Football Coaches Symposium April 2008 Host: D1 S&C Coach Participants: Six high school head coaches One

retired high school head coach One JC head coach Two D1 G.A.’s One D3 asst. coach One D1-AAA asst. coach One HS def. coord. One HS head JV coach Format: The symposium is a by-invitation-only event, and the number of participants is relatively small (as can be seen from the list above). For each session, each participant writes a question on a piece of paper and places it in a hat. Questions are drawn out, and each participant, in turn, has an opportunity to respond to the question. Topic Index Team Philosophical Structures A. Weekly practice routine B. Meeting with players C. 1’s vs. 1’s D. Staff assignments & coaching roles E. Off-season conditioning program F. Game day coaching responsibilities G. Program values H. Spring practice I. Pre-game prep Defense A. Defending 3x1 set – run & pass B. Short-yardage defense in middle of the field C. Spot-drop or read routes in Covers 2 & 3? D. Preparation – focus on personnel or formations? E. How to defend 4 verticals? Offense A. Pass Plays vs. Cover 2? B. Working with middle school & youth programs C. How to get O-line off the ball D. Red Zone Offense Special Teams Miscellaneous

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Session 1: Team Philosophical Structures A. Weekly practice routine: D1-AA Asst. Coach: the most liquid aspect from program to program **U – def., 25 min. ind’l session 15 min. tackling circuit per OC – 3 reps of every play: walk-thru, speed up, full speed HS Head Coach #1: tackling circuit – start Mon. & Wed. with it; in specific location: upfield, sideline, in space Mon. – inside run emphasis; Tues. – pass emphasis; Wed. – outside run emphasis offense starts each day w/ blitz pick-up session Thurs. – turnover circuit; livens up Thurs. pre-game practice strip; scoop-&-go; batted/tipped ball; strip tackle always condition by position HS Head Coach #2: Mon. – formation recognition & motion recognition spends more time with O-Line & RB together than used to JC Head Coach: start individual time with warm-up drills; 15 min. total in individual positions; by end, should be doing position-specific drills move back & forth between position/group session & team sessions several times in a practice two 15-min. team sessions are better than one 30-min. team session HS Head Coach #3: Sun. meeting 8 am – 4 pm start practice w/ hitting sled & tackling circuit end Mon. practice with 5 min. apiece on each special team HS Head Coach #4: Mon. – Veer, Trap, Counter Play-action Tues. – Veer, Lead Play-action 3 Step pass Wed. – Counter, Trap Screens & Draws 3 Step pass HS Def. Coord.: tackling circuit every day, ~15 min. HS Head Coach #1: practice structure changes as season goes along early in season – more individual drills as teaching fundamentals late in season – more group & team time D1 G.A. #1: “Do it right, do it light. Do it wrong, do it long.” 1st – dynamic stretch & conditioning, 12 minutes – “tongues hanging out” 2nd – 5 min. of ind’l time 3rd – 2nd & long situation – 1’s v. 1’s, 2’s v. 2’s; play out series from there (i.e. if O gets 1st down, both teams get off field, next level comes in, reset ball/down & distance situation; if D gets stop in 2nd & long, play 3rd & new distance, occasionally 4th & new distance keep score between 2 sides of ball; pride pushups @ end of session 3 Step pass

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B. Meeting with players: HS Head Coach #2: meets with players @ lunch to: 1) build relationships 2) keep players out of trouble HS Head Coach #1: position coaches e-mail players in their group re: practice reminders one day a week – defense comes in before school to watch film; another day, offense comes in key position players come in with coaches Sunday night to watch film players given quiz on Thursday over key material for Friday night D1-AA Asst. Coach: give DVD to every 2 players with set of questions to answer together C. 1’s vs. 1’s: D3 Asst. Coach: after intra-squad game, set up 2 teams that are mixed 1’s & 2’s with intentional match-ups, e.g. #1 guard might be facing D-lineman who is also the #1 left tackle HS Head Coach #1: in playoffs, when practicing offense, set up 2 defenses, 1 @ each end; offense runs play @ 1 end; huddles, then runs play @ other end; same for defensive practice – keeps scout team players fresh & tires/conditions the starting unit D. Staff assignments & coaching roles: HS Head Coach #5: 2 best coaches need to be the O-line coach and the DC HS Head Coach #6: head JV coach should be best coach – keep players in the program & developing Retired HS Head Coach: frosh coach should be one best coaches E. Off-season conditioning program: D1-AA Asst. Coach: off-season – weight-lifting & kids organized own 7-on-7 avoided year-round demands of baseball & basketball; war of attrition – let the other sports wear kids out & they’ll come to yours D3 Asst. Coach: value multi-sport players #1 priority – STRENGTH, want to make them stronger ·core strength most important ·give them a core strength work-out that can be done any time, anywhere – from shoulders to hips #2 – DYNAMIC – strength with speed #3 – ELASTIC – repetitive strength with speed getting #2 & 3 in other sports FB Coaches Symposium 2008, p. 3

