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Old 04-29-2019, 09:16 AM   #1
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So, after being done with my former organization the Cowboys, and being a bit burned out on football, and coaching, I was content to sit on the sidelines this season. I had packed away my binders and playbooks, and looked at the video of last year one last time before logging out.


Don't get me wrong, I was pretty proud of what I'd achieved and I enjoyed working with the coaches and loved working with the players.



However, last week I was contacted for a coach for another Bantam Program last week. He asked me to take a meeting as he was looking for coaches and he is a new head coach for the program.


I had a good meeting, we talked philosophy and football and coaching for nearly two hours, and I heard a lot of things that I really liked. I heard a different philosophy then what I'd been dealing with over the last few years.



Plus with working from home, I realized that I needed a summer time volunteer philosophy that would get me out of the house and outdoors during the summer months.



During the conversation, I realized that I still think I have something to offer youth football, now I'm not so egotistical to believe that I can save football, or that players will flock to this program. However this program is honestly going to spend the next year developing players and encouraging talent, and that's a challenge that I can get behind.


I know I'm going to be on the offensive side of the ball, whether I'm running an offense or coaching a position I don't know, that's the next discussion.


However one other thing I know, I won't be traveling across the city to do it.
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Old 04-29-2019, 11:01 AM   #2
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Keep up the good fight Captain, Calgary football needs people like you.

My son is playing in his second year of midget football and it is sad to see the diminishing number of players year over year
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I expect the numbers are going to keep slimming out and its going to become more of a sell job of the coaches and associations with parents in their areas.


I've lost track on the highschool side and they were having some struggles with programs as well, I think there was an emergency meeting in Feb or March but I never heard the results.
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Old 04-29-2019, 11:18 AM   #4
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Keep up the good fight Captain, Calgary football needs people like you.

My son is playing in his second year of midget football and it is sad to see the diminishing number of players year over year

Thanks!


Can I ask which program just out of curiosity?
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Old 04-29-2019, 11:29 AM   #5
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he plays for the bulldogs
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Old 04-29-2019, 12:00 PM   #6
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I know the Bulldog coaches, especially at the Bantam level well, and get along with them really well.


Good luck to your son in Spring ball
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Old 04-30-2019, 05:25 PM   #7
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Guess I'm an offensive coordinator again.
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Captain I read today that the NFL wants teams to stop the Oklahoma drill, at least early in camp as I understand it. Any thoughts on that?

Is that a drill used in high school, bantam or midget football? Just curious.
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I haven't used the Oklahoma drill in years, mainly because it teaches bad habits in terms of head horizontal to the ground.



I don't think it does much at a bantam level.


The other drill that I refuse to use is any kind of pit drill, that just leads to bad things.
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And here we go. I think most clubs are having their spring camps over the next couple of weeks. Ours (Colts) is Tuesday, Wed and Thursday of this week and next at the Cardal Rec center. If you're interested in your kid(s) playing football bring them out and sign them up.
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So tonight's the end of our spring camp, and I have to say that its been a great experience, and helped me to remember the fun parts of coaching.


First of all, we had a ton of kids show up, which is awesome and makes for a busy camp. The kids are great, beyond the fact that I'm surprised at the level of skill that I'm seeing. But they're fun, they pay attention, they are coachable.


The only shame for me, is that I've been back in the coaching saddle for 6 days and camp ends today until the start of August.


Its weird going from one organization to another one, the culture shift can really take you by surprise and this one is different. I decided that I would only keep coaching if I could have fun with it and the last two weeks has been that way.
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Bump . . . .camps start this week with both teams starting to practice on Thursday leading up to the Jamboree on Aug 17th and the season starting a little earlier the week after that.


For me its weird starting with a whole new team, players and coaches.
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Good luck on the season Cap
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Old 08-15-2019, 10:45 AM   #14
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Bumpity


The season is rapidly approaching, most teams are in their second week of practice.


If you have nothing to do on Saturday, the Bantam and Peewee Jamborees are happening on Saturday at Shouldice starting at 9:30 in the morning. For a few bucks you can get a whole day of football viewing, and the cash really does help out the various football programs and also various charities.
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The season kicks off on Saturday down at Shouldice


9:00am Stampeders — vs. Raiders — HELLARD
11:00 0am Colts — vs. Mavericks — HELLARD 1:00pm Lions — vs. Wildcats — HELLARD 1:00pm Hilltoppers — vs. Bulldogs — ENCANA 3:00pm Cowboys — vs. Chiefs — HELLARD 3:00pm Rebels — vs. Eagles — ENCANA
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End of the season for me as the Colts bowed out of the Div 3 playoffs today, it was a rough season in terms of wins and loss, but the offense was improved over last year and there were some good signs of growth overall.


While losing games and some in a lop sided manner isn't fun, especially coming from a winning program, it was fun enough, and today's playoff game was a tight 15-14 loss with the winning field goal being kicked with 7 second left.


Now comes the long season of reflection on whether I want to keep coaching, I will admit that I'm really tired, after 13 weeks of practices a week plus a game a week plus all the hours of film and game planning, I came home and took a really long nap and I'm looking forward to having my evenings back.



But the Colts families, the players and the coaches were great to work with, and the parents were really nice engaged people.


We'll see, after coaching with 4 teams and 13 years, we'll see if I have the drive to do it again.
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Such fond memories of Bantam football when I was a kid - 1988 was really my year .

That year got me out of my comfort zone and prepared me for high school.

I regret not going to watch more. Will definitely make it a priority next year.

Good on ya Captain for all the time and hard work you put into it.
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For anyone that's interested, some offensive highlights from the Colts this year


https://twitter.com/user/status/49jytgc3vj4
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