The Go Coach Football app prepares youth football coaches for kick off this season. Developed by the American Sport Education Program (ASEP), Go Coach Football offers 33 video clips and 21 animations demonstrating dozens of skills and drills for offense, defense, and special teams, helping coaches with their practice and game-day preparation. It draws content from ASEP’s Coaching Youth Football book and delivers guidance on developing season and practice plans for players between the ages of 8-14, making it the authoritative app for any on-the-go coach.
The app is highlighted by a Skills feature that provides step-by-step instructions for executing 38 offensive, defensive, and special teams skills, including tackling, blocking, running, passing, catching, and kicking. Video clips and photos demonstrate proper player positioning and skill execution. The app’s Drills feature, meanwhile, offers instructions for implementing 48 practice drills, with explanations supplemented by video clips, animations, and photos that visually demonstrate proper player positioning and movement. Slow-motion video allows for the skills and drills being performed to be viewed in detail.
Planning and preparation are major keys to success in youth football, and Go Coach Football makes the tasks simple. The Favorites feature allows you to save skills, drills, and video clips in one central folder-a great tool for planning and organizing activities for your next practice. The Advice feature addresses the many off-field duties coaches have to perform in order to make practices and games run smoothly. Game-Day Advice provides a checklist of what coaches and players need to do in preparation for the game, as well as guidelines on running the team during the game and addressing the team after the game. The Rules feature provides basic information on field markings, player positions, and football variations. Also included are photos depicting officiating signals.
Youth coaches will likely be the first responders in the event of injuries or illnesses, so Go Coach Football offers guidelines on developing an emergency action plan; treating sprains and strains using the PRICE method; and preventing, recognizing, and treating heat-related illnesses such as heatstroke. The app also offers tips for fostering good sportsmanship and creating a fun atmosphere for everyone involved. In the Coaching Young Athletes section, Teaching Tips introduces coaches to the IDEA method of coaching—the four steps necessary for teaching correct technique. Football No-Nos identifies behaviors that are inappropriate and unsportsmanlike, while a commentary on discipline will help coaches identify what’s deserving of disciplinary action and how to administer it. In addition, there are tips for building teamwork and accountability.
Go Coach Football is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch through the Apple App Store and for Kindle Fire-, and Kindle HD through the Amazon Appstore for 99¢. Hurry - offer ends August 31, 2014!