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Offline Coach E

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Back Into Coaching
« on: July 19, 2018, 03:33:15 PM »
I have been "hired" to be the HC of a new middle school program that will feature primarily 7th-8th grade players. We're guessing somewhere between 18-24 players and one AC. I have decided on DCWT and the KB for my X's and O's. The rub? I get 10-12 practices before our first game; we're starting a full three weeks after our opponents start their preseason. (No, I don't know why, nor do I have any say in this.)

We will be a co-op team, featuring players from 7 different academy schools. Due to the various school start/end times, we'll be practicing in the evenings.

I know this is doable, but I'm looking to get any suggestions on how to approach the season. How would you go about using your time wisely? This should be a fun challenge.
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Re: Back Into Coaching
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2018, 04:56:08 PM »
E:

Always have an agenda for each practice. I try to allot time accordingly but, with a small staff we end up in Group Real Quick.  Make sure you have and use your Key or Must Have Drills before adding anything else. Personally, I dont split my practices between O and D we use different days for each.  By doing that at least we concentrate on coaching as we rep and not simply throwing things at them and moving on. I'd use the first couple of practices for "Quick Evals" and go with your Gut and what fits your scheme. 

The more you can stick to your agenda, the better.  Quality over Quantity

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Re: Back Into Coaching
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2018, 09:00:22 AM »
Thanks, Dusty. That makes sense splitting into O and D days. My first pass on a practice plan had me mixing things together so I'll have to look at that.

I also wonder how much time I should spend on special teams. I'm pretty sure the league switched the rules so that a run or pass for PAT is worth 2 points and a kick is worth 1 point, so I'm not even going to bother with kicking unless we have a kid that can boot it well.

I know there will be a couple of drills/practice items/agendas that I want based on my own experience and, more importantly, what I've read here: 12 perfect blocks as my daily warm up, very high tempo, competitiveness and aggressiveness incorporated into everything we do, allow for challenging of positions before practices.
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Offline Dusty Ol Fart

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Re: Back Into Coaching
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2018, 10:05:56 AM »
You can run Special Teams the last 15 Minutes of Every Practice with no Ill Effect.   8)
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Re: Back Into Coaching
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2018, 01:24:39 PM »
I have my meeting this afternoon where I get to lay out what my plan will be going into the season. I took Dusty's advice on splitting days. I also have a couple of other things I want to incorporate, but I think I'll struggle just getting my footing. I was told by the HC he wants us to run Spread. When I asked how the QBs look during the summer session he said that they don't have anyone yet but they're hoping to get one once school/practice starts. Based on that alone, I should be able to push DCWT. Defensively, I get to do what I want, just so long as push aggressiveness and tackling fundamentals.
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Re: Back Into Coaching
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2018, 02:56:06 PM »
Varsity HC agreed to most, except he wants me to run their offense. I asked when he thought I could get a copy of what he wants me to run. He told me the OC is working on it, but has been pretty busy as of late and may take a while. I didn't ask at the time, but thought it later: If he doesn't have time to simply put the plays down on paper, how is he going to find time to help me troubleshoot if he's running his practice at the same time I am running mine?

Tomorrow night I participate in a meet & greet with all the players, 7-12. Afterward, I'll take my players aside and have a quick talk, not sure about what yet. I will try to get all of their contact information, as most of what I have is pretty messy and incomplete. I plan on a full blown parents meeting and equipment hand-out on the 23rd, four days before we actually begin practices. I have yet to meet my AC as he has been too busy.
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Re: Back Into Coaching
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2018, 05:30:34 PM »
BINGO!  If they cant or wont then you need to come up with your plans on O and D and let him sort it out when they get there.  Our Varsity (Assuming you mean HS) can and does put things on paper with explanations.  However, his main concern is not that they know it lock step its that we keep the kids interested and teach the Fundi's (Blocking and Tackling) well. 

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Re: Back Into Coaching
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2018, 05:53:50 AM »
Been in the same boat with varsity header...wanting me yo run his offense.  This is my 9th season as middle school head coach, and starting with my 5th varsity head coach.  I run what I want.   Although, this one is running alot of what I do.  Pistol WingT and air raid passing.  Keep meeting with him and support him.  He wont have time to scrutinize you.  He will be too busy with his stuff.

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Re: Back Into Coaching
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2018, 02:11:19 PM »
Met about half the team and parents last night for about 20 minutes. We'll be doing a more thorough meeting on 8/23 that is specific to our club.

Afterward, I met with the OC for about an hour talking scheme and what his concerns are. After going back and forth for a while, I asked him that if he could nail it down to three bullet points at most, what does he want these kids to learn for next year: O-line footwork, a couple of specific WR routes and the ability for the QB to read defensive backfield (not as complicated as it sounds). They use GDL for the playside and reach for the backside. He wants a power play (24/26), a Trap (32 Trap), a toss (36 Toss) and a sweep (he liked 47 Speed). So, the long and the short of it is, so long as I can incorporate his wants into the offense, he's fine with what we want to run.

My AC was a no-show again. No one has heard from him in a week. I hope I'm not back to flying solo.
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Re: Back Into Coaching
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2018, 10:55:48 AM »
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My AC was a no-show again. No one has heard from him in a week. I hope I'm not back to flying solo.

Turns out, he was back to flying solo.
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