Winning in youth football isn’t that much different than winning in other sports. In fact there may be value in looking at teams and coaches in other sports and see if you can learn something to take to your youth football team.

Learning From John Wooden

I’m in the process or reading a book about John Woodens “Pyramid of Success”. While I’m not a huge basketball fan, I thought I could learn a thing or two from this UCLA basketball legend that won 7 Consecutive NCAA National Championships, 88 straight games along with 38 consecutive NCAA Tournament wins.

Many of you may not know that when John Wooden took over UCLA, the program was a joke. Coach Wooden’s main source of income was as a Dairy Manager, UCLA rarely drew over 2,000 fans and for his first 17 years they had no on-campus place to play or practice. The facilities were the absolute worst in the conference and maybe the country, yet his teams not only succeeded, they dominated year in and year out.

What surprised me most about coach Wooden’s approach to the game was his absolute disinterest in the opposition. While he did study some film, he studied far less of it than any of his peers. Coach Wooden was of the strong opinion that his teams would do what they did best and spend their valuable practice time เว็บแทงบอล preparing to execute Coach Wooden’s philosophy.

Don’t Frett the Opposition, Worry About Yourself

In this book, player after player reiterated what Coach Wooden had said about the opposition. His players were very consistent in the notion they cared little about who they played or even the style they played against. In some of the games the UCLA players didn’t know the names of the opposing players or even what conference the opposing team was from. This wasn’t because UCLA didn’t respect the opposition, it was because they truly felt, it really didn’t matter who they were playing against, they were going to execute. UCLA players were PLAYING AGAINST THEMSELVES, they were playing against their potential, not against an opposing team. UCLA was prepared against any philosophy, system or contingency.

These UCLA players were very confident, not in their personal abilities but in the team, the coach and the system. These UCLA teams and players had a calm aura of confidence and invincibility about themselves that served them well in close g

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