1. What is your sideline organization for game nights? What are your pressbox coaches looking for? Sideline coaches? I have 9 coaches (10 counting myself) with me on game night.
2. What type of script do you use on Thursday? please e-mail (if possible) email@example.com
3. I have 60-70 players in grades 10-12, 50-60 in grades 7-9. How do you structure your practices? For example, I know a lot of guys work the 9th graders in with the older kids for indy work and then they branch off for group and team work, what are your thoughts?
Sorry for the length of the post. thanks for your help
Post by Coach Campbell on Oct 30, 2018 1:53:07 GMT
Our primary goal as a football program is to equip our players with the knowledge and skills necessary to handle the difficult challenges of life they will inevitably face. This theme will be present in everything that we as coaches do: Our practice schedule and script, our offense, defense, and kicking game philosophies, our leadership development program, our community service projects, and our strength and conditioning training.
Ideally, we want to create an environment where athletes feel like the coaching staff is behind them 100%, sharpening and preparing them for competition. The program is about the players, not about us or how many wins we accumulate. Our pre-season phase of our program initiates our championship run with the inclusion of our strength and conditioning program and daily positional drills. The pre-season starts August 1st, and runs up until August 28th, giving us about a month of time to determine positional placements that best help the team, offensive and defensive alignments, and work on fundamentals as well as include some of our playbook and become familiar with that. Our next phase is our in-season championship run, in which we will apply what we've learned throughout the pre-season and build upon that each week. During the in-season we will have weekly team devotionals that engage our athletes in positive, critical conversation surrounding various important topics in their lives. Our offensive mindset is to control the flow of the game OUR WAY, and use our time effectively and efficiently. Our defensive mindset is to be as aggressively smart as we are on offense. We want to capitalize on the other team's mistakes, and apply as much intelligent pressure as possible, forcing them to error. our kicking game philosophy is to establish the absolute best possible field position for us to go to work on either offense or defense, while hindering our opponent from scoring.
The coaching staff will have various responsibilities delegated to them, and should be on top of them throughout the season. The responsibilities will include: teaching a weekly team devotional, assisting in supervising the weight room during strength training sessions, monitoring various positional groupings on gamedays, and applying and implementing technical skills for their assigned positions that they coach.
Our leadership program will be open to all students and it will allow an open and honest discussion on how to identify and develop strong leadership qualities. This will run from the beginning of the second semester to the closing of the second semester, and occur once weekly afterschool. I myself as the Head Coach, along with several other coaches will lead these lessons. Our off-season strength program will be centered around 3 things: 1.) Developing functional movement patterns to work efficiently in athletics, 2.) Increasing muscular strength and power, and 3.) Increasing power output and anaerobic threshold.
Our service project will involve some means of giving back and serving our community. What we want to accomplish is bringing joy to those we serve by providing aid in some way, shape, or form. The type of project will be determined by the captains of the team, and organized by the coaches.
As the new Head Coach, it will be my mission to implement and establish these things not as a way to instill my will or desires, but as a means to root our football program in strong competition, crucial developmental training and education, and servitude to the community.
Football is a sport that you prepare and train for all year long both as coaches and players. As a head coach, I will make sure there is always something productively fun going on in my program to make all involved excited about being there. I think we all would agree that it takes a lot of planning, organizing, and communication to run a successful football program for 365 days.
My yearly process: New Football Year Starts
*I will send letters/calendar to parents with 2 a day schedule, game schedule, parent night date, picture day, etc.
*Week long Coaches clinic with our coaches presenting and demonstrating their knowledge of position coaching to our staff. We will also meet with junior high and youth football league coaches.
*THSCA Coaching School/Coaches Retreat- coaches will use this time to bond and gain professional development. During this time my Coordinators will set up all practice schedules and other duties assigned.
My Philosophy is, “Our players change but our will to win remains the same.” We will foster a winning culture, be consistent in our pursuit of greatness and work together as "One Heartbeat."
My Athletic Philosophy is TEAM-Together Everyone Achieves More “One Heart Beat.”
*No program is more important than any other. (Sharing Athletes)
My Defensive Philosophy is, “If they don’t score they can’t win”. We will keep things simple, be gap sound and know how to recognize and adjust to all formations.
My Offensive Philosophy is, “Protect the ball and score more points than them”. Again, we will keep things simple which will allow our kids to play fast and be creative with formations maintaining the integrity of our best plays.
