Monday, June 20, 2016

A Five Hour, Multi-Team U13 and U11 Camp and Our Last U15 Practice of the Spring

Monday, 20 June, 2016:

The end is in sight . . .

A long day of American football began with a bus ride to the Upplands Väsby train station at 8:30 a.m. followed by the 9:00 a.m. train to Märsta and another bus ride to the practice field of the Arlanda Jets.

At 10:00 a.m., our six man coaching staff met with U13 and U11 players from the Arlanda Jets, the Sollentuna Stars and the Wäsby Warriors for the first session of a today camp for kids to improve their skills and have some fun before the start of their two month Summer break from American football. 

Armanda's Weight Room

 Warming Up the Troops

The morning 90 minute session consisted of five stations with different levels of skill and fun involved.

 Station #1
Agility Ladder

 Improving Footwork and . . .

. . . Balance

Station #2
Tackling into a Crash Pad

 They had fun falling
into the Crash Pad

 Station #3
Find the Hidden Football

Station #4
Tackle the Big Bag and Find the Fumble

We may need to work on Fumble
Recovery technique tomorrow

 Or you can just tackle the ball

 Station #5
Passing Accuracy Drill

Did it go through the tire?


Did I mention that

After our five station drill circuit, we organized the horde into four teams each with its own coach and learned a quick playbook to lead us into flag football games in the afternoon session.

Once this was accomplished, we had a two hour lunch break.

Now if you are of royal lineage or are a high priced Stockholm lawyer, a two hour lunch is just fine and dandy.

We were about 50 youngsters ages 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13. This lunch break was about an hour and 50 minutes too long!

My wife told me a few weeks ago that working with kids at these ages is as easy as nailing Jell-O to a wall.

Among the things our kids found to do during their idle time included: 

1. Placing a player inside one of these
big tires and rolling him down the field
 2. Climbing to the top of this
end zone filming platform

3. Trying to lock three players
into this storage shed

I do not have pictures of
4. Players throwing large rocks blindly over the stands and onto the field where people were walking by.

5. Two players found trying to swing a 20 lbs. sledge hammer that they found God knows where.

It was not a relaxing lunch break for me as I tried to put out several fires.

At 1:30 p.m. we had our four teams play each other in a series of three 20 minute flag football games.

Where do I line up?

Swing Pass

Dive Option

 Running around having fun

 Group Photo at
3:00 p.m. at the end of Day I

At 6:30 p.m., our Wäsby Warriors U15 squad held its last practice of the Spring.

Working on the Veer Option Read

I had good, long session working with the offensive line. We reviewed all of our run and pass blocking schemes.

With Wäsby Warriors U15
Head Coach Thomas Andersson

Thomas works harder at the game than any other EuroBall coach that I have ever had the chance to work with.

Tomorrow is my last working day in Sweden. We have Day II of the U13/U11 Camp from 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in Märsta.

Then, at 6:00 p.m., we have an End of Spring/Welcome to Summer Party for all of the Warrior players and their families which will culminate in a Parents vs. U13 team flag football game.

Wednesday I'm off to Barcelona for a week.


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