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I watched one of the Chiefpigskin youtube videos a couple of weeks ago and there was a discussion about at What Age Should Athletes Begin Lifting? Ronnie Jankovich, director of Atletic Performance at Etowah HS said, ” As soon as he shows an interest in sports. We know the weightroom is going to help.” As early as 6-7 years old? Yep. I thought, Yeah, the weightroom is going to help, but will it help a 6-7 year old? Then he clarified a little and said a 7 year old can do pushups, pullups, situps, and other types of resistance training. And I thought OKAY I can live with that. But it piqued my interest so I did a little research.  Most high school athletic programs have some sort of strength training component, but club and travel sports have ramped up the stakes in kids athletics at an even earlier stage. And dont get me started on travel teams, Im very skeptical. But thats a conversation for another day. And no, Ive never believed that starting to lift to early can stunt a kids growth. Theres no research to support that at all. What I found in my research is that most coaches and medical experts say Around puberty, or 13-14 years of age, is a typical mark for youngsters to start lifting weights. Okay – so whats my opinion? 1st you hafta remember that I come from a different era. I was born in 51 and grew up in the 50s and 60s. Things were different then. We just played. We played baseball, football, and basketball. Sometimes all day. We didnt need parents organizing our games. We made up our own special rules, settled our own arguments, and stopped any fights. We played hard and only stayed indoors when it rained. We didnt need weight training when we were 8 or 10 years old. So thats my background and of course, I dont think little kids need to start lifting weights. EVER! But thats me. 2nd, Im kinda partial to the BFS program and I really like the BFS Readiness program. About 7th or 8th grade get the kids going on technique work just using the bar.  Don’t use heavy weights yet! Teens should start out with lighter weights, proper form, and more repetitions. Learning great technique with just the bar is my biggest priority. Then, when ready, maybe at the beginning of their freshman year or when theyre in full blown puberty, get em going in a more intense, regular weight traing program whether its BFS or another program. There are plenty of good ones. The goal with weight training in prepubescent children isn’t to crush PRs, but rather to learn the movement patterns for the lifts and cultivate a lifelong love of fitness. Lifting for pre 12 year olds? Nope, let em play AND…THATS MY TAKE!

Luka Doncic…(Donchich). We are seeing a true superstar emerging in the NBA. At just 21, this kid can do it all. Not gonna make any crazy predictions but…o my goodness, hes getting scary good.

New on the Online Clinic…Jason Aubry, HFC at Concordia University in Chicago, IL presents Separate Yourself In An Interview. Aubry has put together a philosophy that can help build a program at any level. Small HS, big HS, DIII, D1, Pro. You guys that are lookin for your 1st head coaching job or veterans looking for another job will benefit from watching Aubrys video.

Alex Smith, QB of the Washington Football team is trying to come back this season…if youll remember…ugliest breaks…horrible surgeries…his leg was grotesque. If I was his dad, son…  Maybe Im gettin soft but if Im playin D im not hitting his legs in fact I would only bump him…yeah, yeah, yeah….

Last week I wrapped up my countdown for my 10 greatest HW Boxers of all time and had a lot of fun with it. Hope you enjoyed it too. Now am I gonna do one on MMA or UFC? Nah! Dont care for it. Why? Ill tell ya someday.

One more thing…Ever hear of Rugby 7s? Its rugby with less players on the field than regular Rugby. Fun to watch and a growing sport. Next week Im gonna talk about Baseball 5s, my idea for playin baseball with fewer players. I think yuoll like it. Tune in.

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Coach Albaugh coached high school football in Illinois for 28 years. During that time he coached at every level and on both sides of the ball. He was the offensive and defensive line coach for four undefeated teams and was a defensive coordinator in his last 11 years, twice reaching the semi finals of the Illinois state playoffs.