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The Basics: What Parents Need to Know About Middle School Football

Coaching football takes commitment. Playing football takes commitment. But, being the parent of a young athlete takes dedication to a new level. From practice schedules and medical exam requirements, to planning family vacations around game days - coaches and athletes aren't the only ones who have to demonstrate their dedication to the team.

The Lineup

Your lineup isn't something you make on the fly, you need to begin getting your lineup in order well before the season starts and you need to know what the objective of the lineup is.

Single centerfield - Runners on first and third.

Baseball defensive situations with runners on first and third.

Volleyball Defense 101: Rotation Defense Part One

The Rotation Defense in volleyball is geared to pick up tips. Beginning with the volleyball being set to the outside, Coach goes over the movement and court responsibility of each position. It's essential that players know their area of responsibility. Coach also discusses how this volleyball defensive strategy can be adjusted based on the skill level of your players.

Baseball Signs And Signals: Who's On First?

The Coach, that's who. Players depend on the Coach to know the game - inside and out. That's why a coach has to develop baseball signs and signals that feel comfortable - that allow players to respond without being distracted. Coach Polk offers up humor and reality in this introduction to baseball offensive signal systems.

Football Offense: The Third Down

The Third Down is the determining factor in whether or not "the drive stays alive." A good offensive football team must be proficient in handling Third Down situations. Coach discusses ways to maximize the success of your offense to keep the drive going.

Baseball: Little Things That Win - Relationships

Coach Thompson begins discussing those small things that make teams successful by letting these coaches know that "talk is cheap" when not backed up by action. Coach shares some of these sentiments given by successful coaches in this inspirational basketball clinic session. The focus in this segment is relationships.

Team Building: Communication Part One

Beginning from day one with athletes the first goal is build a team. Everything else revolves around that. But where do you start? Coach Weisberg starts by defining the five most important aspects of success, beginning with Communication.

Introduction

What will it take to be a good coach? Find out here!

Running Back Tips - Ball Security

Running back tips from two specific football plays during this video series. This first football video begins with ball security. Coach demonstrates the drills used to enforce ball security beginning with the "balance touch."

Football Receiver Skills: The Hitch Route Drill and Toe Drill

Coach Matt Scott takes these athletes through two Receiver drills. First up: the Hitch Route Drill. Athletes learn to get the drive off the ball, create separation for the catch, and separation so there's room to run after catching the football. The Toe Drill is about making the catch on the edge. This football drill will help players gain body awareness as they learn how to catch the football while keeping a toe in-bounds.

Hand Action Drill

Remember! Getting the hand action down is important to any defensive lineman and even though this drill will have your defensive linemen laughing because they feel like they are playing a girls game of "patty cake", the basic hand technique to win in the trenches is learned and reinforced.

Basketball Zone Offense - Introduction

"There are a million ways to coach basketball, and they are all right," according to Coach Robertson. With humor and experience Coach introduces his Zone Offensive Strategy. With lots of ball movement and endless options, the Zone works. Coach begins his play run through with a two guard front and a "must make" pass.

Offensive Line Skills: Vertical Sets - The Stance and Pass Punch

This football video features Vertical Sets. Using an offensive strategy that involves sitting back off the ball to gain the advantage, Coach demonstrates the proper positioning of the two- and three-point stance. Long Set and Quick Set Drills are included that focus on footwork and speed.

Basketball Skills: Post Moves

Coach Eric Carr from the Auburn Basketball Camp works with these young athletes on Post Moves. The focus is High Post Moves and High Post Shooting that allow players to get the basketball to the basket when the defense is putting on the pressure.

Heat-Related Illness: What Coaches and Players Need to Know

"Heat Stoke is a fatal condition," explains Dr. Philip Bishop. In this critical discussion on heat-related illness, Dr. Bishop talks about the body's ability to acclimate (or not) to hot weather and what coaches need to know to keep athletes (and themselves) safe.

