Playing Football Is Fun

Always keep your ears open to your teammates. You may not always agree with your teammates but everyone wants to win and you must support each other. You never know when they might say something that can improve your ability to help the team win

Remember that all goals are achievable if you try hard enough. You need to have a positive mindset as you practice and play the game. You CAN be an amazing football player! If you keep this in mind, you will find you have more drive and passion for the game as you play.

Try to focus some of your exercises on increasing speed. Do jumping squats to increase the speed of your reflex muscles. Squat down and jump on a step. Stand straight up and then jump back down and into a squat. Repeat this exercise 40 times daily and gradually increase the height of the step.

To play football, you need to know what a down is. Downs are the four attempts that the team with the ball gets. They use these downs to advance the ball 10 yards. When the offense is successful with gaining 10 yards, they will get another set of downs. If they fail to get 10 yards after the four plays, the opposing team gets the ball.

Speed is an important attribute for a football player. Regardless of your size or the position you play on the field, you need to practice improving your speed. Working on increasing your speed before you worry about adding weight to your frame. The extra weight may slow you down and being big and slow is not going to help your team.

Increase your speed. A good football player needs to be quick on his feet, not only in sprints, but in reaction time and reflexes too. Try adding in some track exercises into your workout regimen and before you know it you will be leaving your opponents behind in the dust.

Three Point Stance

Take a good look at the image above it show a perfect three point stance. Here are the fine points:

1. Legs are spread just a bit wider than shoulder length.
2. One foot is staggered slightly further back than the other.
3. Knees are bent at an almost perfect 90 degree angle.
4. Players back is almost perpendicular to the ground.
5. Players down arm keep player’s balance with a VERY slight lean forward.
6. Players other arm is at a 90 degree angle placed on his opposite thigh.
7. Players head is UP.

This is a perfect three point stance. This should be practiced and reviewed daily, making sure each player knows how to fire out of his stance. I guarantee you will see the benefits almost immediately.

At every practice, no matter what the age level, you need to be working on the proper stance. As a player progresses throughout his career in football his stance should be automatic. Teaching a player how to get into, hold and fire out of the proper stance is a skill they will benefit from their entire playing career.

In today’s youth football world, organizations like USA Football are preaching getting away from more contact in practices. They are advocates of “head up” tackling and are now promoting “heads up” blocking which is accomplished from a two point stance. I think these changes are great, but it still is not a substitute for teaching the kids a proper three point stance. I’m all for the new and safer method of tackling and blocking, but many teams are not following the “new way” so we need to have our kids prepared no matter what techniques our opponents are using.

Important Football Coaching Skills

You should be a role model while giving coaching to the youngsters. Youths are observant and they copy their models. Generally, they idolize their favorite player whether off the game or on the field. While giving football coaching, start by teaching them the basics. Allow the players find what are their weaknesses and strengths. Make sure that the players pay attention on the game despite of several negative drives. As all of us know football needs lot of practice. So, make the practice sessions more interesting by adding various types of creative activities in it that will help kids attracted towards it. As far as possible keep the football drills small.

Remember, youngsters believe things that they see. It will be better to idolize some popular football coaches but keep in mind that it should never be a motivator. Try to explain your plays and drills that you are teaching the children. Teach them the ways how to execute their football skills in order to become a champion. As a trainer, you should always think in a positive manner. You should never think emotionally as it will always give rise to negative results. You should believe that kids have the potential to make mistakes, so as a trainer you should help them overcome their mistakes by allowing them to think in a positive manner. Always remember that positive thinking always gives rise to great results.

There is various football coaching courses for those coaches who want certificates for their skill. Such courses help trainers collect all necessary information regarding football training. The level 1 coaching course is meant for those who do not have any knowledge about coaching. In order to enroll in this particular course, one does not need any prior football experience. Another popular football coaching course is level 2. It is meant for those trainers who are in an advanced level. This course is especially meant for those who want to enhance their football skills.

Running Backs Suffer

Most of the great running backs that have broken records and have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame have played on mediocre teams for most of their entire career.

Here are a few examples of what I am talking about. Eric Dickerson, Walter Payton, and Barry Sanders the list is longer than that but those are the few names that came off the top of my head at the time. You guys are probably wondering why Walter Payton is on the list?

Walter Payton played on losing teams for most of his entire career until Mike Ditka arrived. By the time Ditka arrived Walter Payton’s career was on the decline. It has been reported that Mike Ditka embarrassed Payton at Super XX when he let William Perry score a rushing touchdown at the goal line.

It seemed like a joke to everyone else but not to Walter Payton. Great running backs cannot even shine on the biggest stage even if they wanted to. Barry Sanders was a human highlight reel with the Detroit Lions. But he had only been to the postseason five times in his career and made one trip to the NFC Championship Game in 1991.

In my honest opinion if you made the postseason only five times in a ten year career that’s pretty bad. But there have also been great running backs that were surrounded by other talented players that went on to win championships.

Tailbacks such as Emmitt Smith, Marshall Faulk, and Franco Harris were all fortunate enough to have an outstanding front office management and a solid coaching staff to be successful throughout their careers in regards to being on a competitive team year end and year out.

I do not understand why superstar caliber running backs must endure such hardship throughout their career and never show any signs of complaining.

Barry Sanders could have bolted out of Detroit a long time ago but opted to stay and endure the hardship of struggling with the Lions. One running back that had endured great success throughout his career is the great Jim Brown.

He won his first ever NFL title and retired right after to pursue a successful acting career. I guess if running backs begin to pout about how their team suck and that they want to request a trade they will get tagged with the so called “Diva Label”. Star running backs have always showed a great deal of sportsmanship on and off the field.