Special Teams Philosophy is, “Special Players make special team plays”. Our special team’s unit will not be used to give starters breaks, we will play our best players to give ourselves a chance to make our Special Teams “SPECIAL”
My in-season program will consist of weekly grade checks, tutorials on Tuesday and Thursday with daily inspirational quotes. This will be part of our routine along with the normal activities associated with football practice.
It is my belief that the type of off-season your team has usually plays a big part in how your season will go. Teams will be able to see just how effective their preparation was when it comes to the deciding factor in close games. I look at off-season as the 5th Quarter, I stress the importance of off-season to my players and encourage them to look at off-season as another team or player they are preparing to compete against.
We have an Athletic Leadership Council and Character development program at my current school and I will incorporate the same programs when I become a head coach. These two elements add to the Class and Good Character traits I love to talk about and teach to my players.
Our summer strength and conditioning program will be four days a week and will run from 9 to 11. We will focus on building strength, balance and speed. We will encourage our players to attend and we will take strong notice on who is attending and who is not. Our players will be given all the opportunities they need to work themselves in position to be successful. 7 on 7 and lineman challenges will also be opportunities for our athletes to gain more reps and compete over the summer to get better.
Post by Game Planning and Organization on Jul 18, 2019 20:37:44 GMT
Our game planning for the next opponent starts the day after the previous game. Since I coach at a high school, our games are usually Friday nights so we like to come back on Saturday and watch film. After we watch film, the kids are sent home and we stick around to discuss the plan for the week and game. It might take an hour or two on Saturday to get things organized for the week, but it depend on how much we want to fix based on the film we just watched. Sunday we get a break from seeing each other, but we still have to watch film on our opponent and prepare for practice. Some of the coaches might meet up, but only if it is really important. However, on Saturday after the meeting, each assistant coach is given an assignment to write down what they think the team needs "more of" at practice, and then they text or call in their suggestions to the head coach on Sunday. For example, if the running backs coach thinks we need to do more ball security drills, he texts the head coach, "We need to do more ball security drills." The head coach collects all suggestions and types up a practice plan to send out to all the assistants via text message or email. The assistants must review the practice plan prior to Monday's practice.
The offensive coordinator is responsible for the offensive script for 7v7 and team. On Sunday, he watches film on the opponent's defense to try to find tenancies, weaknesses, strengths, and how other teams attacked them. The offensive game plan. Will be built based on the information he gets from watching film. Once, the offensive coordinator creates a plan, he forwards the plan to the rest of the coaches involved on offense. The rest of the offensive coaches must create individual drills for their position based on the offensive coordinator's plan.
The defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator does the same thing as the offensive coordinator when it comes to making a plan. It is very important that the coordinators make a specific plan for every week based on the opponent. The coaches have to balance the practice plan with corrective tactics and techniques, and strategies for the up coming game. This can be tricky because in order to move forward, you have to take a step back sometimes. Personnel changes might be a puzzle that needs to be solved as well.
Post by Coach Campbell on Oct 12, 2019 22:40:24 GMT
Being fairly new to the coaching career I have not yet personally had the opportunity to schedule game planning responsibilities. However, while shadowing my defensive coordinator in college, I was able to learn a few things about how to approach game planning. After the games on Saturdays, coaches would be on their own on Sunday to watch film of the game and of the next opponent. There were no official Sunday meetings, but if coaches wanted to meet up they could. They would study what went wrong and what went right in our previous game and focus on what the team needed to fix. While studying the opponent, coaches would go through all the tendencies for that opponent. This includes how many times they have lined up in each formation that they show, tendencies to run and pass on each down and short, medium, or long distance, and what they do with certain personnel.
On Mondays there would be a team meeting at 6am. Offense and defense would split up to watch the film from their game on Saturday, win or lose. After this film session is over, the team would completely shift focus to the next game. There would be a brief meeting about the week's schedule and a quick look at the opponent. After this meeting, coaches would go back to their offices and watch the opponent's film and go over their plan of attack for the game. The head coach would be present at both the offensive and defensive meetings. These meetings would be back to back. Coaches are working all day on the game plan and scouting. Later in the day, after practice, the players on offense or defense would meet with their coaches for a scouting report. Both offense and defense would have a different scouting packet. This packet would show the measurements and ages of the starters on the opposing team. It also shows their previous schedule results along with the tendencies that the coaches were able to gather. Tuesday pre-practice meetings would go over any changes in the practice schedule or schemes for the week.