Pass Rushing

This drill starts by pitting your defensive linemen's pass rush against a set of pop up dummies where they learn to club and rip the offensive linemen. Next your defensive linemen pass rush the dummies again and work on their club arm over punch and getting to the quarterback. If the defensive lineman is ripping or clubbing with an arm over, he must always be aware of his hip position so he is ready to move toward the football with a vicious pass rush. <br><br> After defeating the pop-up dummies and perfecting their techniques, the defensive linemen work the same pass rushing drills one-vs-one against an actual offensive lineman. Watch this video not only to learn and understand the drills, but to sharpen your own ability to pick up the things that need to be brought to your defensive linemen's attention so you can develop a defensive front that is known for their awesome pass rushing.

Football Squeeze Technique

This series of football drills teach and reinforce the squeeze technique used by defensive linemen. Don't skip any of this video because there are coaching points you'll find all through it.

Staff Assignments

Planning for the next football game takes preparation and every member of a coaching staff must know their part and the time frame they have to work with to field a football team ready to play on Friday night.

Evaluation and Tryout Process Organizational Meeting

All baseball coaches should hold an organizational meeting for prospective players and their parents before evaluations and tryouts begin. This meeting should provide interested players and their parents information regarding what will be expected of the aspiring player during the tryout process and what criteria will be used in player selection.

Catchers Stances

There are 3 basic catchers stances and in this series Coach Rhodes covers the 3 stances and the finesse points of each stance.

Basketball Offensive Skills - L Cut to Get Open

Coach Robert Moore leads thes players through a drill that works on the L Cut to get open. It's L Cut, square, bounce, and shot. Coach demonstrates ball handling and getting to the right angle to bank the shot. Separation from the defender is essential to the shot and Coach shows these young basketball players just how to do that in this fast paced drill.

The Dead Ball

When the offensive player stops his dribble the defender has to keep them from passing to a team mate and alert the other defenders that the dribble has been stopped.

Six Point Explosion Drill

Football offensive line drills are about Power. It starts with the stance: Six Points. The offensive lineman is ready to explode on to the field. Hike! Shoot the hands. Watch knowledge, skill, and good coaching come together in an explosion of power. Then watch the defense crumble. But first, watch this football offensive line drills video.

What is Good Deceleration

The idea of creating good deceleration sounds great, but unless you know what good deceleration looks like, you can't teach it to your pitcher and make it a regular part of his pitching arm care

Double Slot Speed Sweep Left

A sweep around the left side makes this just one of the many effective football plays in our free animated football playbook out of the double slot formation.

basic football skills and drills: Ball Handling and The Hand-off Drill

It's not enough to get your hands on the football; You have to know how to hang on to it. This basic football skills and drills session covers Ball Handling - how and where on the body to hold the football so that it is protected in running and tackling situations. Using the Hand-Off Drill basic Ball Handling Drills, athletes work on moving the ball from side-to-side keeping it away from the defense. You can find more <a href="/football/runningbacks/">running back skills here.</a>

Softball Skills: Baserunning Part One

Running through first base so you are ready to head to second, or anywhere else if the opportunity presents itself. Plus leads and returning to the base if necessary. (Softball Offensive Strategy).

Lessons Learned

Jerry Kindall at Ala BCA

Serve Receive

How will you line up your defense to receive the serve? Coach Lambert covers the basics of volleyball base defense.

Building a Successful Basketball Program: Meet Coach Steve Ridder

This basketball video series begins with a glimpse into the past. Coach Ridder shares his inspiring and humorous journey from a young Assistant Coach to Head Basketball Coach at Embry-Riddle University.

Coach Len Elkins - Football Defensive Coordinator

Coach Len Elkins, Defensive coordinator of Clay-Chalkville High School introduces himself in this first football video segment. (Coaching Defensive Ends).

Receiver Drills: Catching the Football Under Pressure

Coach Joey Hamilton starts out this football practice session reinforcing proper catching techniques. Then the drills begin! Players learn how to receive the football under game-like conditions. In traffic, after the break, to the side - whatever the distraction - this drill helps players make the catch and avoid the tackle!

Football Hammer Drill

The hammer drill is a defensive line drill that works on your defensive lineman's ability to use leverage and lean as he works his way around the offensive linemen on his way to the quarterback. Watch this defensive line drill video as Coach Cochran pits a defensive lineman against 2 teammates using dummies and helps his defensive linemen perfect their defensive skills.

