By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor
The Rochester Lourdes (Minn.) football team started using wearable technology wristbands from GoRout in practice in 2016 and saw a season with increased practice reps lead to a state championship.
Lourdes coach Mike Kesler liked the idea of the GoRout system prior to the start of last season, so he decided to give it a chance. He figured his coaching staff would program the GoRout software on weekends during game weeks, and then the scout team could simply look down at the wearable tech wristbands during practice to execute a play the varsity squad might see that Friday night.
No wasted time explaining play-calls to the scout team. No binders filled with pages of the upcoming opponent’s plays.
“The biggest benefit is the practice reps you get – both offensively and defensively,” Kesler said. “For example, a scout team is going to run a different offense every week. When you’re playing against teams that want to play fast, they can go right to the line of scrimmage. This gives us game situations and more reps.”
GoRout provides coaches an avenue to share their playbook and coaching tips with players during practice with the simple click of a button.
A coach programs his playbook and other useful coaching tips to GoRout Steel 2.0, and then calls up plays during practice on a tablet. Players then receive the live feed on a weather-protected wrist sleeve. The information provided by the coach can be customized by position so that each player is receiving coaching tips pertinent to his role.
“There was a grace period, but after we got into Week 3, I don’t know what we would have done without it,” Kesler said. “It saved us coaching time because we didn’t have to draw up sheets of plays and tell every kid what he was doing on every play.”
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