FNF Coaches Talk — Tips to Disinfecting Equipment, How Great Managers Lead Remotely, O-Lineman At-Home Exercises

Happy Friday, Coaches. We hope you get a chance to break from the routine a bit this weekend, even if it means staying home. We’ve got three stories for you.

1. 4 Tips to Disinfecting Equipment and Locker Rooms (FNF Coaches)

We’re going to try to connect with at least one expert per day who can help coaches get through the coronavirus period of social distancing and quarantines. Today, we connected with a representative from Clear Gear Spray, a disinfectant spray that has proven effective against viruses similar to coronavirus.

Even before the coronavirus outbreak, coaches needed to be careful about infections and the spread of MRSA and other bacteria-related health issues.

Margaret Mason from Clear Gear said coaches need to be aggressive in combating the spread of germs and bacteria.

Sweat, bodily contact between athletes, open wounds, and shared environments (weight room, door knobs, etc.) all contribute to germ proliferation. Infection control is like a spider web. It must be attacked and managed at multiple entry points to truly keep athletes safe.

Disinfecting and cleaning equipment is like anything else. Put in the extra time in prevention and save yourself time dealing with bigger issues.

A protocol should be set up with each team and followed daily. After each workout, practice and game, athletes, coaches and parents should follow the protocol to keep gear, equipment, uniform and footwear infection free.


What additional protective measures will you take in cleaning your team’s equipment and locker room when you return to play?

2. How Great Managers Successfully Lead Remote Teams (LearnLoft)

Everyone is working remotely now due to the spread of coronavirus, and that type of arrangement certainly makes it more difficult for most of us. Most of the coaches we know would rather coach their players in person.

Executive leaders at organizations like Wells Fargo, Amazon, Apple, Google, and many small to medium-sized businesses have instituted remote work policies to keep employees safe.

Leading teams is hard. Leading an entire team that’s new to working remotely is even harder.

We recommend reading the whole article, but here are some takeaways related to coaching football remotely.

Address the Work From Home Struggles Head-On
The state of Remote Report from 2020 found the biggest struggles for remote workers to be:
  • Collaboration and communication
  • Loneliness
  • Not being able to unplug
  • Distractions
Instead of avoiding these, make your team aware of the struggles they are likely to face and ask them how they are going to create systems to overcome them.

Maintaining communication and connection is also key in the work-from-home lifestyle. The best way to do this is to organize meetings.

Maintain Team Meetings for the Win
If you are leading a remote team, your ability to run effective team meetings will make or break you. Not only do they provide a platform for communication and connection, but most importantly, they will keep everyone engaged and accountable if done correctly.
Set a weekly Zoom meeting (video on) on Monday or Tuesday and require everyone on the team to attend.


What challenges are you facing in trying to lead a team remotely? What advice would you offer other coaches?

3. Friday Humor From an O-Lineman (The Big Guy Twitter)

We’ve all seen the workout videos from the skill position guys during the coronavirus break in action. We’ve got the defensive backs sprinting in and out of the frame. We’ve got the receivers catching passes with one hand.

Apparently, Coach Rhin had seen enough of those videos, so he made one for the O-linemen.

In what way are you engaging with your players on social media?

What’s driving the conversation in your locker room? Email Managing Editor Dan Guttenplan or Tweet us @fnfcoaches. Don’t forget to use that hashtag #FNFCoachesTalk