Coaching Softball: Base Running and Coaching Third Base

"The shortest distance between two bases is a straight line." It's the coach's job to get softball players down that line and around the next base. In this softball coaching segment on Base Running, Head Coach Marla Townsend, discusses basic base running skills and techniques for coaching 3rd base. Good communication with base runners is one key to successfully coaching from the field.

Volleyball Fundamentals: Posture

Knowing when to be in the right posture is critical to success in volleyball. In this segment, Coach discusses and demonstrates the basic postures of volleyball explaining how each is used for various aspects of the game, such as floor defense or setting. Coach then uses a simple drill to teach players how to move with the volleyball while maintaining the correct posture.

Building An Offensive Package

This technique helps you find offensive formations that are effective against a defense that you've scouted. These formations rely on a skill based offense where offensive players can be lined up into any formation and the skills they have learned in practice still apply. This technique is very flexible and best of all you don't have to have your opponent completely scouted by Sunday afternoon. This offense relies on wristbands and sound offensive skills and you can change things easily on Tuesday morning or in the middle of the second quarter. As you watch this clinic have a pad and paper handy to take some notes. PS This was an early Saturday morning clinic that was well attended and full of questions...proof that people were eager to hear what Coach Yeager had to say.

The Power of a Coach: Lessons Beyond the Scoreboard

What's the most important thing a coach ever taught you? That's what we asked John Croyle. In this video segment, he shares what Coach Bryant taught him that he now tries to pass on to others - children and parents.

Basic Softball Pitching Terminology - Part 1

Coach Hogan covers BASIC TERMINOLOGY needed to be an effective softball pitcher (softball pitching).

Football Conditioning: Warm-up Stretches

In this football video segment, Coach demonstrates proper stretching techniques with Quarterbacks and Wide-Receivers. Stretches should be done correctly to prevent injury to football players and to create muscle "memory."

Step and Punch Pass Block Video

In this football skills segment, offensive linemen work on picking up the blitz, twist, and other stunts. Starting with the proper stance and alignment for the vertical set, you'll insure your offensive linemen understand their pass block technique of stepping and punching. <br><Br>Then, this offensive line drill puts a defensive rusher against the lineman who twists and turns to break thru. The offensive lineman treats this as a mirror drill and holds his block against the defender.

Basketball Handling Drills - Part One

In Basketball, it's critical to learn the proper techniques early on. Repetition of correct techniques makes for a strong player. These ball handling techniques work on developing both hands and both feet. Slapping the ball from head to toe, these drills call for speed and repetition.

Mug Drill - Neutralizing an Opponent's Speed

This football drill is best suited for teaching players how to use skill to beat speed on the field. Players learn how "to take the arms out" of the opponent's running motion so that the runner is contained. These are basic high school football practice drills with tremendous potential for controlling game play.

Volleyball Blocking Defense: Footwork Positions

Coach Beyer covers the footwork mechanics of three effective maneuvers utilized in successful ball blocking: The Push, Push Drive, and the Push Slant. Mastering the footwork positions covered in these Volleyball Drills will help a team greatly improve their blocking skills. Beginning in the coiled position and landing on a slant, a player using these blocking techniques correctly can quickly move to the appropriate position for a clean block without interfering with other players. Volleyball Drills.

Mound maintenance

Height and slope are critical for the pitchers release point. Plus, some quick daily maintenance to make your mound last longer. (ptiching mound)

Specific Baseball Infield Drills By Position

In addition to general infield baseball drills, there are drills that are specific to an infield baseball players position. This video segment covers drills that are specific to third base, middle infield and the first baseman.

Quality vs Quantity

Quality and quantity are important and the balance between the two is a fine line that you as a coach must walk to point your baseball players in the right direction.

Softball Skills: Defense

Half the game of softball is defense, so here is a discussion on defensive strategies (Softball Defensive Strategy).

Hitting Fundamentals Part One

Where is THE place to observe the best hitting stance in baseball? Watching the pro's of course. In this introduction to baseball hitting fundamentals, Coach uses professional baseball players to show the proper hitting mechanics from stance to contact to follow through.

Hand Fit Drill

This drill works on the using hands to neutralize the offensive lineman's attack so the defensive lineman can find the ball and rip or swim off of the line to make the play.