Creating A Culture Of Learning

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.

Create Better Understanding, Execution With Technology

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.

Prepare Your Team For Every Situation

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.

Wahoo Concept Stresses Defenses In New Ways

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.