Some coaches put more emphasis on games than practices. While paying lip service to the importance of practice, you can tell they are just way more excited about game days.
You may have seen some of these coaches. They come to practice less than fully prepared. There may be some general plan in terms of what to cover at a very high level, but for the most part the approach is disorganized, and the coach is just winging it. A lot of time is spent just scrimmaging – a common crutch to lean on when there’s no plan in place.
Yet come game day, that same coach comes with a written plan with all the Is dotted and Ts crossed. The lineups are set, the substitutions are planned, and the first five series of offensive downs are diagrammed. The same coach who was unprepared for practices during the week is over-prepared for game day.
What’s wrong with this picture?
It’s a recipe for losing – and not just on the scoreboard. It’s easy for a coach to lose the players, and subsequently the parents, when he doesn’t put enough time and energy into planning practices. Players get bored. They complain to parents. In short order, the coach has a big problem.
Great football coaches are detailed practice coaches. In developmental leagues, coaches should worry more about players missing practices than missing games. The No. 1 priority for youth coaches is to make practices meaningful.
Here are seven factors to consider when planning football practices:
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