I recently got forced into coaching my sons middle school football team. I had zero coaching experience previously but, I have to admit I absolutely fell in love with it. As a kid I played a lot of football, attended camps and all that but, never knew how much was involved in actually coaching kids up. I think I did what every man does when faced with coaching, went to youtube and watched video for a few weeks.
Now we're in an extremely small district, I'm guessing about 20,000 people in the district and this is football forsaken country out here so some of the better athletes don't want to play. To make a potentially long story short, I know there are several coaches of various degrees on here and was wondering if any of you had any tips or helpful idea that helped you and your teams turn the corner.
This team hasn't won a game in 3-4 years. Every year they have a new coaching staff and no summer conditioning set up. We went 0-8 this year, having to forfeit 2 games mid season for lack of available players. The first 3 games we got destroyed 56-6, 46-0 and 62-0. We had the 2 game forfeit stretch but, then the kids really got competetive. I was extremely proud of the effort and growth and I want to keep building on it.
I appreciate all useful feed back and keep in mind most of these kids have never played football at any level.
After reading the UFR, and remembering the hard bench that Smith saw after the fumble, I had a quick question about how Michigan handles personnel during a game.
Running backs this year has been unique with 4 running backs getting a large number of snaps. Does anyone know who makes the call on who goes in? Is it Wheatley who is in charge of that meritrocity, and they all are expected to handle the same play sets? Is it somewhat playset dependant? Is it a combo of Jed Fisch and him, or Jed, Ty, and Drevno? Does Harbaugh bother with those decisions?
Thanks to anyone who has some feedback.
I know the NCAA gets a lot of crap for letting certain programs slide despite an abundance of evidence of payments, bag men, academic scandals, athlete assualt of other students, etc.
Schools like Bama, Ole Miss, the SEC in general, USC, Notre Dame and others have seemingly gotten off easy despite recent scandals, and a cynic may say, it's because these schools bring in big money to the networks, the NCAA and sponsors.
We can debate the fairness of the rules (should players be paid,etc) from now until eternity, but as it stands, the rules are established and certain programs are simply known to be cutting corners. That being said, we should all applaud the NCAA for finally drawing a line in the sand.
The juggernaut that is the Fighting Braves of Alcorn State, may indeed never recover from this. Not sure if they will be able to survive the probation for their violations, but somebody needed to be held accountable for the transgressions of nearby Ole Miss.