I've had the pleasure of being the team photographer for Maroa-Forsyth High School for the past 8 years. During that time, I've covered the Trojans 4 times in State Finals contests at the University of Illinois, two of which resulted in State Titles in the 1A and 2A divisions.
There once was a time, however, when the Maroa-Forsyth High School Football Team was consistently out-matched in conference play and never made it to the first round of play-offs.
One of the many reasons for their turnaround was a wise decision of their head coach, Josh Jostes, to focus on the JFL program and bring former Trojan football players in to coach and mentor these young athletes. First on the list was to make sure the athletes developed a love for the game and an appreciation for good sportsmanship. You don't get good results with a parent coach who believes the way to coach is to yell and degrade players. Wins and losses are not half as important as what the kids are learning at this stage in the game.
Developing a great youth league program takes time and lots of parent support. Mostly, however, it takes great leadership. Do that and you'll see noticeable improvements by the time the kids get to high school. Success breeds success as they say.