FNF Coaches Talk — The Entitlement Culture, 4 Weight Room Challenges, Tech Is Ruining the NFL

Welcome back, Coaches. We’ve got three good stories for you.

1. Four Ways Parents Reinforce Entitlement and How to Change It (USA Football Blogs)

Most coaches agree that there’s a problem with entitlement in our society. This author lays out some ways in which we — as coaches and parents — are creating this type of culture.

You give teenagers what they ask for immediately.

It’s okay to do this every now and then, but let your child learn how to wait for things they really want.

You fix your teenager’s problems for them.

This is also known as being a fix-it parent, a lawnmower parent or a snowplow parent. If you solve all of the problems for your players, how will they react in the heat of the moment when they need to make their own in-game adjustments?

How do you empower your players NOT to rely on you to solve their problems?

2. Four Simple Weight Room Challenges (TeamBuildr)

We’re all looking for ways to spice up the competition in the weight room at this time of year, and former University of Texas football assistant strength coach David Neill offers a few suggestions in this column.

An important piece to this story is Neill’s prologue about conducting these challenges SAFELY. Pushing athletes to failure can be a good way to develop mental toughness, but you don’t want to do it at the expensive of weight room safety. An injured player can’t perform, regardless of how mentally tough he is.

Here are two competitions that push athletes to failure in a safe way.

One Inch Pushup
Nothing gets a group focused for a training session better than a mental toughness challenge. The one inch pushup is one of our favorite weight room challenges because it combines core strength, shoulder stability, and increases upper body blood flow all at the same time.
Towel Isometric Hold
Grip challenges are always a solid option when throwing some competition work into your training. When you really want to ramp up the intensity, go grab a bunch of towels and hang two from each of your pullup bars. Group up your athletes into small groups (4-5) and have a last man standing tournament. If you outlast your group, you advance.
Ropes, fat grips, and other implements always make this more competitive as well. As with the muscular endurance challenges, its wise to save this for a point in your training where your athletes are well acclimated.

What challenges in the weight room help your players build mental toughness?

3. More technology than ever and the NFL still can’t get things right (Deseret News)

As coaches, we’re generally inclined to welcome new technology into the game. HUDL film has obviously made a coach’s job easier, and video technology like drones, end-zone camera and sideline replay systems help us make in-game adjustments.

However, it seems coaches do have a tolerance for how much new technology they’re willing to welcome. Earlier this week, some of our readers were not in favor of a plan by the Texas state athletic association to allow technology that would allow coaches to communicate with QBs through a headset.

In this column, the author offers pause to coaches who wish high school football had the same technological advances as the NFL.

The NFL has become almost unwatchable for all the interruptions that must be endured while referees peer into hooded cameras trying to determine if a crime occurred on the field, and you know it’s only going to get worse.
Here’s where it all went wrong: The NFL married itself to TV a long time ago, and TV — with its slow-motion replays and camera in the sky and so forth — exposed officiating for the imperfect system it is, and as a result the NFL feels compelled to make officiating perfect via TV technology. They have video reviews of touchdowns, first downs, penalties called and even uncalled, all of them reviewed by the Wizard of Oz thousands of miles away in New York.
And after all that, they still can’t get it right.

What piece of technology that is being used at the NFL level would you welcome in high school football?

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