Aug 9, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorAnother season of the Riverton Junior Football League is just around the corner and I can't wait to be a part of the action.
RJFL co-presidents Brett and Danny Watson are getting everything ready. Those two put in countless hours, even in the offseason.
I have either been a head coach or an assistant coach for the last nine years. I started out as an assistant coach at the third- and fourth-grade level for the Raiders.
The Watson brothers put me with the Raiders because they know how much I dislike the Oakland Raiders in the National Football League.
After being an assistant coach, I thought it was time to try being a head coach. That experiment lasted for a couple of seasons.
My first big mistake as a head coach truing to teach my young players the wide-open offense. We had three wideouts with a shotgun formation.
We did have a quarterback who could throw the ball, but I quickly learned that's just one piece of the puzzle.
The hardest part was the shotgun because you have to have a center that hikes the ball back to the center on target. The key thing is being accurate.
We struggled with that all year, but I was pleased with how my team did in the final game. The Raiders scored at the end of the game and we celebrated like we had won the championship. It was a play I called, but all the credit in the world goes to the players for the execution.
Next, I wanted to move up the fifth- and sixth-grade level. In order for me to get up with the "big boys" in the league, I knew it was time to be an assistant coach again.
For the past two years, I have been on the coaching staff of the 49ers. The transition has been pretty smooth for me in the next level in the RJFL.
The players can figure out how to put their own helmets on before the coaches have to tell them to do it.
I love teaching how to tackle with your head up. It's easy to get kids fired up after a huge hit.
I also have learned its important to have the center and quarterback get along with each other.
Last season one of my jobs was to make sure the center and the quarterback exchanged at least 20 perfect snaps during pre-game warmups.
The best part of coaching is getting to know the youth of Riverton at an early age and watching them grow up and become good role models.
I signed up on Thursday to be on the coaching staff of the 49ers again. Get your children signed up to play football in the RJFL.
You won't be disappointed.
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