I've always believed that the "best" players are often not the best coaches. A great runner often doesn't know how he is a great runner. It comes naturally. Those who became good at something and had to work at it to get that way are usually the best at teaching how to become good at that skill. I was never the biggest, fastest, or strongest player. I had to rely on good technique, smarts, and the one thing I never had to learn, my intensity. If anything sometimes I was too tuned up. I am comfortable with all the X's and O's, practice planning, fundraising, etc...the one thing that I need to do better, I think, is getting my players to be intense from the opening whistle (game or practice). I am at a school that has a bunch of basketball players who are pretty good athletes, but are used to "getting into the flow of things." I told a friend of mine that I need more wrestlers who know how to come out and immediately step on someone's throat and keep it there. Problem: we don't have a wrestling program, and won't anytime in the near future. So I have to figure out a way to coach intensity into these kids in the coming years. I'd love to hear what some of the rest of you do with this.
Austin High School
There is nothing that will show a man's true character like the 2 yard line.
PLAYING WITH MORALE AND INTENSITY (with thanks to Bud Wilkinson)
"Fatigue makes cowards of us all" (Vince Lombard)
There is no magic formula for developing morale, but there is a means of getting consistent effort from your team and intensity is what it is all about. How close do your players come to making their best effort every time the ball is snapped? That is what it is all about, and if your team can do that then they are going to play very well. My theory of judging how well a team is coached is not how many games they won that they shouldn't have won (they upset somebody), it's games they lost when they were a superior team, they didn't play well that day. And why didn't they play well --- nobody got geared up about it. Teach your players to think of the game totally as a chance to find out about themselves --- what kind of a man am I and how well can I play when it is tough to play? You begin by explaining to them that this is a most uncomfortable game to play. There is no way you can play football and feel good. The first two or three plays everybody feels good. But now I am the Nose Tackle and I have got to meet someone me and now it's a sweep and I've got to run 20 yards and there is a big collision and I've got to line up again and meet somebody and run 20 yards and then there is another collision. I do this three or four times and I don't feel good. Now, do I quit at this point and wait to get my breath or do I continue to go as hard as I can to try as hard as I can try? THAT'S WHERE THE GAME IS WON OR LOST! What happens to most teams is they play the first two or three plays as well as they can, then they get to a point, I used to call this the "QUITTING DOWN", where two or three guys tell themselves, "If I coast on this play then I'll be able to go real hard on the next one". They have gotten kind of tired so they coast for a while. So they go hard again but now a few others decide it is time for them to coast and the result of this is that you never get eleven guys going all out.
So to get back to the basic point, if you can convince your people that the reason for playing is for them to find out about themselves and for them to find out how close they can come to playing as well as they can on every snap. Then you can eliminate, I think, that "up and down". So now I have three practices and I get the men together after practice and I ask them, "how many of you think you went as hard as you could every time" and if anybody puts his hand up he is lying. "How many of you did it 90% of the time", I don't think you get any hands if you have an honest relationship. "80% of the time", you will get some hands and you explain to them again, that's not very good if you expect to be a good football team, and we've got to make the effort every time the ball is snapped and if you don't think you can, walk off the field --- it takes more courage than standing out there bluffing. I'm never going to know if you make the big effort, and your teammates are not going to know if you make the big effort, but you are going to know and the whole game is a test of yourself. Now, if your players understand this, and I think if you explain it to them they will, some days they are going to play a guy in a red shirt who is a super athlete, some other day it will be a guy in a green shirt who cannot play a lick but that does not effect your guy's performance at all because his whole purpose is to find out today how close, "I can come to making my maximum effort every time they snap the ball". After the game in the locker room, "Okay how many of you went the best you could everytime", I don't think you will ever see any hands. How many of you went 95%", maybe one. "90%", maybe 4. But this is something that if they understand what I'm talking about, as the season goes along more and more of them will be able to get their hand up and if you can ever get them all giving their best effort then it is going to be awfully hard to beat you. And the major thing that happens is this, if you players begin to think this is just an opportunity to for me to find out about myself, "today, how close can I come to doing the best I possibly can", then it doesn't matter whether you are supposed to win by four touchdowns, because the objective has nothing to do with that, their objective is to find out about themselves. Or, they are supposed to lose by three, that has nothing to do with it. It is simply a question of "today, am I able to beat MYSELF". I'm the toughest opponent that anybody ever had, there is no question about that. If they do honestly believe that, that is the purpose of the game, then I believe they will play consistently with MAXIMUIM INTENSITY!!! Get everyone on the field doing that — it will be very hard for anyone to defeat you!
