Mustangs 2010 Season Blog
August 1st 2010,
Alright, so this is a belated, kind of a prequel if you will, into what it takes to be a youth football coach. Although this is dated for August 1st, this is only the point where THIS year began to take place. Up until this point I had already gone to a ton of various seminars in various places, about various things football. The nice thing is that the league in which I coach flips the bill for me as far as admission goes, then from there I just have pay my room and board. It doesnít sound like much, but some of these ďcoaching galasĒ can cost quite a bit, but it was very good and covered nearly all of the intermediate things that coaches at the youth level might need to know about getting to the next level in the coaching game and taking our respective programs to the next level. And as always, there was a lot of mingling and getting to know other coaches in the area and at the various levels, which trust me, is half the battle in getting a reputation.
So I had a busy summer and having my co-coach from last year leave during the offseason, I set out to fill my new staff. The nice thing is that I was able to select people that I could work with, as well as people that I could teach. So in a sense Iím not just setting up and getting a bunch of kids to play football, but working with a group of 5 new coaches that Iím bringing up to speed as well; so itís quite a busy season I have lined up. To make it worse, Iím not an offensive linemen coach. So my roster of coaches consists of my cousin who wants to volunteer in order to get hours before he applies with the police, a buddy of mine whoís active in the sporting community, a buddy that I used to play football with who does know a thing or two about lineman, and two more guys that have little to no idea about coaching sports, but love the game of football and want to learn; One of whom volunteer to take over the defense, which is great initiative because it should cut my work load in half, even though defense is my passion and Iím pretty damn good at it. But he wanted it, so heís got it and Iím just there as a sounding board for him AND I get to make roster moves for him as he doesnít know the kids and what they can do (I have 25 kids that came back after being blown out the year before).
So Iíve got that all in place now and weíre ready to roll. I got a sweet deal on some great J5V balls, so I got 6 of them for our team, I got 24 black pinnies (our team is red, white, with blue trimÖ Itís an SMU rip off) and two running ladders. So Iíve got all of the basics that the league doesnít give us (they give us balls, but they suck). My playbooks are done and consist of about 50 pages for the offense in set plays, not counting everything in the basic offense foundations on the site, plus another 10 pages of defenses, also broken down in concepts like the simple offense, and another 5 for special teams. So itís quite the book in total. But as I said before, if you use the same wording for everything, even if the set plays run off the same terms, then you can run pretty much any play and theyíll know what you want them to do just on whatís being said.
So all of this pretty much adds up to about 200+ hours of work , learning, surfing and purchasing and we havenít even seen a single kid yet. My coaches have probably put in about 5 to 10 hours, but theyíre learning every time we got out there now.