Exercises for coping with sketches
We are big fans of tackling and tackling exercises when you coach youth football. These exercises are great ways to facilitate full contact with your children. We believe it is imperative to perfect the technique of walls and contrasts at a youthful level. Too many youth football coaches don’t spend enough time or require the perfection of detail that makes kids great blockers and tacklers.
Ruining the potential of Nice Guys
Despite what many youth coaches think, most of the boys weren’t born to be great blockers and tacklers, they are made. Unfortunately, there are a lot of guys out there who have the potential to be great football players who are ruined by their youth football manager. These coaches urge the boys to make contact before they have perfected the perfect block and tackle technique with their players WITHOUT contact. Too many children are pushed to freeze and speed through space well before they are ready for it. This is a coaching problem, not a children’s problem. The trainer is too busy trying to quickly see who the stallions are, before giving his average and weaker boys a chance to develop the skills and confidence to be able to survive and compete in a tackling drill or freeze in space at full speed.
In our book “Winning Youth Football with a Step-by-Step Plan”, we explain exactly how you can do it. One of the key steps is to use the “Splatter” tutorials. The Splatter Drill allows the player to learn to accelerate through contact without suffering the consequences of a reciprocal blow. This exercise also allows the player to bring another player to the ground without hard impact with the ground. This drill can also help you drill the correct landmarks for foot placement, head placement, and hip roll.
For the player playing the role of “patsy,” the player who provides zero resistance to blocking or tackle and is slammed into a soft landing mat with each repetition, the job doesn’t seem like much fun. But what I hear from coaches across the country is that their kids love to be the ones who wield the shield and get slammed on the landing pad every game. I thought our kids were weird, they all want to be a bummer, but I guess everyone’s kids are weird like mine.
Problems with sketching tips
One of the things that always bothered me about this drill was the fact that you need to have 4 long dummies to use as landing pads. Well, at around $ 100 each, that’s $ 400, that’s out of the reach of many youth programs. Carrying these mannequins around is also a big hassle. So once in the field, you only have a landing pad for 25 children. As many of you know, I’m not a fan of kids doing long lines, so this means every time we do splatter exercises. It’s just a part of a circuit, it’s never a drill we want to do ourselves, even if we need it.
The solution, Tony Holland to the rescue
My good friend Tony Holland from Maryland has solved this problem. He went to Walmart and bought several camping mats for $ 65 each. Each mattress is large enough to be a landing pad on its own. These things also roll up into a small box, so you don’t need a pickup to carry them around. Tony bought a small electric air compressor for $ 20 that not only inflates each mattress in under 2 minutes, but also sucks in the air when you’re done. Tony has several of these mattresses so that his children can do all Splatter Drills at the same time and in much smaller groups. He hasn’t had to repair a single loss and said all of his are in place for next season.