Category Archives: Strength

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

Fisher’s Speed Camp

Several years ago as a youth coach I was coaching a team of 9-10 year old kids in a park that was known to have bad football teams. We were considerably less athletic then some of the teams we were playing against and were losing on a regular basis. During the off-season I decided to start looking for ways to improve my teams talent level. Short of running off the bad players and recruiting good ones, I was going to have to find a way to turn my players into better athletes. I felt I could accomplish this because they were young and it was a personal feeling that kids this age were adaptable and a lot of the times products of their environment anyway. Continue reading Fisher’s Speed Camp

Irv Sigler’s Unique Weight Lifting Program

Irv Sigler was the Head Coach at Olivet College from 2002 until 2004.  He took a program that was a perenial loser and won football games.  Not all the games but most of them.  In a time when most colleges and universities were moving to the Spread Offense, Coach Sigler was a power running game guy.  In fact, while he may not know this, he is sort of a cult hero on the internet amongst the Power T Coaches at the Youth and High School levels. Continue reading Irv Sigler’s Unique Weight Lifting Program

Standard 2 Hour Practice Plan

OK, so I get a lot of questions about how we practice.  First I try to find a volunteer or an Asst Coach to keep time on a stop watch or countdown timer of some sort.  Warning us when we have 2 minutes left in each period and then telling us when we have to switch (moms are great for this one).  Second, we have to find a volunteer to set up drills ahead of our schedule or set them all up at the beginning of practice.  We NEVER want kids standing around waiting for us to finish setting up a station.  It is very important for us to establish an uptempo practice rhythm or routine so that our kids are always moving and they know exactly what to expect and when to expect it.  This routine keeps us on a very quick pace for practice every day.  But we also have the flexibility built in so that we can do some ‘unexpected’ things to keep the boys interested as well as work a little extra on something we are doing poorly. Continue reading Standard 2 Hour Practice Plan