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1 Strategic planning for youth football Gary McCulley The Football Academy 1 What coaches should be thinking and planning during Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter

2 Coaching Materials ALL MATERIALS MENTIONED IN THIS PRESENTATION ARE AVAILABLE FOR Click on youth coaching material link for This presentation Practice plan templates Game day plan templates Sub package templates Business Card Templates Sample playbooks Introductory Letter to Parents and Players Example Team Rules, Expectations, and Consequences And other materials for youth coaches 2

3 Agenda Introductions – What is the GFA Coaching Committee and why are we here? Youth Football Strategic Planning –Spring –Summer –Fall Regular Season Playoffs / Post Season –Winter 3

4 Introductions Who are we? GFA Coaching Committee –Rob Michael – Coordinator –Jim Weybrecht –Terry Mahan –Howard McMurphy –Gary McCulley What are we doing? Recruit, interview, assist, and mentor GFA coaches Why are we doing this? To optimize the overall quality of the program and to prepare kids for High School Football 4

5 Advanced Planning Why do it? –Success thrives with advanced planning Prepare to be successful –Avoid crisis management later on –Brian Kelly example Coach Kelly plans the entire year - to the minute –Including walking to practice field, using the restroom, etc. –Plan your work, work your plan –Everything should have a purpose Dont do something just because Practice like you want to play –Huddle dynamics –Conditioning vs 2 minute drill 5

6 Spring Planning Jan – May 6

7 Spring (Jan – May) Jan - March: Prepare for Head Coach interviews March - May: HC candidates to be interviewed March -June: Head Coaches selected Once selected as a head coach –Head Coach to interview, select, propose and agree on roles and responsibilities for assistant coaches and business manager(s) – see next slide –Entire staff to discuss and agree upon philosophies (offensive, defensive, who will coach coachs sons, etc.) Decide on how to get offensive plays in the game –Wristband, hand signals, messengers, etc. – buy early –HC should arrange pre-season scrimmages for mid to late August vs. quality opponents (suggest picking last years champion and/or runners up – ideally 2 scrimmages before the regular season starts – this will be the forcing function to get your team prepared for the regular season) 7

8 Select / Recruit Assistants Best if done early, prior to registration(March-April) Clearly establish responsibilities –Offense, defense, play calling, special teams, etc. Establish team rules together Establish team philosophy

9 Select / Recruit Assistants Establish/Discuss Offense and Defense –Suggestions Pick an offense and defense that plays to your players strengths –Difficult to do prior to being assigned a team Talk with High School coaches in the area –Pick an offense that kids will see when they attend high school »If most of the kids on your team will attend WFHS… »E.g. Talk with Coach Campbell - Implement Blackhawk offense/defense – (adjust for youth kids) 9

10 Offensive Play Call Format When selecting an offense, select an offense that kids can easily and quickly learn – play call should speak to every position –Example Pass Play: PRO - FLANK – LAKE – VEGAS PRO: Back formation: Tells Running backs where to line up FLANK: Receiver Formation: Tells Receivers (X, Y, Z) where to line up LAKE: O-line Pass Protection Scheme: Tells Offensive Lineman which protection VEGAS: Route Package: tells Receivers which routes to run Example Run Play: GUN – FLANKER – 26 POWER –GUN: Back formation: Tells Running backs where to line up –FLANKER: Receiver Formation: Tells Receivers (X, Y, Z) where to line up –26 POWER: TELLS BACKS/RECIVERS/O-LINE WHERE BALL IS GOING AND WHATAT TO DO 10

11 PRO - FLANK – LAKE - VEGAS X TGCGT Y Z QB LOS Vegas Route Package X and Z run 5 yard posts Y runs 2 yard arrow Instruction: 3 step drop - QB reads SS - He cant be two places at once If SS goes with Y, hit Z IF SS goes with Z, hit Y Must be bang-bang – ball needs to be airborne in less than 3 sec. 32 B M FS CB SS 11 Example

12 Spring: Jan – May (cont.) Get to know Players (March-July) –Stay within the rules (i.e. draft, boundaries, etc.) –Attend baseball, basketball games, other football leagues –Do not over promise / over commit All players will be evaluated fairly – no favorites Everyone plays, but the best players play the most –Once parents begin coming to you… My son plays QB – Ive watched you coach QBs and I want him to play on your team…… –Thats great – he will be given every chance to play QB, just like the other 2 QBs that played for us last year. 12

