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Offline Bob Goodman

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Re: What does it mean when you say, "I want practices to be fun."?
« Reply #30 on: July 31, 2018, 04:44:55 PM »
Lemme see if I got this right:  A water balloon fight is a distraction from practice, but a fight fight is not.

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Re: What does it mean when you say, "I want practices to be fun."?
« Reply #31 on: July 31, 2018, 05:01:01 PM »
Lemme see if I got this right:  A water balloon fight is a distraction from practice, but a fight fight is not.

No, he said he does not let a fight be a distraction.  Huge difference from your inference. 

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Re: What does it mean when you say, "I want practices to be fun."?
« Reply #32 on: July 31, 2018, 06:18:51 PM »
No, he said he does not let a fight be a distraction.  Huge difference from your inference.
If there are players prone to fighting, that fight could break out any time, so it's likely to be a distraction.  A water balloon fight you provide its own time for, so it's not a distraction.

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Re: What does it mean when you say, "I want practices to be fun."?
« Reply #33 on: July 31, 2018, 09:18:03 PM »
If there are players prone to fighting, that fight could break out any time, so it's likely to be a distraction.  A water balloon fight you provide its own time for, so it's not a distraction.

Bob, why are you arguing that fights are a distraction at my practice?  You've never even been to one.  As for the water balloons, feel free to incorporate them into your practice.  I'm sure they will make you a better coach.  ::)

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Re: What does it mean when you say, "I want practices to be fun."?
« Reply #34 on: July 31, 2018, 09:43:58 PM »
Josh, much of what you're saying here is what I mean when I talk about "Proactive" and "Reactive" coaching.  "Reactive" coaching is coaching a player after the mistake (in usually a way that has nothing to do with the mistake.  Like making a ball-carrier do up/downs after a fumble).  "Proactive" coaching is having him do a drill like "Knock-Out" before he even takes a hand-off.

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Dave, can you explain that one, please. I don't seem to have that in the stuff that I have from you. Thanks.

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Re: What does it mean when you say, "I want practices to be fun."?
« Reply #35 on: July 31, 2018, 10:04:03 PM »
Bob, why are you arguing that fights are a distraction at my practice?  You've never even been to one.
Why does it have to be about your practice?  It's Wildcat53 who had the problem.  But you're making it like because it's not a problem at your practices, it's not a problem at anyone's.  Like fights are intrinsically unproblematic, while water balloon fights are intrinsically problematic.

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Re: What does it mean when you say, "I want practices to be fun."?
« Reply #36 on: July 31, 2018, 10:09:31 PM »
Bob, why are you arguing that fights are a distraction at my practice?  You've never even been to one.  As for the water balloons, feel free to incorporate them into your practice.  I'm sure they will make you a better coach.  ::)

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Last practice of pre season...parents are loading up with hundreds of water balloons and my wagon on the field is overloaded with the same for the players.

We dont even get thru our breakdown before the parents rush the field.

I need to do this a lot more. Its been a few years. I think the older kids would enjoy it even more.
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Re: What does it mean when you say, "I want practices to be fun."?
« Reply #37 on: July 31, 2018, 10:26:31 PM »
I'm just gunna go out on a limb here.  If kids are whining and complaining because you wont allow "Just One More" Whose Ball or Sumo Drill before we call it a day, I suggest they are having FUN!  Hard Drills, Very Physical in Nature, yet Fun?  Hmmmmm. 
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Re: What does it mean when you say, "I want practices to be fun."?
« Reply #38 on: July 31, 2018, 11:29:09 PM »
Dave, can you explain that one, please. I don't seem to have that in the stuff that I have from you.

It's a forced-fumble drill where all the ball-carriers partner up.  One ball-carrier tucks the football under his left (or right) arm and then exchanges it to the other arm.  He does this for 30 seconds while his partner punches at the football continuously.  The ball-carrier usually get pounded on pretty good on his hands and forearms.  At the end of 30 seconds, he exchanges the football to his partner and they repeat the drill.  An intense, physical and painful drill, regardless of whether you're holding on to the football or throwing the punches.

Teaching note:  Although I am not a "high and tight" coach, the ball-carrier will start out with the ball "high and tight" in the right or left arm.  He brings the football in front of him with forearms above and below the football (simulating how to carry the football when running in traffic), and then switches the football to the other arm in a "high and tight" position.  He exchanges the football back and forth from one arm to the other arm as fast as he can.  The drill not only teaches players how to exchange the football from arm to arm, but also teaches them to hold on to the football as tightly as possible.

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Re: What does it mean when you say, "I want practices to be fun."?
« Reply #39 on: August 01, 2018, 12:01:40 AM »
I'm just gunna go out on a limb here.  If kids are whining and complaining because you wont allow "Just One More" Whose Ball or Sumo Drill before we call it a day, I suggest they are having FUN!  Hard Drills, Very Physical in Nature, yet Fun?  Hmmmmm.

That happened to me today actually. 

“Coach do we have to learn plays? Can’t we just hit?”

I guess I need to work on making install more fun lol

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Re: What does it mean when you say, "I want practices to be fun."?
« Reply #40 on: August 01, 2018, 12:15:42 AM »
“Coach do we have to learn plays? Can’t we just hit?”

Doesn't hitting get in the way of your practices?  ;)

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Re: What does it mean when you say, "I want practices to be fun."?
« Reply #41 on: August 01, 2018, 07:36:14 AM »
Doesn't hitting get in the way of your practices?  ;)

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We occasionally have a practice break out during our hitting.  The perpetrators are delt with swiftly.

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Re: What does it mean when you say, "I want practices to be fun."?
« Reply #42 on: August 01, 2018, 09:00:14 AM »
If there are players prone to fighting, that fight could break out any time, so it's likely to be a distraction.  A water balloon fight you provide its own time for, so it's not a distraction.

I could be wrong, but I do not think anyone here has called a water balloon fight outside of practice as being a distraction.  It was called a distraction when done during practice. 

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Re: What does it mean when you say, "I want practices to be fun."?
« Reply #43 on: August 01, 2018, 09:04:12 AM »
It's a forced-fumble drill where all the ball-carriers partner up.  One ball-carrier tucks the football under his left (or right) arm and then exchanges it to the other arm.  He does this for 30 seconds while his partner punches at the football continuously.  The ball-carrier usually get pounded on pretty good on his hands and forearms.  At the end of 30 seconds, he exchanges the football to his partner and they repeat the drill.  An intense, physical and painful drill, regardless of whether you're holding on to the football or throwing the punches.

Teaching note:  Although I am not a "high and tight" coach, the ball-carrier will start out with the ball "high and tight" in the right or left arm.  He brings the football in front of him with forearms above and below the football (simulating how to carry the football when running in traffic), and then switches the football to the other arm in a "high and tight" position.  He exchanges the football back and forth from one arm to the other arm as fast as he can.  The drill not only teaches players how to exchange the football from arm to arm, but also teaches them to hold on to the football as tightly as possible.

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Thanks, Dave.

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Re: What does it mean when you say, "I want practices to be fun."?
« Reply #44 on: August 01, 2018, 03:27:14 PM »
So a year or two ago, during combine, the coach running the station that was after mine in the rotation told me that the kids, when they got to him, were always talking about the drill they had just done at my station and how much they liked it and that sort of thing.

Other than our version of the towel game, and the Patriots Drill, it was all just straight O-Line stuff -- 1-board, 2-board, maybe Slow Oklahoma, maybe 3-Cones.

He told me after the Patriots Drill, "I've never seen kids wish they had done even more bear crawling before."
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