To reduce the risk of injury, USA Football recommends no more than 90 minutes per week of full-contact drills (or 120 minutes during the pre-season).
So, to make it easy on you and your coaching staff, we marked each drill with a "Level of Contact" icon, ranging from "Air" to "Live."
So you can introduce skills in a safe, progressive way before advancing to full-contact drills, spend the right amount of time in helmets and pads, and help your kids master the fundamentals more quickly.
Intensity Level 1
Drill is run unopposed and without contact
Intensity Level 2
Drill is run against a bag or soft-contact surface
Intensity Level 3
Drill is run at an assigned speed until the moment of contact with one player as the predetermined winner. Contact is above the waist, and players stay on their feet.
Intensity Level 4
Drill is run at competitive speed through the moment of contact. There is no predetermined winner. Contact is above the waist, players stay on their feet, and a quick whistle ends the drill.
Intensity Level 5
Drill is run in game-like conditions. This is the only time players are taken to the ground.
My 7th grade team, the Tri-Town Warriors of Deep River CT have won the Shoreline Youth Football Conference Championship for the AYF 7th Grade Division! We employ many of the drills and techniques from your material, and I refererence it often during the season to keep our drill work fresh.Jim Kern, Head Coach & TTYF President, Deep River, CT
My little New Braunfels Junior Ravens had an undefeated season with 6 shutouts and only 3 touchdowns scored on them the entire season. We used quite a few of the drills and such from your books this year and it really paid off. Thanks!Rick A. Kiesling, New Braunfels Junior Ravens, Texas
As a first time youth head football coach, I was looking for a system that would help me run drills and set up practice. Your practice plans have helped me immensely. Now there is a good tempo to practice with new drills, and the kids love it!Mike Dutra, Coastal Tritons Pee Wee, San Diego, CA
Using the practice plans, we won the WLJFL Championship this year! We got more work done in less time, which gave us more time to run plays. Thanks Coach Steve for getting all the coaches together in this form.Eric Carrier, Livonia Orioles, WJFL 11-12 Year Old Champs
Since most of our youth coaches are dads who may have played years ago or not at all, I'm always looking for resources that can effectively explain drills and show how to plan an effective practice. Your guide has helped these dads become more organized and our kids are learning more and having fun.Gary Wynn, Solomons Steelers, St. Leonard, MD
It was a huge help because it gave me tons of new drills to run throughout the year that I was not previously aware of. The program gave me drill options that I can use now when my boys are young and drills I can implement as they get older. Our record was 6-0-2 for the regular season.Todd Kepler, McAdenville Dolphins (5-6 Yr Olds), McAdenville, NC