After taking off from coaching last year (2014) and being an Assistant Coach the prior year, I tossed my hat back into the coaching arena for 2015.
I contacted two local organizations and hope to contact a 3rd over the weekend.
I’ve been around long enough to know and from my experience from the last two times I was an assisant coach, that I need to get back to being the Head Coach.
Because this is youth football not the NFL and I’m tired of Dads and wanne be coaches trying to impress the kids by running RGIII style “Read” offenses or the Eagles’ spread ’em out “throwing” offense…
C’mon man…you watch too much T.V. and your freak’n ego is going to explode your head!
If you’re a first time head coach, you cannot come in with the idea that you’re going to run offense X because you think it’s cool or offense Y because that’s the “latest” high-school offense.
…it’s not about YOU…it’s about the kids…
Unless you’ve coached the kids in prior years, you cannot go into the season with the notion of running an offense or defense without knowing what you’ve got player wise and talent wise.
Give me 3 studs and I’ll score all day long regardless of what offensive scheme I’m running. It doesn’t matter because…
… I got the Jimmy’s and Joe’s…
Any schmuck whose got a talented kids, i.e, the Jimmy’s and Joe’s, will be able to have a good season. PERIOD. It doesn’t take much coaching when you can outmatch your opponents.
What you should do is come in with the idea of teaching the fundamentals of running, blocking, tackling, and teamwork. And while you’re teaching these fundamentals, begin to size up your players.
You have to fit the “system” to the “players” and NOT try and fit the players to a system.
- Do you have any studs?
- Do you have mostly minimum play players?
- Do you have speed?
- Are you players slow?
- Are your players stupid?
- Can anyone throw the ball 30 yards?
- Can anyone punt, kick-off, field goals… (30% of the game is special teams)?
- Do you have to teach or reteach the fundamentals? That is do you kids know the proper way to tackle, block, run, catch etc…
Once you get a feel of your players talent, then you can determine how to best use that talent, i.e, what type of offense, defense, and special teams schemes will best fit your players.
- You can’t run a spread-run-n-gun if you can’t throw the ball wth any distance or accuracy yet I see this from wanne bee coaches all the time…
- You can’t run the READ offense PERIOD! It takes years of training between the QB and running backs to be able read defenses and especially the play of the Defensive End to be able to determine duh “should I give it to the Fullback or should I tuck it and run..? C’mon man, this is youth football…
So what do you do?
What you do is learn the Turley System.
The Turley System is a simple offensive shceme with a tremendous amount of flexibility and freedom and can become incredibly sophisticated IF YOU SO CHOOSE
It gives you and your coaches greater freedom to improvise and quickly adapt. Because the system is so very flexible and adaptable, you can add a play on game day based recent scouting or injury reports.
It’s a system that is easily learned by the kids as well as coaches and staff.
Think of it like reading….first you learn words then sentences then you put those words and sentences together to form paragraphs, pages, books, etc…
The “Turley” system lets you fit the “system” to the “players”…and along with the fundamentals, that’s what it takes to be a successful coach and have a successful season.
Next time, will begin to take a look at the Turley System of Football.
(Thank you coach Matthews …)
Until then, Practice Hard, Play Hard