FNF Coaches Talk for 10/5

Friday. Game day. Let’s do it.

1. How statistics can improve workouts — not just game day (Coach & AD)

We all know stats as the way to grade performance on the field. But this guide got us thinking because it focuses explicitly on just using statistics for your training regimes.

“Set up your sheet to tally the totals and percentages for each type of stat you’re tracking. For example, calculate the total number of times your quarterback was sacked. Calculate the percentage of sacks out of the number of snaps. Also calculate pass attempts, interceptions, the number of first downs, average passing yards and sneaks. Of those, what are the highest numbers? Take the top three and use those to influence your practices then do the same type of calculations for all positions.”

The guide is very practical, not a lot of number theory and data science, just raw numbers to track and what to do with them.

“Besides these position-specific needs, all players need to be able to complete sprint ladders. This means they sprint short distances and rest between, with small increase each set. Sprint 10 yards and rest 10 seconds, then increase to a 20-yard sprint and 20-second rest. Continue this up to 40-40 and then reduce by 10 back down to the start intervals. This workout will test them and work on their cardio in a way similar to what they’ll experience on game day.”

Give the guide a read and tell us what you think. How do you use stats in your training? Do you use any special software to track it, or still pen-and-paper?

2. Effective strategies for team evaluation (Coach & AD)

We had to flag yet another one from Coach & AD this morning, because the synergy was too perfect. While we just finished raving about data and statistics, here’s a completely different approach that focuses not on numbers, but the human angle of the player.

“Immediately after the completion of their last football game, each senior fills out a short questionnaire. Wager utilizes these questionnaires and exit interviews to evaluate the team, the coaching staff and learn how the coaches can support players in the future.”

The questions range from “what are your future plans?” to “what can we do to improve the program?”

“The other thing that these surveys and meetings accomplish is getting critical feedback that Wager and his staff can apply to the program starting the next season. After four years in the program, players may be leaving with life lessons such as strong work ethic, loyalty, honesty or selflessness. Wager believes this is the more valuable information, because his goal as a coach is not just to win games, but to also mold young people into excellent humans off the field.”

We love the idea of pairing these two coaching strategies side by side – using the data science above to build your training regimes while also laser focusing on the human aspect, and helping turn players not just into athletes, but good people.

3. Legendary high school football coach Bob Ladouceur honored with bobblehead (Max Preps)

And lastly, just a fun story to get you motivated. Do well, perform your best, and one day, you might be treated to the highest honor in all of sports – the Bobblehead.

Don’t let your dreams be dreams, coach.

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