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Coaching Youth Football 3rd Edition: The AYF Way

Coaching Youth Football 3rd Edition: The AYF Way

$24.95 USD

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    Online Course

    Learn fundamental coaching concepts and responsibilities and come away with the most important coaching points for the major skills and tactics of youth football.

    Due to today’s safety concerns for our AYF youth, all AYF football coaches are strongly advised to complete the online course. All tournament team coaches should be aware that a course completion certificate will be one of the items on the registration checklist for the AYF National Championships.

    Developed by Human Kinetics Coach Education in conjunction with renowned college and professional football coach and AYF president Joe Galat, this interactive online course will prepare you for your season and provide the best possible experience for your athletes. The course is supplemented by the sixth edition of the Coaching Youth Football book, which is delivered in ebook format from within the course. As you progress through the online course, you’ll be prompted to read chapters from the ebook to complete course units.

    The course includes many interactive exercises that apply and enrich concepts from the book. It also includes a handy Coaches’ Clipboard, which coaches have access to for up to a year, that features electronic forms (supplied as PDF files), checklists, drill sheets, and sample plans for practice sessions and game-day coaching.

    Guided by a mentor coach, coaches face learning challenges in the following units:

    Unit 1: Stepping Into Coaching
    Unit 2: Communicating as a Coach
    Unit 3: Understanding Rules and Equipment
    Unit 4: Providing for Players’ Safety
    Unit 5: Making Practices Fun and Practical
    Unit 6: Teaching and Shaping Skills
    Unit 7: Coaching Offensive Techniques
    Unit 8: Coaching Offensive Tactics
    Unit 9: Coaching Defensive Techniques
    Unit 10: Coaching Defensive Tactics
    Unit 11: Coaching Special Teams Techniques and Tactics
    Unit 12: Coaching on Game Day
    Unit 13: Developing Season and Practice Plans
    Unit 14: Safer Environment Training

    As we continue to learn more about the cumulative effects of head injuries, it’s of utmost importance that we properly prepare, protect, and instruct our youth participants to minimize their risk of injury. We’ve turned to the leading authority on concussions—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—for course content dedicated to the prevention, management, and treatment of concussions. As part of the final unit of the course, you’ll take the CDC’s Head’s Up: Concussion in Youth Sports course, used as a training resource for thousands of sport organizations across the country.

    Another area in which our kids need absolute protection is against sexual abuse. The final course unit includes information from the AYF risk management policy, encompassing criminal background checks, warning signs of molestation, policies for addressing abuse, required procedures to follow in the event of an allegation, and advice regarding communication about these topics.

    After completing the course activities, you’ll take the 30-question online test, which covers material from the book and the online course.


    An online resource for American Youth Football coaches of players ages 8 to 14. The course is required of all football coaches new to AYF this year.

    Table of Contents

    Unit 1. Stepping Into Coaching
    Unit 2. Communicating as a Coach
    Unit 3. Understanding Rules and Equipment
    Unit 4. Providing for Players’ Safety
    Unit 5. Making Practices Fun and Practical
    Unit 6. Teaching and Shaping Skills
    Unit 7. Coaching Offensive Techniques
    Unit 8. Coaching Offensive Tactics
    Unit 9. Coaching Defensive Techniques
    Unit 10. Coaching Defensive Tactics
    Unit 11. Coaching Special Teams Techniques and Tactics
    Unit 12. Coaching on Game Day
    Unit 13. Developing Season and Practice Plans
    Unit 14. Safer Environment Training

    About the Author

    American Youth Football, Inc. (AYF), established in 1996, is a support-services organization dedicated to giving back to communities by promoting the wholesome development of young people through their association with exemplary adult leaders in the sport of American football. AYF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that provides support services, scholarships, grants, community programs, and tournaments to its member organizations, which service over one million members in 50 states and several countries worldwide.

    Joe Galat is president and founder of AYF. As a college player, Joe captained the Miami University (Ohio) football team, was an All-Mid-American Conference selection, and was named Outstanding Student Athlete in his senior year. He went on to coach at all levels of the sport, including the National Football League (New York Giants and Houston Oilers) and the Canadian Football League (Montreal Alouettes and British Columbia Lions) at the professional level, and Miami University, Yale University, University of Kentucky, and Youngstown State University at the college level. He has participated in youth football clinics in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and throughout Europe and Russia. Joe resides in Miami, Florida.

    Human Kinetics Coach Education has been developing and delivering coaching education courses since 1981. As the nation’s leader in providing coaching education programs, Human Kinetics Coach Education works with national, state, and local sport organizations to develop educational programs for coaches, officials, administrators, and parents. These programs incorporate the philosophy of “Athletes first, winning second.

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 7 reviews
    Christopher Wilson

    Coaching Youth Football 3rd Edition: The AYF Way

    Tyler Tucker

    Coaching Youth Football 3rd Edition: The AYF Way

    Maryann Lewis

    This was a great course, and the team was extremely helpful when I needed assistance. Thanks so much
    Ms. Lewis

    Robert Sullivan

    Coaching Youth Football-3rd Edition: The AYF Way

    Joseph Negron

    Sometimes you need a reminder and refresher of why you coach. This course not only gave me a good refresher but it also opened my eyes to what I could do different with my players. Well organized and so needed, thank you!