Should we (rookie coaches) buy material on football coaching?
Yes. Yes and yes.
You can get free stuff from the Internet, free playbooks (I found some very good ones), you can find amazing advice for free in forums just like this one, you can find very good advice in blogs from coaches that have winning programs, I did. Continue reading Should Rookie Coaches Buy Materials?
Every year that I am a head coach, I try to have a parent meeting within the first week of practice. At this meeting I hand out a very long parent letter that I know very few parents will actually read. So I read it to them. I have found it is much easier for me to start off as a hard-ass on day 1 and perhaps soften up later in the year when needed than to start off as the ‘nice guy’ and try to instill urgency and discipline later in the year when things are out of control. So I take the time to read the entire letter and answer any questions right up front. Many years I have been the Football Commissioner for my park but when I am just a coach, I get the permission of the Park Director that if any of my parents want their money back we will refund them immediately. It really never happens but I let them know if they are not 100% on board with what we are trying to do as a team that we will happily allow them to take their child elsewhere. Continue reading Parent Letter
Here is a reprint of an article that I really enjoyed reading …
Are you a Sheep, a Wolf or a Sheepdog ??
ON SHEEP, WOLVES & SHEEPDOGS
Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always, even death itself. The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for? – William J. Bennett – in a lecture to the United States Naval Academy November 24, 1997 Continue reading Sheep, Wolves & Sheepdogs