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Don't Over Coach (K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple, Stupid)

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Wardell Jones, a 2017 Double-Goal Coach® Award Winner, coaches youth football for the Texas Heat (Spring, Texas). Jones has spent some 20 years volunteering in youth sports, including his leadership of Texas Heat, where he coaches primarily 8-to-15-year-olds. The team travels the South, playing in tournaments sanctioned by Amateur Athletic Union and other organizers. Even in such competitive environments, Jones does not simply select the most talented players for his team, but mixes in players who require the development he believes he can provide.

Keep it simple, stupid. Jones uses this K.I.S.S. acronym for his philosophy on how to build a successful team. Overcomplicating things can only lead to stress for players, coaches, and fans especially if a team is not having success. Keeping it simple makes it easier for players to execute, coaches to instruct, and fans to cheer. It also makes fixing problems a lot simpler. Jones also is passionate about staying positive even if these problems arise.