Coach Mike Rowe has been the head football coach and offensive coordinator at ROCORI High School in Cold Springs, Minnesota since 2009. In 2011 the Spartans won their first ever 4A State Championship. During the 2014 season, the NFL recognized Coach Rowe as a leader in the field of Character Development requesting his participation in the making of an NFL Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Video. During Coach Rowe’s time at ROCORI, he has developed his “Team Building the Spartan Way” program. He is now making this powerful resource available to other Coaches.
You can see Coach Rowe’s portion of the NFL video where he walks his team through one of his weekly Character Lessons.
Team Building the Spartan Way, here is an overview:
Wow... hard to believe, practices are already underway for the Fall 2014 season. Is your team ready? What have you done to prepare... or are you "winging it"?
In our second year we have over 50 online recorded clinics to help you, as well as a vast collection of drills to help you.
We are done with live online clinics for this season, but we have individual youth football coaching online clinics on the Recorded Clinics tab above or check out some of our online playbooks or bundles.
Last year we highlighted Hudl as a great tool for youth football coaches and teams. The one downside to Hudl for some though is the costs. In our blog section, Coach Rob provides an alternative... check it out!!
Our new season starts as soon as this one ends, so if you have ideas / suggestions on topics or clinics, please send your thoughts to Coach Rob.
By the way... based on feedback from some our coaching friends, we are expanding into basketball with our first online clinic in August!!
Over the last 10 years 7 on 7 passing tournaments have increased year over year. They give youth football coaches a great opportunity to start working with players on basics... stance, first steps, routes / coverage. This past week we received the following from Robert Stockwell (New Jersey):
"FYI, I didn't coach our teams this past weekend because it was graduation weekend at RU and I had to work. Gave my iPad to a coach who has never been to a 7on7 before and he did a fantastic just because of your system. He loved it. He told me that it was the easiest thing he has ever had to do. I told him give the kids a number that is associated with the routes and tell that kid he is that number until he is told otherwise. The kids already new the deal but he was very nervous he would mess something up. This weekend I will get the recorder so you can see us in action."
Coach Stockwell... thanks for the feedback and good luck this year!
As you're preparing for the upcoming fall season, we have some great clinics (recorded and live online):
Installing an Offense at the Youth Level (must have for youth coaches)
Organizing and Planning Practices at the Youth Level
Team Building through Regiments
Special Teams (Long Snapping, Punting, EP/FG)
Looking for a youth friendly offense that combines Power, Misdirection, and sound blocking schemes? Check out the COXBOX Power Pistol.
Every year tax season ends on April 15th... it's like the first day of practice in many ways. If you wait to April 15th to do your taxes, there is a good chance you missed some opportunities or had to file an extension. When it comes to preparing for youth football, as a head coach or as an assistant, you need to be prepared.
It is huge advantage when you show up on day 1 of the season with a plan... and the plan shouldn't be to "wing it". Over the last 6 years I have been part of coaching staffs where the plan was to show up and then figure out what we would do. But the better teams actually had coaching clinics in the summer walking drills, formations, plays and defenses. And on day 1 we had a week by week plan to teach fundementals, install an offense and defense in progressions... not only were coaches ready, but the players got better quicker during the season.
I also learned that there is not one way you have to do it. That is one reason Coach Rob and I believe youth coaching clinics should offer a variety of offensive and defensive schemes. We also believe that football is more than schemes. Take a look at some the of the general coaching clinics, like Building Championship-Caliber Football Programs and Team Building through Regiments. We also have a clinic coming up: Organizing and Planning Practices at the Youth Level.
We are 16 months into our coaches-clinic.com business... we continue to learn from you. With that said, you'll notice we have added some new ways to access our online clinics. Coaches were asking for an annual plan or bundles to get access to more for less... we listened. Check out our Bronze and Silver Annual Memberships or our Digital Store. Continue providing feedback... we want to provide the best resources for youth football coaches.
