Category Archives: Evaluations

Simple Multiple Series Single Wing

This article was originally posted on Direct Snap Football.

Deron Bayer, the Keynote Speaker of the 08 Conclave declared, “We’re simple because we’re simple.” It’s a great statement. One that makes coaches stop and take stock of what they are doing.

How much is too much? When does more become counter productive? Are you fooling them or us? Questions we all should ask of ourselves from time to time.

A good Single Wing Buddy, Sean Orr, said to me, in jest (I think), “I couldn’t play for you in that offense.” He meant that we appear to be very complex in what we do and there must be a lot of coaching to get our kids to execute it all so well.

Yet we are much like Coach Bayer in our approach. We have found a way to show the defense many series and looks that is easily taught to our players. Continue reading Simple Multiple Series Single Wing

Building Better Athletes

Everyone has different time constraints and different schedules imposed upon them by their programs, leagues and governing bodies.  So exactly what you can do with the following idea will vary by your situation.  Just remember if you don’t have the ideal amount of time, you can usually rearrange some stuff or prioritize and still get this concept accomplished.

Lets consider the following time frame for the beginning of your football season. Summer is June & July … Practices start in August … Games start in September.  No matter what offense or defense you run, the opportunity exists to have a great team each and every year … and this is how you do it. Continue reading Building Better Athletes

Mat Drills

Off-season Workouts.  Love ‘em or hate ‘em we all know that they create better athletes for our programs.  Off-season programs promote camaraderie, build better athletes and give us the opportunity to learn about our players away from our sport.  There are literally thousands of things you can do during the off-season to help your team get better.  This article is about Mat Drills.  Many coaches for outdoor sports forget that you can get a lot of great work done indoors.  Sometimes it is a necessity due to bad weather but you can also use indoor drill time as a break from the ‘same old same old’. Continue reading Mat Drills

Evaluation Drills

A player or parent should never be able to accuse you of not letting everyone try out for every position.  We ensure this by running our entire team through a day or two days of evaluations no matter if we have to draft players or not.  We try to offer encouragement for inexperienced players because some of the evaluation stations will prove to be difficult, but there will be a particular drill during our evaluations that they will excel at and the player will know this as well.  We try not to do too much coaching as the drills are designed to measure raw talent and skills. Continue reading Evaluation Drills