Welcome back, Coaches. Here are some stories to take you into the weekend.
1. Power Athlete Football Strength Program (Bodybuilding.com)
It’s time to start programming an offseason strength and conditioning program, and this article certainly provides a strong foundation from which to build. This program includes four lifts per week with stretching before and after every workout. All workouts have a high level of intensity, and the desired weights reps are determined by percentages of the max lifts.
The program also includes speed training, which starts as a twice-a-week program for the first six weeks, and then increases to three times a week.
The running program has been designed to accomplish several goals that apply specifically to football. The areas that are incorporated are form, speed work, conditioning and plyometrics. A description of drills will be supplied for each aspect of the running workouts.
The program also includes plyometric workouts, which are explained in depth. Looking for the author’s credentials?
Curtis Schultz has a B.S. in Sports Administration and is a Level I USWF Olympic Coach. He is a collegiate strength coach who has worked with many high-level athletes ranging from NFL stars to top-level bodybuilders.
Coaches — How do you find programs that will prevent your players from plateauing in the weight room?
2. Gutsy 4th-down calls power Cary-Grove into state semifinals (Northwest Herald)
It’s championship season in high school football, so we get to hear about all of the bold play-calls that worked out on the biggest stages. In this story, Cary-Grove (Ill.) coach Brad Seaburg faked a punt on fourth-and-10 with his team up three points late in the Class 6A state quarterfinal.
Quarterback Ben McDonald tossed a 4-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Quinn Priester to cap the epic 20-play, 90-yard drive that took 11:19 off the clock and demoralized Crete-Monee on the way to a 35-13 victory for the Class 6A state championship at the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium.
Not only did the play work, but it also seemed to deplete the opposing team.
“Obviously, it was frustrating,” said Warriors coach John Konecki, whose team finished 10-4. “You can’t score when you don’t necessarily have the ball. We knew that going in.
How much do you factor the momentum of the game into your play-calling?
3. How to clean football equipment (USA Football Blogs)
Many coaches are starting to come back to their programs after taking some time off at the end of the season. If your locker room smells bad, you’re not alone.
However, you don’t want to leave it that way until spring practice. Here are some tips from USA Football on sterilizing equipment.
Air it out. Don’t leave equipment (i.e. pads, helmets, gloves) in the trunk of your car. Moisture harbors bacteria. Bacteria = funk. Remove all equipment from the car after each and every practice and game. Leave it in your mudroom, garage or even on your porch. Fresh air works wonders.
It’s too late to make up for lost time, but also keep in mind this tip once practices resume in the spring.
Wipe it down. Use an antibacterial wipe to wipe down shoulder pads, chin straps and the inside of helmets at least once a week. Every other day is ideal, especially if your football player is prone to break outs.
What is your plan for sanitizing equipment, reconditioning helmets and replacing unsafe equipment this offseason?
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