As we enter the first 4 months of 2014 we already have 16 clinics lined up. Below I have categorized:
East Coast Offense 101
Unleash the Beast (Single Wing)
Wishbone for Youth
Buck Lateral Series (Single Wing)
Youth Double Wing (Counter Series)
Youth Double Wing (Multiple Formations)
No Huddle Communications Made Easy
Basic Marriage Concept (Audible options)
FAT Formation (Balanced Single Wing)
Youth Double Wing (QB/Receiver Mechanics)
Youth Double Wing (Pass Protection)
Using Fly Sweep in the Spread Offense
Coach Rob is also kicking off a Blog on the site to open up discussion around mulitple youth football coaching topics. If you have topic you would like Coach Rob to address, please contact Coach Rob
We've gotten a great response from some great youth football coaches. We already have 12 online youth football clinics setup over the next 3 months. Check our calendar on the home page or click on the Online Live Clinics tab. The clinics cover most aspects of the games. As always, if you have any suggestions on online clinics you would like to see or you are interested in hosting a clinic, please contact Coach Rob.
Like most years, this year flew by. We had a fun year with a group of 5th/6th grade players. Like you probably, there are number of things we would like to improve on going into 2014.
As we start our second year with Coaches-Clinic.com, we also want to improve on the product we provide youth football coaches. Please contact Coach Rob if you have suggestions or would like to host an online youth football coaches clinic.
What would make your post game video watching, grading, developing of coaching points and preparation for the next week easier... the answer the past few years has and still is hudl.com. What's different this year? They created packages for youth and club football teams that cost much less than the high school / college / professional prices.
If you have not used Hudl, once you see it, you will want to start using it. We have a free online clinic scheduled for June 1 where the Hudl team will highlight it's many features. For more information on Hudl, sign up for the free youth football coaching clinic.
If you are already aware and want to sign up today, use "CoachRob" as a discount code to get 10% off. One of the packages is only $99/year, so with the discount you would pay about $90.
In my years of coaching youth football I've seen and coached a number of defenses. There are a number of questions you can ask yourself to see which defense is right for you. They range from: What type of players do you have? What types of offense will you face this year? Which defense allows me to play more minimum play kids? Which youth defense will set the players up for the next level of football? There are many more.
Below we have already had a number of youth football coaching clinics live online that are available as recorded clinics:
We also have the following online live clinics coming up:
We are still looking for Coaches to host clinics on:
4 - 3 Youth Defenses
5 - 3 Youth Defenses
6 - 2 Youth Defenses
Any other variation youth football coaches use
If you or you know a coach who could host an online clinic, please have them contact Coach Rob.
Most grade schools are wrapping up or just starting spring break. What does that mean for football coaches? Time to get ready for a new year!!
I know we have already had our head coaches meeting... reviewed new rules for the season, talked to what players are coming back and yes, time to refresh our coaches with clinics. Every year we do surveys of our parents. What do they normally like... most are tied to winning and playing time. Some parents do see that coaches do not coach age appropriately. As a coach, we can address all of these. How? Evaluate players and understand what system will position your team to win, use football fundamentals and play players who participate and work hard.
Coaches-Clinic.com's goal is to provide offensive, defensive and special team systems to position your team for success. Over the last three months we have covered a number of offensive and defensive systems for youth football. In April, we have the following clinics lined up:
April 7 - Overview of Youth Option Offense
April 9 - Youth Passing Game
April 11 - Split 4-4 Inverted Cover 2 for Youth
April 13 - Multiple Single Wing
April 14 - 10:1 True Pressure Based Defense
April 16 - The Less is More Approach to Defense
April 21 - 6-3 Defense Part 3 (Back 5)
April 23 - 100% Check with Me Play Calling
April 27 - Special Teams (Long Snapping, Punting, EP/FG)
We would like to hear from you with suggestions on clinics, presenters, time and dates of clinics. If you can take a few minutes to provide feedback, please take this survey for us... link to Survey