Before you send your football team out on the field and call those plays you have worked on for weeks, use this checklist to attend to your pre-game responsibilities as football coach:

  • Arrive early and inspect the field for any hazards (broken glass, rocks, raised sprinkler heads, loose turf) that could pose injury risks to the kids.

  • Set the tone for good sportsmanship by meeting with the opposing coach and officials.

  • Verify that your players have their mouth guards and all the other proper safety equipment.

  • Get the pre-game warm-up underway with a series of light drills covering all the skills and some stretches.