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FOOTBALL FORMS FOR THE WINNING COACH A Collection Of Ready-To-Use Tools To Organize Your Program Hank C. Schrader, Jr. Gridiron Strategies e Lessiter Publications, Inc. Brookfield, Wis. Publisher’s Cataloging-in Publication (Provided by Quality Books, Inc.) Schrader, Hank C Football forms for the winning coach : a collection of ready-to-use tools to organize your program / by Hank C. Schrader, Jr p.m. ISBN: 0-944079-47-4 1. Football--Coaching. 1. Title GV 956.6.837 2004 796.332'07'7 QBI33-2048 Cover and book design by Maureen Splitgerber & Christopher Nielsen International Standard Book Number: 0-944079-47-4 Copyright © 2004 by Lessiter Publications, Inc. All rights reserved Published by Lessiter Publications, Inc. P.O. Box 624, Brookfield, WI 53008-0624 For additional copies or information on other books or publications offered by Gridiron Strategies and Lessiter Publications, write to the above address. Telephone: (800) 645-8455 (U.S. only) or (262) 782-4480 Fax: (262) 782-1252 E-mail: Web site: www. Manufactured In The United States Of America FOREWORD FOOTBALL COACHES, perhaps more than in any other sport, must balance an extensive number of roles. A foot- ball coach is a teacher, motivator, tactician, recruiter, promoter, performance evaluator, fundraiser, game-day strategist, administrator, guidance counselor, talent judge, scout and much, much more, And with the thousands of details and hours of ime each role demands, its downright Impossibve to do all of them without being organized. ‘There are hundreds of different ways a coach can go about hs job — there's no “one way’ of doing things. 'm Convinced, however, that one of the fundamental keys for ‘suocess is organization, From that organization, you can then formulate a solid pian that everyone — players and coaches — can buy into and execute. But to expect this buy-in, you'd better have a clear, justiiable reason for everything that you're doing, ORGANIZATION TURNS PROGRAMS I've been fortunate to have participated in three of the biggest, and most dramatic, tumarounds in college footbatl history at lowa, Wisconsin and lowa State, and have learned trom mastertul organizers and planners in lowa's Hayden Fry and Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez. There's no _gteater testament to the importance of organization than {turning around programs that were either winless or had ‘one victory in the prior year. Your organizational methods will chart your course; it keeps you steadfast and uncom- promising in your beliefs and plans. That's really where the whole process of successful coaching starts. Not only will better organization help coaches individu ally, butt also breeds results — not to mention a common ‘mission — at every level on your stat. As a former assis ‘tant coach and coordinator, I can tell you how appreciated itis to work for an organized head coach. Their ciear, ‘concise directives conveyed exactly what was expected of me, and this enabled me to stay focused on the tasks and priorites athand, You can remove a great deal of the ‘guesswork from the assistant coach's daly tasks through clear organization, and by giving them the tools that Support the primary coaching objectives. Its fascinating to see how all winning programs are bui on «a three-legged stool of organization, preparation and execu- FREE roroword tion, While well-thought-out plans can make up for deficiencies ‘lsewhere, the absence of an organized plan will handcuff a ‘coach's ability to prepare and execute. NEVER STOP LEARNING The fact that you have this book in your hands speaks ‘volumes about you as a coach and your commitment to ‘exploring new approaches to being the best you can be. This eagerness to leamn is a trait that will ake you and your program places. Aside from my colleagues at the college and professional levels, | can't tel you how many good ‘ideas I continue to glean from high schoo! coaches, ranging from the X's & O's, to building team chemistry to ‘game preparation and even administrative things lke trav- cling. The points, no matter how much success you've hhad in this game, you can always learn something from a fellow coach. Those who think they have al he answers are missing out, and their programs will soon show it. Even after 27 years at the Division 1 college level, Ibe the first to admit that Il borrow ideas in this unique assembly of forms by Coach Hank Schrader. His Football! Forms For The Winning Coachis a highly valuable and ‘much turned-to resoures for coaches at every level in the game, and its comprehensiveness reveals new organiza tional and evaluation toots that even the most experienced ‘coach has never before seen. As coaches, wo're always, looking for things that will help save time and make better, ‘sounder evaluations and decisions. These forms — and the organizational details found within them — are nothing short of a prescription for coaching success. lencourage you to use Football Fornts For The Winning Coach to spur new ideas and to advance your ‘kills as a coach. The results will soon be evident throughout your entire program Prepare, work hard and never relent in your goals. Best of luck! 3