13 Summer Planning This is the most active planning phase: May – Late July 13

14 Summer: May - July Plan/Hold Informal working sessions with previous & prospective players to go over offense and defensive concepts, formations, QB/WR/RB timing, etc. Advise players of summer football camps that are offered in the area –Youth Speed camps / strength / conditioning offered by High Schools in the area –Premier Camp and Combine – weeks of 6/11 and 6/18 (M thru Thurs.) –Passing leagues –ASU/UA camp(s) Be an ambassador of the GFA where appropriate –Talk to parents, potential players –Business cards? (see thefootballacademy-llc.com) 14

15 Example June Schedule 15 Example

16 May-July (continued) Begin preparing introductory packet that will be sent to the team (once team is finalized) Items to include –Tentative practice August practice schedule (including 2 scrimmages vs. quality opponents, once scheduled) –Tentative regular season practice schedule (M-W-F, or Tu-Th-F, or Tu-Th, etc.) –Fundraising commitments Poker night, t-shirts, etc. –Team rules and expectation –Consequences if rules are broken –Playbooks (if appropriate) 16

17 Dates to Remember 3/24/12: Future Pro Mountain Pointe High School 3/27/12: CHS night camps (every Tuesday thru May 1st) 5/11/12: TFA Youth Camp – WFHS (TBD) 6/5-6/8: ASU Youth camp 6/11 – 6/21: TFA Premier Camp and Gilbert High (TBD) –Mon thru Thurs over two weeks –Combine: speed, agility, player evaluations 7/28/12: Saturday:Team Fundraiser: Poker HC house 7/30/12 Monday: First Day of AYF Practice – helmets only 8/2/12Thursday: Thurs: shells 8/6/12Monday: full pads - no contact 8/7/12Tuesdayfull pads - live on dummies 8/8/12Wednesdayfull pads, full contact 17

18 May – July (cont.) Formalize month of August schedule – this is important – significant potential to get ahead of the curve if you plan ahead and plan smart –Think through Pre-season Practice Milestones 1 st Day of practice – have a very crisp practice plan for this day: start slow, dont try and install your entire offense on this day – go slow, explain your offensive and defensive philosophies, start with the basics, etc. 1 st Day of pads - Think through 1 st day of pads – have a very crisp practice plan for this day: start slow, work up to full speed contact – keep distances close 18

19 May – July (cont.) Think Through Pre-season August milestones (cont.) –Get tough practice to determine what you have: Have a signature get tough drill –Oklahoma drills –3 cone drill –Etc. –typically late in the 1st week of pads or early in the 2nd - this may vary team to team – head coach should know team and know when to have this – keep it close –1st Scrimmage Plan on having at least 50% of your 1st game offense and 75% of your 1st game defense installed by the time you have your first scrimmage –2nd Scrimmage Usually the last week of August – Suggest scheduling on a Thursday before 1st game week, give the team Friday off. Plan to have the majority of your offense and defense installed at this point. 19 These are the forcing functions to get your team prepared

20 Importance of Down Days Plan down days after the 2nd or 3rd week of full pads –Examples schedule a walk through in shells hold barbecue and/or hold dodge ball game in lieu of practice, etc. even consider canceling practice if team needs a break 20

21 Example August Schedule 21 Example

22 Buy Equipment Early Football Equipment hits stores in May/June –Wristbands for QB –Water bottles –Pads –Etc. 22

23 Late July Once assigned a team, –Send introductory to team with packet info described previously –Ideal if you schedule informal ice breaker for team, (e.g. barbecue, dodge ball at Freestone Rec center, etc.) – work with Team Mom(s) –Decide on any apparel preferences so parents can buy before sold out Seek Uniformity in Game and Practice Uniforms –Black socks, mid calf? 23

24 Once players are assigned to you (continued) Once players are assigned to you –Send letters addressed to players and parents Set expectations Encourage summer football camp/summer league/summer conditioning (attend if possible – take notes) –Passing leagues Implement passing game –Encourage Development camps –Encourage College camps ASU, UA, NAU –Encourage High School Camp attendance Send out playbook? – send electronically to players if possible (once registered – see example next slide) 24

25 PRO - FLANK – LAKE - VEGAS X TGCGT Y Z QB LOS Vegas X and Z run 5 yard posts Y runs 2 yard arrow Instruction: 3 step drop - QB reads SS - He cant be two places at once If SS goes with Y, hit Z IF SS goes with Z, hit Y Must be bang-bang – ball needs to be airborne in less than 3 sec. 32 B M FS CB SS 25 Example

26 Once Team Has Been Selected (cont.) Fundraising –Hold fundraising even once team has been selected but prior to first game –Everyone hates fundraising – try and have fun Suggestions –Have it the Saturday night before practice begins –Parents only – no football talk –Poker night, etc. »Parents only »Great way to meet the parents in non-football environment »Food/drink/poker –Bowling 26

