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.