We have created a culture at Oberlin College where it is exciting to be a member. Our older players are valued for their knowledge, and they have the opportunity to show and strengthen their understanding by teaching the first-year players. After years of doing this, we have instilled this culture systematically. Here are six methods we’ve used to create a culture of learning.
One of the objectives of an up-tempo offense is to force the defense to play vanilla because the speed with which the offense reaches the LOS does not allow the defense to sub, check or make calls. Surprisingly, up-tempo can still utilize huddles. Here’s how.
Today’s coaching climate demands complete transparency and answers that are more black and white than gray. Utilizing the technology at our fingertips makes this process simple.
As a coach I have always tried to decrease the period of time that it takes to grow into a good team. Advances in technology provide some huge opportunities for those who adopt them. At Oberlin College, we are excited to be at the forefront of this technological boom this season. Here is how we are trying to create a more efficient and effective practice which in turn can help us decrease the amount of time it takes to perfect our schemes.
At Oberlin College, we have aimed to be at the forefront in our use of technology. One tool that has proved effective for us is our game planning system. It takes what we learned from resources – like Bill Walsh’s book Finding the Winning Edge and Brian Billick’s Developing an Offensive Game Plan, as well as numerous articles, clinic talks and sharing with other coaches – and turned it into a process for decision-making as well as automation of all of the scripting and typing of call sheets and wristbands. In all, it saved us 8-12 hours per week on each side of the ball.
Whether coaches use a series of apps to share and interact with players or relatively inexpensive web-based software that takes out all of the workarounds, today’s player requires a deeper understanding of the game to be successful. Summer time is a perfect opportunity to build incrementally toward report day and the opening of camp. Make the most of this opportunity now.
The game has evolved from ball control and “3 yards and a cloud of dust” to fast-paced, uptempo offenses using spread formations and run-pass options. Some may think this evolution is primarily due to better conditioning or a focus on getting the offense to the spot of the ball and the new line of scrimmage as fast as possible. But, streamlined communication is also extremely important.
Virtual reality and simulation rooms are being adopted at every level. Utilizing this technology allows a coach to increase a player’s intelligence on the field. Being able to see a repetition of a play or a simulation of a scenario on a play allows the player many more training opportunities in a safer environment.
Keith Grabowski, offensive coordinator for Oberlin College, explains how he uses software and hardware combinations to train a student-athlete’s most valuable weapon: his brain.
Our new Wahoo concept at Oberlin College presents some exciting opportunities for how we can utilize it to attack the defense. We found a way to implement Wahoo as a variation to our Stick Route. We called the route a wide-angled hook. To be efficient with language, we simply turned that into “Wahoo” and it became a concept. Here is how it works and the reason it stressed coverage better than the stick route.
In today’s high-tech world, digital playbook solutions make security possible while sharing in-depth content with players using multimedia and interactive formats.
In this last part of Mission Control, we will look at how live analytics can aid a coach in calling a play that has a higher likelihood of success on the field. With video replay, live analytics, and play calling software, the coaches booth is now truly transformed into Mission Control. The future of football is here.
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