Post by Coach Campbell on Mar 21, 2020 14:58:05 GMT
To have a strong performance in competition requires elite preparation. Preparation in football is paramount. To ensure players are engaged, active, and getting better each day a strong and detailed practice structure must be implemented.
Football is a game of quick transitions. The sudden changes can occur in any combination and at any time – offense to defense to special teams. Players need to be entrenched in high pressure and tough situations in practice, so that the experiences in a game do not overwhelm them. The atmosphere will be up-tempo, demanding, and intense – both physically and mentally. By creating and maintaining this type of atmosphere, the players will gain confidence as they enter competition, knowing that nothing they can face under the lights will be more challenging than what they have already been through on the practice field.
Breaking down a two and a half hour practice into thirty, five-minute segments allows for ample transition between offense, defense, and special teams. Shorter segments and multiple transitions also serves the purpose maintaining player engagement. Today’s athletes are inundated with instant gratification of information and attention via the internet. To ‘stay in touch’ with the modern athlete’s attention it is necessary to actively and intentionally plan for short teaching periods with clear focus.
The schedule itself begins with a pre-practice period. This period will consist of two five-minute segments combined. This period allows our specialists to work their unique techniques, while all other players get an opportunity for further individual skill development and drill work with their coaches. This individual work is geared towards teaching than physical force. We want players to work the finer points of their techniques and pay particular focus to details from a mental perspective.
Next, we go into our dynamic flexion period. This full warm-up is designed to activate and fire all joints from the toe to the neck/shoulder while transitioning between intermittent portions of higher heart rate and lower heart rate movements. This period will cover two five-minute segments.
From dynamic flexion, we will immediately move to a five-minute critical situation team segment. Typically, this first critical situation will be goal line work. The number offense and defense will each have opportunities to perform. This period is high energy and highly competitive. One unit will win and one will lose.
Following this first critical situation, we have a five-minute circuit period. This circuit will change daily. Flowing from agility (grass) drills, to a tackling circuit, to a blocking circuit, to a ball security circuit. Each circuit has critical elements to success and are vital to player development. We believe rotating these circuits increases engagement, reduces stagnation, and gives players exposure to essential skills.
Our second critical situation segment takes place following the circuit segment. This critical situation is a special teams oriented period. The period can be geared to any number of special team’s situations. Shown in the sample practice plan is our punt team being backed up on their own goal line.
We then go to our first individual segments. These are ten minute segments. One ten period for offensive individual and one ten minute period for defensive individual. We will always have twenty total minutes of individual drill work for both offense and defense. We like to split this up into two ten-minute segments – one occurring before our inside run and pass skeleton segments and the other occurring after. This allows for our coaches to reteach, correct, or address new technical/situational items in the second set of individual segments, after players have gone through an individual period on both offense and defense, as well as, inside run and pass skeleton segments.
Inside run and pass skeleton are designed to be up-tempo, competitive, and intense. We will get ample repetitions of base concepts (both offensively and defensively) while working against our opponents tendencies. The number one offense and defense get equal time to work as units during these segments.
After our inside run and pass skeleton segments, players will have their second individual period as described above. At the conclusion of the second individual period we enter our team portion of practice. This portion is also broke down into a series of down and distance critical situations. 1st and 10, 2nd and 7, 2nd and 4, 3rd and 8, 3rd and 2, and a late game/late half - two-minute situation are the critical situations we will rep. During this period, we will incorporate our entire game plan into these critical situations – run and pass concepts, pressure packages, coverage changes, opponent tendencies and players to stop.
We will finish with a brief conditioning period, followed by announcements and up-coming schedule.
We film every practice and review portions of the film with our players throughout the season. The film serves as our ultimate assessment and improvement tool. The film does not lie. By watching ourselves often our players see the technical points we have taught and where they and us as coaches can improve as individuals and collectively.
Friday: Pre game lift 2 hours before kickoff (adjusted for away games)
Saturday: Morning film to watch last nights game. Recovery lift after film. Coaches breakdown film and game plan.
Sunday: Players off, coaches game planning responsibilities on their own time.
