Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Best Time of the Year!

People like to refer to this time of year as "the grind." It is that time when winter is rolling through, the sun doesn't shine quite as much, and there is very little being done as far as "football skills." I want to point out the other side of this issue...

In my eyes, this is the greatest time of year. This is the time of year when cultures are changed and identities are built. This is the time of year when you have the opportunity to shape the direction of your program. This is the time of year when you set the tone for the season. You make the biggest gains in strength. This is the time when you can build confidence in your team.

The only way this is a grind is if you don't love what you are doing. How do you love inventorying equipment? How do you love busting your tail at 6:30am in the weight room? How do you love analyzing your depth charts? These all can be very monotonous and inconvenient tasks. So how do you take the "grind" out of them?

It's all about A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E. You have to look at each of these activities as a tremendous opportunity. What is the opportunity? First, an accurate inventory means you are efficient with your resources. You order what you actually need, not what you think you need. You need to take pride in the tedious administrative tasks every single day.

The second opportunity is in the weight room. That is where you build your team mentally and and physically. Strength and Conditioning are the most vital aspect of any program. Tremendous gains in strength will build confidence in your players. Through your strength program you can build mental toughness in your kids. You can teach them to overcome obstacles and reach new heights. I can tell you this with all certainty... The more physically strong and mentally tough your players are, the more mistakes they can overcome. Physically and mentally tough teams can survive bad football. Mentally and physically weak teams cannot.

Think about this... Our players feed off of us. If we have a tremendous attitude and are passionate about what we are doing, our players will follow. If we are lethargic and not fully involved, our players will reflect that as well. We ask our players to have a great attitude, regardless of circumstance. Shouldn't coaches model this?

If you look at the value of the activity you are doing, you will enjoy the activity much more. Look at and embrace the opportunity that exists during the winter and early spring. If you don't love coaching in January, February and March, you probably won't get to coach any games in December. This is the greatest time of the year!

A few months back I published a couple of iBooks that can help your program with X's and O's. The first is on Installing RPO's into any offense. Here is a link to the iBooks version: The ibooks version includes explanations, diagrams, and video clips on multiple RPO Concepts. It will give you a simple process for implementing them into your offense.
If you don't have an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you can order the Amazon version for the Kindle. It has everything except the embedded video. You can order it here:

I also wrote a book on Tempo. It will greatly help you build a multiple tempo system with simple communication that will allow your kids to play with confidence. It also had over an hour of video clips! You can order the ibooks version here:

Order the Amazon Kindle version here:

One of the keys to our success was tremendous preparation!The key to  preparation was our outstanding group of documents we used for all three phases. If you are looking for fully editable and customizable documents that you can tailor to your program, I have made mine available. 

Here is a link to my offensive game planning documents:
It includes everything from a scouting report template, to practice plans, to a two-sided color call sheet, and more! Each of the nine documents are fully editable and customizable! Order today for under $15 and download them tonight!

Here is a link to the defensive game planning documents. It includes 12 fully editable and customizable documents.

And finally, I put together a special teams resource. This has everything you need, included drill tape, practice tape, and game footage. It includes teaching presentations and scouting forms just for special teams!

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