Words can be powerful motivation tools to help players stay focused, direct them to the right location for success on a play and even learn how to develop a technique during a drill that will improve their play.
Mike Welch, the 2014 AFCA president and head coach of the Ithaca College football program, says there isn’t any “secret to success” when it comes to building a consistent winner. It starts with a supportive administration and three winning principles.
Whether you are a coach striving to lead your athletes to that first championship or a coach who is in the position of trying to figure out how to help your athletes repeat, much can be learned from the few who have climbed the mountain and stayed there for multiple years in a row.
Strategies For Post-Season And Off-Season Strength Training – What separates a good athlete from a great one? We ask ourselves this question often and have come to realize that it comes down to four basic components: psychological makeup, physical ability, sound mechanics and comprehensive conditioning. Developing your strategy around these components can help you build momentum as you prepare your players for the upcoming season.
Coaching In Emotional Control – Sport and coaching are rife with emotions. Coaches are passionate about what they do, and highly competitive by nature. The goal is to coach with genuine emotion – an authentic display of the feelings experienced at the time – but in a controlled way that will best help the athletes learn and perform.
Even when coaches work in high school or college settings alongside dozens of other coaches in the same athletics department, rarely is time set aside for regular or formal sharing of ideas. To keep improving as a coach look for ways to regularly connect with other coaches so you can exchange and test coaching ideas.
Getting back up to speed following a tough football season is a scenario faced by all strength and conditioning coaches at every level of the game. Chris Doyle, head strength and conditioning coach for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, faces the same challenges with his athletes.
It takes a high degree of confidence for a coach to trust in his own instincts and refrain from emulating the coaching styles of others. But Stanford University head coach David Shaw believes in it and not only expects it of himself, but of everyone in the Stanford football family, from potential recruits to players to assistant coaches.
High school coaches are often under serious pressure to balance their teaching and coaching roles, all while succeeding in both places.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer preaches a “9 Strong” mentality to his players, meaning he wants all nine units of the football team operating at optimal levels when entering every game. Rather than becoming overwhelmed with having to manage close to 100 players, breaking the team into nine units allows for each group to have its own coaching and player leaders.
The mental game is just as important to the success of the Michigan State football program as the physical game. Thinking about what it takes to win means learning winning attitudes and internalizing those attitudes so they can be used during day-to-day activities.
No matter what level of football you coach – whether it’s youth, high school, college or the pros – TCU head coach Gary Patterson says its critical for any coach to really understand who he is and what makes him tick if he wants to be successful.