FNF Coaches Talk — 5 Things Coaches Can Do During Quarantine, Communicating with Players, Ryan Day on Mental Health

Good afternoon, Coaches. We’ve got a few stories for you.

1. 5 Things Coaches Should be Thinking About During Quarantine (Sideline Power)

Our friends at Sideline Power submitted a story to us this afternoon, and it’s perfect for coaches in this current time.

Sales and Marketing Manager Marc Sheil wrote about the five things coaches should be thinking about during the quarantine.

What are some ways you’re using the extra time to improve your program?

2. Football coaches get creative to continue strength and conditioning without school (FOX 17)

We’re all dealing with the same thing right now. Seasons are suspended and weight rooms are unavailable.

Still, high school football coaches want athletes to stay active and get stronger so they are trying to come up with original ways to accomplish those goals.

Comstock Park (Mich.) football coach Doug Samuels felt the worst thing he could do was cut his players loose and say, “We’ll see you in three weeks. So we had to get creative to find some ways to keep them engaged.”

Samuels and his staff took to social media to give kids examples of how to work out on their own.

“We decided to prescribe workouts and stuff like that,” Samuels added. “Stuff you can do at home that was kind of our approach. We wanted to capitalize on the momentum going forward.”

But knowing who is actually doing the workouts has been difficult.

“The kids that are super committed are going to do it but there is no way to really tell, Samuels said. “We started a hashtag, #GoldBloodedCP so now when kids do their workout they can post it on social media and use that hashtag and now we can kind of reflect back on that and see who has really bought in to the change we are trying to make here.”

How are you keeping track of your players during this stoppage?

3. Ohio State football coach Ryan Day has advice for coaches (Twitter)

Ohio State football coach Ryan Day has long been an advocate for mental health stemming from his father’s suicide in 1988. He has some prescient thoughts during this period with so much uncertainty and so many people struggling with anxiety.

Day’s five points:

1. Get outside.
2. Stay healthy.
3. Win the moment.
4. Take prescribed medications.
5. Stay connected with others.

What are the things you have been doing to keep yourself healthy during the quarantine?

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