New coaches start with youth football in New England

Football practice started on Monday for the New England fourth through sixth graders, as the boys hit the field with brand new coaches as Randy Gordon and Isiah Binstock agreed to lead this year’s team.

Isiah Binstock (standing left) and Randy Gordon (standing right) teaching kids to put on equipment. (Photo by Rachel Bock/The Herald)
Isiah Binstock (standing left) and Randy Gordon (standing right) teaching kids to put on equipment. (Photo by Rachel Bock/The Herald)

Football practice started on Monday for the New England fourth through sixth graders, as the boys hit the field with brand new coaches as Randy Gordon and Isiah Binstock agreed to lead this year’s team.

Fifteen boys are out for football this year, which is a great turnout considering that there are only 22 boys in the three classes. The football team is sponsored by the New England Booster Club.

Gordon is sharing his 37 years of football coaching experience and his extensive football knowledge with the young football team. Gordon will be starting from the beginning with the young players, teaching the kids the right way to play the game of football.

“Now days there is so much stress on blocking and tackling and doing it correctly, learning the fundamentals and techniques because of concussion issues,” Gordon said. “I think that is really important to start at a young age. I think it is important to also have fun and play all different positions.”

Gordon will be joined by one of his own former football players Isiah Binstock, who will help Gordon coach this season. Binstock, who played football for Dickinson Trinity from seventh grade through his senior year played tight end, middle linebacker, and defensive end. Binstock  is currently in college at Dickinson State University majoring in Physical Education.

Starting the kids out younger, especially before the seventh grade, has several advantages as the kids learn not only the fundamentals of the game, but even the basics of how to handle and put on the equipment. Also the younger football league makes rules that certain positions have certain weight restrictions, which gives the kids the possibility of playing different positions while being involved in the young football league. Having to play different positions is something both Gordon and Binstock feel is important to learning the game of football.

“I think that makes the kids more athletic, and gives them a better background of what position needs to go where and just gives them a better understanding of the game,” Binstock said.

The goals for both coaches this season are similar as both coaches want to make sure the kids learn the right techniques and fundamentals of the game. Not only is it important for them to learn the right way to play the game, but to keep them having fun and to be excited to play the game. The coaches are also hoping to be competitive, but most importantly to teach the kids to play the best that they can and have fun while they are playing.

“To learn and keep the excitement. Win or lose just learning how to play the right way,” Gordon said.

“The experience of them getting out there to play with their friends that they will be playing with for years down the road that is the most important thing,” Binstock added.

The young football team will have their first football game during a jamboree that is scheduled in New England on Aug. 20.

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