Soccer tournaments outside the city are a great ending for many youth football teams. Pop Warner, AYF and other organizations have regional and national programs that target many football youth coaches in those leagues.
When I played youth football, our team traveled to Las Vegas, Kansas City, Nashville and Atlanta to play in tournaments. It was a great way to see how we stood up to the competition outside of Nebraska. I still remember those memories, losing only one of these extra-games games in Las Vegas, a team from all the stars in California.
What are these tournaments like a young football coach, do my teams play in one? Training of a youth football means having a great influence on deciding on these games or not.
There are several independent youth football organizations than Pop Warner and AFL combinations and independent players in various youth tournaments throughout the United States. Tournaments differ in size and quality as well as anything in life. This is one of the great strengths of the Pop Warner National Tournament, you know that the weekend will be a quality event and the rules will be implemented.
Most of these tournaments take place through Thanksgiving and your team plays 2-3 games. Your soccer team is placed in brackets based on pre-set age and sometimes limited weight. Most of the tournaments went to unlimited weight with raised weights, and a few of them still have some overall limited partitions. The host of the tournament then puts teams in brackets based on the records, the observed strength, the historical strength of the league, the selection of trainers, the average age and sometimes the average weight. Most tournaments have very heavy restrictions on the verification of birth certificates and lists (without teams for all the stars), and the most weighing is on the day of the game.
In my time, we lived in another society and lived under different rules. There would be young football teams from all over the country right here in Omaha at the end of the season. The opposite players will stay in our homes during their stay. I will never forget to fly to Las Vegas in 1973, which is the first exciting flight of airplanes for around 90% of our players.
Staying with families gives us a chance to connect with other players and experience how they live. In 1972, my partner Joe Dukich and I were staying in a black family in Kansas City and made great friends. Of course, in today's world, staying in a family to experience such an experience and save money at hotel costs should not be solved.
Since then, my personal young football teams have played in tournaments in Iowa, Kansas, Ohio and Kearney Nebraska and Florida. Where we play it has a lot to do with how much money we have at our disposal, because the trip costs a lot of money. When we played, we sold tombolo and went out in groups on Friday and Saturday at local bars and bowls to sell tickets. Each player had a quota for sale, and coaches were given sponsors, again different times, different rules. Of course, there were no accommodation or food expenses at that time because the players stayed with the host families, so we did not have to collect that much money.
My personal teams were not able to play on major Florida poker tournaments thanks to several factors, one of which is money. The other day, the daylight saving time is in the first week of November or so that means it's dark at 5:30 here. We never had a field for exercising with lights, and we often see very low temperatures and even snow at that time of year. We could only practice the weekend or at the gym. Gloves are not the best places for football practice, and that's when most basketball teams start raising. We were not able to provide time to practice in any of the public schools in this area, and even if we are, you can not play football at the gym.
Based on these factors, we are limited to football tournament matches that are earlier than gratitude, such as those in Omaha, Council Bluffs Iowa, Kansas City Kansas (Johnston County) and Snapper Bowl in Panama City Florida. The Omaha Tournament is set by a very sharp person "John" from the Omaha Nebraska Midget Football League. It's very well organized and lasts over the weekend. This youth football league invites teams from their league and others in the Midwest to take part. Often we are the only local team not invited from our league to participate. We won the "A" title of the tournament several times. Monte O'Hara runs a very nice tournament with outstanding sporting experience, trial and pagentry, at Council Bluffs, Iowa, with several games played at Nebraska University in Omaha Stadium with terrain and under lights. And we always worked well there and we are often the only non-blue team that is called to play. The Lil Vikes tournament in Omaha is the one we won several times and we had great experiences 3 of the 4 years we played and we were the only Omaha team outside of our league called on several occasions. The tournament in Kearney, Nebraska was a great experience with the team of opponents who led our kids on goat racing and even collected a collection for church services that we shared. We won the one in the snow, and the pictures of our children and the mind behind the hand after the game, all the smudges covered with blubber are one of the centuries.
The Johnston County Kansas Youth Football Tournament is in the Kansas City area and is often played over 100 teams from the Midwest. I took my youth football teams to play on this tournament for over 15 years and I worked well, we won only last season. Good and late, sporting behavior was good and the organizers did a great job. Great Wolfe Lodge is an ideal place to stay. We had an incredible batting team after the big win this past season.
In 2003, two Screaming Eagle teams played in Snapper Bowl in Panama City Florida, which is 6 hours closer to us than Dayton. That year we had an academic competition for our 14 teams that included weekly academic reports on academic responsibility that were filled by their teachers. Two heavy work teams won the competition and they had time to spend their time on a beach in Destin, Florida. Local "Angel" paid an account of about $ 26,000 for two buses, accommodation and food. Since we could not practice after winter time, people from Snapper Bowl (Harold Creel) organized the game in the first week of November outside the context of the basic tournament. The two Eagle teams that won the academic competition are, unfortunately, our 2 least competitive teams, so one played and lost in extra time, while the other won with 4 points. My personal team failed to win at the academic competition and we expected it at any time, so it turned out to be the best.
If you are planning the end of the season, now is the time to plan and raise funds.
Some other suggestions include that you are at your absolute best behavior and send a thank-you message to the organizers signed by all your players. They often return us, so even the fees are canceled due to the open sport behavior of our teams while playing in these youth tournaments. Mr. Creel from Florida was awe-inspiring for the open sporting behavior of our players and fans, in his words, we were "too good to be true". We had great time and great friends. If you win big and ugly, you will not get red carpet for you. Last year, I had three moms from another Kansas City team to follow me after our game, and I was just admiring how we were the best sports team we saw in more than 15 years of coming to the tournament. It was in a game that we could easily win with 40 plus points against a team that is twice as big as ours. Always invite us.
Several teams from our youth football league play at the nation's highest national tournament in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is held over the Thanksgiving weekend and has teams from all over the country. Here is the Bowl website:
http://www.thenationals.net/football.htm. The reason I think this is a stronger bowl than Las Vegas is, we've seen teams from Omaha who have won teams from our Omaha League and won the Las Vegas Tournament. There are some very competitive Omaha teams from our league who have the resources to play in Dayton, shedding fields for training, a lot of money, and even having a closed training ground. There are some benefits of being in the suburbs. There are different divisions in the tournament, and Omaha teams usually participate in the Top Gun Division, the best of the best. KWAA Panthers and Omaha Thunder won the division four times in the last 10 years in the age group of 13-14 years, and in 2006 Thunder won another national title in the 13-14 age division.
When training a youth football tournament you have to start the team, because you will play 2 to 3 games in 2 days. You need to have backup copies ready to play early and often and you have a lot of players who are training in other positions. You will see every imaginable attack, defense, and even some good trick football games.
The trip will be blurring activities, team management, hotel and activities, and then scouting your opponents. In many youth football tournaments, games are spread all over the city, a real nightmare, try to avoid them. In Johnston County and others, all 10 fields are in one place, so you do not have to worry about directions or scouting, it's a youth soccer match with 20 teams playing at once.
If you have the chance to train a youth football team traveling outside the national tournaments, do it, they can be an explosion. You will help create memories for long-time young men.
See how much your team is really good and enjoy the experience.