Good afternoon, Coaches. Let’s run through some stories for high school football coaches.
1. Why Andy Reid has the best screen game in the NFL (Arrowhead Pride)
On Monday morning, Warren Sharp posted a cut-up of some of the screen designs that Andy Reid utilized this year. He made the point that there is no better coach at any level in drawing up screen plays.
These plays get the quarterback in rhythm, keep the chains moving, and inspire confidence in a coach’s play-calling ability.
How do you stress the importance of attention to detail in the screen game?
2. Area high school football coaches focus on safety, hydration during summer workouts (Tallahassee Democrat)
Here’s a good safety-related story for coaches in warmer climates.
Heat-related deaths remain a concern in high school sports, especially in football.
On Tuesday in Tampa, an incoming freshman at Middleton High School collapsed and died while taking part in afternoon conditioning drills with the football team, police said.
Although the 14-year-old’s cause of death remains undetermined, the Hillsborough County School district said it was halting all summer workouts and athletic activities until staff complete a review of safety procedures at every school.
The dangers of heat stroke in sports are real, and coaches and staff continue to focus on preventive measures. Leon football coach Garrett Jahn pointed out that Leon County’s parameters stress safety.
“For instance, we’re not allowed to be outside from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the summer,” said Jahn, a former collegiate quarterback.
“They can do physical work before or after. It’s still hot, but not maybe as hot. And we have to provide shaded areas and water. Then you need to gauge each kid’s conditioning level and check the workouts with where they’re at physically.”
Veteran Florida High football coach Jarrod Hickman holds the Seminoles’ training sessions each morning. Weight lifting is followed by 90 minutes of conditioning drills on the field. Passing sessions for quarterbacks and receivers are also scheduled on Monday nights.
Like many coaches, Hickman also incorporates workouts that emphasize team building – 3-on-3 basketball tournaments or a trip to Wakulla Springs are examples.
“We want to work them hard,” Hickman said.
“You have to get them acclimated to it. When we are outdoors, you have to be smart about it (heat and humidity) and not go as hard. We also give them extra water breaks.”
What will you do to help your players acclimate to the warmer temperatures in the coming months?
3. Spectrum Timers, Victory Game Clocks keep coaches on schedule (FNF Coaches)
A coach needs to be able to rely on his team’s timing devices so that games and practices go off without a hitch. Spectrum Timers and Victory Game Clocks provide coaches with the peace of mind to know things will remain on schedule.
Sideline Power CEO Matt Starr wrote a column for us in which he stresses the quality of Spectrum Timers and Victory Game Clocks.
Spectrum products are known for their superior performance, longevity, and durability. Likewise, Victory Game Clocks, based in Roanoke, Ala., exceeds the timing and scoring needs of coaches, teams for high school, college, and beyond.
What is your preferred timing system for practice?
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