I need some help. I am a first year coach in Georgia. I will be coaching 12yr olds and I need any help that someone is will to offer. I want to make sure my practices are organized and I need off/def playbooks. Our base defense will be a 50 front.
Post by Coach Campbell on Sept 12, 2018 18:17:55 GMT
Approach to Practice
My approach to practice is getting as much accomplished in a short amount of time. There are times where we have something scheduled in practice where the offense and defense cross over, but if there are not enough defensive or offensive lineman due to injuries, our coaching staff must be able to have a backup plan.
At practice, I am always interacting with each of my players. I make sure that I coach everyone the same. I want my players to feel like they are wanted on the football team. If a player makes a mistake, it doesn’t matter if they are the first-string guy or the fourth-string guy, they are going to be coached up on how to fix their mistakes. During practice and/or after practice, I try to implement team bonding exercises. From drinking some Gatorade after practice together or having my defensive players take the bags into the shed together even if multiple players do not have a bag to carry. In junior college football, I have witnessed and been apart of games where chemistry overcame talent.
Our fall camp starts at the end of July or the first of August. Those first couple of practices are focused on technique work and knowing the offense and defensive scheme. At the collegiate level, we get players that can’t even get into a three-point stance, both on the offense and defensive side of the ball. Our offensive line is always in a three-point stance, and with all the spread offenses out there, many of the offenses have their offensive line in a two-point stance and gap stepping. It takes time and a lot of patience to help these offensive linemen get into the proper stance, so they can take the proper steps. Same goes for the defensive line, I am seeing more and more of a 30-front defense, where the defensive line is just slanting into their gaps. The high school coaches don’t teach them the proper technique, so its literally like starting with a new puppy and training them how to get into a simple three-point stance.
When our coaches are teaching technique work, we must be able to break it down step by step. When the steps are being taken, we must be able to explain why we are teaching each step. For example, my corners are first taught how to backpedal in the way to cover our defensive scheme. I teach, inside foot back, good loose/comfortable stance, chest over toes, eyes start at the quarterback, read step when the ball is snapped with inside foot, followed by a walk-out back peddle (slow backpedal) to a hard/fast backpedal. I break everything down in segments, first will be the stance, then work on the read step, then read step to walk-out backpedal, and then transition all three. This technique work was given to me by a gentleman who used to be the defensive coordinator at Cal, Boise State and Texas A&M.
Junior college student-athletes are players that come from high schools where they were not being recruited by the university levels, they are being overlooked, or they didn’t have the grades to get into a university level institution. With, breaking down each segment into five-minute periods is not possible. I must take as much time as I can to make sure that my players understand the technique and scheme. There are multiple times where I go over schedule, more so in my individual period. I must find the fine line when coaching my players and identify when its too much or not enough.
Post by Coach Campbell on Sept 12, 2018 18:22:52 GMT
Jeff Bennett Practice Approach
My practice is based on the premise that my team will be smaller classification (4a and below) and each athlete will be practicing both an offensive and a defensive position. We will practice the junior varsity and the varsity together. When the varsity is on defense, the JV will be practicing offense. The teams will flip once we have practiced one side of the ball. I will have 7 assistant coaches and I will coach a position to make 8 total coaches. My coaching staff will serve as position coaches on one side of the ball and will coach both the varsity and the junior varsity teams. By breaking up into position coaches and only coaching one side of the ball, it will allow all coaches to focus on specific drills, game planning, and practice planning for one side of the ball. We will become experts on our side of the ball, and prepare our kids to our fullest potential. Each position coach will be responsible for developing specific position drills to be used during their individual time. Each drill must be game specific and must be taught and used with a purpose to make each player a better overall athlete. Each day, we would film specific practice segments. The segments to be filmed would be our inside run, pass skeleton, and team periods. This would be used for each coach to evaluate players on a daily basis, along with giving each player the opportunity to view themselves. It would also allow both coaches and players to focus on the positive aspects of the day, while giving them the opportunity to work on any negative items that were noticed by both the player and the coach.
By breaking down practices into five minute segments, it allows coaches and players to remain focused on a specific item for a short amount of time. It also allows coaches to be flexible in creating their practice schedule in an effort to schedule as much as they can into a short amount of time as possible.