Freedom of movement. That’s the buzz line for the current generation of “workers” in this day in age. We all want a life devoid of restrictions. Basically we all just want to do what we want to do when we want to do it. So when the NCAA created the transfer portal it appeared to be an outstanding idea that fell right in line with the philosophy I discussed in my opening sentence. However, freedom comes with it’s responsibilities and it’s consequences.
You just became a youth HC and you want to build a good team and have success both on and off the field. You must make lots of decisions and here are some ideas that will help you. One of the most difficult ones you will make is to not become a “Daddy Ball” team. One of the rules I had was that my coordinators couldn’t be on the same side of ball their son was. That was the toughest one and it did cost me players in my first year, but not after that. We are a team and that set the tone for being one.
I was asked recently by a student athlete, what do division I coaches look for in recruiting? Simple enough question and I will not reveal my answer but it did get me to thinking. Most high school football players are concerned with fitting themselves into a program as opposed to finding a program that fits them.
There are several reasons for this, the biggest of which is teens and parents of high school players are mostly concerned with prestige. The school they sign with says everything about what kind of player they are and what kind of parent they are or so they think. The mindset is get in there and then you figure out how to be great once you get there.
Football fans across America continue to obsess over the most simple drill in the game of football. Is there anything more discussed than the 40 yard dash? Every Spring, this drill takes center stage and undoubtedly the question is asked 1,o00’s of times. What’s the fastest 40 yard dash?
Just as sure as you get the question asked 1,000 times, you will get dozens of ridiculous answers. For starters, let’s find out why the 40 yard dash? When and why did 40 yards become so significant? It started in the 1960’s with the NFL team that had the most developed and comprehensive scouting department and that was the Dallas Cowboys. Prior to this time period, NFL coaches chose the 50 yard dash as the mark of measure to determine a player speed worthiness. In 1960, Gil Brandt, the director scouting for the Cowboys along with his department came up with the 40/20/10 measurement. The 40 was used for all players. The 20 yard split time of the 40 was of great significance for linemen since the thought was that they rarely run 40 yards in a game. The 10 yard split was important for wide receivers as a measure of their burst off of the line of scrimmage. With this, a drill was born and almost 50 years later, it has become the center piece of info on a prospective high school, college or professional football player.
By: Kevin Moritis – Contributor – GridironStuds
For coaches the use of film is a valuable resource for both correcting your players and preparing for the upcoming opponent. If you are a HUDL team you have one of the best tools to help your team get better. HUDL allows you to see and correct errors by both players and coaches. It allows you to leave notes for your players on what they need to work on and how to avoid the same mistakes. Then you can take multiple films of your upcoming opponent, make your plan, print out it to use at practice. Another tool is the ability to film your practice and critique your players from that day and week. That’s how coaches benefit from the use of film.
Signing Day just came and passed. If you did not sign with a school, then you need not read beyond the headline to feel the message that I am putting forth. However, this article is not for those guys, it’s for the highly recruited prospect that feels he is sitting on top of the World and has so many gifts under the Christmas tree that he can ignore the pair of socks that grandma gave him.
I was recently scrolling through my Twitter timeline and came across a high school coach’s tweet in which he said that prospects should stop tweeting out their Division II football offers. I am not sure what the spirit of that tweet was but the overwhelming perception of it was a negative one. It also helped breed a stereotype that many young prospects have easily fed into.