2-minute Drill Series
The Detroit Lions Youth Football Two-Minute Drill Series is a series of videos focusing on an offensive or defensive football position. Whether you are a youth football coach looking for new drills or coaching terminology or a player looking for a way to improve his game, the Two-Minute Drill Series can help you improve your football knowledge. Stay tuned for new segments being posted covering the fundamentals of football!
Martin Mayhew Youth Football Coaching Academy
Detroit Lions' general manager Martin Mayhew has hosted a Youth Football Coaching Academy for 4 years for youth football coaches from Think Detroit PAL. The Coaching Academy has been held at both Ford Field and the Lions Training Facility in Allen Park. The Coaching Academy focuses on teaching the fundamentals of offense, defense and special teams to coaches from Think Detroit PAL in the hopes of improving the coaches’ knowledge of the game.
"I know the positive impact all of my coaches have had on my life and career, so I view this academy as a way to say 'Thank You' to all the youth coaches not only in Detroit but everywhere," said Mayhew. "These coaches have a profound and lasting impact on our children, so the opportunity to provide them with some additional teaching and training tools is the least we can do." The Martin Mayhew Youth Football Coaching Academy is held in June each year.
Here's your chance to bring a football education program to your community! Detroit Lions Youth Football Coaches Clinics are conducted by the Detroit Lions Youth Football Camp Coaching staff who present three 50-minute fundamental position topics designed specifically for your youth football coaching staff! Include your entire youth football organization for one small fee! Clinic includes handouts, video cut ups, and most importantly, fun talking the game of football. Clinics held: April-July
Youth Football Forum
The Detroit Lions Youth Football Forum - designed to discuss issues critical to the day to day operation of youth football conferences, organizations, and teams. The Forum consists of 39 representatives from 25 different leagues around the state of Michigan.
The purpose of the Youth Football Forum is to allow for discussion of key topics, meet new league representatives and share innovative ideas with the hope of gathering new programs, concepts and rules for the betterment of the youth football experience.
Strength and Conditioning
Every March, the Detroit Lions Strength & Conditioning staff conducts a Strength & Conditioning Clinic designed to meet the needs of coaches, athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike. The goal of this clinic is to provide, share and exchange information in the ever-changing world of strength & conditioning.
Breakout sessions include the areas of strength training, speed development & conditioning, and nutrition. Program participants will be exposed to multiple philosophical approaches and experience numerous training techniques. A vast array of equipment will be on hand for all to try.
Clinic includes a copy of the clinic DVD, handbook—speaker’s notes and handouts, a raffle give away, sponsor gift bag, Lions Training Facility tour, and a question and answer session with several current Lions players.
The Heads Up Football Clinic targets youth leagues — from coaches to players — and gets them involved with the safety of the game and using proper techniques.
Director of Youth Football Programs Chris Fritzsching leads the Heads Up Tackling clinic, which focuses on tackling in a better, safer manner, during the Lions' Training Camp Family Weekend.
Youth football director Chris Fritzsching demonstrates the 45 degree cone cut and zig-zag-spin drill with ball transfer in running back fundamentals.