This past weekend we had the pleasure of speaking at the Baltimore Glazier Clinic.

Not only were there at least 20 youth football coaches there that are running my system, I got to sit in on some excellent presentations myself. There were even two brave souls from North Carolina that had driven about 6 hours to get there. No wonder these gusy team had gone 9-1 last season, they were two focused guys.

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Scott Burton from Richmond University really impressed me and I’m going to share a couple of very simple things he talked about that you can do to help develop your offensive linemen. Scott just started at Richmond this season. The past 10 years he has been the Head Football Coach at Highland Springs High School in Virginia, a very down, low on numbers inner-city team. Before he got there the program had fallen on hard times, the team was 1-19 the two previous seasons before Scott got there. Under Scott they made the playoffs 7 of 10 years and were even District Champs twice. He finished 72-26 at a place most thought no one could win at. He is the kind of guy I like listening to, he’s had success, he knows how to get the job done and did it from virtual scratch. My kind of football coach, a real up and comer, he is one of those young on fire, no excuses types I would love my kids to play for.

His first order of business as a head coach of this 1700 student  เว็บบอล ดีที่สุด school at age 25 was to get the kids to believe in his processes and system. He suffered a lot of initial resistance both from players, parents and imbedded coaches. The way he sold it to them is that while he was only 25 he had been successful with his previous team, and he was very confident he had a “recipe” for success, those were his exact words. He said “I told the players all cakes need oil, flour and eggs, but if you put 18 eggs into the cake rather than 2 that the recipe calls for, the cake probably isn’t going to turn out very well. If you follow me I’m going to give you a recipe that if you decide to follow it, is going to make a very good cake”. Scott got the kids to believe in him because he was consistent, had a vision, a concrete plan and they trusted him.

Offensive Line Tips For Those Coaching Youth Football

He also had a real tough time with his offensive linemen, he didn’t have any, no one wanted to play offensive line on this team. Scott was a defensive back in college, but became the offensive line coach out of necessity and made the offensive line something very special at Highland Springs. He did things like: all the lineman drank water first during breaks, the offensive linemen were written up in the newspaper each week, no individual pictures in the newspaper all team shots and the linemen got to do special drills that no one else got to run. For conditioning for the offensive linemen he did 40 yard fumble “scoop and score” drills, where the lineman were allowed to spike the ball as they entered the endzone. He had special t-shirts made for his offensive linemen and gave them an acronym ACT, he would not share with us what ACT meant. His linemen were also not allowed to tell ANYONE what it meant. It was like the offensive linemen were in some type of exclusive fraternity or something. The more exclusive they became, the more kids wanted to be an offensive linemen and the better they played.