In the St. Mary Youth Football, we pride ourselves on selecting coaches that will help us succeed as an organization, as individual teams, and as individuals on the field and in life. Before each season we cover certain guidelines with our coaches to ensure that their teams remain competitive but not at the cost of player safety, school work, religious studies or family events. In this page we will cover some of our coaching guidelines which are at the core of our philosophy.
If you are interested in coaching for the St. Mary Fighting, please send us an e-mail on our contact page.
St. Mary Youth Football takes player safety very seriously. As a coach you should always put safety first in all conditioning drills, hitting drills, team drills, scrimmages and games. When teaching tackling, blocking or running with the ball, NEVER teach kids to lower their heads and ALWAYS teach them to keep their head up when hitting.
We are not doctors so if a kid is hurt we’ll always err on the side of caution; if a parent is present ask the parent to help assess the severity of the injury, and when in doubt, call an ambulance.
During a game, scrimmage, practice it is our policy that if you have a player that is injured in any way, do not attempt to put the player back in the game/scrimmage/practice unless you are CERTAIN he is ok. NEVER force or pressure a player to re-enter if you or he has any doubt about his fitness to return.
The symptoms of a concussion are as follows:
Nausea or vomiting
Balance Problems or Dizziness
Double or Blurry Vision
Sensitivity to light or noise
Sluggishness, haziness, fogginess, grogginess
If a player exhibits any of these signs during an organized team activity he should be removed from the activity. The parent should be notified, and he should not return to any team activities until cleared by a doctor.
We urge all coaches and parents to visit the USA Football Concussion Awareness Page
be resolved between you and a parent, seek guidance from the parent/coach liaison. Remember, some of our parents are new to football, some are as passionate as we are; keep this in mind anytime you are approached by a parent. Over communicate to the parents, and if a parent has a question about playing time or any other subject be as honest as possible about their kid and his abilities. All coaches have FINAL authority on who plays at what position, any parent complaints about the position their kid is playing will be considered frivolous.
Team/Player Conduct Guidelines:
The following guidelines are to ensure a fair and fun atmosphere for all teams, players, parents and coaches.
Always remember, this is youth football. Allow some time during practice for fun activities. Weather they are linemen or skill position players, let everyone catch and/or carry the ball sometime during the practice week.
Keep the team motivated through encouragement. Never belittle a player on your team or another team. If a player does something wrong or is constantly doing something wrong, be patient and continue to encourage the player to get better. As coaches, sometimes we must yell at our players to get a point across...make sure it is followed up with an encouraging and calm explanation of what they did wrong and why.
For coaches at the lower age levels, make sure you are extra sensitive to the needs and age of your players. Profanity is never encouraged at any level.
Clarify Player Roles:
Always make sure a player knows his responsibility on the field and gets adequate reps during practice in that position. If a player changes position, make sure you tell the player why you made the change, what his new position is and what he may be able to do better to win his old position back.
School Work - Family - Religion
These three things come before football. Always encourage your players to get their homework done and excel at school. Always encourage you players to attend special, immediate family, life changing events. Always try to schedule practice around religious school if possible.
The Parents are as much a part of the team as the players. Always remain calm in any parent/player/coach dispute. Never yell at a parent or be confrontational, keep your cool. If a confrontation is imminent, call over another coach to help. If a situation can't be resolved between you and a parent, seek guidance from the parent/coach liaison. Remember, some of our parents are new to football, some are as passionate as we are; keep this in mind anytime you are approached by a parent. Over communicate to the parents, and if a parent has a question about playing time or any other subject be as honest as possible about their kid and his abilities. All coaches have FINAL authority on who plays at what position, any parent complaints about the position their kid is playing will be considered frivolous.