Post by Coach Campbell on Jul 6, 2011 11:36:42 GMT
Coaching Philosophy For Developing A Successful Football Program. I believe, irrespective of the time element involved, an athletic program has little chance of succeeding unless the following "Musts" are adhered to:
• As a head football coach you must have a definite plan in which you believe in, with no compromise on your part.
• The head football coach must have the cooperation and support of the administration, who must believe in the head coach, his staff, and his plan.
• The coach must be mentally tough and dedicated to football. Must have the ability to make all those involved in the program feel important to the success of the program.
• The head coach must make each person involved in the program understand their role.
• The head coach must have the sole responsibility and authority for selecting his staff of dedicated coaches, who must in return believe in the head coach and his plan.
• If applicable the head coach must be able to select and coordinate coaches at intermediate schools and see that the head coach at each school adheres to the philosophy of the varsity head coach. The future of any program lies in the success of the lower level programs. "Winning Breeds Winning" at any level.
• The head coach must organize the football program from top to bottom in order to operate at maximum efficiency.
Post by Coach Campbell on Aug 1, 2011 13:25:19 GMT
Practice and Drill Development Considerations
The following information is basic practice and drill development considerations each coach should remember when installing and developing his position players and for developing general points for establishing a practice plan. Remember, no matter the age or the situation people need to feel important.
• Give each player a chance to succeed and be positive. We're only as good as the last guy; so how good will that player be? How important will you make him feel? • Push players to their full maximum efforts. • Make your "Drill Atmosphere" full speed. • Teach at the top position skill level, don't coach down. • Correct all techniques and assignment and assignment errors "Immediately." • Maintain positive discipline — control action — stress execution. • Teach high percentage repetitions with low percentage group discussion, develop position skills. • Skills are perfected by "Repetition" — move players fast through drills. • Begin new practice segments as fast as possible — predict effort. • We as coaches must continuously teach blocking and tackling, proper pursuit and contain. Emphasis first key reactions. • Teach the easiest way to complete the assignment — learn from repetition. • As a position coach stress basic skill techniques, the game is secondary. • Instill a practice work ethic — force your players to "Practice Hard." • Be persistent in demanding that techniques are performed correctly. • Coach at near game like player reaction. • Plan and only use position drills that relate to specific position assignments. • End practice segments on the whistle — start new drill as soon as possible. • Always bring practice schedule with you to practice. • When working with other groups (example OL vs. DL) get your group ready quickly — do not wait for the other group — reps most important thing. • Be sure to set your equipment up prior to practice this helps from wasting time. • Recognize fatigue and be ready to adjust your drills. • The most important point to remember is; your coaching image can change the football life of your position players.
Post by Coach Campbell on Feb 3, 2018 18:42:22 GMT
After the season concludes, I want to take at least 2 weeks off entirely. This allows us to relax, collect gear, reflect on the season and plan for next year. We will also plan for the banquet during this time. I think that it is crucial to have a formal coaches meeting right after the season, when everything is fresh on the mind. Coaches will be conditioned to be involved, and are more likely to come up with adjustments that need to be made for next year.
After some time off, we will start weights 4 days a week, agilities 1-2 days a week, and fundraisers. I would hold coaches meetings at least once a month, and booster meeting once a month.
During spring camp, we will hold our first parent meeting for returning players. Calendars and player/parent contracts will be distributed. We will discuss fund raising and expectations.
Spring camp should be focusing on agilities, conditioning, fundamentals and scheme basics. We want to get all the players back into the groove, as well as teach any new players about our base offense and defense.
During summer, we will practice Monday through Friday, except during our mandated 3 week dead period. We will continue to lift weights 4 times a week. By the time we are done, I want to have installed all of our base offense and defense, so during the season we can focus on specific adjustments. We will compete in lifting competitions, 7on7 competitions, and do team building activities. Coaches will now begin to meet weekly, briefly discussing the focuses for that week. Practices will be separated into offense, defense and review/ST days.
