Paradise Junior Bobcat Football
We can only do our best. We view coaching as an awesome responsibility.
Your coaches will:
- Get the players in shape.
- Understand each players potential.
- Work on individual skills for each position.
- Work on team execution of plays.
- Motivate, communicate, lead.
- Perform the “behind the scenes work” that will give the players the maximum chance of success; like researching our opponents and doing necessary scouting.
- Teach the players the skills they need to play football safely.
Coaches must have the freedom to develop three things in their athletes: pride, poise, and self-confidence. We use the following steps to instruct the game of football.
- Explain what is required.
- Demonstrate the technique.
- Have the player perform the technique.
- Explain the consequences of not performing the technique properly.
- If necessary, execute the consequences.
Parents are as important to the success of the team as the players. Coaches and parents must work together. Please keep the coaches informed about problems that may be going on with your child. If the child has been sick, taking medication, or going through some emotional trauma, please make sure the coaches are made aware of the problem as soon as possible. Parents and coaches must communicate with mutual respect. Parents and coaches reserve the right to postpone conversations that are getting out of hand. Heated discussions have no place in front of the players.
Although many parents have coaching experience, and may have played on a higher level then the current coaches of any team, the coaches must ask that you refrain from coaching your kids at home. These kids are being taught to play as a team, each player performing a set function that his teammates can rely on. A player who abandons his teammates to do something his parents coached him to do is letting down his team, his coaches, and himself. At best he may open up the door for the opponent to win the game, at worst, he may cause himself or a teammate to be injured.
Proper nutrition and hydration is very important to a young football player. Players need to drink as much water as possible every day; at least four to six glasses. Heat stroke is always a danger, despite cooler weather during fall, so it is very important to stay hydrated at all times. It is also recommended that players wear a tee shirt under their pads and jersey to help keep them warm during the colder practices and games.
Players need a high-carbohydrate diet, with plenty of fruits and vegetables and few fats and sugars. We will not be teaching any form of weight lifting other than standard calisthenics like pushups and sit-ups. If your child wishes to lift weights during the off-season he is encouraged to do so, provided he obtains a doctors permission to do so and has his workout designed by a specialist in youth fitness. Improper weight lifting can cause irreparable damage to young bones and joints.
Chalk talks are a five to ten-minute period near the end of every practice where the coaches will teach or discuss a wide variety of topics with the players. Sometimes we will tell old “war” stories of our days in football to motivate the players. Sometimes we’ll discuss athletic role models. Sometimes we’ll discuss nutrition and fitness. Chalk talks are an important part of playing football. They give the coaches a chance to teach concepts that may otherwise be left out of a regular practice due to time constraints or other reasons. Practice is not over until the Chalk Talk ends.