FNF Coaches Conversations for Sept. 20, 2018

It’s Thursday, and that means tomorrow is game day. Here’s what’s fueling our conversations this morning at FNF HQ.

1. Training With ‘Intent’ Is a Concept Too Many Young Athletes Fail to Appreciate

“Strength and conditioning coaches spend a significant amount of time designing training programs that will bring out the best of our athletes. The exercise selection, the sets, the reps, the load—every factor is considered when trying to give our athletes a competitive edge.

However, none of that matters unless the athletes themselves put forth great effort while executing that plan. Showing up and just “going through the motions” in the weight room doesn’t cut it. This is where we get to the concept of “training with intent.”


FNF Chat: How do you ensure that your players are training with “intention,” that they aren’t just working out because they have to? How do you impart the importance of each piece of the training regimen?

2. South Carolina Pushes Back Start Of Postseason Due To Hurricane Florence

“The South Carolina High School League will start this year’s playoffs one week later because of Hurricane Florence. State officials made the decision Tuesday, so that teams can make-up game lost to last week’s weather.”


FNF Chat: How does your organization deal with inclement weather situations? What is your plan for communication?

3. Kyle Ofeldt’s Incredible Interception


FNF Chat: Who on your squad is already standing out this season? What’s your plan for maximizing that potential over the coming months?

4. Homeless D.C. high school football player kept off field amid questions over eligibility

“Jamal Speaks put on his pads, grabbed his helmet and got dressed in his new gray Ballou High jersey on Saturday, readying himself for his first game in nearly two years. The 18-year-old student at Ballou STAY Opportunity Academy — an alternative school on Ballou’s campus that allows students to get their high school diplomas — was anticipating showing coaches from Temple University what he could do.

But just as Speaks was about to step onto the field for the Knights, Principal Willie Jackson said he was not allowed to play. The reason? Questions over Speaks’s residency. The complication? Speaks doesn’t have a residence.”


FNF Chat: No big lessons here, but we’re always interested in the issues that are affecting coaches and their squads. What’s your take on the situation? Tell us at @fnfcoaches on Twitter.

5. ‘All earned’: Blind football player scores 2 touchdowns

“Blind Phoenix Brophy Prep running back Adonis Watt, whose story was chronicled by azcentral sportson Sept. 6, ran for two touchdowns in a freshman football game last week against Mesa Mountain View.

The touchdown runs were from 1 and 3 yards and the Mountain View players were defending, Brophy freshman coach Scott Heideman said.”


FNF Chat: Another one with no big lessons, just one of those moments that makes you proud of the game.