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Sunday, November 20, 2022

Using the Power of Moments in Your Program to Create Excitement.

 

“There is power in moments that is why certain experiences can jolt us and elevate us and change us ” – Chip and Dan Heath

 

Everyone reading this article wants to elevate their position, unit or program to the next level. One way of doing this is to create more moments or experiences in your program or unit. Most of these examples are things we have done and they are cost ineffective. They are things that can be implemented today to change, drive or increase the urgency of a group or team. Here are five ways to use moments to create an emotional attachment to your group or team.

 

Number 1: Each year, I purchased my team wristbands with the yearly theme or team theme on it. Different colors, text, anything to make it exciting for the kids. I also suggest getting enough if possible for the faculty and staff. Want to create buy-in from them? Make sure they feel as though they are apart of the team. Some years I did multiple wristbands. One was for off-season workouts with our winter theme and then our regular season theme. Kids love wristbands. Buy them, create them and come up with a unique way to give them out. MAKE IT A BIG DEAL!

 




 

Number 2: How many of you work at a school where there is a disconnect between the band, cheerleaders and football program? Even if there isn’t, I have a way to get everyone of the same page.  One of my favorite after the game traditions is the singing of the school alma mater. After the game my team heads over to the band. The cheerleaders in front of us and we all embrace and sing the alma mater. The number of fans that stay in the stands to take video of this and the buy-in we get from the Principal and Athletic Director is amazing.

 


https://youtu.be/IVkCmUVrOQ8

 


 

Number 3: One of the best things, I took from Randy Jackson’s book Culture Defeats Strategy was Dinner with a Coach. The basis of the idea is to learn more about your players in a setting that allows for open conversation to learn more about who they are as a person rather than as a player. On at least 1 Sunday a month I had 10 players come to the school for dinner with me from 4 to 6 in the off-season to talk about parents, where they were from, what they wanted to do after high school, etc. This also gave the players a chance to know and ask questions about me. If you are a position coach or a coordinator I encourage you to do this at well. A lot of coaches do this at their home and a few do it at the fieldhouse, no matter the location players love it. If you have a booster club get it catered, if not, get some Gatorade and a few Little Caesars pizza and watch the conversation flow! Watch how these few hours go fast but these are the moments your kids will never forget.

 

Number 4: Pictures and Videos. Today’s student-athletes love Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. Invest in those moments. If your team can’t afford a photographer, I am sure a student at your school is into photography, video and editing. Get them on your OPS, On-Field Personnel Staff. At Newton we had pictures and video, at Tri-Cities we had pictures from every game taken. We did graphics on Twitter for everything, Weight Room to Athlete of the Week. Kids love it! Programs can’t take enough pictures. They should be used to create excitement and moments in everything kids do!

 





 

Number 5: 9th grade signing day. Moments make them memorable. One thing that I see more and more programs doing is having signing day for 9th graders in conjunction with their 9th grade informational meeting. I think this is great and a fantastic way to get 9th grade parents and players excited and bought in to your program. You are putting on your best face, making the players and parents feel like they are important to you, which they are as the future of your program. A chance for them to put on the jersey, be on the stage, share that moment with family is huge in your program.

 

There are several more ways you can create moments in your program. As a staff sit down and talk about them! These are important and create excitement and buy-in. Believe in the power of moments.

 

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Friday, April 1, 2022

Situation Football : Coming Out

Spending time on Twitter talking and reading about offensive football and game planning made me come to the conclusion that to many coaches spend to much time during the season on planning for situations that don't arise more than 20-30 times a season. One of which is coming out of the endzone inside the 5 yard line. When studying my own film over the past 4 years, we were coming out of the endzone 3 and in no more than 20 times in a season and when you move it to the 5 no more than 30 times a season. Highest was 18 inside the 3 and 27 inside the 5.

On average it was 13 times a season inside the 3. What we developed each summer the past 2 years going into the season was 1 formation that we would run inside the 5 and 3 plays off of it. We settled into 12p, 1 play call would be a shot (Bobby Bowden famously said if we are in our own endzone get ready someone is fixing to score), 1 simple run with RPO and then a 3 step pass play. We practice this every week in a 5 minute minute period. 3 plays rep it, rep it and rep it.


 

My advice to anyone going into the season no matter what offense they run is to find a formation, design 3 plays out of it and stick to it and see how much easier this makes life. 

 Attached are 4 clips of this:

Clip 1: We got a 5 yard penalty backing us up into the 5 and we stay with the split zone call. Split Zone is our number 1 run play.

Clip 2: We are in TE/Wing Trips and we take a shot to our D1 WR, he doesn't come down with it, great play by the DB and not great placement by the QB, but well worth it for us to take a shot in 1 on 1 situation to the best player on our team.

Clip 3: On second down we call Post/Over and hit the crossing route late in the 4th allowing us to milk the clock, 2 H-back formation here.

Clip 4: The 1st down call, which was split zone again. NOT a huge gain but gave us the breathing room we needed.


 

 

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Sunday, February 6, 2022

100 Empty Formations by Chris Parker

 Just when a coach thinks they have seen everything... BOOM. Another hidden gem appears on the World Wide Web. Let me introduce Coach Chris Parker. Coach Parker has provided some excellent insight on his website .




Who is Coach Chris Parker? 


As I head in the offseason, I look to study other's offenses. I am a verbiage junkie. I am always asking other coaches what do you call power? stick? verts? So when I saw Coach Parker's book on 100 EMPTY FORMATIONS... I was like, whoa. I gotta check this out. 


