The Coach Archive

James Ryan
I’ve been coaching just long enough to know that players, parents, and even sometimes coaches, can all let their emotions get the better of them out there on the football field, especially if they’re not careful enough to control themselves, no matter how upset or angry they might be. Unfortunately, this type of behaviour...
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From an awareness standpoint, life is a whole lot different now than when I was growing up in the 70′s and 80′s. As young athletes, my friends and I were constantly pushing our physical boundaries, with very little regard (if any) for our own personal safety. Between martial arts, “kill the man with the...
James Ryan
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. . . . “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.”—Vince Lombardi via UCLA coach Henry Russell Sanders We all know that football is a game of winning. Any coach, player or fan who has in any way familiarized himself with the culture of American football over the past few decades has been bred...
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Earlier today, Aaron Brooks of Hagerstown, Maryland, smashed the world record in the bench press for his age and weight. The previous bench press record for eight and nine-year-olds in the 88 pound weight class was 77 pounds. Aaron now holds the record at 99.21 pounds, which is more than 22 pounds greater than...
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“Current research indicates that resistance training can be a safe, effective and worthwhile activity for children and adolescents provided that qualified professionals supervise all training sessions and provide age-appropriate instruction on proper lifting procedures and safe training guidelines. “Regular participation in a multifaceted resistance training program that begins during the preseason and includes instruction...
James Ryan
“Well?” I asked assertively, “what have you managed to come up with? What is your answer?” Several enthusiastic hands shot up at once and so I nodded my head in the direction of our Quarterback. “We need better blocking”, he said. “Good start” I proclaimed, “that certainly identifies one of the more obvious problems”....
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As the season was slowly coming to an end, I decided that it would be a good idea to sit down with all of my players prior to the start of the playoffs in order to remind them all of the significant effect that a positive attitude and upbeat enthusiasm can have on a...
James Ryan
The world is full of harsh realities for children who are not prepared for the future. The very first thing that I ask myself when I think about setting priorities in youth football is: what will be best for my players in helping them to set the tone for the rest of their lives?...
James Ryan
Success can sometimes be measured in a variety of ways. ‘Coach A’ may look at his season and only think that it has been successful if he has won every single game – including the Championships. ‘Coach B’ might not care about the wins and losses as much, so long as his team has...
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2009 Welcome to my very first blog post. Special thanks to my good friend, Paul Dalton for starting this blog for me, thus helping me to begin my dream of becoming a professional writer. Getting involved in coaching is easy. Anyone can do it. Being a good coach however, is a completely different (and much...