Holding onto the football during intense moments means the difference between gaining yards and turning the ball over. After all, ball possession may be the most important aspect of the game. These are just a few of the many drills that prepare football players to place a high degree of importance on ball security.
Changing hands as a ball carrier is a necessary, yet oft-neglected or overlooked skill, at the high school level for running backs and even quarterbacks and wide receivers.
Before Stanford University head coach David Shaw first started coaching at Western Washington, he received some terrific advice from his father that he holds dear to this day.
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.
There are four words that come to mind when I think about great linebackers: eyes, feet, hands and finish. These four words should be emphasized every day in practice. Part four of this series focuses on the finish.
The quality of the athlete’s acceleration is affected by the quality of the preceding movement; therefore, a total speed program should address all elements of the athlete’s movement.
Leading up to summer camp, the quarterback must pass the ball at least 250 times each day. Every pass has a purpose. Just as an archer aims precisely for the bulls-eye and not just the target, each time the quarterback passes the ball, he has a bulls-eye in mind.
No matter how “old-school” a coach you think you are, whether you realize it or not, technology is affecting the culture of coaching sports. And that’s not a bad thing.
Many times coaches find it difficult to explain why they made certain decisions, whether it’s going for it on fourth down or deciding whether to break out that one dynamic trick play they installed during the offseason. Jason Gallucci, the Director of Performance at Princeton University, explains the importance of having data to inform the decision making process.
Before getting too far into planning the specifics of a plyometric program, James Radcliffe says the prudent approach is to look honestly and carefully at issues that could affect safe participation in such intense training.
LSU’s Eric Donoval used Polar’s GPS technology during the 2016-2017 season in an attempt to better understand the team’s performance, as well as try and gain a competitive advantage. The benefits became obvious, especially when Donoval began comparing performance as the season progressed.
Student-athletes today have grown up with modern technology, and it takes more to motivate and engage them. Championship teams aren’t built by practicing in the dark ages. Efficient practice time is essential to winning.