As we get to Saturday morning, we typically receive our film from our next opponent at 8 am. As the coordinators and head coach are leading film sessions with the team, the assistants start the breakdown of the film. From a defensive perspective, DL coach will breakdown down, distance, and hash. LB coach will breakdown offensive formation and backfield set. DB coach will break down play type, play family, and motion. These will be used to find tendencies to see what an offense is trying to do. It's very important to breakdown offensive formations by the formations itself, and the backfield as just using one word to explain the entire formation can lead to a lot of different formations you think you have to defend when in reality, one player changed their backfield alignment slightly. Once games are broken down, assistants start watching their specific position groups to see what they would like to do coverage or stunt wise. They are also responsible for running hudl reports (if you haven't started doing this, I would HIGHLY recommend getting good with the reports feature on hudl. A lot of teams can give a lot of things away based on their formation and backfield sets). Some of the big ones we look for are run/pass % by formation or back field sets, specifics plays by formations or backfield sets, or tendencies based on down or distance. This is all information that will eventually go into the Friday call sheet. Once all the film is broken down Saturday morning, coaches are dismissed to watch film on their own time. The staff will get back together sunday night to finalize the game plan to present to the team Monday afternoon.
Post by Coach Campbell on Jul 13, 2020 1:09:59 GMT
Weekly game planning procedures really begins with wrapping up the previous week's game on Saturday mornings. Following the players' departure on Saturday morning around 11:30 am, we meet as a staff to assess where we are personnel wise and who we will need where to win the following week's game. Once that conversation concludes, our offensive staff immediately gets to work on our next opponent. If the film is not already broken down with fronts, down and distance, blitzes, and coverage then we will quickly divide and conquer that. We will then together watch two games to get a feel for what they are doing defensively (scheme, fronts, blitzes, coverages, etc.). We will also be observant of their personnel and who we will have to account for in our game plan as well as where we have our best match-ups. Coaches will depart around 2:30 Saturday afternoon and watch film on their own throughout the rest of the weekend at whatever time is convenient for them with their family obligations.
Position coaches will focus on tendencies and the personnel that their group will go up against on Friday night as they watch film the rest of the weekend. They will also share ideas with the OC via text or phone call as they are watching. The OC will be responsible for putting together the formalized game plan. One thing we are excited about as coaches this year is utilizing zoom to prevent us from having to come into the office again on Saturday. As all industries have found some benefits to working at home during the Coronavirus, I think this is one that could stick around in the coaching profession. At a time to still be determined (probably late afternoon Sunday), all offensive coaches will jump on a Zoom call and go over the game plan together. Adjustments and suggestions can still be made at this time. By around dinner time Sunday evening, the OC will send out this week's scouting report and game plan to players.
Note: Defensive coaches will follow a similar model Saturday and also meet virtually on Sunday. The HC, OC, and DC will talk again as a group at some point in the day on Sunday to be sure everyone is on the same page.
Post by Coach Campbell on Jul 13, 2020 1:15:13 GMT
When game-planning, our heavy game planning days are Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday. I am a huge believer in family time, and with the invention of Hudl, we utilize a large portion of video watching throughout the week at home. We disseminate our game planning into three main areas, with Netural Down, 3rd Down, and then Red Zone.
On Saturday's Neutral Down breakdowns begin and are due by Sunday at 9:00pm.
-QB & LB Coach / OC & DC = RPO route tags, reliefs, and top looks.
-OL / DL Coach = RPO run schemes and play actions
-WR / CB Coach = Netural Down drop back and movement passes
-RB / SAF Coach = Neutral Down gadgets
Monday at practice, the neutral down calls are repped and reviewed at night. After the Neutral Down calls are put to bed, the 3rd down and Red Zone game planning begins and are due at 8am on Tuesday morning. (Monday is a long night).
-QB + LB Coach / OC & DC = High Red Zone, 2-point, + 2 minute
-OL / DL Coach = 3rd/4th and short as well as Tight Red Zone
-RB / SAF Coach = 3rd and Medium
-WR / CB Coach = 3rd and Long
Tuesday at practice, the 3rd down calls are repped and reviewed at night. After the 3rd down calls are put to bed, we script Wednesdays practice, which will be a mixture of Neutral Down, 3rd down, and red zone calls that we like. We will also rep 2 minute, 2 point, and gadgets on Wednesday.
Thursday is a walk-thru tempo to finalize the scripts and call-sheets.