thletic Development In Youth Football

Athletic development is the process of developing players speed, agility and quickness. It is worthy goal for your players when coaching youth football, unfortunately many youth coaches either take it too far or they do it in a very inefficient manner.

What the Poor Performing Youth Football Teams Do
When observing traditional poor performing youth football programs, what is a common theme is lots and lots of conditioning and or attempts at athletic development and lots of full contact scrimmaging. There is rarely little attention paid to technique development and perfecting offensive and defensive team execution. The traditionally successful programs on the other hand typically devote most of their precious practice time to developing technique and doing the ordinary things extraordinarily well. Athletic development, conditioning and full contact scrimmaging are usually held to an absolute minimum with these teams.

Athletic development for youth football players is something that should be a year-round effort. We do a program each spring called FASTT, it stands for Fun Acceleration, Speed and Technique Training. We meet just once per week for about 8 weeks, with the goal of introducing the players to some basic athletic development training methods in a fun atmosphere so that if they decide to train on their own, they will have a the knowledge and foundation to do so. A byproduct of these 90 minute sessions is our kids also learn how to be coachable and how we want them to interact with both us and their teammates.

The program consists of 30 minutes of athletic development movements, 30 minutes of football skills development and 30 minutes of pure team building fun “game” time. This mix has allowed us to get very high participation rates and kept the kids interest levels high.

What Drills to Do
When we went to design the athletic development คาสิโน piece of the program we looked at improving the explosiveness, agility and quickness of our players as it relates to the requirements of the game of football. While there are endless choices of training methods, in the end we chose tried and true speed and plyometric movements as well as some base technique improvement methods AND combined them when we could with football specific movements.

The key is to kill two birds with one stone, even in the spring. When starting your football practices in July or August for fall football, you just don’t have the time to do a lot of this type of activity. In the fall you have to ask yourself, what are my goals and what is the most efficient method of getting there? It all goes back to your mission statement. Our mission statement is “To develop and love and appreciation of the game of football in our players so that they may gain the life lessons the game teaches us all”. We all know that in order for this to happen the kids have to stick around and continue to play. Our research has shown that kids play because they are having fun and they are having a reasonable amount of individual and team success. In order for them to have that success and have fun, we have put a premium in developing sound fundamental technique while perfecting team execution. The athletic development portion of our program is fairly slim dur