Good afternoon, Coaches. We’ve got a great offer for you, a CoachTube video, and a fun story.

1. Why Wouldn’t You Enter a Contest Offering a $500 Reward in Football Apparel? (FNF Coaches Contest)

Enter the FNF Coaches & Football America Gear Up Giveaway today for a chance to win a $500 gift card to Football America. Increase your chance of winning by sharing your unique link and by following FNF Coaches (@FNFCoaches) and Team Express (@Team_Express). The contest ends on Nov. 22.

What would you buy with the $500 gift card to Football America?

2. CoachTube Video: Trick Plays from Del Oro High School (Calif.)

With the playoffs coming up, there’s no better time to install a few trick plays. When your team is on the ropes or just needs to change the momentum, these plays can do the trick.

Del Oro (Calif.) coach Jeff Walters, a 2004 graduate of Del Oro, led the Lions to consecutive playoff berths in the 2013 and 2014 seasons, earning the school’s first-ever playoff victory in 2014. His overall record at Liberty was 22-21, including 14 wins in his first two seasons. This occurred at a school that had not experienced a winning record since the 2005 season.

Get tricky with formations that you haven’t put on film during the regular season, overloading left and right. Having many trick plays and unbalanced formations keeps it fun and fresh for the boys, and in turn keeps numbers high and strong.

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3. An NFL Team Has an Emotional Support Dog. Should Your Team? (Radio.com)

This is a fun story for dog lovers.

The San Francisco 49ers have enlisted the services of a team pet — an emotional support dog named Zoë. With the addition of the 1-year-old French Bulldog, the 49ers have become the first team in the NFL to have an emotional support animal.

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“The players rely on Zoë to brighten their day,” a team spokesperson told CNN. “Meetings, practice, and workouts can make for a long day. Zoë acts as a stress reliever.”

While Zoë’s owner is Austin Moss, the 49ers director of player engagement, the pup spends most of her time near the team’s training facility, not far from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

The team’s four-legged friend helps boost morale, relieve stress, and apparently, offer some good luck as the 49ers are currently undefeated with a 6-0 record.

If you have a team pet, how does he/she help the players grow?

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

 

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