Our fall camp will include 2-a-days as allowed, and Saturday practices. We are now building up to more activity during the season. Coaches will meet each Saturday, after practice/films, to plan for the following week.
We will host a Friday night intersquad scrimmage the week before our official scrimmage. This will serve as a fairly large fundraiser. We can charge admission, and keep those proceeds, which we don't get to do during the season. I also think this is a great opportunity for the players to start building relationships with their teachers. Every player must invite all their teachers to this. We will do our first teacher appreciation event on this night, buying shirts for the staff members that come.
Each week during the season, I'll do some sort of appreciation. We already have to deal with homecoming, senior night and other events, so why not do something every week. The players will be used to it, and it's not like we let that stuff affect us anyway. Build community.
Post by Coach Campbell on Mar 17, 2018 19:53:21 GMT
Anthony Simoneaux EXPECTATIONS OF ASSISTANT COACHES
BE EARLY FOR STAFF MEETINGS, PRACTICE, AND GAMES
It is really important to be on early for staff meetings, practices, and games. This will set a perfect example to our athletes on how important it is to always be on time. Also, it gives the assistant coach a better opportunity to prep before games or practice because most of the time something needs to be done in order for practice or the game to run smoothly.
KNOW YOUR ROLE ON THE TEAM
Every coach and every players has a role on a football team. It is the job of the head coach to give these roles to assistant coaches and athletes. Never stop out of your role because you might cross boundaries and can cause conflict in the program. The head coach puts you in the role that he feels is best for the football program and roles can always change depending on the head coach decisions.
It’s important that all coaches supervise athletes. No athlete should ever be left alone. There can be multiple reasons why this is important. Teenagers are more than likely to perform bad behavior and coaches need to be their so correction can take place and so nothing serious happens where someone gets hurt or anything.
BE ORGANIZED AND PLAN AHEAD OF TIME
I expect our assistant coaches to be organized and plan ahead of time. This gives the opportunity for practices to run smoothly, where we can get through everything we need in practice. Always have a plan because you don’t want to think on the flow during practice on what you want to teach next. Planning ahead puts the mind to rest and you don’t have to think so much.
TEACH ATHLETES MORE THAN JUST X’S AND O’S
There’s way more to sports than teaching X’S and O’S. This is the perfect opportunity to teach young kids more about life than just football. So, I want my assistant coaches to dig deeper and show them the way to become successful and respectful human beings.
As a assistant coach, DO NOT be afraid to discipline players when they are out of line. All coaches should have the same authority over the athletes. If you are working with a specific group and the head coach is not around, it is your job as the assistant coach to have everything in order.
BE A POSITVE ROLE MODEL
It is important to be a positive role model. This includes for our athletes, other students in school, our community, and our program. Lead by example and the team, community will follow. It’s important to teach our kids the values of life and if we don’t lead by example then what makes us think our athletes will. Obviously coaches makes mistakes, however, we should learn from them and continue to point our athletes into the right direction.
Loyalty is key to success. Without loyalty, we can not build trust in one another. If we don’t believe, or trust in one another we will not become successful.
BE INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY
Everyone in our program should go out their way to be involved in the community as much as possible. It draws interest in our program. It gives us the opportunity to do something bigger and give back. If we show we are there for our community, then we can get support from them.
NEVER GIVE UP ON A PLAYER
It is so easy for athletes to give up on themselves or in general anybody. That is why it is important that we believe in them and work as hard as we can to motivate and build confidence within our athletes. We should teach them that giving up isn’t an option. Teach them about hard work and keep fighting and they will get where they need to be.
LOYALTY TO PROGRAM AND HEAD COACH
Loyalty is key to running a successful program. Everyone in a program needs to have loyalty because without loyalty we can not truly shine as an program. Without loyalty, you cannot have trust in one another. For a head coach, loyalty plays a huge part. Head coaches are leaders for the team and if everyone in the program doesn’t trust their coach how can the program be successful.
