It’s almost Friday, Coaches. The best day of the week! We’ve got three good stories for you.
1. Florida legislators pass bill that requires football coaches to take more precautions for heat stroke (Miami Herald)
We know … It’s December, and many of you are not in the mood to hear about heat stroke. But this is a major piece of legislation that will likely set a precedent for all states in the years to come.
A bill that would require high school athletic programs to take more precautions to prevent heat-stroke deaths unanimously passed its first committee Wednesday, as lawmakers vowed to prevent future tragedies.
Florida leads the nation in the number of high school athlete heat-stroke deaths, with four in the past nine years.
As part of the bill, high school athletics programs would be required to keep tubs of ice water baths close by during practices and games, in order to quickly cool the body temperature of kids suffering the early signs of heat stroke. A person will always survive heat stroke if he or she is cooled within 10 to 15 minutes after their symptoms appear.
That move comes despite the fact that the Florida High School Athletic Association, which governs sports programs, decided last year to only “strongly recommend” the presence of ice tubs — going against the advice of their own medical committee, which said they should be required.
Coaches would be required to go through regular CPR and other training.
How would you feel about keeping tubs of ice water baths next to your preseason practice field for players who are overheating?
2. The three incredible plays that show Kyle Shanahan’s offensive genius (Mercury News)
It gets incrementally more difficult to get your players open in space with each level of football. If you’re calling plays that get guys WIDE OPEN in the NFL, you’re doing something right.
Kyle Shanahan does it as well as anyone — and this is a great breakdown of how he does it. Unfortunately, we can’t embed the videos in this post, so we encourage you to clock on the link and look at three play calls from Sunday’s 48-46 49ers win over the Saints — plays that perfectly illustrate Shanahan’s brilliance as a playcaller.
The first is a fullback option.
With this play, Shanahan gave Sean Payton a bit of his own medicine. You could see the Saints head coach smirking on the sidelines when it was done — game has to respect game.
The rest is a halfback zoom, which goes for a touchdown.
In it, wide receiver Deebo Samuel comes around in orbit motion — the Saints, having been burned by that same motion earlier in the game (the Sanders touchdown pass) and knowing that Samuel is a willing and able option to run the ball, begin the play with their eyes and intent on hitting No. 19.
You can see Saints defensive end Cam Jordan — unblocked on the play — gets stuck in no man’s land: is the ball going to Mostert or Samuel?
By the time he figures it out, he’s not in a position to make a play. That’s the value of “window dressing”.
The third play is an end-around to the wide receiver.
In the play, you can see Samuel come around in orbit motion. Tomlinson — like on the touchdown run — sets up to pull to the right side and hit Cam Jordan, who isn’t biting on the motion this time. Garoppolo fakes the handoff to Mostert and then flips it to Samuel, who has space for days because Jordan committed to the inside run.
How much emphasis do you put on calling plays early in the game to set up big plays late?
3. The December/January edition of FNF Coaches is live! (FNF Coaches)
We’re all starting to close the book on 2019, and before we do, we want to present our final magazine of the year. The December/January editon of FNF Coaches has a “Football Is Family” theme. In the midst of the holiday season, we take a look at examples of communities rallying around football teams that have experienced tragedy. We also look at football teams that have reached out to less fortunate members of the community.
Our cover story isabout the way the St. Petersburg, Fla., community pulled together to support the Northeast High football team after senior running back/linebacker Jacquez Welch died after falling to the turf on a routine play. Rushed to the hospital, Welch had bleeding on the brain and was diagnosed with a condition that caused arteries in the brain to rupture. He was removed from life support and his mother donated his organs.
Our digital edition also includes X’s and O’s breakdowns as well as stories on how to give your program a boost this offseason.