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Getting Maximum Effort From Your Team

One thing I discuss with coaches is effort, and how to get it. In terms of our approach and what we do, I’m going to make sure that I get what I want. What I mean is, I’m not just going to accept whatever level of effort any particular player decides to give. His effort is dictated by what I want. Continue reading Getting Maximum Effort From Your Team

10 Tips On Coaching Young Kids

These tips were given to me by Robert Olide several years ago … Just found it in an old email and thought I would pass it on …

1. Have a series based offense, we use a Double Wing. The formation is not important, the important thing is that each play has a purpose and builds or sets up another play and you can attack all areas of the field. Continue reading 10 Tips On Coaching Young Kids

Charles Shultz Philosophy

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip. You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just read straight through, and you’ll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.
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While I usually am content to get into our base alignment and run TOSS until we bludgeon the defense into submission, I do realize that there will be days that we are not as effective as usual.

Sometimes it will be based on our kids not performing well or missing the game altogether due to illness or family emergencies.  Other times the defense will simply have better players or a better coach and they will cause us problems that way. And to further complicate things, each season we will be dealing with a different group of kids that have different skill sets.  All of these factors contribute to our realization that sometimes we need the ability to change our formation or the mechanics of a specific play in order to continue moving the football offensively. Continue reading TAGs

Centipede’s Dilemma

I had a conversation with a good coaching friend of mine named John Koester that revolved around different techniques and footwork that we teach our players.  Now we each already know pretty much everything the other teaches so this conversation revolved around why we teach what we do.  Some of the things that we said were:

“I am not very good at teaching kids techniques that require more than a three-step progression. So by eliminating the punch step the QB can just: 1. Receive the snap, 2.Spin and 3.Toss.”

“I think that is why LEG also works better for me than the  BEEF blocking progression that many coaches use.  Teaching and repping 3 steps instead of 4.”

The main theme of the conversation was ‘KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID’.  But John also reminded me of a great (old) nursery rhyme that makes us both think of how some kids react to coaches who ‘overcoach’ a technique or try to control every step a player takes during a play … that rhyme is called the Centipede’s Dilemma.

A centipede was happy quite,
Until a frog in fun
Said, “Pray, which leg comes after which?”
This raised her mind to such a pitch,
She lay distracted in the ditch
Considering how to run.