• IN OUR PROGRAM, WE STRIVE TO CREATE EXCELLENT STUDENT-ATHLETES. WE CREATE A POSITIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCE AND PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR STUDENT ATHLETES TO BUILD CHARACTER AND LEARN HOW TO RESPECT AND STAY HUMBLE. WE PUT ACADEMICS BEFORE FOOTBALL AND AIM TO HELP STUDENT ATHLETES EXCEL IN THE CLASSROOM AS WELL AS FOOTBALL.
• OUR GOAL AS A PROGRAM IS TO DEVELOP YOUNG ATHLETES INTO BECOMING YOUNG MEN WHO STRIVE TO BECOME EXCELLENT IN ACADEMICS AS WELL AS ATHLETICS. OUR MAIN GOAL IS TO HELP OUR YOUNG STUDENTS BECOME SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE AND NOT JUST ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD. TO LEARN HOW TO WIN THE RIGHT WAY.
Head Coach Expectations
Be accountable Stay loyal to program Always have positive coaching style Listen to any and all suggestions Run organized program Teach fundamentals Handle all situations with honor and integrity
Assistant Coaches Expectations
Be organized and plan ahead Teach more than just x’s and o’s Be early to staff meetings, practices, and games Know your role on team Supervise athletes Never give up on a player Be involved in community Loyalty to program and head coach
Stay balanced Use speed and quickness Use different formations Take your shots Execute third downs No turnovers
Stop the run Limit big plays Create takeaways
Leadership Academy Weightlifting program Skill Development Program Academic Program
Overall, we are looking to build a successful program. We want to focus mainly on building character within our athletes. We will run a leadership program that will be a requirement for all our athletes and will help each individual take steps to becoming a leader. We have expectations that I have listed above for me as a head coach and the assistant coaches as well. We need to meet all of these expectations if we want to run an effective football program. My defensive philosophy is stopping the run, limiting big plays, and create takeaways. As a coach, I feel like these are the three main keys to running a successful defense. Our offensive philosophy focuses on staying balanced, having no turnovers, converting on third down, and using our speed and quickness. All of these are pivotal to our success as an offense.
Post by Coach Campbell on Oct 15, 2018 13:41:11 GMT
A weekly game planning procedure for my staff will be as such. The staff will first go over any injuries or issues we may have that could hold us back. We will discuss our options of players that may need to be moved around to ensure we remain a competitive team. The entire staff will split up offense & defense and review the opponent's film. The staffs will then break down the opponent's formations, and consistencies. I like for my staff to go in and break down the top formations, and their favorite plays out of those formations. I personally do not like to place a large amount of time on plays that run under 50% of the time. We will cover those plays, but our primary focus will be to know what they like to do, and how we can stop it or take advantage of those plays and formations.
Mondays: We will film practice, the players will be in helmets only, and focus on assignment alignment to the opponent. Next, we will go over special teams and polish up our assignments. Lastly, we will go into the weight room and then come out and finish with cardio. Coaches will do film exchange after practice. The players will come back for meetings at 8:45 pm and review the highlighted plays with the staff from the previous game, and a quick special teams review to ensure players are running the correct lanes etc.
Tuesday: We will be full pads, and start out with special teams. Then we will go into offense and defense segments. The defense will do tackling circuit, team pursuit, and individual period. Lastly, the defense will finish up with their team segment, and run their own cards to get comfortable with the new opponent. The offense will go into individual, then run and pass polish, and finish up with any install or situation work they may need. Players will meet at 8:45 for 30 mins to review practice and go over the highlighted plays from practice.
Wednesday: The offense and defense will quickly do special teams, individual, and then service once another in team. This is essentially full team inside run and full team pass. This allows us the see it all at the same time and make adjustments on the film. The team will meet at 8:45 pm to review highlighted plays for 30 minutes.
