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Team Building

I served in the USMC out of high school and I use so much of my military training in my coaching. One of the things that the military takes extremely important is TEAM BUILDING. We were constantly being drilled by our seargents about the following three things: 1. Preparation– The tightest bonds are formed between

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Running Inside Zone

I do not run zone blocking scheme but am always looking for information on how the blocking works.    I stumbled upon an AWESOME website, in fact it is the best I have ever seen in explaining zone blocking.  It is by Neale McMaster and his website is www.bigskillposition.wordpress.com.    Here is one of his

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10 important “don’ts” to help your son to be successful:

Don’t try to live your life through your son. You had a chance to be young. Let your youngster do his thing. Don’t force football or any other sport down his throat. Don’t be negative with your son.  It rubs off.  If you complain about why your son isn’t in the starting lineup, he will

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END OF SEASON AWARDS CEREMONIES

As you are wrapping up here are some ideas to think about. SENIOR MEETING We always meet with my seniors and buy them pizza. There is a form that they fill out rating the season and offering ideas of things the coaches should consider changing. This is also their last chance to tell me if

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Off Season Motivation to Increase Accountability

I think that every coach struggles to find ways to increase motivation, accountability, and attendance in the off season.  I am going to present some of the ideas that are in my WORST TO FIRST: Program Building book in this article and most of them are extrinsic, basically meaning that we offer a reward, such

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Creatine

The Discovery of Creatine A French scientist named Chevruel discovered Creatine in 1835. His experiment identified a naturally occurring substance found in meat, which he named Creatine after the Greek word for flesh. It was then determined that creatine is found in muscle tissue and that levels were ten times higher in wild animals, leading

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Characteristics of a Relationship Driven Coach

I am a HUGE fan of Pete Carroll and have reprinted this article off the website: http://winforever.com/2014/11/7-characteristics-of-the-relationship-driven-coach/.   It is well worth reading and I highly suggest you buying & reading his book “Win Forever”   One of the biggest paradigm shifts in the coaching profession is the shift from the hard nosed, stand off-ish, closed

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Why Athletes Should Not Bench Press

Hot Off the Press The chest is one of the favorite muscles of the upper body for athletes to train. Who doesn’t want a bigger chest? But chest muscles have a more important role than simply good looks. It’s a little known fact, but the Bench Press is overrated—especially for athletes. Do yourself a favor and

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Exercises to Avoid in the Weight Room

Here are some Exercises that research shows are not effective or are not an efficient use of time. 1. Tricep Kick-Backs I’ve never understood how this exercise became so popular. In theory, it sounds good. In practice, however, we quickly realize its inherent flaws. The angle of tension in relation to body position is simply

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Really Tough Exercises for Your Elite Athletes

liYour athletes that have done the S.S.X. program for a year will need extra challenges. They can do 30-40 Push-Ups, they knock out Crunches like a machine, and do Pull-Ups in their sleep. They have made huge strength gains, but are hitting plateaus.  It’s time for a challenge. These exercises should be performed only by

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Freshman Off Season Workout Program

Even before the helmets are collected and the washed, high school football players are thinking about the off-season—their opportunity to recover physically and psychologically and to work on improving their performance.  The winter months give football players valuable time to commit to a full off-season football workout program. How you structure your off-season football workouts can

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