119 pages of information! It is truly a boy's dream, since we all know that boys are visual learners. 
The Book is divided into sections. 
Part I: The Basics
Part II: Quads and flipping the Strength
Part III: Over
Part IV: Same but different
Part V: The "T" sets
Part VI: Bonus!!!

Oh, by the way, Part VI has 36 more non empty formations. 


Each page has a great layout. At the top is the diagram followed by the information including: 

  • What is unique about this formation?
  • What problems does this formation give the defense? 
  • Notes

What I really loved about the book was the box of goodness titled,
"What plays did Coach Parker like out of this formation?" 

Coach Parker's answered varied:
  • No Motion
  • If they over-adjust to Quads
  • If the TE side is better
  • Strong side attack
  • Weak side attack
  • Jet Motion Series

Each diagram had at least 4 answers, so do the Math. 400 answers. But alas, no play diagrams. (The title is 100 EMPTY FORMATIONS...not plays...  maybe a sequel is in the works?)

Here is the layout. 



I can't really say which are my favorites... So many choices! I will say I liked "Part IV: Same but different." Diagrams 75-82. What do they look like? Buy the book and find out! 

I did message Coach Parker for some film. Enjoy! 


It's not all PASS


And more....



Overall, a great book. Well designed. A ton of information. I'll wait for the sequel of diagrams. ;)


Coach Parker can also be found on Twitter. 

@chris_parker222





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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Getting your best player the ball when he is not the QB or RB

I think every offensive coach prefers and loves when there QB or RB is the best skill player on offense. It allows you to get the ball in the hands of someone who will touch the ball either every play or at least 10 plus times a game. The trick becomes what happens when that player is a WR or a TE. That means that you have to be more creative in getting that player the ball. For me this past season our best player was our X Wide Receiver. #1 Motion Him Into the Back Field Here on this play we are in 22p vs a 3-4 quarters team, we motion the WR back into the back field to create 32p and we run buck sweep with him.

#2 Put him at Quarterback Here we get in unbalanced, H-back trips and we call QB Power. We block this wrong but we get a crease backside and our best Player is able to find it and get a 15 plus yard gain out of the play

#3 Screen Game If you are a fan of this blog you know I feel as though the screen game is one of the most under used offensive weapons out. I try my best to throw 6 to 8 a game. We were a heavy iso/Power team at my last school so we threw the screen off the power look. I think this is one of the best ways to get your best player the ball.

#4 BONUS - Screen Game The Shallow Screen 1 of the best 1st and 10 and 3rd and Long Plays
#5 Take A Shot!!!! Each week, we tried to find a heavy formation 21/30p that would get the team we were playing in Cover 3. We would max protect and take a shot. Basically throw it to X unless, double covered then throw it to Y. As long as our guy was 1 on 1 we were happy about the matchup!

 

 

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

3 Different Tags for Power & A PA off of it...

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This entry into the blog will focus on three different ways to use the power blocking scheme in your run game and a play-action that pairs perfectly with it. If you follow me on Twitter you have seen various clips on this and YES, the diagrams and rules are in the book. BUT it's power, who doesn't know it! 


1st play up is Power Read, here is a little secret I will let go of. I love Power Read from Empty and the bonus is, this is a key 3rd and short play for me.
Stack the formation run power and attach a now screen. This is simply the easiest way to dress up Power.
I spoke about my love of Power Read earlier. I think the Toss with it, is currently the best way to run it right now.
If you are going to run Power Read, you need to run Rail off of Play-Action. This is the most successful Play Action pass. I have ever had.



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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Coach JT O'Sullivan's RPO Course

Wow. 

Just...

Wow. 

Not since the incredible "Mind Blower" by Coach Keith Grabowski, have I been this impressed by anything out in the cyberspace.  


I was able "enroll" in this Teachable course. And I was blown away at the sheer amount of content. Over HOURS and HOURS of videos!


Ten Chapters of information include

  1. Welcome
  2. RPO Overview
  3. The Keys To Learning Any RPO
  4. The Run
  5. The Pass
  6. The Option
  7. Why Do RPOs Fail?
  8. How to Protect RPOs?
  9. Bonus Material
  10. Next Steps

Here is a small preview of the course...



This course is not just for a coach, but a fan or player. Coach O'Sullivan details each part of the RPO. What pass options he likes best. Here is one example.




Coach O'Sullivan use the Power Playbook from Just Plays Sports Solutions. 



This short article cannot do justice to Coach's course. You just need to "enroll" in it. 

You can follow him on Twitter... in two places!



Oh, and he has a YouTube channel that is excellent. 


In addition to the RPO course, Coach O'Sullivan has two other Teachable courses. So much content, how can anyone sleep? 





And here is a freebie from Coach! 

Coach O'Sullivan loves to talk ball... He has been on Coach McKie's channel several times. 







Okay so it may be pricey.... whatever...

It is a high end product. No echo or no lighting issues. Annotations are spot on thanks to a Wacom tablet and Epic Pen tool (Soooo cool, I bought both!). BUT, Coach O'Sullivan is always running specials for his courses, be on the lookout. But really the price of the course may be equal to what you could have spent on hotel rooms, beverages, and food this past year. The difference... This expands your mind not your waistline. And never goes away. 

Note: Be aware this course is long! It takes time to digest! I did watch sections several times. 

RPO stands for Run Pass Option, but in Coach O'Sullivan's course it should stand for REALLY, PRETTY, OUTSTANDING. 


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