I know that we as coaches are supposed to get our players into the weight room and help them to build up strength for next season. But, in our world of instant gratification. Just opening the weight room is not enough, there are just too many distractions. A lot of the kids that I get to play are kids that would otherwise but getting into stuff that they should not be and hanging around doing stuff they should not be doing.
This is the reason that I started coaching basketball. So I can pass students from one sport to other. I also encourage them to run track, my philosophy is to teach the whole student. One student comes to mind, he was the Captain of the basketball team and the leading rusher. He is now playing football in college. Don’t get me wrong I do not get all of them some will leave and do other things, but I do end up having a dedicated core of kids that play both sports,
This also helps with keeping their grades up, I get to monitor them year around. And they have something to be dedicated to that will keep them busy and coming to school. I work almost exclusively with inner city kids from middle to poor backgrounds. And keeping them occupied is a full-time job. But it pays off when they tell me they have gotten into the college they are have been wanting to get into since freshman year.
We have daily morning strength training that three-quarters of our athletes show up for. It is also a conduit to for our 8th graders (we are a middle and high school) to come in getting involved. For us, academics is first and I do check in with my player's teachers, I walk in right when they are in class and let them know I care and that I am checking on them.
The only time that we are not doing something with the kids is the dead period. For which I am grateful, it gives me and them a break. When we start back in August, we will be running the pistol. I am a true believer in running the ball. I also plan to use quite a bit of option and get my kids started early in learning and installing it. Depending on what we look like in the quarterback role we may open that up a bit more.
On defense, we will run the 3-4 or the 4-4 with an eye towards stopping the option. I expect for my team to have strengthened over the year playing other sports and having gained physically and mentally. I would love to get a leadership academy started and will look into doing just that.
Post by Coach Campbell on Oct 13, 2017 3:14:07 GMT
Saturdays we meet as a staff to grade the previous night's film. We grade players on a plus/minus system and shoot for at least 80% success rate positionally. We leave notes and grade them out through HUDL Messages. Then we break down the upcoming opponent. I like to watch with the entire staff like we did 20 years ago, I feel like that's where some of the best ideas come from. Defensively our staff identifies offensive formations (DC), blocking schemes (DL Coach), Routes and Backfield Actions (Secondary Coaches), top 5 plays, down tendencies, field tendencies and weaknesses along the formation. Offensive staff identifies fronts, movements and blitzes (RB Coach and OL Coach), coverages (WR Coach), down tendencies, field tendencies, and soft spots (OC). We then work our holy 7 play groups into the scheme, install on HUDL, and share with the team. We identify any out of the ordinary special teams looks if any, and adjust practice time accordingly.
Mondays we watch film with the players from Friday, and the opponent's scout film. We then look at our install on HUDL and discuss main ideas. After that, we get out on the field for walk throughs, set rec, etc.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays are split practices, 50 minutes each for offense and defense, and roughly 20 for special teams depending on the opponent. Tuesdays are usually fundamental days, with some small group sessions like set recs and run fits on defense, and blocking scheme fits on offense. Wednesday we go more team, with situational sessions.
Thursdays we do a walk through to check for understanding. This is also a big day for personnel groupings, special teams transitions, and working out any kinks.
Friday we have an itinerary that consists of a team meal (home) or snack (away) where we discuss character and/or mentality, a walk through two hours before the game, then pre-game warm-ups and walk through starting one hour before kickoff.
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Post by Coach Campbell on Oct 13, 2017 3:15:50 GMT
Saturday: The team comes in and we watch the game from the night before as a group and just let it run. After the team heads into the weight room for a flush out workout. We usually get the Hudl exchange sometime Saturday and breakdowns begin.
Sunday: We will breakdown our game and make playlists to send out to team with notes and drawings to fix any issues and praise any great plays. The coaching staff inputs the data and it is split up between 8 coaches, 4 offensive and 4 defensive. We do not have a physical meeting, instead we watch the games individually and text/email ideas and notes. All breakdown data, formation installs, practice scripts are finished and ready to send to team Sunday night.
Monday: We watch opponent scouts and detail our base offense and defense for the week. We focus on opponent favorite plays, tendencies, weaknesses. Once film is over we pull up the installs and practice scripts to go over. Then we head down to the field in uppers for install, walk through, and conditioning.
Tuesday/Wednesday: Are split days focusing on base defense and offense Tuesday. On Wednesday, we will add blitz packages, BTF’s, offensive checks, etc.
Thursday: Pregame and game run through covering all specials, sudden changes, and situations.
Post by Coach Campbell on Oct 15, 2017 1:19:04 GMT
As there are many aspects to the game and so little time to coach and put an emphasis on every detail, coaches are responsible for their own position or skill area. Feedback and different perspectives are welcome, but when it comes time to break down film, o line coaches should be analyzing what the other team does well and how we can attack their weaknesses. As a head coach and offensive coordinator I would be breaking down film on how to attack the next week. I would expect my defensive coordinator to understand the opponents offense and dictate how we will match up and what adjustments we will make. Special teams coach would break down that film. When it comes to team film, each coach would have their time to communicate to the team how we are going to attack and defend for the week.
I believe that constant communication between coaches is huge and their needs to be a plan before walking into practice. Meeting before practice to determine what skill positions will do can clarify everyone being on the same page. Once players are in their indys, position coaches should be coaching players reads and new schemes from adjustments.
There has to be communication amongst the coaches of a plan for the week prior to Monday so everyone can be on board and voice their concerns and own perspectives.
