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Air Raid Practice Plan

Air Raid Practice Plan

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Chris Brown, November 2005AIR RAID PRACTICE PLAN:
Practicing the Multiple Receiver Offense
 Practice schedules and drills for the pass offense are not a lot different than those for theconventional offense but I believe a great deal of thought and preparation must be done toachieve success. In the ³Air Raid´ offense I have used for many years at several different levelscertain nuisances have lent themselves to practicing well. I will detail these things in the articlewith hope it will help you.
Make Practice Consistent
 The pass offense depends much on timing and chemistry between players i.e. QB and WR onroute, this makes consistent practice a must. I always tried to erase doubt in the players¶ minds asto what would be done in practice on any given day. I endeavored to make all the Mondays thesame, all the Tuesdays the same, etc. By keeping a consistent practice schedule through eachgame week of the season our players could gear up mentally for the tasks to be accomplished ineach segment of practice. To give an example, our individual drills were all done the same wayand same segment of each day's work out. Consistent practice makes for consistent reps, whichmake for great reps, which makes for great play.
Practice Success
 That old saying about you play like you practice is true. It was always my belief that five greatreps of anything were worth more than ten mediocre reps. With this in mind, I encouraged our  players to slow down their reps but to do them great. For example, if you have a QB and two WR working on the curl route don¶t rush through the drill just so you can say you got ten reps. It will be a lot more productive to have the WR walk back between reps, take there time, and have fivegreat curl routes each one perfect. Hustle is fine but is not the only ingredient. Practice successfulreps even if it means fewer reps.I never wanted to practice anything that a player could not visualize doing in a game. Thesuccessful coach should look at every drill - be it individual, group, or team type - and ask himself if this will happen in a game. If this answer is no, throw it out, it is wasted motion, whichmeans lost time. The only resource that cannot be replaced is time. Knowing you can eliminate poor drills, look at the fruitful drills. Take each one and study how you can make them moregame-like. For example, our ³Air Raid´ offense depended greatly on multiple sets, player groupings, and the no huddle attack. With those parameters, I decided to make all of our teamoffense drills more game-like by having the sideline coaches and players box painted on our  practice field and requiring all our coaches and players to work and sub from where they wouldin the game on Saturday. This greatly enhanced the efficient use of subs and made delay of game penalties unheard of in our offense. I believe players will perform better in games if they canvisualize what it will be like therefore practice game-like events.
Practice for the Unplanned Event
Every coach loves that play which happened just the way he drew it up. To be honest about itthough, those are more rare than ordinary. This is particularly true in the pass offense. Practicingcontingency football is very important. I would take each of our pass plays and draw up whatwould happen if our QB were forced to scramble to his right and then repeat the process with ascramble left. I would drill this about ten minutes per a week to make sure everyone knew whereto go on the field if the QB scrambled right or left. I had landmarks for each receiver and theoffense of line and running backs had specific duties. Our teams often made spectacular playswhen the opponent¶s defense played its best and forced our QB from the pocket. We turned our lemons into lemonade so to speak because we practiced the unplanned event.Practice Organization is crucial to having an effective multiple receiver pass attack.
Practice Making the Big Play
 Scores happen because players expect them to take place. I have certain things I wantaccomplished on each play from each player but the bottom line is to score. With that in mind, Imade it mandatory that whomever ended up with the ball on any play had to cross the goal. Inother words, our players scored on every play in practice, from individual drill right throughteam. I wanted all of the players to expect to score on every play. This takes some patience sincethe coach has to give the ball carrier time to return from the sprint to the goal. The results areworthwhile, as big plays can become habit.
Plan Success
 All the practice habits described can be planned into workouts. The best time to plan workoutsfor the season is in the summer when the pressure is off. For this reason all of the workouts for the entire fall including bowl games or playoffs I planned in July. They were organized by day of the week and placed in a large binder to be used as needed on a daily basis. It was alwaysamazing how few changes had to be made and how consistent our offense would become due tothis planning. The most important time during the game week are the moments coaches spendwith their players. By not having to devote daily time to planning practice schedules the coachhas more time to spend with the players. Success can be planned well in advance.
Basic ³Air Raid´ Weekly Schedule-Season
 Monday:90 min. view previous game30 min. dress-warm-up40 min. special teams review20 min. individual drills30 min. walk through game plan30 min. watch video of upcoming opponent

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