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.
Offensive coaches are always looking for new ways to gain an edge over their opponents. To avoid becoming stagnant and predictable, the natural tendency of most coaches pushes them toward making changes. This article provides insight on “Lessons Learned” to avoid the pitfalls and traps of changing too much all at once.
Whether you’re coaching a power back who muscles the ball across the goal line or an ankle-breaking open-field specialist making defenders miss, you’ll improve their game with this great new book by Tim Horton, running backs coach at Auburn University.
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.
Preparing to win helps student-athletes develop self confidence and encourages them to work together toward properly communicated goals. Coaches must embrace their responsibility to their athletes and help them prepare for success.
If a program has no scaffold, no core ideals, then it cannot be trusted and just might do more harm than good. That said, when it is done well, strength and conditioning/preparation can be one of the most rewarding coaching experiences in all of athletics.
As the new year begins again with off-season conditioning, millions of student-athletes are starting to prepare themselves for the trek toward spring and summer practice, and with that comes an increased risk of sports-related injuries.