PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry head coach David Diamont organized a coaching clinic over the weekend for Little League coaches.
Diamont said there were about 60 youth coaches from Surry and Stokes counties at Pilot Mountain Middle School on Sunday afternoon.
Several high school coaches gave presentations, including a couple of Diamont’s assistants.
East Surry assistant coach Randy Marion, who is also the school athletic director, spoke about the types of apps that are available for tablets and cell phones that can help coaches. These included tracking stats, keeping track player injuries and watching weather radar to predict storms.
East assistant coach David Johnson discussed protective gear. He told of the importance of a proper fit to best protect against injuries like concussions. He showed the attendees how to fix a chin strap and how to add air to helmets to make them fit more snugly.
Surry Central head coach Monty Southern went over some of the tackling drills he uses with players. The idea is to reduce contact between players in practice, said Diamont, teaching the defenders how to play the right way without taking an offensive player to the ground and risking unnecessary injury.
West Stokes head coach Jimmy Upchurch spoke on organizing practices to get the most out of the players’ time. He emphasized information that should be delegated to assistants so that things run smoothly.
The whole training clinic only took about an hour and 15 minutes, said Diamont. Then the local Little League association held its annual preseason meeting to go over rules and regulations the coaches need to know.
Diamont said Tom Hemmings, county athletic director, was among those in attendance.
“This should make our sport safer and give our coaches more information to make them better coaches,” said Diamont.
Next up for the high school teams is Mount Airy’s 7-on-7 drills this Friday. More information will come on this event in the coming days.
Then East Surry will kick off the official start of football practice with its annual Midnight Madness celebration late Friday night.