football

Family, First by James Leath

As adults, we have a responsibility to allow our children to be children. Why do so many parents feel the need to fill every weekend with tournaments and training at the cost of letting a child be a child? What about family time? What about letting kids hang out with their friends? These are a problem that is only being exacerbated by many people in youth sports, specifically the club coaches who promise that taking a weekend off, much less a few weeks, would be severely detrimental to the development of that player. That is just wrong thinking.

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Confidence beats Complexity by James Leath

The focus of the coach should be on creating confident, fundamentally sound athletes during the week. Then, on gameday, let them play. Give the athletes the tools they need and let them build a victory. When the game starts, it is less about coaching anyway and more about managing. If your young athletes can master the basics and they truly understand their job on each play, then you are way ahead of most youth football coaches I come across who focus more on tricking the other coach than on developing sound football players.

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The greatest TD catch in NFL history by James Leath

This is Odell Beckham Jr. on November 23, 2014, making what might be the greatest touchdown catch in NFL history. [video width="480" height="480" mp4="http://jamesleath.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/IMG_0275.mp4"][/video]

What most people did not see is how Beckham prepares before the game. Here is a snapshot:

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You see, to Beckham, the catch was nothing out of the ordinary. He trained for that catch. He practiced it. It was a reaction to the situation. Greatness is never a surprise to the prepared.