27 Late July, Early August Pre-Season Practice Always Prepare and have well defined practice plans –Have a lesson plan for each and every practice Prepare practice plans the weekend before –Plan down to the minute, but allow for flexibility –OK to deviate from practice plan, but have to have one to start –Early season practice will look different than late season / playoff practice – plan appropriately –Be organized – have a strategy for each opponent 27

28 First Week of Practice Get to know / Assess the team (pre-season, if possible) –Be honest and impartial –Have a tryout day if required –Use measurables to help 40 yd dash, pro agility, catching, throwing, hitting", previous tackle history Keep a record (for parents..) 28

29 Role of HC Lead Assistants by example –Coach the coaches – if warranted Establish Offense and Defense (with staff input) Be the interface to parents and league Be a good steward with equipment Spokesperson for fund raising –Set expectations early Settle disputes Lead by example – be selfless, own your mistakes, and move on 29

30 Role of HC (continued) Not a dictatorship, but HC has final say Value everyones opinion, say thanks allot Set good behavior examples (especially when things go bad in a game) Solicit their staff input – let them do their job Always set a good example –Dont lose control – maintain composure, always –NO CURSING IN FRONT OF THE KIDS (tough to do) 30

31 Avoid Parent Issues by setting expectations Set clear expectations from the start –Fund raising –Player evaluations –Playing Time Be honest regarding their sons Talent Work ethic Attitude ….All of which will give a good indication of playing time Open Line of communication –If there is a problem, come talk to me – lets work it out 31

32 HCs relationship with kids Plan, plan, plan – kids can recognize when you know what your are doing compared to faking it Earn their trust, win their hearts –Keep it positive, upbeat, up tempo –Have well defined practice plans No standing around in practice (2 drills vs. 1 drill once technique is established – max reps) Coach by the Golden Rule –Be honest and fair, in all circumstances Have patience, especially with low/medium talent kids Do not favor, over coach, etc., your own kid(s) Give written tests – extend learning time – see next slide 32

33 Example Test Problem 33 Example

34 Regular Season 34

35 Game Week Preparation Sunday –WATCH GAME FILM FROM SATURDAY IF YOU HAVE IT EVALAUATE THE GOOD/BAD/UGLY –WATCH UPCOMING OPPONENTS FILM (IF YOU HAVE ACCESS) –IDENTIFY OPPONENTS DEFENSIVE FRONTS/SECONDARY –PUT TOGETHER YOUR GAME PLAN BASED ON IDENTIFIED OPPONENT WEAKNESSES AND YOUR TEAMS STRENGTHS Create NEW PLAY/GADGET, if desired

36 Game Week Preparation Offensive Practice Plan –PRE PRACTICE-SKILL (PASS GAME): 15 minutes –GROUP FUNDAMENTALS: 20 MINUTES –PASS GAME FUNDAMENTALS: 20 MINUTES OL PASS PRO FRONTS SKILL ROUTES –IMPORTANT: SCRIPT PLAYS (WRIST BAND FOR QB) –9 0N 9 INSIDE RUN VS ALL FRONTS (NO WRS- CORNERS/CARDS): 10 MINUTES/12 PLAYS –9 ON 9 OUTSIDE RUN VS ALL FRONTS (NO WRS- CORNERS/CARDS): 10) MINUTES/12 PLAYS –11 ON 11 PASS (BLITZ/CARDS): 15 MINUTES/ 12 PLAYS See next slides for example level of detail

37 Sample Offensive Practice Plan TIMEPERIODACTIVITYNOTES 6:15 –6:30 (15)Pre-practice Skill players O-line QB-Receivers: formations from the huddle O-Line: practice handwork and footwork QBs/receivers: huddle break (flanker, flank, slotter, slot, x- flanker, x-flank, spread) O-Line: work on river, lake, L step, Power L step vs. air 6:30-6:45 (15)Warm-upsDynamic and static stretchorganized, upbeat & efficient 6:45-7:10 (20)Fundamentals break into 3 groups O-Line Backs Receivers Stance, footwork, handwork Timing, handoff, ball security Stalk block, hand drills, routes Emphasize proper technique Emphasize proper depth & exch. Emphasize blocking & catching 7:10-7:15 (5)Water break 7:15-7:30 (15)Inside Running Game PLAY CALL FLANKER 26 POWER (20) NEAR FLANKER - 36 POWER (26) SLOT - 26 POWER (4) SLOTTER - 24 BLAST(5) FLANK - 22 ISO (6) XFLANKER 25 COUNTER(15) FLANKER 22 ISO (7) FLANK 23 ISO (8) NEAR FLANKER - 36 POWER (26) SLOT - 26 POWER(4) FLANKER 22 ISO(7) FLANK 23 ISO (8) DF Run inside running plays that you plan on running vs. this weeks opponent DEFENSIVE FORMATIONS Run vs. opponent defensive sets Emphasize O-line assignments vs. even and odd fronts (center covered and un covered : 40 fronts and 50 fronts)

