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DumCoach's "Schools of Football"
« on: May 26, 2010, 03:29:55 AM »
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With me, everyone starts out as a lineman.  I have put seventy kids on the line first day.  To graduate off the offensive line you must master the stance and a drive step done at full speed.

From lineman you graduate to CENTER.  Every player must learn to snap a ball, stepping as he snaps and rotating the ball.  I don't care if you're 45 pounds, you learn this.  I personally take every lineman's snap (Which has been seventy kids in one day) and then score their snaps myself.

Players who complete centering are sent off to get their 27 yard run times, with three run times recorded.

From here, you graduate to passing/receiving.  The players are taught how to hold the ball for throwing, cock it back, and follow through and throw a spiral.  At the same time others are being taught how to hold their hands to catch a ball and how to concentrate it into the hands.

We then set up a passing square which is like a baseball diamond.  Our QB coach picks the best throwers to stand on the "pitcher's mound" (center of the square) and pass to our receiving coach's candidates (four receivers running the "bases").  The receivers will run clockwise and then counter clockwise.  We usually have 3-4 passing squares going at once.  We score who can catch, who can't, who can throw, and who can't.

Next, every player tries out for kicker.  We are interested in distance and accuracy so we usually use soccer goal posts from 30 yards.  We also have a punting station where every player is taught how to punt a ball by our punting coach.  Punters and kickers are also scored.

Anyone who finishes all stations does agility drills (We're not scoring this.  We're just keeping them busy.).

This is all done on the first day of no pads.  The second day we repeat the tests for who missed the first night and for those who did not finish the first night.  Anyone who wants to retest at a station may do so.  We usually get a few that want a second chance at QB.  We will add speed drills at the end.

After the end of this second practice I will take the score sheets, throw out best and worst run times, calculate their Hit Scores, and make a spread sheet on each player that looks like this:

Name                        Weight   Run Time   Hit Score   Center    Catch    Pass     Kick     Punt

Orville Redenbacher    96         5.13          18.7           Yes         No        No        No       No
Jay Leno                     114        4.11          27.7           Yes         Yes      Yes      Yes      Yes


I now assign players to positions in the order of least talented to most talented.  Above, Orville Redenbacher would be considered for a position before Jay Leno.  His position would probably be center.  A multi-talented player like Jay Leno gets assigned his position LAST because he has the ability to play anywhere we need him too.  So we assign all the other kids positions first.  The last position we can't fill goes to Jay Leno.

Jay will always go to a key position because we considered every kid for his position first and none had the talent for it so we gave it to Jay.  That way Jay ALWAYS goes where he's most needed.  Again, we do this by assigning positions in reverse order.  The worst kid is FIRST ASSIGNED and best kid is LAST ASSIGNED.

The third practice, positions are announced and their coaches named.  The kids can challenge another player for his position at any time but this has only happened once in about ten years (And the player was right.).  Most have learned in the first two nights they either "suck" at the glory positions or the kid that beat them out is way better than they are.  Only one player has ever complained about his position but our awards system solved that and he stopped complaining with his first award and played quite well for us at his spot. 

This allows us to go through our hole system, blocking rules, QB snaps, handoffs, and receiver routes on the third practice.  With our fourth practice being "in pads", once we clear them for tackling, they're ready to play some football right from the get go.  This system provides us with our kicker and punter before pads are allowed, positions a lot of other coaches wait to fill until after pads.  I think this is a much more efficient use of "no pads" week than many coaches use. 
« Last Edit: March 20, 2014, 09:15:22 AM by CoachJohn »
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Re: DumCoach's "Schools of Football"
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2014, 04:37:17 PM »
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