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    Feb 2018
    Cleveland, Ohio

    Default Creating a solid farm system for your program

    As a coach in Cleveland, Ohio we have difficulty finding players who have had any experience with football before entering ninth grade. Many reasons why can be atop The list for such. For example, we have no middle school/junior high football programs. This alone can't be the main reason. However, when kids aren't notified of local football teams within the Pop Warner League, kids are at a disadvantage. We all know how much we love to see big boys playing and what they're capable of doing once their natural instincts transform into a well coached player.

    Sad to say in Cleveland due to the weight limit of 185 pounds, you have plenty of work to do with big men not only learning to be players, but getting in shape, which can be the top reason for any potential player not to participate. That's where your psyche as a coach during the off season begins.

    You must find a way to sell your coaching philosophy to those feeder programs that send their students athletes to your program. The perfect scenario is to establish trust with a middle school coach that knows your system and can teach it to those players he currently works for, which is a proven method to gain an advantage in the learning process, more so mentally. That was the main theory within the state of Nebraska where most of the high schools ran some version of the Cornhuskers offense during the 80's and 90's. This was a strong recruiting method to not only keep top recruits in state, but to also show how teaching early on can be rewarding for all involved.

    But a plus to this is finding a kid under the "athlete" category who has played in other sports such as basketball, track, or wrestling. They're already acclimated to organized athletics and bringing them aboard to another avenue of competition, can be another sales pitch. Visiting those feeder schools during the school year can promote familiarity with not only their faculty and staff, but with potential players who are considering playing for your team.

    Grades are always important. So from the exact moment on when they commit to playing for you, develop a plan with the schools principal or guidance counselor to have weekly progress reports so any potential eligibility issues with grades can be resolved, thus allowing them to participate with no road blocks.

    Thanks for reading this post and if this concept can assist you in any manner, the pleasure is all mine. Continue to be better coaches and leaders of young men.
    Last edited by Colonel Perry; 04-21-2018 at 10:11 AM.

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