HS Head Coach #2: value multi-sport athletes competition important ***3 of the 4 colleges represented affirmed they look for multi-sport athletes 1st when recruiting HS Head Coach #5: copied _______’s point system to be varsity-eligible most points possible is from playing another sport – 75 for each season; 2 sports gets them halfway to the necessary total second most points possible is for academic performance (GPA) 2 pts. for each completed workout F. Game day coaching responsibilities: 1. How do you get to the field, on field, with everything necessary? 2. Responsibilities during the game? HS Head Coach #6: give each offensive coach specific player/position responsibilities to watch during the game HS Head Coach #1: treat intra-squad scrimmage as game-day & have each coach carry out their responsibilities draft list of coaches’ responsibilities in pre-season G. Program values: HS Head Coach #4: Season of Life book – “men built for others” Bob ______ @ _____ HS – football players as servant-leaders; make seniors play that role – carry bags out, clean up, make sure others eat before you do HS Head Coach #3: KAWC – Kick Arse with Class emphasis on “class,” defined as “play for the guy next to you” JC Head Coach: use playing time as punishment/incentive D1 S&C Coach: The Mask of Command book – 5 different types of leaders, 4 good that lead by example; 1 bad leader D1-AA Asst. Coach: Sun Tzu HS Head Coach #1: ROLES = Respect Ownership Leadership: lead or follow – when following, you’re leading someone else; “leadership by followership” Effort (Inner) Strength

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H. Spring practice: HS Head Coach #1: identify specialty players – 2 long-snappers, 2 QBs, punters, kickers I. Pre-game Prep D1 G.A. #2 & D1 S&C Coach: clap session – before leaving hotel for game Set up chairs to simulate the defense or offense you expect to see; coordinator calls the offensive play or defensive set; players point to &/or step to assignment on a clap; lets players be loosey-goosey, then provides focus point – quiet and focused from then on

Session 2: Defense A. Defending 3x1 set – run & pass: HS Head Coach #5: bring pressure from weakside; hurry the QB JC Head Coach: lock up on backside HS Head Coach #1 (3-5 D): max coverage to 3-man side; pressure weakside HS Head Coach #3: safety over the top, let no one cross the face play zone to 3-man side D3 Asst. Coach: the better the single receiver is, the more you should roll the corner (the coverage?) to the single rec. side use the hashes to your advantage – corner to wide side of field cheat inside hashes because that’s a long throw D1 G.A. #1 & Dawes: Scout question – do they throw to #1 (outside rec.)? Probably rarely to never, so lock up with him and play 10-on-10 B. Short-yardage defense in middle of the field: HS Head Coach #2: 6-1/6-5 with man coverage HS Head Coach #6: make sure someone’s “living” with the TE; don’t give up the TE pop pass C. Spot-drop or read routes in Covers 2 & 3?: D1 G.A. #2: likes combo coverage and progression off of the player FB Coaches Symposium 2008, p. 5

HS Head Coach #6: drop to zone, then re-direct JC Head Coach: paint the zones on the practice field practice getting to the zone 1st HS Head Coach #2: drop & recognize – “drop & check,” re-direct coach the eyes and the hands HS Head Coach #1: 4 rules: 1) read & jam (C.3 to C.1, or C.3 to C.2) 2) “B.O.R.C.” – back out, roll out, crossing route 3) cover deep & rally to short/flat 4) inside guy “pulls chain” on LOS HS QBs have trouble throwing to the flat D1-AA Asst. Coach: read routes – “carry the seam” Drills: 2 defenders vs. 3 offenders – forces DBs to read 7 on 7 with 2 balls thrown – again, forces DBs to read D. Preparation – focus on personnel or formations?: D1 G.A. #2: problems presented when offense aligns in different formations with unexpected personnel; e.g. 21 personnel but with FB as 2nd TE or TB split wide for Doubles Twins look option problematic, even with unathletic QB HS Def. Coord.: use video scouting software to i.d. top formations and plays from those; give kids only the top 3 formations and top 3 plays from those formations HS Head Coach #2: most HS teams rely on 2-3 players; figure out who they are & plan to stop them Offensively, figure out who to attack – Who’s the “bull” (DL to trap)? Who’s the “scraper” (LB to run at)? Who’s the “biter” (DB who bites on route fakes)? D1-AA Asst. Coach: keeps notebook of the things that have beat him – “Notes to Self” D1 G.A. #1: watch film of several games for flow, get a sense of who the coordinator is & what he’s trying to establish KYP – know your personnel D3 Asst. Coach: give your players as much info as they can handle D1 G.A. #2: the more stuff you’ve got to put in, the better teachers you and the other coaches have to be ???: give players the opportunity to teach each other, break film down themselves, and develop own calls “ownership” – key; don’t talk down to the players FB Coaches Symposium 2008, p. 6

