Coaches, How many of you use playbooks? I beleive the coaches need playbooks to learn and teach all the info were trying to pass on. I'm not sold on the players getting play books....What do you think?
I have utilized paper playbooks in the past for all my players and coaches but will go with e-animated playbooks for the kids this year (Playmanager software) with only coaches and those without access to a computer receiving hard copy playbooks this year. I will sometimes give out 1-2 sheet handouts periodically throughout the season as well. Getting the kids to take some notes themselves as Coach Campbell mentioned also goes a long way towards them being able to recall that information during practice.
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We have playbooks for the coaches. Nothing for the players. If they cannot remember the plays, they do not play much. I work with 8-9 yr olds, and when we did give out play sheets, most lost them and we had to teach the plays over anyway. So, now we only have them for the coaches, and each has an area of responsibility. A grease board is what we used for the most part to show a play, but next season we are goinjg to use some animation software and see if that shortens the learning curve.
Post by paulfootballgo on Jun 9, 2004 16:27:27 GMT
We use playbooks extensively. We believe the playbooks give the kids an on-paper, visual representation to the action they perform on the field. When we hold sit-down meetings everyone has a handbook/playsheet in hand. In high school they most likely will be exposed to playbooks, and certainly in college.
I coach at the 5-6 grade level, and I think that the investment in playbooks is a must and will bring in huge returns (is this a microsfot stock forum?). Anyway, I have spent a considerable amount on software, binders, and photocopying, but kids are visual learners and need to see what they have to do. The kids have to sign the playbooks out to me and if they are returned with soda, boogers, and all that other kinda junk, then the player owes me (and I don't mean money). I also think both parents and players will appreciate the kids getting playbooks. The playbooks are thin, but I think in the long run, they will be very useful for the players. IMO.
I agree with thakatalyst. Kids need a visual. I give my kids a basic playbook. containing maybe 11 plays, this is the root of our offense. After they have mastered those I will add other plays as the season goes by the end of the season the kids will know 30 or more plays. (This is at the 3rd & 4th grade level)
I draw up the plays one at a time, in a class room setting. I have each of my guys bring a three ring notbook binder type with hard cover. As I diagram each play, each player draws his own play diagram from the board. I use the time to make certain each position player in the room knows their assignments by holding pop quizzes as we go along. They not only get a better understanding of their assignment on any given play, but the assignments of all 10 others as well. My playbook is 2" thick and so is everyone elses as they have made their own, in their own hand writing skills with notes that they understand, after they have been with me for one full season. Now, that may not be practical with your youngsters, but the general idea could be put in place on a lesser scale perhaps. With a 30 page playbook, one thing I will guarantee you with this method is the simple fact they will understand much better the concept of the play, as well as, the mechanics of the play as you will have plenty of time to teach it in it's entirety. My philosophy of having them understand the whole concept of the big picture, and what kind of plays it takes to fulfill those concepts, has always borne good fruit at any level of competition.
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The coaches need playbooks so they can all use the same terminology, formations, rule blocking. etc but the youth teams shouldn't give the players any playbooks (all mine came back drawn on and colored). For the HS teams i have worked with the Sunday film sessions were used to teach new plays by having each player carry a 3 ring binder with filler paper and draw the play (as we drew on the board), write down all rules and adjustments. They were responsible for maintaining thier "playbooks" and knowing what was being asked of them the next practice. The position coaches were notorius for giving on the field "pop" quizzes about all the plays at any time.
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