Category Archives: Off-Season

PLAN YOUR SEASON BEFORE PLANNING YOUR PRACTICE

Plan your season before planning your practice.

To steal a phrase from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits book: Begin with the end in mind. I have been doing this with my team for many years but I never really had a title for it.

Envision your team at mid-season. Think this through thoroughly. What plays you want to be running at that point and the players’ thorough knowledge of it. What defense do you think you’ll be running? The mental and physical toughness you want your team to have. The hustle you expect at that point. The conditioning level you want to be at. Now with that mental picture in mind, start writing.

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Developing Your Coaching Portfolio

When coaches ask me what they can do to stand out in the job search process, I ask them if they have their coaching portfolio prepared. Many coaches aren’t sure what a portfolio consists of, let alone have one prepared! The coaching portfolio is a tool that provides a potential employer insight on you as a coach and a person. It can answer a lot of questions for a potential employer before an interview even takes place. It can also be the difference between getting the interview or having your resume placed at the bottom of the stack.

So what does a coaching portfolio involve? In this article, I am going to give a few examples of things that can be included in your portfolio. The portfolio should be a direct reflection of you and your philosophies on building a quality athletic program. Even if you are applying for an assistant coaching position, your portfolio should provide a look at how you would build your own program if you were the head coach. Continue reading Developing Your Coaching Portfolio

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