FNF Coaches Talk

Good afternoon, Coaches. Let’s get right to business.

1. It’s harmful to practice out-of-season. We all know it, but it happens anyway. (The News Leader)

For the last seven years, high schools in Virginia have been able to prepare and plan for a coming sports season by offering an off-season practice schedule for players.

This editorial argues that this is a terrible practice.

All the reasons, in the end, are just wrong. We want the VHSL to ban this practice. It failed to do so this week, voting 29-3-1 to keep the practice. Virginia needs another attempt at this — maybe with outsiders getting involved to put pressure on the Board.

The editorial argues that the year-round practice schedule places an undue burden on the coaches and players. The time could be better spent with their families and friends, developing social skills.

But there are kids who come from both middle-class families and homes with low-incomes who have concerns related to what should be their primary team, above other players, friends, a school — their family. Teens have to work and earn money for an apartment after high school, or for family grocery expenses, or for post-secondary training or college. Or they have to drive younger siblings places. Or a family shares one car. If they can make it to the mandated events during the season, we don’t also want to see a scheduling burden being placed on them in the off-season.

What is your argument for or against the practice of making football a year-round sport?

2. Here are the times in the year when coaches aren’t working all that hard (SB Nation)

If you’re thinking of reaching out to college coaches for mentoring opportunities or recruiting opportunities, this could be a useful story for you. This story provides a rough calendar on when college coaches might actually not be overwhelmed with work.

Here’s one that’s coming right up.

1. Right after National Signing Day in February
“Most of us get extra time off this week. You can take an extra day, turn it into like a three- or four-day weekend and go somewhere with your family. Everyone leaves. Other than the Fourth of July, this coming weekend is the quietest of the year for FBS coaches. Except head coaches.”

And here’s one to mark on your calendars for later in the spring.

3. After spring practice but before camp season
“Depends on how your school schedules it. If you start spring ball early, you might have a gap before you can recruit or run camps. Smart coaches will schedule around having too much of a gap, to keep you in the office.”

What time of year do you schedule family vacations?

3. The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association has adopted a 40-second clock rule (The Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise)

The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association has adopted a 40-second clock rule, designed to create a more even pace on ball possessions.

On most plays — barring the first plays of quarters, after timeouts or other clock stoppages, a 40-second clock will begin immediately at the end of a play.

This change is meant to do away with disparity connected with the former 25-second clock, which didn’t begin until the officials set the ball for the next play.

“There’s such a discrepancy between some crews,” explained Bartlesville High School head football coach Jason Sport about how long it took them to set the ball and start the 25-second clock. “What it (the new rule) guarantees is that whether we’re going slow or fast, the officials won’t be able to slow us down or speed us up.”

Slower officiating crews are particularly frustrating for coaches that want to run uptempo attacks. Coach Sport said the standard 40-second clock might prompt him to slow down his offense.

“At the end of the day, we’ll play to the strength of the kids,” said Sport, who was hired in December as the new head coach, after having served last season as the defensive coordinator, and has extensive experience during his coaching stops coaching several different position sets. “There will be times when we want to go fast, if we can get the defense in a special personnel grouping we can take advantage of.”

In what ways can you encourage the officials to keep up with your uptempo offense?

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