COACHES GUIDELINES FOR EFFECTIVE PRACTICE- “Get better today”

§ Be properly dressed and early for all practices and meetings to help set up. § Do not relax during cal, stretching, warm up, etc. It is very important or we would not be doing it. This is an opportunity to talk to your players. Be certain that all of your position players have proper gear. § The only factor all schools have in common is time. We must get more done (reps) in the time we have. Coach with a sense of urgency and purpose. Ensure that drills are set and prepared beforehand. Our managers will know how each drill is to be prepared. Take advantage of their presence. “Coach Hustle” § Give attention to every player on the team. Do not allow any player to go unnoticed. Every player, even the injured ones must improve daily. If you must tear a boy down, be sure to build him up before he leaves the field. Consider the long term effect on a boy’s life if he is allowed to quit. § Do not allow things to lay around in the dressing room. Everything has a proper place. Create PRIDE in everything we do. This will rub off on our players. Look and act the part of a professional. Be great. § Be available for players, coaches following each practice. Report any discipline issues. “What you tolerate, you encourage.” Watch practice film as often as you can. § Do not accept anything less than perfection. Do not overlook anything. Never be out prepared or unprepared for any situation that might arise in a game. § HUSTLE - Enthusiasm breeds’ enthusiasm. Remember, that works at every level, both your and the player's will have some drudgery. Make a conscious effort to keep your enthusiasm high. When we are on the field we will create a sense of urgency by being on the hop physically and verbally. Coach with a sense of urgency! “ Keep your eye on the prize!” § Keep your poise and confidence on the field or any place. It will transmit to your players. Save the yelling, coach em up! Teach, Test, Teach, Test, Review, Test. § Remember that players do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care. DESIGNING & IMPLEMENTING EFFECTIVE DRILLS- Creation of Drills/Position Manual It is critical that you understand why and also how it is we do what we do. You have to understand your role in the big picture. It’s equally important that the athletes understand the concepts and the purpose for the drills and techniques we use. Get them beyond execution into the understanding of the concepts. Athletes learn best by doing; they obtain skills through repetition. Therefore drills are the most effective tools the position coach has at his disposal. A coach's ingenuity and creativity are best used in designing drills, which will teach his athletes the skills they need to perform in competitive situations. Every drill must meet the need of the athlete in relationship to our schemes. I want each athlete to know when and why each skill is needed. During the off-season our staff will use time to review the drills we use in order to determine their effectiveness. Additionally, through clinics, etc. we will have the opportunity to design and add new drills. We will work together to put together effective drills that will be used from Varsity down to Mites. We will video tape the drills and also create a position manual that you will be responsible for maintaining. Designing Drills: 1. Assess Needs - Start by compiling a list of fundamental skills required playing the position. Area coaches will complete a comprehensive list of skills his athletes will need to know in order to execute the system. Many skills are fundamental to the position while other skills are unique to very specific plays and situations. All, however, must be drilled and learned. We must make sure there are drills in place to teach each of the skills. 2. Name the Drill - Each drill must be named. This is essential in ensuring effective communication when discussing the drill with staff and players. Giving the drill a catch name ie. “pancake drill” lets us move fluidly from one drill to the next in addition to giving us the ability to walk onto any practice field at any age group and say “pancake drill” and every coach knows what that is. Always know what equipment is needed for your drills before hand. Record this information in your position manual.

