV, and when I get bored with a game like today's Cowboys game against the Vikings, I thumb through one of the books for some youth football coaching ideas.

One of the books that has been instrumental in my defensive practices, and one that I carry in my football backpack is AFCAs Defensive Football Drills by the American Football Coaches Association with a forward by Grant Teaff.  For just $5 you really need to give up a six pack or latte and get a great defensive football coaching book.