I have a very weird approach to being intense, and it may be a little backwards. But hey, I'll share.
I am actually only intense when I need to be, and often preach to play all football games even keil. By this I mean, you are never as high as your highest high, and you are never as low as your lowest low. I have seen far too many times where the "intenese" team comes out whooting and hollering and all fired up, and the first sign of trouble, the wind gets knocked out of their sails. Raw emotion and intensity are very very good thigns, but when applied wrong, can really hamper you.
I remember a couple year back watching and up and coming program playing the perrenial league juggernaught. Both were undefeated and it was late in the season with a lot riding on the game. The up and coming program came out intense, as did the juggernaught. No one gave the up and commers much of a chance. They moved the ball right down the field and scored, which against that particular juggernaught team was an accmplohsment. Their sidelines errupted like they won the super bowl. It was bedlam. The juggernaughts simply jogged off the field and special teams came on.
The ensuing kickoff, the juggernaught calmly and collectively took the kickoff back 80 yards for the TD. The up and commers sidelines was done. completely deflated. Their emotional high was too high given the moment, and they never could get it back no matter how much yelling screaming, and excitment the players and coaches could conjure. 42-7 was the final in favor of the juggernaughts.
No if you have a team that is slow starters, it is tough to coach around that. Possibly shorten pre-game warms ups, silent locker room/bus ride over, less waiting around from the time you talk to them with your pre-game speech to kick off. If you already have all of these things, maybe they are too tight. Make them feel more loose before games. No need to silent locker rooms, bus rides, etc. as long as everyones focused and relaxed. Both ways work.
I say look at your environment and atmosphere and less with your coaching style to try to make change. See how it works out.
Philly suburb HS
"The only players I have hurt with my words are ones who have an inflated opinion on their ability" - Bill Parcells
PUSHING THROUGH THE MENTAL BARRIERS ("BEAR" BRYANT)
Often times, there exists only a very fine line between a winning and losing effort in an athletic contest. More often than not, this is due to the degree of mental concentration utilized by the athlete. This concentration cannot be developed in the span of a few days or hours before the contest. It must be worked on weeks and months during the training season to develop sound habits.
Athletes must be prepared to compete in a variety of situations. Namely: (1) heat, (2) cold, (3) wind, (4) fatigue, (5) falling behind, (6) hurt, (7) angry, etc. All these situations require that they show a little more class and concentration than the opponent. How do we prepare for maximum concentration? Let's start with the basics.
First, have a goal. Second, have a plan to achieve that goal. Third, begin plan and follow through.
Every good athlete is and should be ready to mentally follow his plan. Every time you give in to not doing your workout correctly, you lose some of your ability to achieve! When a situation arises in an athletic contest that is tough, you must know that you are capable of NOT giving up because you have faced tough situations in a workout session.
Here are some guidelines:
1. Be mentally alert to begin workout. Don't wait until halfway through to "wake-up". 2. Concentrate even on the smallest detail. Do everything exactly as taught by the coaches. 3. Take pride in everything you do --- Be a leader! 4. Mentally visualize all day long doing things correctly. 5. Don't hold back. Push yourself beyond your mental limits. Often the mind hold back what the body can do. You can do it! A good example is weight training. Get strong! Challenge yourself on how much you can handle. Mental concentration can maker a 10-15% difference with what you can move. This could be the winning edge. 6. On conditioning work, learn to push yourself through the pain barrier. Pain is a part of athletics; you must often compete when tired. If you have not faced and conquered pain in practice, you will not be able to in a contest! 7. Don't associate with people who don't want to work, and pay a price. Associate with winners who ALWAYS want to improve. Losers try to find people who they can loaf with --- Be a winner!
Post by Coach Campbell on Mar 7, 2019 15:10:10 GMT
Expectations for your assistant coaches have to be clear and given to each one of them. I know I have a coaches meeting before we get started at the beginning of the season to go over all assignments for each coach. In the packet it has every coach assignments not just their own to see. I do this so everyone can see other people's duties to see everyone has the same amount of tasks. I give them a packet with expectations, assignments, and schedules so there is no confusion on what is expected for the upcoming season. I expect my coaches to be on time thirty minutes before practice, I want them to be professional at all times when working with our athletes and as well as talking to parents and administration as well. I tell them to be loyal to the program and have my back with decisions that are made on and off the field. I explain to them I will always have their back with decisions they make, but understand I have the final word on removing players from the program. When I talk about loyalty I tell them you may not always agree with what I do but understand I will always do what is best for the program and the student athletes