A Guide to Filming Youth Football

Good game film is key to getting the most out of a sports video hosting service like Hudl , and for a coach, there's nothing worse than discovering video is choppy or is missing key moments. The reality is, filming a game as the volunteer video coordinator is much different than filming the game as a fan. Here are some easy tips you can use to film the game correctly.

"Friday Night Tykes": Episode 5

"You can't do what you want to do on this field" 


These are the words assistant Outlaws' coach Tony Coley barked at 8-year-old Tamari Hayes in last night's fifth episode of "Friday Night Tykes."  Ordered to run a lap (as punishment for a mistake or rule violation so trivial that I somehow missed it), Tamari walked around the practice field instead.  "I asked you to run the lap and you walked it. Everybody has rules. You have to follow them or face the consequences," Coley scolded.

Last night's episode of "Friday Night Tykes" didn't hit a new low, thankfully. In fact, while coaches continued to scream profanity at their players and engage in what many, including Brooke de Lench, view as out-and-out child abuse, it actually had some positive moments.

Margaret Stafford Taught NFL QB Matthew To Feel Confident, Not Entitled

Role models are hidden in our everyday lives and neighborhoods. You just have to find them. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Margaret Stafford, mother of Detroit Lions quarterback, Matthew. As I journey further down the football mom tunnel, I thought it might be a good idea to pick up some tips from the best. Margaret did not disappoint. After all, she is a pro now, too!Matt Stafford

A Dallas football mom learns from her neighbor, Margaret Stafford, that the secret to the success of her son, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, both on and off the field is to be confident, but not feel entitled. 

High School Sports Participation Increases for 24th Consecutive Year

Participation in high school sports increased for the 24th consecutive year in 2012-13 and passed the 7.7 million mark for the first time, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

Futbol Versus Football: Who's Got The True Super Fans?

A visit to Spain during soccer season leads a mom from football-crazy Texas to wonder whether, if football is a religion in the Longhorn State, is futball even more for FC Barcelona  and Real Madrid fans?

Spring Youth Football: Even A Tornado Won't Stop It

A Dallas mom enters the strange new world in which youth football is played, not just in the fall, but in the spring, an alternate universe in  which even a tornado in the area isn't enough to cancel practice and April 30th is the new New Year's Eve.

High School Football: Team Doctor Was This Year's MVP

The lights may have gone dark at the football stadium at her local high school, says one Texas mom, but the team will be in the hunt for a playoff berth again next fall if only because she knows that this year's MVP (Most Valuable Physician) will be coming back for another season.

Friday Night Lights: More Than Just Football

What makes Friday Night Lights so special, in Texas and around the country, is more than just football, says one mom; it is also about cheerleaders, drill teams, and marching bands, whose hard work and talent deserve just as much recognition from the community as the other athletes on the field.

Becoming a Football Mom: A Personal Checklist

With her 11-year-old son just days away from his first game in 11-on-11 tackle football,  a mother in football-crazy Texas pauses to reflect on her journey so far as a football mom.

Performance Nutrition for Football: The Pre-Season Diet

Pre-season is a time when training is tough and calorie demands are high. It's also an important time to tackle any nutritional habits that can interfere with peak performance during the season, says a leading sports nutritionist.
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