Ott Hurrle is head coach of Scecina Memorial (Ind.) High School and winner of the American Football Coaches Foundation (AFCF) 2014 Power Of Influence Award. Here, Coach Hurrle answers a question about the importance of doing things the right way as a coach.
Balancing football coaching and family life can be a daunting task at best. However, there are ways for coaches to create a football family that not only involves everyone, but helps players, assistants and family members grow in a positive manner.
Whether you run Shotgun Wing-T, Air Raid or Wishbone, your offense needs a brand. If you don’t have one, you’re missing an opportunity to help raise your offense to another level!
The start of a new season is an exciting time for coaches and athletes alike. However, this initial burst of enthusiasm and commitment inevitably will soon be tested as athletes cope with training and competition demands while also trying to balance other life responsibilities. Over a long season, even the most disciplined competitor will be tempted to stray off course and sometimes make poor decisions or behave inappropriately.
Football, more than any other sport, is about developing players that are bigger, faster and stronger each and every year. This incessant drive can make players more prone to overuse injuries than they might otherwise be.
Blocking is a base fundamental that you must learn in order to play the game of football. Games are won and lost on blocking and tackling. You can’t truly love the game without appreciating a great block. Great wide receivers are more proud of the touchdown-springing blocks they make than the acrobatic catches.
The coaches who are most effective at developing athletes and building winning programs are environmental engineers; they construct their programs around a few common guiding principles: Core Values, Personal Mastery, and Disciplined Focus.
Long before you can unleash newfound tactical brilliance on your opponents, you need to take a step back and consider whether you can realistically add schematic elements without compromising the core mission of your football program.
Currently the head coach at Cypress High School in Hemet, Calif., Bob Burt has some great advice for today’s young coaches that can help them embrace the personal satisfaction and professional success that leads to longevity in the sport.
Every coach is familiar with the old adage that field goals and field position win football games. In order for this to come to fruition, kickers and punters must develop a strong training regiment and be held accountable for their actions every day – week-in and week-out. Unfortunately, and perhaps oddly, the kicking game is often the least-coached position in a program.
Sportsmanship is one of the most important life skills coaches can teach their athletes. It is the foundation skill of how we act before, during and after the game. This skill must be practiced when we win or lose and whether we’re happy or sad. As coaches, we hope that sportsmanship develops and matures into real life citizenship as athletes move into adulthood.
Coaches often remind their athletes that TEAM stands for Together Everyone Achieves More. That’s a great motto for keeping a group unified, but it’s pretty vague when it comes to specifying behaviors that define a good teammate. So I suggest you add another acronym to your coaching arsenal, one that highlights the behaviors you expect to ensure each athlete will be a CREDIT to your team.