3. ditches. Implementing the Drill: 1.The first time a coach implements the drill he should describe the activity and the "coaching points" that will be emphasized. Coaching is about constantly evaluating and adjusting. 2. Early Outs .this segment of practice will be led by an appointed player(s). Provide Constant Feedback . We do not do drills just because “Notre Dame does it’ or whatever. The use of cue words to correct errors must be used as the athletes are executing each repetition. Why is it important? . Position skills period (Fundies. Warm up and stretch . Group.this is the most critical period for the position coach. Be Focused . Whenever possible use injured players to video tape drills so that you can use the video as a teaching tool and an assessment tool. I would like players to “beg” to do certain drills. Be sure that the athletes and coaches understand the point of the drill. Minimize inactivity and “dullness” of drills. Monitor .Make sure it is clearly defined how each repetition is to be set in motion. holes and any other safety hazard. Once a repetition is complete it is important that the athletes know how to get back into line without interfering with the next repetition. etc. Isolate specific skills so the athletes can concentrate on and learn the relevant task. it may be necessary to modify the drill or run it in a way so that more than one player can perform it at a time. why are you doing it??? 5. Be Specific .If you are experiencing frustration with a particular drill or if you find that you are constantly interrupting the drill in order to correct inappropriate behavior.Make sure the drill is doing what it is designed to do and make sure it is not teaching negative habits. Discipline for your position players if needed. Name & Explain Why . direction you are moving in. While more than one skill may be involved in the drill. change the drill! Do not however change the players’ alignment. Walk thru the drill if need be. there must be a single focus. Use good judgment on when to go “live’ versus “thud”.Each drill has a specific purpose. Coaches have the opportunity to circulate themselves among the players. The position coach is responsible for directing activities from the following: every day drills low intensity learning of new skills system/game plan clarification (question & answer) walk & talk 2. required by the system. equipment and attitude of your position players.3. Use the white board when needed. Whether or not they begin to move on the basis of a verbal cue (snap count) or a visual cue (move on movement) may be critical to effective preparation for the actual game situation. Describe. Define the Area .The more repetitions. the time when he actually teaches them the skills they need to execute effectively. the more learning happens. Start Properly . If they are executing the drill perfectly lets let them know it! This is especially important the first time it is done properly. The name of the drill should be given in addition to why we are doing the drill. “No Stupid Drills!” We must ensure that we know what the specific purpose of the drill is and that the drill is accomplishing its purpose. Maximize Repetitions . 3. It gives us the chance to visit on a personal level with our athletes. which occur for each athlete. As my 3 year old would say “that’s a no-no-no!” Player Preparation: 1.Feedback is necessary if we wish to see improvement in a particular skill. If the position numbers are large or if each repetition takes a long time to run. It is important to do it in a way so we do not interrupt the flow of the drill. 4. make sure there are enough balls available to keep the drill moving and there is a procedure for getting the balls back to the point of origin without interrupting the drill. 4. Crossover) . if a ball is being used.Each drill must teach a skill. assignment or technique because you are having difficulty teaching it. We do not go live on Thursdays or Saturdays.this segment of practice performs a variety of functions. How the position coach creates this . Revise if Necessary . all of which must be executed at a very low intensity.The area being used must be defined . Check for injuries.point of origin. For example. It is during this time that the coach exerts the most influence on his athletes. or part of a skill. TEACH! 6. 5. We must also take the flow of the drill into account. Be aware of fences. the size limitations.

However. which does not slow things down. which will teach the athletes the skills. ONLY PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT! 1. use cue words. Position coaches must work to ensure that practice keeps moving and that we maximize our repetitions. and techniques. Coaches will push fluids on hot days and add water breaks every 20 minutes of practice.environment is a matter of individual style. You absolutely must be organized with a plan ahead of time. Never ever go thirsty. . which are specific to our system.the responsibility of the coach during this time period is to focus on the execution of his particular unit. intensity should never exceed quality. This is why we prepare practice schedules. The position coach is responsible for the implementation of drills. However this environment must be developed and maintained. Team period . the individual may be removed from the scrimmage. Position coaches are encouraged to provide constant feedback to their players in a manner. Hydration!!! Drink!!! *Any time an athlete wants water he can have it. This can be done as the player/players are on their way back to the huddle. no need to ask. or. You will have access to the practice footage for further assessment. No coach will ever deny a water break. We will attempt to create game intensity in certain drills. if necessary. The purpose of this period in practice is to co-ordinate the various units to ensure we are executing effectively as a team. just get it. Water bottles will be in the huddle and at the drill stations. Talk smart.

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