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ZACH
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Thought this would be a great chance to help coaches make better decisions in planning and or running practices as we approach pre season. 

 

Over the years I've made a list I've shared with my org and welcome any and all input. 

 

- nothing is more basic then getting in and learning a correct stance. 

- running the kids into exhaustion just makes the next practice worse. 

- progress you're running i.e start with 1, 100 meter aggressive run, not a sprint but not a jog.  Add 1 rep every 2-3 practices. 

- abc 123 - always be coaching, find 1 players, coaches up with 2 points, don't give them more than 3 secs to think about it. 

- scheme will be there, don't be the coach that "has to get back to fundamentals" always coach the fundys. 

- running plays is great, running drills to build your plays will have a better impact come game time. 

- while running plays have a rabbit chase the players running the plays.  This will make the kids run faster and the plays be more full speed. 

- water breaks are great coaching moments, 30 secs of water every 5-10 minutes makes everyone better. 

- you're only as good as your worst players. Put more attention into the less skilled and watch your team become more confident. 

- parents aren't all bad, communicate and remember you're responsible for their kids.  If you wouldn't say or do something to you're own kid, don't do that to someone else's. 

- this is a game, enjoy it like one. 

 

Good luck coaches!

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Took your advice and am using my every day tackle circuit as our warm up. It's already showing dividends. Spoke with a good buddy this morning who shares a practice field with us. He was talking about using Sharks and Minnows as conditioning. One of his ACs challenged him on that. "Why are you having 5th graders play Sharks and Minnows?" His response was that they are having fun and running 25 yard sprints without even realizing it.

I countered him with Circle of Iron. It's supposed to suck  . . . at first. Then your players adapt mentally (and physically to a lesser degree) and then it doesn't suck so bad. Then, players start realizing the pride of accomplishment and start asking for the opportunity to demonstrate that they can handle, even embrace Circle of Iron. No one has ever been proud of finishing a game of Sharks and Minnows.

Having said that, tonight, I will run them through 1 set of the Circle, then send them off to play Sharks and Minnows to recognize a very good first week of practice. It's all in how you sell it.

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ZACH
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Glad to hear about the tackling circuit.  Add some turnover drills on "lighter contact" days and defense gets better with out doing much

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Posted by: @bucksweep58

Glad to hear about the tackling circuit.  Add some turnover drills on "lighter contact" days and defense gets better with out doing much

I have a "strip, scoop and score" drill that was part of my warm up circuit. Maybe I add it as a 5th station in my tackling circuit and add 5 minutes to the warm ups. It's either that or make it part of EDDs in group. 

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2 tips that I want to share that may help someone.

1) I might be the only one who didn't know this, if you are Hawk tackling, having the tackler split the feet of the ball carrier with his near foot really seems to be the secret sauce. I found that when this is done, the tackles seem a lot "cleaner". My key words are "Right foot split, Right shoulder hit". Same thing for left.

2) Open a team Twitter account and have your parents follow it for last minute communications. Ours is @ArvadaOutlaws. My first team tweet: "Skipping practice because you don't feel like it is telling us that playing time on game day is not important to you. We will happily accommodate you in that regard."

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Posted by: @bucksweep58

- water breaks are great coaching moments, 30 secs of water every 5-10 minutes makes everyone better. 

You take water breaks that often? Once we get into the groove of practice we will only take 1 or 2 water breaks all practice. I'll have kids take water from drill to drill so that any time they aren't taking a rep they can get water if they need it without stopping practice. Then we will take 1 or 2 during the bigger group portions of practice. 

I always thought this approach was a better use of time but I can be talked out of it. Do you find you are able to get good coaching points in even with most kids focus being on getting water?

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ZACH
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Posted by: @bucksweep58

- water breaks are great coaching moments, 30 secs of water every 5-10 minutes makes everyone better. 

You take water breaks that often? Once we get into the groove of practice we will only take 1 or 2 water breaks all practice. I'll have kids take water from drill to drill so that any time they aren't taking a rep they can get water if they need it without stopping practice. Then we will take 1 or 2 during the bigger group portions of practice. 

I always thought this approach was a better use of time but I can be talked out of it. Do you find you are able to get good coaching points in even with most kids focus being on getting water?

I've done this a few ways. I like this the best.  

 

Our practice is warm up/def fundys, def individual, def group, off indi, off group, wrap up. I encourage all coaches to run a drill efficiently in 5 minutes then water,  next drill especially in August.  As it cool downs it's one per period. 

It's a break, players for as little time as they get are better through out the whole practice.  In the past things dwindled as far as attitude and performance when we had 1 break every hour.  So frequent breaks helps us get better reps through out the whole 2 hr session. 

 

Give it a shot, maybe you'll see what I saw 

 

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