Thursday: We will be full pads, and start out with special teams. Then we will go into offense and defense segments. The defense will do tackling circuit, team pursuit, and individual period. Today's team segment will be situational based. The offense will move the ball, the 1st team will face the scout teams. Once we are satisfied, we will then go into red zone situations with the offense and defenses ones. This practice will be filmed, but there will be no players meeting.
Friday: The coaches will do a quick special teams review. Offense and defense will meet and do final alignment checks and reviews. Team meeting at 8:45, the head coach will give final words and thoughts.
Saturday: The coaches and players will meet at 9: 00 am and eat. Then we will have a walk-through period at 10:30 am. The players will meet at 11:45 to be bussed to the stadium. All coaches will be at the field prior to the players' arrival and set up the field, locker room, and greet the opposing team and help them get acquainted with where everything is.
Sunday: Coaches will meet at 10 am, review and highlight plays for the team on Monday. The Staffs will talk about injuries and potential changes. Coaches must be done no later than 2:00 pm. I want my staff to go spend time with their family and relax. If the staff wants to meet at another coaches house; that is fine, but I want them out of the office. I prefer for my coaches to eat, drink, watch an NFL game and just let loose. I do not want stressed-out coaches, the kids will emulate the staff and I want my team to be and staff to work hard and enjoy what they do.
As a head coach, one clearly has a lot to prepare for to get the staff and team ready for the season. This does not happen overnight, but throughout the entire year. Day in and day out, there is work to be done. The 4-phase approach is a tool to break down the year into equal portions. Covering certain basis of what it takes to prepare for an upcoming season.
The way I break my 4 phases is probably similar to many coaches across the country. Our coaching staff gets back to work 2-3 weeks after the season ends depending if there were playoffs or not. When we meet with the team, we like to have a schedule for them on hand of the upcoming months. This includes the weight room times, meeting times, and leadership academy times. As well as any other important dates we want to have with our team. Phase one usually runs from December until the start of spring ball in the middle of march.
Throughout the entire off-season we will take it upon ourselves to not only become better athletes but better young men. Throughout phase one we will vary our reps and weight. Starting with higher reps and lower weights, to lower reps and heavier weights as the months go on.
Spring ball (phase 2) is a 4-5 week period where we do more consistent skill related drills. This can be from cone drills, to ball drills, to ladder drills. Spring ball is the perfect time to dissect the specific ways to be a better route runner, a more patient ball carrier while on the defensive side the db’s get better at their foot work to be able to flip their hips and get out of breaks, to the backers being better coverage players.
After Spring ball come the summer months (phase 3), here in the central valley that means hot weather and 7 on 7 passing leagues. We are still hitting the weights as the season grows closer.
Phase 4 is where everything we have been doing this entire off season pays off. The season starts and we begin to go to work!
A 365-day program provides various opportunities for player improvement including the season and the off-season.
Assistant coaches should be hardworking, passionate, focused individuals who put the players’ needs first. They should also believe in what the program is trying to accomplish. They are expected to know their responsibilities within the program including off-season work outs, locker room checks or supervision, responsibilities during practice, role for game day, checking grades for players, and knowing the schedule for study halls. They are representatives of the program and school which means they should always present themselves appropriately because they are a role model for the players. They will also be asked to assist with film input and breakdown along with helping create the weekly scouting and game prep for the next team. Off the field assistant coaches should be devoting time to gain knowledge of the game and attend clinics or webinars to continue their professional growth.
The program philosophy on offense it is to create passing lanes by running the ball bell and utilizing play action passes. The team will utilize zone blocking techniques in the running game but will also teach man blocking to allow for plays like dives and traps to be blocked correctly. The program strives for balance on offense by attacking various holes along the line and utilizing quick routes in the passing game allowing for our athletes to make plays after the catch. The program looks to have a lead play, dive play, counter play, sweep or toss play, and play action or drop back passes in each formation of the offense.
