OCEANSIDE LIONS JB FOOTBALL
Youth football can be an exciting and fun opportunity for your youth to learn new skills, make new friends, and have fun. As fun as it can be for your youth, different expectations from the coach, parent(s), and player can take away from that positive experience in a number of ways.
1. We believe that kids gain confidence and a love for the game through positive feedback from parents, coaches, and other players. Skill level develops at different rates for kids, but effort and having fun can always be achieved. We try to always provide positive feedback for effort.
2. We think it's important that a coach takes more than a casual interest in the players. We will strive to talk with all the players 1 on 1 at some point during the practices and games. We may not be successful getting to every player each day, but want them to know that we are interested in what they have to say and more importantly, want them to know that their coaches likes him/her as a person.
3.We believe in trying to make practices as fun and entertaining for the kids as possible, while providing the practice and instruction that they need to improve. I've found that kids expect and respond to well-structured and organized practices. Attention span is often limited with this age group, so I will strive to keep them moving, focused and active.
4. Teamwork and developing friendships is an important part of any team sport. We always try to tell the kids how important it is for them to support each other and to always be positive towards their teammates.
5. Competition is an important element of any sport and as kids grow they naturally become more competitive. We don't talk to the kids about "needing to win a game" or "how important it is that we win". Our role and that of the parents is helping the kids develop the ability to deal with competition in a healthy way. Effort and attitude is the focus. If we can achieve that, then chances are we'll win the number of games that we are capable of winning.
6. We will work on teaching fundamentals and skills during practice, but believe the game is their time. We will give instruction during the game if it will help with performance during the game, but in general we try letting them enjoy the game. We don't think any of the kids want to be told what they did wrong during the game. Hopefully, as parents you will do the same. At this age, one missed block or tackle can ruin the game for some kids. If your child misses a block or tackle, tell them how proud you were of the effort they gave. Strive to make them feel good about their contribution.
Our goal is to have every child feel that they played a great game that day
Playing Time and Positions
For this age group there is a drastic difference in skill level among the kids. We want to give them an opportunity to play a number of positions and will make sure each player gets a chance each game to play for a couple of downs. Our goal is to have every player participate during regular game time. We will not have a player play a position that we don't feel he has the ability to play at that positions at that time. This really is a safety issue as much as anything. Plus, we want to put kids in positions where they have the best chance of being successful. That doesn't mean they won't have the ability by the end of the season and will always work with the kids at those positions during practice if they are interested.
Academics Football is a Privilege and School is Priority. Should at any time a players grades become an issue, and they need to miss practice or a game to study please let me know. Based on what you think is best for your child, playing time might have some consequences.
Team Rules and Discipline
We have a few team rules that will be explained through out the first days of practice. As the season goes on and situations arise, new rules will be put in effect. Failure to follow the rules could result in lose of play time in a game.
1. Have fun and always give your best effort.
2. We expect players to always show respect for the coaches, parents, and other players on the team both on and off the field.
3. Spend time outside of practice playing football or just playing catch.
1. Please try to get your player to practice and games on time. This can be difficult at times and impossible at other times, but it's really hard to conduct practice or get ready for a game when players continually show up late. If you know they will be late or won't be able to make it to a practice or game, please let me know in advance if possible.