FNF Coaches Talk — Changes to the recruiting landscape, positives of COVID-19, isometric training at home

Welcome back, Coaches. We’ve got some timely stories for you.

1. COVID-19 has affected high school recruiting in a … positive way? (The News Star)

Searching for positives in the sports world is a difficult task, as everything is on hold due to COVID-19, or the coronavirus. We all feel bad for the high school seniors, many of whom got their final season or competitive sports wiped out.

But for many guys who have one year of high school ball left, what they’ve noticed with their recruitment has surprisingly been peppered with positivity.

“College coaches have a lot more down time now,” Ouachita Christian rising senior starting quarterback Hunter Herring said. “Relationships are being built better now, I would say, than the way things were going before. There’s been a lot more communication with coaches now than there would’ve been.
“It’s a positive. It’s not every day you get to have conversations with double-digit Division I coaches. It’s neat. But at the same time, it’s different.”

Coach-to-recruit communication hasn’t changed much. From high school head coach Jerrod Baugh’s perspective, the fact that schools like Michigan State and Boston College are recruiting players in Louisiana is an interesting development in how the coronavirus has affected recruiting.

“These kids are getting recruited over social media nowadays,” Baugh said. “This seems to be giving coaches more opportunity to sit down and watch kids’ videos. Bull has gotten offers from people I haven’t even talked to in assistant coaches in years from some of these schools like Boston College, Michigan State. Those guys are now recruiting Louisiana kids. I think now they’ve had time to really stretch out and be able to do that.


What changes have you noticed to the recruiting landscape during this period?

2. California coach finds positives in work stoppage — learning creative ways to coach, appreciation for family (Del Mar Times)

This is a pretty cool premise for a story. The Del Mar Times asked coaches to share one positive thing they’ve gained from the work stoppage.

There are a mix of sports represented in this story, and all of the coaches offer positive words of encouragement. Sean Sovacool, head football coach at La Costa Canyon (Calif.) points to learning new ways to connect with players.

“There are a lot of benefits, starting with the fact that we’re being forced to learn different ways to do things which is always good—it’s testing our creative side. Through technology, we’re learning new educational platforms that were supplemental but are now primary. I think this will help down the road with our mobility as both teachers and coaches—it’s opened up some avenues that existed but we weren’t using.”

Sovacool also has appreciated the chance to reconnect with his family.

“The quarantine has been great for our family. I’ve always taken pride in making family a priority but this has brought it to a new level. We’ve never spent so much time together. We have a big, extended family and are taking advantage of the opportunity to connect with them, re-connect with high school classmates, college teammates and get to better know other teachers I work with.
“I think I’ll leave this time with a better sense of appreciation for what we’ve had and hopefully will have again. I’m sure everyone will look at what was routine a little differently. And while I know our coaching staff will all be excited to get things re-started, I expect we’ll see a high level of buy-in and effort from all of our kids too.”


What is one positive that you can take away from this experience?

3. Why You Should Be Doing Isometric Training At Home (TeamBuildr)

Coaches and and trainers all over the country are getting creative with new methods of training to keep everyone moving.

One method that is extremely effective and doesn’t require much space is isometrics. Isometric training can provide a safe and effective opportunity for progress and adaptation to occur when implemented properly.

In this current situation, yielding isometrics are generally easier to implement than overcoming isometrics. For most training protocols, all you need is your bodyweight. I like to pair up a dynamic exercise with an isometric in a superset. For example, perform a set of Step-Back Lunges then pair that with a Low Split-Squat Yielding Isometric to pre-fatigue the working muscles and build additional muscle mass.

Here are two programming examples of yielding isometrics:

1a. Step-Back Lunge 3 x 10 each leg
1b. Low Split-Squat Yield Iso 3 x 20sec. each leg
1c. Push Up 3 x 10-20
1d. ½ Push-up Yield Iso 3 x 20sec.
1e. Bicep Curl 3 x 15
1f. 90-degree Bicep Curl Yield Iso 3 x 20sec.


2a. Single Leg Glute Bridge 3 x 10 each leg
2b. Single Leg Glute Bridge Yield Iso 3 x 20sec. each leg
2c. Prone T-Raises 3 x 10
2d. Prone T Raise Yield Iso 3 x 20sec.
2e. Standing Calf Raises 3 x 15
2f. Calf Raise Yield Iso 3 x 2osec.


How can you implement more isometric training into your athletes’ plans?

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