Welcome back, Coaches. We hope you enjoyed the long weekend. Here are three stories to get your week started.

1. Reacting to Rage: Handling Sitations Where Your Athlete Sets You Off (USA Football Blogs)

This article is written for sports parents, but certainly is applicable to coaches as well. We know how stressful it can be at the start of the season when players are starting to form habits — both good and bad — and, for the first time in nine months, the entire community is keeping score.

That being said, it’s important to maintain a healthy perspective. We’re not here to embarrass anyone. Let’s make sure that learning situations are addressed in a professional, composed manner.

Follow a different pattern that looks like this: reflect, respond, then rest.
Reflect on what you face.
Respond to it with intention and confidence.
Rest in the aftermath knowing you did all you could do, and then move on.

Something so simple as this new pattern can help you navigate seemingly complex situations and lessen the chances of feeling regret afterwards.

Your players are going to make you angry, that’s a given. But choosing to reflect, respond, and rest instead of reacting immediately, you’ll end up kicking yourself less and loving your kids in a way that will help, not hurt them.

What is your coping strategy when you find yourself losing your cool toward your players?

2. Coach Your Players to Respond to Adversity Better Than This (Twitch TV)

Nobody wants to be part of a story like this, and it’s good to be aware of a story like this early in the season so that you can warn your players.

An Ohio high school football opener Saturday was marred by a head-butting incident involving a player and an official.

The incident occurred between Roger Bacon High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Dayton Dunbar High School (Dunbar, Ohio).

Not quite midway through the second quarter, Roger Bacon was driving the ball down the field when a flag came out on the game video around the 1:23 mark. The game was streamed by the Roger Bacon Sports Network via Twitch TV. The final five minutes of the broadcast details the incident which takes place after a penalty.

After the head official makes a correction to the crowd on the down, a Dunbar player can be seen lunging with his head directed at the official’s head, knocking him backwards just after another flag had been thrown. Then on the way off the field, that same player starts charging the head official before being dragged back by teammates and a coach or two following another flag flying.
Shortly after that you can see both teams leaving the field, starting with visiting Roger Bacon HS. The officials decided to call the game at that point, with Roger Bacon HS in control and leading 23-8.

What is your message to your players about how to handle a bad call in a game?

3. Technology Provides Union Football Improved Coaching Methods (Yur View)

Union High School (Calif.) has found a unique way to take modern technology and use it to its advantage.

On a visit to spring practice at SMU a couple of years ago, Redskins Head Coach Kirk Fridrich witnessed something that intrigued him. He saw the Mustang coaches using a drone to videotape scrimmages and individual position drills.

Fridrich returned to Tulsa and quickly implemented using a drone into the team’s practice routine. The result is unique point-of-view video footage that helps coaches and players improve and better prepare for their opponents.

“Pretty much all of our positions use it,” said the five-time state champion head coach. “Being able to read a player’s eyes from that angle, we’re able to see the game the way they see it.”
“It gives our offensive and defensive lines a better picture of splits and shades,” added assistant coach Jon Davis, who is often responsible for manning the drone during practice. “It’s probably the best film that we get.”

The position that may get the most out of the aerial footage is the quarterbacks.

“It’s great to see details,” said quarterbacks coach Richie Roepke. “If you’re looking for leverage or the exact depth or spacing of a defender, you may not be able to get that from a sideline shot.”
“A lot of times when we’re showing the game to the kids it’s from a press box view,” added Fridrich, “but our kids never see football from a press box view. So it’s just a way for us to be able to see what they’re seeing.”

How do you plan on using drones to your advantage in the future?

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