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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Adjust your Football Practice plan

As a football position coach a carefully tuned football practice plan is important to have in place. An effective football practice plan keeps you organized, covers all of the elements of football fundamentals, skills and conditioning as well as motivates our football athletes to become better! A good practice plan keeps our football athletes focused by having good flow and purpose behind each drill, and as a coach it’s important that you stay on top of practice planning.

Let’s face it we are creatures of habit and it’s easy to fall back on the same practice plan day in and day out. You might be very happy with your drills but be cautious as your football athlete will eventually find your plan boring and mundane if you stick to it day in and day out. What’s important is that you change up and adjust your practice plan accordingly introducing new drills and different angles to cover skills so that your football athlete doesn’t become bored with it and unmotivated.

The challenge is to keep them motivated at all times!

During your off- season planning develop several different practice plans with different drill sets so that you don’t fall into a boring routine. You’ll find that your players will be more motivated to work harder by shifting and adjusting your practice plan.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Youth Football Dynamic Warm-up

Football is a game that is continuously evolving. New ideas, strategies, and systems continually evolve as our game improves each and every season. Practice time seems to be getting tighter and tighter and coaches are always tweaking their practice plan to make it more efficient.

One of the latest ideas that a lot of programs are doing now is to incorporate their dynamic warm-up as part of their individual position group. That is rather than have the whole team do their dynamic warm-up as one group, send them to their individual groups at the start of practice and let them warm up by doing their positional footwork and agility drills with their position coach.

When you think about it, especially at the younger levels, warm-up time can become fool around or social time pretty fast if you’re not on top of it. Breaking down the large team group and sending them to their positional groups for the dynamic warm –up will be more productive. In the end you accomplish the same thing and save yourself 15 minutes of practice time.