The program will look for the defense to be physical but safe by focusing on proper shoulder tackling technique. USA football tackling fundamentals are used to help keep the players safe. The defense is expected to control gaps and contain the outsides of the line of scrimmage to avoid long runs. Linebackers are taught to attack downhill in the process of analyzing the play as it develops. The defensive backs will play physical against the run by being expected to help contain the outside and in the passing game by being in press coverage. The base defense the program utilizes is a 4-3 generally in a cover 2 or 3.
The program looks to special team for explosive plays or to win the field position battle with opponents. This requires all special teams’ players to understand the objectives of each unit and play fast but under control. Special teams can win or lose close football games.
The in-season practice schedule that is used for the program focuses on using five-minute intervals for better planed practices. Five-minute intervals allow for players to keep working without getting stuck on one drill for too long and forces coaches to get more player more repetitions in a faster way while looking for fundamentals. Mondays through Thursdays are all practice days with Fridays as game days. Saturday coaches will meet to go over film and analyze the team and the next opponent while the players have a workout. Sundays are left open for church and family time.
Our football program incorporates a character and leadership academy to help successfully guide the young men of our program into adulthood. This program will meet in person on Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunch and will also use social media to allow for players to communicate about the topic throughout the week. This program focuses on the six pillars of characters which include; trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. This program focuses on the 5 practices of exemplary leadership, which according to Kouzes and Posner (2012), include; “Model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart.” (pg. 15) All these topics should allow our players to become men of character and obtain the leadership traits required to find success in adulthood.
In the off-season the program is focused on the Character and Leadership Academy along with weight training. The weight training has objectives including; increasing lean body mass, increase work capacity, improve technique of core movements, maintain sports skills, set specific individual goals, improve running mechanics, improve agility, develop strength base, and work on injury prevention. During our off-season and pre-season program our basic training schedule will call for four training sessions each week. We will break the teams into small lifting and running groups to provide maximum individual attention.
During our off-season and pre-season program our basic training schedule will call for four training sessions each week. We will break the teams into small lifting and running groups to provide maximum individual attention. The summer program is essentially an extension of our off-season program in the objectives the program is looking to accomplish.
Manuel Diaz I think one of the most vital things to incorporate into the off season is a good weight training and conditioning program. After the playoffs, we give our kids until the end of the semester. When we get back from the winter break and start the new year in January, that is when we begin our off season weight and conditioning training. We are fortunate enough that we are able to have an athletic class where our players can still get their weight training in even if they participate in other sports after school. We like to go back to the basics when it comes to weight training, we make sure we go back to the basics of techniques to ensure safety and proper form. During the athletic class, we are able to also incorporate a lot of leadership lessons. Our program has off season 7 on7 that we do not make mandatory, this allows kids to come and go and not feel stretched to thin. We have voluntary workouts a few times a week during the off season that is not mandatory, whoever shows up we will work with and get more them more technique.
We ask that any coaches that are available and help monitor and stay in contact with our players all year round. We also ask that they show up when they can to watch the players in their winter and spring sports to show them that they are really cared about and supported. We are a family and we preach that not just for the football season but 365 days a year.
In the off season we also do a lot of leadership activities that build character. We may pull back a lot on the actual X and O's but we also supplement with a lot of Psychological Skills Training program to help with building their mental skills. Drills that will help them with their ability to control stress.
There are so many things to focus on in the off season that can develop well rounded players.
