Four Tips for Managing Practice Time


By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor

  1. Respect others’ time. Don’t plan a meeting with your staff without drafting an organized outline of what you plan to address. Respect your assistants’ time, and they will do the same for you.
  2. Prepare for practice. Teams are allotted a finite amount of time to be on the practice field each week. Don’t waste practice time running ideas by assistants. Have a plan ready, and implement it.
  3. Study film early. We often hear about NFL players watching game film week of the next week’s opponent on the flight home from the game. Study up on the opposition as early as possible.
  4. Keep it simple. Respect players’ short attention spans, and get your message across quickly. Giving a long pregame address to the team does not always translate to more effort on the field.

Dan Guttenplan is FNF Coaches senior managing editor. Do you have a thought about this article you would like to share? Send him an email at, tweet us @fnfcoaches or share it on the Coaches Chat Board.