38 Sample Offensive Practice Plan (cont.) TIMEPERIODACTIVITYNOTES 7:30 –7:35water 7:35-7:50 (15) Outside Run GamePLAY CALL FLANKER 28 PITCH (8) FLANK 29 PITCH (7) SLOT 28 PITCH (2) SLOTTER 29 PITCH (1) DEALER 28 PITCH (10) DEAL 29 PITCH (11) FLANKER 28 PITCH (8) FLANK 29 PITCH (7) SLOT 28 PITCH (2) SLOTTER 29 PITCH (1) DEALER 28 PITCH (10) DEAL 29 PITCH (11) DF WORK OUTSIDE PLAYS THAT YOU PLAN ON RUNNING VS UPCOMING OPPONENT DEFENSIVE FORMATIONS RUN VS ODD/EVEN FRONTS OF YOUR OPPONENT.

39 Sample Offensive Practice Plan (cont.) TIMEPERIODACTIVITYNOTES 7:50-8:10 (20) Pass GamePLAY CALL X FLANKER FIRE RIVER CUT (22) X FLANK FLASH LAKE CUT (21) SLOTTER RIVER VEGAS (24) PRO SLOT LAKE VEGAS (23) DEALER RIVER VEGAS (30) DEAL LAKE VEGAS (31) FAR FLANK 34 PWR PASS (13) SLOTTER 24 LAKE Y CK ME (19) SPREAD FLANK RIVER WHEEL (31) FLANKER FIRE RIVER CUT (22) X FLANK FLASH LAKE CUT (21) SLOTTER RIVER VEGAS (24) PRO SLOT LAKE VEGAS (23) DEALER RIVER VEGAS (30) DEAL LAKE VEGAS (31) FAR FLANK 34 PWR PASS (13) SLOTTER 24 LAKE Y CK ME (19) SPREAD FLANK RIVER WHEEL (31) DF Run plays that you plan on running in the game vs. opponents Defensive Formations 8:10-8:25 (15) SPECIAL TEAM PUNT TEAM PUNT TEAM OR KICKOFF TEAM 8:25-8:35 (10) CONDITIONING FOOTBALL RELATEDEX..NO HUDDLE OFFENSE;PUNT COVERAGE END

40 Game Week Preparation Friday Practice Plan Suggestions (if scheduled) SCRIPT FIRST 10 PLAYS –FORMATIONS/RUN GAME/PASS GAME – LETS YOU SEE HOW DEFENSE ADJUST TO YOUR FORMATIONS WITH FRONTS & SECONDARY –After 10 plays, call plays based on what the defense is showing –Think at least 1 play ahead QUICKLY THINK ABOUT: –DEFENSE, DOWN, DISTANCE, & FIELD POSITION –GET PLAY INTO QB QUICKLY »GIVE HIM ENOUGH TIME TO CALMLY CALL THE PLAY TWICE IN HUDDLE –THINK ABOUT THE NEXT PLAY »IF THIS PLAY IS SUCCESSFUL, WHAT SHOULD WE CALL NEXT »IF THIS PLAY IS UNSUCCESSFUL, WHAT SHOULD WE CALL NEXT

41 Game Day Ideas/Strategies 41

42 Game Days Have a game day schedule – minute by minute, just like in practice. You dont want to be late or in a hurry before a game (warm-ups, offense, defense, specials, sub packages, etc.) 42

43 Game Week Preparation GAME DAY –COACHING RESPONSIBILITIES –ASSIGN POINT OF ATTACK RESPONSIBILITIES TO STAFF IMPORTANT: CANT HAVE ALL EYES ON THE BALL!!!! WR COACH-SECONDARY RB COACH-DEPTH OF BACKS/BLOCKING ASSIGNMENT OL COACH- DEFENSIVE FRONT/ BACKSIDE OC-POINT OF ATTACK –NOTE: FIND THE FREE SAFETY HE WILL TELL YOU WHERE TO ATTACK ACCORDING TO YOUR FORMATIONS