put players on the whiteboard & do the teaching E. How to defend 4 verticals? D3 Asst. Coach: don’t let them get to the seams cleanly (seams = h.s. hashes) when ball is on hash, QB can’t throw Out route to #1 on wide side of field, so that CB can cheat inside & help on the seam play-action & motion create difficulty for defense D1 G.A. #2: make opposing QB throw the Out route

Session 3: Offense A. Pass Plays vs. Cover 2?: D1-AA Asst. Coach: against C.2, throw deep because you’re outnumbered underneath a) Vacuum/UCLA b) Post/Post-Corner combo c) Slant-n-Go’s w/ 14 yd. Stops D1 G.A. #1: Y Stick, then Y Curl – as 3-step routes Double Slants – 1 under Will LB, 1 over the top D1 G.A. #2: 3x1 formations, esp’ly vs. Tampa 2 HS Head Coach #4: Veer play-action Brown 34 Arrow [in base Veer play, FB at 4 ½ yards]

B. Working with middle school & youth programs: D1-AA Asst. Coach: when at high school level, clinic first Mon. of the month for middle school and youth coaches --talk about more general football topics --elicits questions from youth coaches about technique-specific topics --be ready with progression when they arrive as freshmen C. How to get O-line off the ball: D1 G.A. #1: drill – O-lineman starts on 1 knee with defender in front with shield; on whistle, explode off knee and drive HS Head Coach #1: drills from Brian Cassidy: 1) leap frog onto & under steeplechase barriers 2) leap frog over steeplechase barriers with legs wide 3) side flips over barriers, swinging legs from one side to the other FB Coaches Symposium 2008, p. 7

4) on-field: from 3 pt. stance; leap as far as possible; reset, leap, and bound into run 5) same as #4, except don’t stop to reset D1 S&C Coach: All good starters… 1) set their hips (“hip hinge”) – evidenced by flat/arched back; like a basketball player prepping to go up for rebound 2) always push off with both feet Drills to teach/work: 1) double-leg bound 2) lateral bound in both, projecting hips forward or sideways, and emphasize push off with both legs Hip-pop run drills (in shirts & shorts) used before from Oregon: 1) player in 2 pt. fit position; partner facing and pushing down on shoulders; on command, the player pops his hips and partner jumps to simulate/exaggerate impact of hip-pop 2) same as above, but player drives partner, after jump, the designated difference, with the partner applying downward pressure on the shoulders to simulate need to keep hips down during block 3) same as above; add second partner standing behind holding strap around the hips to keep hips loaded thru the drill Hips Circuit – 8 stations 1) stepping over and under high-low hurdles set at 90° angles 2) stepping over and under high-low hurdles in straight line 3) chutes – walk thru length-wise 4) benches and steeplechase barriers set in a single line; 1st half , do “face-down” flips; 2nd half, do “face-up” flips – can’t remember what that means; ? hands on top, flip hips over top with head ahead, legs behind?; ? then, hands on top, flip hips over top with legs in front and head behind?; i.e. old-school high jump roll-style first, then Fosbury Flop style? 5) log – skip motion at walking pace along the top 6) balance beam – skip along the top 7) rope ladder 8) bags laid parallel to each other, 3 groups of 3, laid in straight line with short break between each group; walk-thru straight-legged

D. Red Zone Offense: consensus: use unusual formations – e.g. Y formation, double wing; adjust out to other forms. add plays as go thru the season put different defensive personnel in at FB & TE

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Session 4: Special Teams D1 G.A. #2: Fordham model for practice – 5 KO’s & 5 KOR’s to start practice 5 min. punt pro session pre-practice 10 min. punt pro in middle of practice Other info: timing on scrimmage kicks: snap = .8 secs. snap to kick = 1.3 secs. snap to punt = 2.2 secs. put punter @ 14 yds. online resource:

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