#13 – Win & losses – Thoughts from a Head Coach

Posted On Jul 31 2016 by

#13 – Win & losses – Thoughts from a Head Coach Well it’s that time of year again, another football season kicks off, most Head Coaches are upbeat ready for big things to happen this season, but in the back of their minds lays that nagging detail: It’s all about the Wins & Loses, will I get enough wins to keep my job? I understand that winning is important to everyone, heck it’s important to me, if it wasn’t then we shouldn’t keep score. I understand that wins are the barometer of how successful a season is, but should it …


Podcast #9 – Cutting Players – Ability or Character

Posted On Jun 26 2016 by

Podcast #9 – Cutting Players – Ability or Character What is Cut Policy? This topic usually sparks much heated debate among parents and educators as to what the practice of cutting potential players from middle or high school teams should be. Proponents of cutting often argue that cutting is necessary to prepare children for an adult world where there are winners and losers. On the flip side many believe a no-cut policy would simply guarantee students the right to participate and learn. Not cutting doesn’t stop starters being based on demonstrated ability. Not-cutting would ensure that the lesser skilled would …


Podcast #7 – What are looking to get out of Spring Football

Posted On May 22 2016 by

Podcast #7 – What are looking to get out of Spring Football So what do you want to get out of spring football? Is it just another 20 days of practice or is it something bigger? I believe you have to have spring football goals just like season goals, so what are those goals. For us we wanted to continue our push of becoming a united team that plays for each other not a bunch of individuals looking out for themselves. We wanted to improve our defensive play: become an aggressive, hard hitting group that reacts instead of thinking first. …


Podcast # 5 – Why do you coach

Posted On May 9 2016 by

Podcast # 5 – Why do you coach Why do you coach Why is it that you coach? How did you decide to coach? Ask yourself what is the main reason I coach? Is it the completion, staying around the game, Friday night games, what is it? I would hope you coach because you want to make a difference in the student/athlete. Listen to the podcast for the rest of the story…… What to keep up to date with all our new content and valuable resources add your email address to our insiders list of coaches. Go to our website: …


Podcast # 4 – Creating a Practice Structure that works for your program

Posted On May 1 2016 by

Podcast # 4 – Creating a Practice Structure that works for your program You need to ask yourself several questions before designing your practice schedule: 1. How much time do you have? 2. What do you want to accomplish? 3. What are you planning to install? 4. What is the area of improvement most needed? 5. What are your resources (i.e coaches, practice equipment, fields) For the rest of the story Listen to the Podcast…. What to keep up to date with all our new content and valuable resources add your email address to our insiders list of coaches. Go …


Podcast # 2 – Creating your programs image or message

Posted On Apr 10 2016 by

Creating your programs image or message: BRANDING: WHAT MESSAGE IS YOUR PROGRAM SENDING? What’s your programs tradition? Companies spend millions of dollars creating and cultivating their image and developing their brand. What do you do to shape the image of your program and develop your brand? Branding may not be on the agenda of your weekly staff meetings, but it certainly should be. I’ll bet if you go to each of your coaches and ask them what your team’s brand is. No one can clearly articulate it. Chances are, most of you have never thought about creating your brand. Listen …


The top three things all great strength programs have in common – By Guest Writer: Brian Reynolds

Posted On Apr 9 2016 by

The top three things all great strength programs have in common By Guest Writer: Brian Reynolds Whether you coach or compete in high school or college athletics, you probably know that strength & conditioning is important. There is no shortage of scientific evidence that agrees with you there. In fact, strength & conditioning has become so relevant, that just a few years ago, the NCAA mandated that all division I strength coaches hold a valid and current certification from a nationally recognized organization. Unfortunately, that same policy has not yet been extended to lower level universities and high schools. Which …


Top 10 Question you need answered before accepting that New Head Football Coach Position

Posted On Mar 13 2016 by

  Top 10 Question you need answered before accepting that New Head Football Coach Position Looking to become a Head Football Coach or move to another School? Make sure you get the answers to these top 10 questions before you make that decision.         Why did the last Head Coach leave or get fired? Who will be my Supervisor or go to person be? Do I get to hire my own Staff? From the last staff who do you think is a good fit or bad fit? Is the administration and faculty supportive of the football program? …


Turning around a football program – 1st day on the job

Posted On Mar 6 2016 by

Turning around a football program – 1st day on the job Your taking over a football program and its your first day on the job, tasks are many but what should be your first three things on your agenda?   Meet with your players Meet with existing Coaching Staff Meet with the Administration. Meet with your players: Introduce yourself, let them know your background, let them know why you took this job and tell them your vision. Then ask questions: What did you like the best about the old program? The Least? What are your goals as a team? Gather …


Developing Mental Toughness

Posted On Feb 28 2016 by

Developing Football Mental Toughness What is Mental Toughness? The definition varies depending on who you may speak with, Wikipedia defines it as: Mental toughness is a collection of attributes that allow a person to persevere through difficult circumstances (such as difficult training or difficult competitive situations in games) and emerge without losing confidence. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_toughness) Mental Toughness: I believe their definition is correct, mental toughness is the ability to move forward in any situation  towards your ultimate goal. Easier said then done, so how do we develop and teach mental toughness. I think you develop and teach mental toughness through a …