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Hammer Teams and Nail Teams

Most youth games that I watch involved two Nail Teams playing each other. Might as well be flag football. The team that wins goes away with a warm, fuzzy feeling that they are GOOD, blissfully unaware of the beast that is waiting for them in week 4.

The rare game involves 2 Hammer Teams. Those are the games that witnesses talk about for years.

Then, you have games that pit the Hammer Team against the Nail Team. Things do not go so well for the Nail Team. The Hammer Team is usually pissed that they wasted all that preparation against an opponent who couldn’t be bothered to prepare. The Nails then gather to lick their wounds and the adults start accusing the Hammers of running up the score, playing dirty, taking this too seriously, etc. etc. etc. Continue reading Hammer Teams and Nail Teams

How to Videotape Football Games or Scrimmages

I have had a copy of this article for a long time but totally forgot to post it on the old site and now I can’t even remember who gave it to me.  But watching a lot of film for different coaches this year made me remember it … so I found it and dusted it off and figured I would post it here tonight.

Coaches and team managers have often come across the problem where the person who normally films the game can’t do it.  Too often an injured player, parent, or even a coach is asked to do it at the last minute.  Whatever the case coaches can be frustrated with the quality of the film they are getting because the person behind the camera does not really know the coach’s need.  Coaches, this is another area we need to coach up.  The following is a handout to give your cameraperson to quickly educate them and for them to use as a checklist so you don’t lose valuable pre-game time.  It is highly recommended that you have them tape a scrimmage and then go over with it at some time together.

How to Videotape Football                 Games or Practice Scrimmages

First off.  Thank you for you help in taking on this chore.  It is not an extremely difficult one but there are some specific requirements we need you to be aware of.

The coaches have specific needs for game and practice footage.  We are not looking for NFL films highlights.  We are looking for video we can use to evaluate the entire teams performance. Continue reading How to Videotape Football Games or Scrimmages

Sick Of Your Organization?

I doubt that a football season goes by, that I don’t hear from someone complaining about the youth program that they coach for.  It’s actually a bit sad that youth sports are so polarizing and political at times…after all, the participants are just kids and at the end of the day it’s just a game.

Truth be told, I’ve been trying to write this article for probably about a month now.  It’s a topic that I expect will cover a considerable amount of content.  The difficult part is where exactly to start.

I’m going to assume that if you’re reading this, you’re probably a youth football coach and on some level you’re unhappy with your org.  I’m going to do my best to arm you with the information that you need to make positive change within your community.  After all, that’s what youth sports SHOULD be about: having a positive impact on the youth of the area.

How non-profits work

It has been my experience that most youth sports programs function as non-profit corporations.  Non-profit corporations / charitable organizations are unique business entities that afford certain rights to members and corporate officers.  This is important stuff to know!  Many people involve themselves with youth football organizations and they do not have the first clue about how the corporation is structured, how it should be operated and the rights of the people of the community with regards to the org.

Corporations are typically formed through a filing with the secretary of the state.  Different states have different rules on formation, such as the fee to file, whether bylaws are required or not, how many corporate officers must be listed on the filings, etc. etc.

Once a corporation is formed, regardless of its’ local or national affiliation, it is an INDEPENDENT ENTITY and answers only to its’ members, the state and the federal government.

This is very important information!  A few years ago, the organization I was coaching for had a problem with the president of the board of directors.  A special meeting was called and the president made a claim that the conference/league president was not allowing the org in question to hold a meeting.  This was either a complete fabrication by the president of the org OR the league president actually believed that he exercised that POWER over the org when he did not.  In any case, the board of directors took this claim as truth and the meeting never took place.

When an organization “joins” an AYF conference or a Pop Warner league, this is a choice made by the board of directors at that time to willingly participate in a regional or national program.  There are certainly terms and conditions that apply to receive a charter from a national program and your org must follow the rulebook of the national organization to continue membership.

With this said, your organization could put itself in a situation where it could jeopardize its’ membership within the regional sanctioning body.  I’ve never heard of this happening, I’m sure that it has and chances are it had nothing to do with holding a special meeting to manage the organization itself.

Management & Membership

When an organization is formed, the state requires “Articles of Organization” or “Articles of Incorporation” or a “Constitution”.  This document usually includes the name of the org and the purpose of formation.  It can also include details on different classes of members, their rights, terms, etc.  If this information isn’t supplied in the articles of organization, it should be in the bylaws.  There’s a fair chance that your organization doesn’t have bylaws, which means that the organization is functioning under general laws GL of your state or commonwealth.

In my opinion, it’s pretty important to have an understanding of how an organization is intended to function.  You should take the time to review your organization’s articles, bylaws or the general laws of your state that cover the operation of non-profit organizations.  You may be able to view some of these documents online through your state secretary’s website, the attorney general’s site or your organization’s website.

Knowing and understanding the structure of your organization will allow you to exercise your full rights as a member of the organization and will empower you to inform others in the community who are participating in the organization as to their rights in operating the org.

Non-profit / charitable organizations, exist to make a positive mark on the world and usually the community in the surrounding area.  The organization is OWNED and MANAGED by members of the community as a whole.  While the “President” of the Board of Directors may preside over Director’s meetings, he does not own the program, he typically does not have any more rights or stakes in the corporation than you do.


With the information provided in part I of this series, you should have a better working knowledge of your organization and you should already be coming up with ways that you might be able to enact change within your organization to have more of a positive impact on the community.  It has everything to do with the membership of the program.  If the membership in numbers demands change, change must be granted.

Submitted by Coach Ken

Getting Maximum Effort From Your Team

One thing I discuss with coaches is effort, and how to get it. In terms of our approach and what we do, I’m going to make sure that I get what I want. What I mean is, I’m not just going to accept whatever level of effort any particular player decides to give. His effort is dictated by what I want. Continue reading Getting Maximum Effort From Your Team

Charles Shultz Philosophy

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip. You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just read straight through, and you’ll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.
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