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How to organize a successful youth football camp

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Football camps for young football players

We do a day camp in June or July. We did one week camps and three day camps, but now we only do one day camp. Our goals for these preseason camps are simply to get a glimpse of our talents, to get the kids to understand how they should interact with the coaching staff and have fun. We have a whole month to prepare for our first game, we can get all the conditioning we need in regular football practice.

Conditioning this far from the first practice and for such a short time is counterproductive to what we are trying to accomplish in camp. We are very confident that with the very narrowly defined football practice priorities that we adhere to, we can get our assessments, core skills and programs in place during the football practice month before that first game. We found that much of what the kids learned in those soccer camps had been forgotten once we started in August and often the kids played in different positions once the teams were optimized. We do not introduce any of our soccer games or playbooks during these camps.

We have found that anything longer than 2 hours in a day was counterproductive, even for older children. We rarely pulled much from the kids once we hit that 2 hour brick wall, especially if it was hot. We do not exceed an hour and a half for children under 8 years old.

We always bring in at least one NFL player to have a little chat at the end of football camp. We also called the Nebraska Cornhuskers and invited players from their FCA group, most varsity teams are happy to welcome you, all you have to do is ask. NFL guys can often get NFL money to pay for caps, t shirts and food, every time we invited an NFL guy they did it for us. All they ask you to do is organize the camp, bring the kids there, and do a press release to get the media there.

Our format has changed a lot, but it’s the one we currently use:

Dynamic group warm-ups

Group position and starts / cadence

Mini-group fun competitions / assessments: This is where we do all of our fun team assessments

detailed games / exercises starting on page 69 of the book. It gets the kids excited and excited about being at your camp and playing for your team and tells us what we have and where most of the kids will be playing.

Skill-building stations (no conditioning or battery agility exercises)

Team Hawaiian Rules Football – On page 80 of the book.

Once the clinic is over, the children understand how they should interact with the coaches. As coaches we have a very good idea of ​​the athleticism of our team in general and where 80-90% of our starters will play. The kids are having fun and clearly understand that playing soccer for us can be both fun and rewarding if they follow a few simple instructions that we will hold them accountable for. We often have more children to join our program after camp as parents and children are very excited about the fun and organization of our practices and often invite their friends to play for us.

Our youth football league has no restrictions on these type of activities, check your league for any restrictions and stick to them.

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Source by Dave Cisar

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