Coach, we are a very small school w/a very small program. We have 14 players in 11-12th grade and about 16 9th and 10th. As a result the dropoff from starter to second team is HUGE. Our starters really don't have to do much to look like studs in practice, especially in defensive team period. It is tough to even tell if they are playing asssignments correctly because the 2nd string just gets the heck out of the way. We have tried mixing up 1st and 2nd teamers, going half line, and it just doesn't seem to be working. We have a pretty talented team of starters, but they have gotten cocky from success in 7 on 7 camps and whupping JV players. We'd like to do mor hitting in individual, but if we get anyone hurt in practice we are in trouble. We did hamburger drill one day and our QB got a small concussion. !st scrimmage was Saturday and we looked like garbage. Slow, not very intense, we were the nail, not the hammer. We gave the kids a good speach and yesterday went better than the last couple of weeks of practice, but I am not sure what to do to keep intensity up. Any suggestions?
You're only as good as your weakest player. Having played and coached at a small school I can understand what you're having trouble with. Your scout teams won't be just like the team you will be facing but they need to give a good look. Have the coach who handles the scout team on top of the scout team. Teaching them during the down time as the 1st team huddles up. Everyone needs to come to practice ready to practice.
Your 1st team should be beating them, as they are the 1st team. If the 1st team slacks off and a scout team member is stepping up and making plays, he might take a starting spot.
Have good competition, bring intensity as coaches each day. We can't ask them to do things we don't do. If we as coaches have a controlled intensity the players can bring the same each day and more important on game day.
during your individual work have contact drills as well. one on one drills pair up similar players of ability and size. For the most part I've had it where most of the players playing o-line play d-line as well, LB's are RB's, FB's and TE's...We were able to make it work it with most positions.
Hope this helps coach...any questions feel free to ask.
GOOD ADVICE FROM ALL WHO POSTED ABOVE. BUT REMEMBER COACH, TEAM MORALE IS ONE OF, IF NOT THE MOST IMPORTANT ASSETS TO YOUR HAVING A WINNER.
When in a very limited situation player wise like you are, I would really begin to work with the fact that you are small in number but MIGHTY IN ACTION!!! Sell them that they are part of a very ELITE group
and it is imperative in order to earn respect in the league and community, that each player MUST GIVE 150% AT EVERY PRACTICE AND GAME!!! USE TOTAL POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT 24/7 AND FORGET THE YELLING AND SCREAMING AT YOUR KIDS IF YOU DO THAT. It is imperative that you get them TO BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES, THAT THEY CAN ACHIEVE THE TEAM GOALS YOU HAVE LAID OUT FOR THEM.
When they see that everyone is doing their dead level best at practice each day, no half stepping and just doing enough to get by, they began to mold into a group that will accomplish things beyond their normal abilities would ordinarily allow them to.
Sell them on the fact that a real champion is not side tracked by a single lousy performance of getting whipped, knocked down by his opponent. But, rather get back up off the canvas and come out swinging!
Round one doesn't end the fight, it is just the beginning! Sell them on the fact that if they really want to win, GET INTENSE, GET MEAN, GET TOUGH AND OPEN UP A CAN OF "WHUP BUTT" as Lawrence Taylor used to say. Good luck coach, keep us informed on the team progress in this matter.
Coach Easton-TIGER ONE
J.C. EASTON<BR>HEAD COACH<BR>GA TIGERS FOOTBALL<BR>PROFESSIONAL MINOR LEAGUE