n the leagues I’ve coached in the teams that were fundamentally sound in technique and scheme were almost always very competitive. On a rare odd-ball occasion a freakish group of players would come together and do well in spite of their fundamentals and coaching, but those occasions were very rare, much rarer than most youth football coaches would like to admit. I saw that odds defying freak group of kids in less than 10% of the games I’ve watched.
What Happens in Real Life
I have however seen far more very average skilled but extremely well coached teams consistently beat teams chocked full of better athletes who weren’t coached well and were not fundamentally sound. I see those kinds of teams winning far more often than the freak group.
Beware of the Excuse Maker
So why should you beware of coaches that preach fundamentals? I’ve seen too many consistently losing teams who have coaches that preach, ” I don’t care about wins, all I care about is teaching fundamentals”. They try and cover for their losing ways by preaching that they are not going to concern themselves with winning, but for the higher purpose of teaching great fundamentals.
The only problem with that equation is that if a team is being taught and has learned great fundamentals, they will be competitive over the long haul. Again there may be a “perfect storm” mix of very unathletic players and some injuries that can short-out a season, but that shouldn’t be the case year after year. The last thing you want for your son is to have him play for an excuse maker. Is excuse making what you want your son to learn, embrace and emulate? If the game is really about more than wins and losses and X’s and O’s, I would hope that your answer to the above question was no.
I’ve gone to many youth football practices to observe and learn from both great teams and very poor teams. In 2004 I remember going to Lincoln, Nebraska to watch the practice of a team that was failing miserably. This team had some athletic talent a