Post by Coach Campbell on Oct 10, 2019 13:28:28 GMT
Pre-Game Friday send request for hudl trade that night
Post-Game Friday Fr OC will label ODK
Post-Game Friday send any remaining or new games into Hudl assist for break down
Pre-Saturday morning, all coaches are watching last night's game and grading their players. 8-915 is the time frame
Saturday morning, players sit next to their position coaches to get extra feedback as we review the film
Players lift at 1130, coaches go back to office and begin breaking down and formulating a game plan for the next week's opponent
Since most programs run the same systems as their Varsity we have both of the lower level OC's and DC's in those meetings so they can also help to develop a game plan. (It may be tougher because the team they're playing may run something completely different in which case they may have to break apart and develop their own game plan)
RB Coach-Blitzes by LB, run fits, pass drops, WR Coach-Coverages, secondary blitzes, OL Coach-fronts, stunts, blitzes w/ DL
DB Coach-Routes, screens, trick plays, LB Coach-Run blocking schemes, situational plays, DL Coach-Pass blocking schemes, blitzes and slants that will work
Leave this meeting with a basic understanding of what the opponent is trying to do, their strengths and weaknesses,and putting together a basic game plan
Post Saturday coaches are required to watch at least another hour of film on their down time (Tough job, lots of work to do it right)
AM meeting with defensive staff and most importantly DC. Finalize the game plan. Agree to disagree. What's best for the team. What puts us in a situation to succeed.
The breakdown from Hudl assist needs to be brought into the discusscion
What players we need to stop, what players we can go after, their best plays, their counter plays, their situational plays.
Create the scouting report to give to the kids
Sunday mid AM
Special Teams meeting. What do we need to fix on our own special teams. What type of kickers do they have. How strong is their leg. How good are their returners? Do we need to kick away from them? Any special sets or formations? Are they known for a certain return or block? Where are their weaknesses? Where are their strengths? Put together the scouting report to turn into the kids on Monday
Defensive meeting. What do we need to fix internally before we start to finish up the game plan? Who are their best players, their weaker players, and their average players. What are their top five run plays and top five pass plays? Situations and what they like? What do they like to do on 3rd and 4th down? What about in the red zone? Any tricks or formations we need to recognize in practice.
Monday Lunch Meeting
OC, DC, STC, and HC meet with players during lunch and at the beginning of practice to go over the scouting report. After we pass out the game plan we then review it with them. Discussing the things that we stated above. There will be a section that is focused in on what we need to do to keep getting better.
Walk through set rec and play recognition at the beginning of practice for all three phases of the game. This starts practice and is focused solely on the game plan and what we're going to see. The three coordinators should have cards made up that will serve as scout cards for the rest of the week.
Split practice. Focused on special plays and situations. Red Zone, Goaline, and 3rd and 4th downs.
Final review of gameplan. Quick walk thru's. All 3 phases of the game will have reminders about the game plan and the players we will be facing.
Pass out stickers for helmets from graded points by position coaches.
I believe that the first step in running any successful organization is dependent on your mission and vision statements. Once you have a clear and concise idea of what you want to do and where you want your organization to go, you can start to implement programs/ideas necessary to achieve said vision.
For my organization the mission is to develop our student-athletes intellectually, athletically, and socially in a championship setting by teaching them the meaning of values such as integrity, self-discipline, character, loyalty, and competition resulting in strong young men who are prepared to persist and succeed in any and all pursuits in life.
The vision is that Through Extreme Ownership, the Jaguar Football program will establish itself as a nationally renowned championship organization recognized for developing academically accomplished, athletically skilled and mentally/physically tough student-athletes who relentlessly strive for academic and competitive excellence.
There is a big emphasis on “life after football” within our program. To develop students prepared to persist and succeed in any and all pursuits in life we need to have programs readily available for them to learn the valuable skills and lessons necessary to succeed. We have to teach them to be successful.
To teach our kids how to successfully approach academics in a college setting we offer a mandatory student development course that concentrates on the college learning process. It works to improve time management, reading, listening, note taking, test preparation, test taking, and developing an effective memory. The course aims to have student athletes learn about themselves, learn about careers and connect interests and skills to majors, career, etc.
By having a clear idea of what we are wanting to accomplish in our program, we don’t have to waste time trying things out or doing them just for the sake of doing them. The best part is that this approach applies to all areas of running a successful athlete program.
To me that’s all a 365-day approach is. Your identifying what you need to work on and improve, in relation to your mission and vision statements. Once you’ve identified those areas you formulate a plan, clearly define everyone roles and responsibilities for executing the plan and then implement the plan. From there you can make little tweaks and changes as needed.