44 Sub Package Strategies You may not have the luxury to have all the best kids on the field at the same time –Red Squad: 6 - #1s, 5 -#2s –White Squad:5 - #1s, 6 - #2s Once everyone has their plays: –Gold Squad: 11 - #1s – best players on the field –See for sub package templateswww.thefootballacademy-llc.com 44

45 PLAY CALLING HAVE ONLY 1 PLAY CALLER!!!! A.CANT HAVE TOO MANY CHEFS IN THE KITCHEN… IF OC IS NOT THE HC, REMEMBER, YOU WORK FOR HIM… 2.USE FORMATIONS THAT BALANCE YOU TO RUN BOTH TO AND AWAY FROM A TE A.SLOTTER/ACE FORMATIONS: 4 PLAYS/8 FORMATIONS/MOTIONS (PITCH OUT OF FLKR & DLR) 3.ALWAYS ATTACK A 3 MAN SIDE… OPEN SIDE LEAD/POWER A.YOU HAVE A NUMERICAL ADVANTAGE – 4 GUYS TO BLOCK 3 4.HAVE A PLAY PASS FOR EACH POWER RUN PLAY (ISO/POWER/LEAD) A.EXAMPLE SLOTTER F 24 LAKE Y CK ME

46 PLAY CALLING 101 (cont.) 5. EARLY PASSING GAME SUCCESS – OPENS UP RUNNING GAME 6. CALL PLAYS THAT PUT YOUR TEAM IN POSITION TO WIN THE GAME –DP/SD/JEFF TEDFORD 7. SCRIPT 8. ID WHAT PLAYS GET YOUR OFFENSE OFF THE BALL WHEN HAVING A TOUGH TIME –EACH YEAR IS DIFFERENT 9. KEEP CALLING WHAT THEY CANT DEFEND, IF YOU WANT TO WIN –COULD BE A 3 PLAY GAME 10. PLAY PASS ON 1 ST / 2 ND DOWN 11. HAVE A FORCEFULL O-LINE ON 1 SIDE / 2 ND UNIT ON OTHER SIDE/TOP RBS WITH BACKUPS –HAVE A GO TO SIDE OF THE LINE WHEN YOU NEED TO GET 3 YARDS

47 GAME WEEK PLANNING SUMMARY Game week planning: Have a plan for the week Be organized: think through every day of the week Prepare an offensive and defensive practice plan Share with assistants at least 1 day before practice Script out first 10 plays of the game, based on tendencies Prepare for Game Day Script out pre-game activities to the minute, just like practice – never be caught off guard – stay cool, calm on game day – do not blow-up on game day Play calling One play caller – play caller should have studied opponents defense Prepare a QB wrist band and a coaches play sheet Utilize a Balanced attack/formation Practice the plays you will call in the game Attack weakness Know your go to plays – dont be afraid to call them consecutively

48 Playoffs / Post Season 48

49 Post Season (cont.) Eliminate plays that have not been successful, install plays that play to your strengths (not too many new plays) Playoff logistics –If you get to travel Enlist help of parents May have to hold supplemental fundraiser(s) to cover costs of travel Hold end of year team dinner/banquet after last game –Enlist help of parents –Charge a nominal fee to cover costs –Make it nice, with structure and organization – not just a Chucky Cheese party Collared shirts, respect, well behaved 49

50 Off Season 50

51 Off Season (December-February) Rest Re-assess –What worked, what didnt? Talk to other coaches Encourage participation in other sports –Jeff Tedford / Mike Belloti –Attend other sporting events (win their hearts) 51

52 Dates to Remember 3/24/12: Future Pro Mountain Pointe High School 3/27/12: CHS night camps (every Tuesday thru May 1st) 5/11/12: TFA Youth Camp – WFHS (TBD) 6/5-6/8: ASU Youth camp 6/11 – 6/21: TFA Premier Camp and Gilbert High (TBD) –Mon thru Thurs over two weeks –Combine: speed, agility, player evaluations 7/30/12 Monday: First Day of AYF Practice – helmets only 8/2/12Thursday: Thurs: shells 8/6/12Monday: full pads - no contact 8/7/12Tuesdayfull pads - live on dummies 8/8/12Wednesdayfull pads, full contact 52

53 Summary Plan Ahead –Success is a cruel master Think Through everything you will do –Does it prepare your team to do well? If not, eliminate it –Practice like you want to play E.G. During team phase, dont walk to the huddle and tell the QB which play to call – stand away from huddle and give plays like you would in the game –If you dont know, ask! No one knows everything (Urban Meyer, Chip Kelly, etc.) –The best coaches are always learning and asking 53 Best Wishes for a Productive Season


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