Football coaches are proud of the life lessons that its participants receive as a byproduct of playing the sport. Ours is a game that teaches young players the merits of hard work, the concepts of brotherhood, the benefits of discipline, the pride of self-sacrifice for the good of the team and the honor that comes from trying your best while representing your school and community. These life lessons are the true essence of the game. Unfortunately, these positive life lessons sometimes come into conflict with society’s ever-changing norms.
No-huddle, shotgun spread-offenses that utilize match-up and tempo advantages are shredding defense and piling up points at a record rate at all levels of football. Defensive coordinators are working hard to plug the holes in the dam, but this isn’t just a problem fixed by countering the strategy with Xs and Os. This article explores how taking another look at several time-tested defensive tenets may hold key pieces to solving the spread offense puzzle.
Managing Football Inventory No Easy Feat — One of the most-often overlooked aspects of a football program is the management of the team’s uniforms, apparel and gear. For the vast majority of high school head football coaches, managing team inventory and tracking down those items that mysteriously disappear each school year, is like an unseemly rash that just won’t go away no matter how much lotion you apply.
Search For Knowledge Outside Your Comfort Zone – The winter months were filled with terrific coaching information, usually more than you can possibly hope to incorporate into your football program this coming season. So perhaps it’s time that you also expand your personal horizons and look into things that may provide an entirely different perspective that you can apply to your team.
Improve The Depth Of Your Roster – When you study those football programs who maintain a high-degree of sustained success over time, there’s one common team characteristic that’s often overlooked by outside observers – team depth.
Every team faces circumstances each season that test the bonds of brotherhood. If left unchecked, and if the wounds of player dissent begin to fester, they can lead to a team-wide attitude infection that derails an entire season.
By creating a file on your desktop that contains great ideas, you can successfully navigate those first few seasons as a new head coach.
7 Keys For Maintaining Coaching Longevity – Bob Burt knows a thing or two about longevity in coaching. He has been a college and high school football coach for more than 50 seasons. Currently the head coach at Cypress High School in Hemet, Calif., Burt shares his best advice for today’s young coaches, so that they can embrace the personal satisfaction and professional success that leads to longevity in the sport.
As the only head coach that Granite Bay HS (CA) has ever known, Ernie Cooper has built a championship-level football program through a system of consistency, hard work and the tough-to-defend Fly Offense. This article gives you an inside look at Cooper’s Green Sweep, Open Series, complete with diagrams and coaching points.
The statistics are staggering regarding drug abuse in high school and college-age youths. The rise in prescription pill abuse (now proven to be a direct pathway to heroin) in this country is not only pertinent to athletes in school sports, but as the studies show, has specific implications to football players.