Author Archives: Mike Hurley

Vote for the Coach of the year



 Field A Team Coaches and Fans -have you heard about The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award yet?

It recognizes coaches who dedicate themselves to building character in youth sports and contribute to the success of the game!  And this is exactly what we want to hear at Field A Team!

The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award recognizes college football coaches who demonstrate Responsibility, Integrity, Sportsmanship and Excellence both on and off the field.   Now in its eighth year, the award is endorsed by the College Football Hall of Fame.

The program awards one winning coach from each NCAA division (I-FBS, I-FCS, II, and III) with $50,000 to donate to a charity of their choice, a $20,000 grant to each school’s alumni association, and the coveted Coach of the Year trophy.
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Start Strong: Get the most of your team this Fall

1672R-13298The fall brings a fresh new start to new sport seasons.   Children are getting ready for the return to school and the fall sports seasons.   It is a fresh start for you as coach too- a clean score sheet!  Here are some tips on how to get the most of your team this fall.

1.       Work on fitness to get players back in shape after the holidays.

2.       Get to know new team members and identify their strengths, skills and practice needs.        They should know that you -as coach- are there to help.  Just like a teacher/student relationship, offer them the opportunity for extra attention when they need it.

3.  Ease players back in by recapping on standard plays and skills before moving forward.  Do not start off exactly where you left off at the end of the season.  They will be a little rusty and need to get comfortable in their positions.

4.       Remember young athletes have short attention spans, so you need to mix up the practice routine.  Do not allow too much sitting around or delay-where the players can loose focus and start distracting others.

5.       Understand that you have different skill levels on every team.  Do not focus all your attention to one skill level, alienating others on the team.  Develop strong players and try to balance the weaker ones.

6.       Stress / reward hard work.  Even recognition for someone who went above and beyond with effort is a great gesture and will help to motivate.

7.     Be realistic about your goals.  If your team finished last in the previous season your goal should be to NOT finish last this season, not to win -this is too ambitious.  Small consistent steps are the best way to make progress.  Miracles do not happen, but hard work does pay off.


8.  Always stay motivated!


Best Practice – for Practice

7 tips for best coaching results during practice - by Coach Mike Hurley

When teaching youth sports you need to plan your practice sessions carefully.  Some good rules of thumb to ensure that the children gain from each practice and that the team develops and improves are as follows:

1. Do not let too much time go without engaging the children in a drill or lesson.

2. Break your practice up into sections.   Warm up, skills drills, lesson, fun / game.  Keep the practice flowing through these sessions.  Children will appreciate and benefit from the routine.

3. Do not spend the entire practice time on lessons.  It will be boring for the children and you will lose their attention.

4. Repeat the key lessons taught at the end of each practice and the start of the next practice.

5. Separate children that will not get along or will fight.

6. Do include some mini/short games or competitive elements so that the children are comfortable playing in a competitive environment.

7. Continuously reinforce proper sportsmanship.