Post by Coach Campbell on Oct 16, 2017 1:32:59 GMT
When it comes to preparation for a weekly opponent there are 2 very important things to me as a coach. Number one is consistency on how we go about our game plan and number 2 is modification for each opponent that we face. Consistency allows a weekly schedule and allows the student athletes to know what to expect coming in to that day. For example, if Monday is film day then the team knows that they will be watching film of the other team on that day. With consistency we create a faster way of learning and makes things a lot easier. The second thing was modification. Each team that we face is different so the game plan will be game specific for that team. We must modify for any situation like a heavy running game or a heavy passing game. The weekly schedule will go as follows:
Monday: Film Review, Lifting, Correction Periods
Tuesday: Team Leadership meetings, Study Table
Wednesday: Game Plans, First- and Second-Down Prep
Thursday: Third Downs, Sub-Package Pressure
Friday: Red Zone, Goal Line, Two-Minute
Saturday: Recruiting/Coaches Meeting
The staff will acquire film from the weekend before and will be given a specific task to study on the opposing teams. Those things that they discover will be discussed during the film room on Monday. With everyone doing their task and by sticking to consistent yet modified schedule we should have the ultimate receipt to succeed.
Post by Coach Campbell on Apr 15, 2019 14:52:33 GMT
Our staff meets at 7:00 Saturday morning. We spend the next two hours breaking down the previous night. At 8:30 our JV OC & DC leave to watch the game tape with the JV players. At 9:00, we meet with the whole varsity and watch the previous night's special teams tape together. At about 9:45 we split to O & D rooms (we're two platoon) and watch the tape until 10:45 when we go out on the field and do some plyometrics and light stretching. When the boys leave, we eat lunch (and watch college football), then split back into O & D coaches rooms to start with our upcoming opponent.
We start with our hard copy folder (scout sheets from previous years with post game notes) on them. On the board I write any important notes on what their D did against us last year & draw up their favorite stunts and alignments to our base formations and unbalanced. We watch their most recent game and their last game against us (as long as it's the same coaching staff). Before breaking for the day, we confirm whether or not our previous notes held up, add thoughts from their last game and discuss keys each coach should look for.
We identify 3 games that each position coach will fully breakdown their component of and input that data in Hudl. Our OL coaches do fronts, DL games &strength adjustments (field/bounday; formation strength/weak). Our RB coaches do number of rushers, whether or not there's a blitz (and blitz name if there is one). Our WR coach verifies MOFO/MOFC, and the coverage shell. We pay for Hudl Assist for D&D, yardline, hash, gain/loss & play type. As our OC and QB coach, I try to watch all of that. We ask each coach to pick out the weakest and strongest players in the position group that their guys go against.
Sunday evening we reconvene online. We've used Skype and Go to Meeting, but we've been together as a staff for so long that I can get the gist from what they've inputted in Hudl and what they put on our Google Doc. We use a Google Doc for each opponent that each coach can edit. We put our notes about strengths & weaknesses, protection adjustments and any variations to our base rules that we'd need in there.
I take that info and put together the scout sheet we give players and the Hudl presentation we'll use for Monday's install. We go through that with the offense for about an hour on Monday and then walk through before conditioning. After the kids are done, we meet and go through our likes and dislikes from our call sheet. We script our two heavy practices and make adjustments throughout the week.
For the gameday sheet, we keep a series side that basically list all our ready calls by series for that game. On the other side, we list openers, position group specific, short yardage, 3rd & medium, 3rd and long, 4th down, backed up to our own EZ, specials (gadgets), two minutes, four minute and home run calls.
Post by Coach Campbell on Apr 15, 2019 14:55:13 GMT
Game planning is huge for our program and we strongly believe in preparing our players t the best of our ability so they are confident and in the know of what we expect to see on game day. I also am a strong believer in making sure your players understand the "why" we are taking a specific game plan and approach. The more they understand the "why" I believe the better they will be able to carry out that plan. It is our jobs as coaches to prepare the best game plan as we can and place our players in the best opportunities to be successful.
We attack our game prep right away. If we have a Saturday afternoon game, we will get together after the game as coaches with some food and break down the film of the game we just played in order to have it prepared for the players the next day at practice. Our
Film exchange usually doesn't happen until Sunday afternoon so we will get together with the families (try to make it tradition with the coaching staff as many have young kids and wives) and breakdown the opponent for the next week.
But coordinators are responsible for going throw the last year's game against the upcoming opponent (if available) and break it down to see what they did against us, what we vulnerable to and what areas we had success in.
Responsibilities are broken down amongst coaches to ease the load and allow coaches to focus on specific areas.
Freshmen coaches - Will ODK, down and distance of the entire film.
OL/RB - Box, front, alignment, techs, blitzes, slants, stunts for each play. Chart each play.
QB/WR - Coverages, alignments, presnap/postsnap reads. reads of run game
OC - Front, box, coverages, strengths, weaknesses and tendencies
DL - schemes, zone vs man, alignment, pass protection
LB - OL reads, routes, edge/contain responsibility
DB - route combinations, coverage match ups, strengths/weaknesses
DC - tendencies, top route combinations, weaknesses, match ups
STC - alignments, formation, depth of kicks/punts/, fakes, weaknesses
When all data is broken down, we will analyze through HUDL reports and own charts to design our game plan. Each game plan (new installs, formations, alignments, plays/routes combination, blocking schemes, blitzes etc) will be upload and entered in HUDL play book and shared with our players to review prior to the weeks start.
Monday we will watch film, lift and run. We will break down our last game with notes made by coaches. Players will sit with positional coaches and groups then switch to other side of ball. Once we have watched film we move on to the next opponent.
DC will present the game plan to the team during Monday's practice and watch some film on opponent. Players will again sit with positional groups and coaches as install is being presented.
Tuesday will be defensive practice with an offensive install meeting after practice in the same format as the defensive meeting was.