Pop Warner Football – Do You Ever Retaliate?

Unfortunately in Pop Warner football there is a wide variety of coaches with a wide variety of skills and motivations. This variety will often manifest itself in situations where coaches will score an inordinate amount of points, on purpose without letting off the gas. I’m sure you know a coach or two in your league who given the opportunity will try and score as many points as possible and throw any regard to sportsmanship out the window.

I remember seeing a game in 2003 of the Boys Club playing a team from Bellevue in Omaha xem bong da truc tiep . The score was 50-0 and the game was winding down. Boys Club took a timeout with just 7 seconds left, put their kids in a spread formation and threw a bomb that nearly went for a score on the last play of the game.

My first year of coaching I saw a similar incident. I was an assistant coach that first year, we were an expansion team with all rookie players and our first game was against the defending league champions. They totally outclassed us and they were up by something like 34-0 in the fourth quarter. We were driving the ball toward the goal line, on every snap as we got closer and closer to scoring, our kids were getting more and more excited. It looked as if we were apparently going to score our teams very first touchdown of the season. But wait, there was timeout called and the other teams head coach subbed all their first team defense back in. Of course thay crushed our drive and the spirits of those first year players. They stopped us on the 10 yard line as time expired to preserve the shut-out win. Our kids were more crushed by that stop than they were losing by 34 points.

A couple of years later we had our chance at revenge and a test of our integrity. Now as the head coach for this same group of kids, we were playing this same team, but now our kids had similar experience levels. We ended up winning by a very big margin. It was tempting to try and run up the score, but we didn’t, we played our backups. Our kids remembered, we remembered, but we didn’t retaliate. We talked with our players about our response after the game, many of the kids really wanted us to pour it on. That’s a “teachable moment” guys, once we explained why we did what we did and why, our kids “got it”. I’ll never forgot the dejected feelings that group of first year players had after that opening game of their young football careers and vowed I was not going to be that kind of coach when I was in those same shoes.

In another game in 2002 the first year I ran the Single Wing, we played an extra game at the end of the season. We were 11-0 and had beaten everyone rather handily. We played a team that had comparable scores with common opponents, but we were blown out 46-6. The other team had their first team offense in and was throwing for touchdowns on their last two possessions. While we were disappointed in the magnitude of the loss and the actions of the other team, we kept our composure and gave the other team their due. In 2003 we played this same team in the championship game of our league and won 46-12. We were up 46-0 at the end of the 3rd quarter and let off the gas completely. Was it tempting to throw for another touchdown (we had already thrown for 2) ? Not really.

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