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Spyder89
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August 1, 2018 11:47 am  

So a year or two ago, during combine, the coach running the station that was after mine in the rotation told me that the kids, when they got to him, were always talking about the drill they had just done at my station and how much they liked it and that sort of thing.

Other than our version of the towel game, and the Patriots Drill, it was all just straight O-Line stuff -- 1-board, 2-board, maybe Slow Oklahoma, maybe 3-Cones.

He told me after the Patriots Drill, "I've never seen kids wish they had done even more bear crawling before."

What is the Patriots Drill?

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Michael
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August 1, 2018 12:03 pm  

I got it from the BC Lions at a C.O.O.L. Clinic, but thought I got it from the Patriots (their guy spoke, too).  And now I'm not changing the name.  I've tweaked it enough that I am sure they wouldn't think it's what they described now, anyway.

Bear crawl 8 yards, barrel roll left, bear crawl 8 yards, barrel roll right, bear crawl 8 yards, forward roll, come out of it up and running and then dive on a football.  The last stretch is 10 yards, so it's basically 8 yards of running and 2 yards of diving, more or less, minus whatever the forward roll uses up.

We use three lanes, with the winner staying, and go in both directions to keep things moving.

Each lane has its own football, so we use six footballs in all.

It's pretty good for finding out who is athletic and has stamina and doesn't quit and all that sort of thing.

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Spyder89
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August 1, 2018 12:19 pm  

Thanks, Michael

- Ray


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Bob Goodman
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August 1, 2018 9:20 pm  

I could be wrong, but I do not think anyone here has called a water balloon fight outside of practice as being a distraction.  It was called a distraction when done during practice.

Sure, unless as part of a practice session at a planned time, probably at the end of the session.  Is anyone here experiencing spontaneous water balloon fights in the middle of a drill?

OTOH, when Wildcat53 complained about 5 of his players fighting, I'm sure he didn't mean it like the water balloon fights, at a reserved time.


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joshv155
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August 1, 2018 10:20 pm  

Sure, unless as part of a practice session at a planned time, probably at the end of the session.  Is anyone here experiencing spontaneous water balloon fights in the middle of a drill?

OTOH, when Wildcat53 complained about 5 of his players fighting, I'm sure he didn't mean it like the water balloon fights, at a reserved time.

Is anyone here actually scheduling time in their practice plan for a water balloon fight ? Outside of the last practice or some special event. I wouldn’t do that either but just wondering.

Bob did you invent this game ? https://www.superfightgame.com

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davecisar
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August 2, 2018 4:52 am  

Is anyone here actually scheduling time in their practice plan for a water balloon fight ? Outside of the last practice or some special event. I wouldn’t do that either but just wondering.

Bob did you invent this game ? https://www.superfightgame.com

NEVER-  ::) ::)

ONCE a year
AFTER the last practice the first week- NOT during

I wouldnt have ever thought about doing it during practice or even watching- but Vince figured out a way to make it a time waster- that must be in his DNA mindset or something, it never occurred to me to do it a lot, during practice time or even to bother watching it  ;D

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Bob Goodman
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August 2, 2018 10:27 am  

NEVER-  ::) ::)

ONCE a year
AFTER the last practice the first week- NOT during

I wouldnt have ever thought about doing it during practice or even watching- but Vince figured out a way to make it a time waster- that must be in his DNA mindset or something, it never occurred to me to do it a lot, during practice time or even to bother watching it  ;D

Yes, that's exactly how I understood it from what you posted before.  It came at the end of a practice session, as a surprise to the kids, but not as a surprise to the HC, who had it planned.  It doesn't interrupt anything, can't be a distraction.  Entirely different from a fight breaking out during practice.


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Dusty Ol Fart
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August 9, 2018 7:12 am  

Sumo last night.  They all complained when we said last one!  Overheard a few walking off saying that was SO COOL!  Max Effort, Hard Work, Sweat,  hmmmm

Not MPP... ONE TASK!  Teach them!  🙂


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August 9, 2018 12:42 pm  

What is the Patriots Drill?

Drill you do when you lose the super bowl!

Bazinga!!!

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I can explain it to you, I can't understand if for you.


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angalton
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August 31, 2018 10:41 am  

No water balloon fights yet, but I did stop practice fore 2 minutes so they could look at a blimp going by us. I figured I would waste 2 minutes as a group, instead of 10 minutes of distraction. Sorry, but If I need those 2 minutes, I will make it up at the end. Honestly, if you want to have a spontaneous water balloon fight, do it. It would most definitely be at the end of practice and the kids may enjoy a break. If you don't want to, don't. Be you

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Dnt_Follow_LC
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September 3, 2018 2:04 am  

We have fun practices.. We prepare our kids mentally, we challenge them and we also have fun. I always say, "it's easy to win when you're having fun and we're going to have a lot of fun."

At the beginning of games, no player is allowed on my field without smiling and looking like they're upbeat and ready first. I have fourth and fifth graders. It's not a game if it's not fun. They aren't getting paid to be out there. We have fun and we win and nobody is unhappy.

Sidenote: the players can gauge when it's time to be serious with us and when they're allowed clowning.


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Coach Brad
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September 3, 2018 10:45 am  

They all complained when we said last one!

No matter what drill I do, the kids who are next in line complain when I say "last one". I always thought it a kind of inherent selfishness in kids that they want to be the last ones to do something, but maybe I should take it as a good sign that they actually enjoy doing that particular drill?


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Coach Brad
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September 3, 2018 10:47 am  

Sidenote: the players can gauge when it's time to be serious with us and when they're allowed clowning.

I wish I could say this for all of my players. Most understand this. I have a new player who is literally in happy-go-lucky mode every minute of his life. One practice he was actually giggling while rolling on the ground during whose ball!


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