Kids coach kids: Blue Jays lead youth football programs – World Today News

A group of 10 Blue Jay football players are given a reason to smile for at least an hour every Tuesday and Thursday night.

“I became a coach because I love being around the game,” said Connor Trout. “I wanted to influence the development of these younger kids in the hope of making them better players. I also love seeing the smiles and the shared love they have for the game.

“What I love about teaching these younger kids is how pure they are – they always make you smile or laugh.”

Trout, along with three other Blue Jay football boys, Dylan Altringer, Brady Harty and Kushton Bollinger, were assigned to coach Jamestown Football Club’s under-8 youth football team.

Peyton Woliser, Hannah Murchy, Claire Froelich, Liv Froelich, Rhys Crist and Olivia Sorley, all members of the Blue Jay women’s varsity football team, coach the U6 players.

“A big part of what we teach them is ball control and how to play with teammates,” Frolich said. “This experience taught me to be more patient, I have to remind myself that they are small and very excited.

“Kids are just fun to work with, I love seeing how happy they are to be there and they’re not afraid to fool around with us, which definitely makes them fun. I would like to continue coaching when I return for the summer. .”

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Liv Frolich (standing) and Peyton Woliser (bending over) are Jamestown High School football players who are helping to coach younger students this summer.

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The concept of high school students responsible for teaching the basics of the game is relatively new. Most of today’s high school students remember only that they were coached by students, parents, or Jamestown University football coaches.

“When Brady (Harty) was little, we were in Bismarck at the time and there were guys from the University of Mary who coached him,” said JHS Boys Head Football Coach Brandi Harty. “When I was in Jamestown for college, we helped a little with the youth programs, but I don’t believe the high schoolers helped as much as they do now. It varies from club to club.”

Harty said the Jamestown youth football club has changed over the past couple of years as the club no longer has the same coaching director – a change that has given more opportunities for Blue Jay players to participate.

Harty said that if players have the desire to continue coaching, they can continue and get an E license, which will allow them to coach at a higher level as they gain experience.

Harty said there is no hard and fast qualification for a coach at youth level other than that the youth coaches played and understood the fundamentals of the game.

“The goal is to catch them when they’re younger and for them to find it interesting, and that’s what they’ll be doing in the future,” Harty said. “They really enjoy working with these kids and seeing how successful they are at the end of the session.

“The boys have a few comebacks from the first session who are now on their second session and it’s quite nice to see them interact with these boys and girls again because they know them.”

This year there were two sessions – the first was held from April 12 to May 26, and then after a 10-day break, the second session began. The summer session will end on July 21st.

“Last year, Brandi asked me to help her with U8 because my sister was in that group,” Sorley said. “This year I volunteered after learning that I could help coach again.

“I would like to continue coaching U6 and U8 until the end of my school years. Coaching has taught me to be very patient with young players. She also taught me how to find alternative ways to do drills and get players to listen and communicate.”

Each age group – U6 and U8 – is usually divided into several smaller groups to help teens keep their energy and excitement in check.

“I try to have two coaches on the field,” Harty said. “There are still a lot of kids playing so it’s always nice to have two coaches together because if a kid is having a hard time or needs help to tie their shoelaces, then one coach can focus on helping that kid and the other can keep coaching. ”

So what does learning for younger students really look like? Is it chaos control or skill training?

According to Sorli, it’s a little bit of both.

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This summer, Peyton Woliser of the Jamestown High School women’s football team is helping coach the youth.

John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

“While controlling chaos is one of our responsibilities as trainers, teaching them real skills to help them improve their performance is our most important job,” Sorli said.

To warm up, Sorli said kids just dribble and focus on footwork. Sometimes there will be relay races that focus on dribbling through cones, ball control and small ball touches. Towards the end of practice, there is usually a 4v4 bout in which kids work on passing, positioning, and opening up for their teammates.

“I always wanted to coach when I got older,” Brady said. “Most of all we focus on playing as a team because we prepare them to play at an older age.

“I love how much energy the kids have and how eager they are to learn how to play football. It’s nice to train kids – it helped my presentation skills.”

Trainings are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 17:30 to 18:30 at the Jaycee football complex.

Harty sends out a practice sheet to the kids’ coaches so they know what to do within the hour. This is where Harty said that it is up to high school students how they want to approach the intricacies of the practice.

“I think this experience has taught me to explain things in simpler terms so that I can be understood,” Trout said. “I also think it taught me a lot of patience. It can be a little chaotic at times, but that’s to be expected with these younger kids. It’s just a balance.”

The under 6 age group does not compete in any external competition, but youth teams play friendly matches, such as at the Jamestown Jamboree held at the complex on 11 June.

While it’s mostly training and scrimmage that young footballers sign up for, Harty said if the U8 team gets enough support from their parents, they’ll travel to Mandan to play in the 2022 Splashdown tournament July 22-24.

“I see a great future for the Blue Jay football teams,” Sorli said. “There are a large number of children who want to play, and if they stick to this, the football program will not be small. The kids seem to enjoy it and are hard at work for the hour I see them.”

Harty added:

“In larger communities, you will see a lot more college players training and we have college players helping out, but in the summer a lot of them leave. That’s why our middle school has taken a little bit of these kids and it’s a really good thing.”

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This summer, Conner Trout of the Blue Jays football team is helping coach young players.

John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

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