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Coaching Football during Pre-Game, Post-Game, and Halftime

By The National Alliance of Youth Sports, Greg Bach

Part of Coaching Football For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Keeping your football players focused, positive, playing hard and having fun before, during, and after a football game is your job as their coach. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you gather your football team together:

Pre-Game Talk

  • Conduct the talk away from any distractions.

  • Speak in a calm and relaxed manner.

  • Be brief.

  • Be positive, and touch on areas of the game that the kids have excelled in.

  • Stress the importance of having fun and displaying good sportsmanship.

  • Stay away from clichés; speak from the heart to get your point across.

  • Avoid pressure phrases like “Let’s score four touchdowns today.” Remember, kids can only give you their best effort.

  • Be passionate and enthusiastic, and your excitement will carry over to your players.

Halftime Talk

  • Regardless of the score, remain positive and upbeat. Highlight the positives.

  • Focus on a couple of main points that you want to get across to the kids for the second half.

  • Make sure the kids drink water to re-hydrate.

  • Play to your team’s strengths.

  • Pile on the praise for their hard work in the first half.

  • At the more advanced levels, ask for your players’ feedback and suggestions.

  • Don’t dwell on mistakes; mistakes are all part of the learning process.

Post-Game Talk

  • Keep the focus on fun.

  • Accentuate the positive.

  • Recognize good sportsmanship that was displayed.

  • Don’t allow the scoreboard to dictate what you say to the kids.

  • Wrap up the talk on a high note and with a team cheer, and send ’em home with a smile.