The Taking Back Football blog provides insight and commentary from Tyler Blum, a former University of Iowa player and now full-time youth football organizer. The blog focuses on discussion surrounding the sport, specifically at the youth and high school levels. Based on nearly a decade of professional experience in this field and interactions with coaches and parents across the state of Iowa, Coach Blum aims to serve the youth football community by delivering an experienced and qualified take on topics that organizers, coaches, and parents encounter in this realm.


A nod to the people, places, & sports programs that are kicking butt in southwest Iowa!

TBF Blog (vol 6): TackleBar Product Review

Have you heard of TackleBar? The Minnesota-based company describes itself as a safer approach to the game of football that preserves the tradition and spirit of the sport. They tout that thousands of players in 21 states use their products, were featured by Michele...

TBF Blog (vol 5): Micro Macro Practice Plan

A well-crafted practice plan is essential to facilitate both individual and whole team improvement within a day’s practice. Even at the youngest ages of the youth level, coaches must come to practice with a game plan. Those who don’t take the time to put some thought...

TBF Blog (vol 3): What It Means To Be Coached; Why Coaches Yell

Parents— In addition to considering some of these thoughts for yourself, I encourage you to share them with your athletes. What It Means To Be Coached I’m a tough coach. I have high expectations of myself to help players achieve improvement and high expectations for...

TBF Blog (vol 2): Play Youth Football Games On Weeknights

When I started the RedZone flag football league in 2013, I did something not all that common in youth football leagues by scheduling games on weeknights (Tuesday & Thursday). My reasoning was selfish; I wanted to watch NCAA and NFL games on the weekends. It was my...

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