Tis the Season

Like colorful fall foliage, there are a few things that, for me, herald the upcoming football season …fall foliage

  • My wife, Jamie’s, birthday… 8/8/64… a square root baby… through the years her birthday celebration has always been a little shortchanged because it falls right when fall practices are gearing up… she has always (mostly always) been very understanding.
  • Wedding anniversaries… my anniversary… 8/13/83… along with MANY coaching colleagues fall during the last week of July through the first week of August. For the old-timers, the first official practice day used to be set at August 15. I was married on a Friday, and started 2-a-days the next Monday. This year was our 31st … (we celebrated by going to see Rod Stewart and Santana at the Sprint Center.)
  • Heat… although this year has been slightly different in Missouri, normally when football fall camp started, you can count on the heat index being around 100+.
  • Blog stats… The stats on my blog site show a huge spike on the posts dealing with football… especially the game planning posts. During the last couple of weeks, there have been nearly 700 views of posts relating to game planning… 9 out of the top 10 posts (based on traffic) are on game planning, and there have been over 500 downloads of my game planning tools from the site.   Coaches are grinding!

Good luck to everyone as they head into the 2014 season… enjoy the journey… embrace the grind.

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What will your verse be?

Jeff Floyd:

I first posted this after the 2014 Academy Awards… thought it appropriate to repost today… All around sad day

Originally posted on You Can Do More!:

Last night during the Academy Awards, the most recent iPad Air ad (which originally aired during the NFC playoffs), titled Your Verse, ran a couple of times.

The commercial features the audio of a speech by Robin Williams from the 1989 movie Dead Poets Society.  The movie won the 1989 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for three others, including Best Picture.  And, as you probably know, the film was about a high school English teacher.

  • An iPad Air commercial during the 2013 Academy Awards…
  • That originally ran during an NFL playoff game…
  • Which was pulled from a 1989 Academy Award winning film…
  • About a high school teacher…
  • Who was quoting a Walt Whitman poem

I love the verse and sentiment of the ad…

“That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse….

That the powerful play goes on, and you may…

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Pre-Season PD

It has arrived… the last two days… the bane of all coaches, especially fall coaches.

Professional Development In-Service on Pre-Season Practice days.

Now, I never wanted to shirk any of my teaching duties or responsibilities, but I can remember stressing, mentally going through “to-do” lists, and thinking to myself virtually every minute of each session …

“Man, I have soooo much to do… I should have gotten up earlier (like 3:00 AM instead of 5:00 AM)”

Now, that being said, each year I go back to something I learned over 30 years ago in my first year of teaching and coaching.   I was at Blue Springs High School, and was an assistant in Fred Merrell’s football program. Coach Merrell would always say, before each clinic we attended that,

”If I can get just one thing out of a clinic, then I consider it worthwhile.  I don’t think I have ever been to a clinic that wasn’t worthwhile”

So with Coach Merrell whispering in my ear, I approached this year, as always, trying to find that one kernel to take away that will improve my teaching and coaching.

This year it slapped me in the face… and a Seth Godin post that I read early in the morning was prescient:

Analytics without action

Don’t measure anything unless the data helps you make a better decision or change your actions.

If you’re not prepared to change your diet or your workouts, don’t get on the scale.

Most of the last two days has revolved around data… from Performance Based Teacher Evaluations, to MSIP, MAP test, STAR test, and all educational related data in between.

student data

The big takeaway… finding efficient and productive ways to use all the data we have access to…. and how can we best use the data to help improve the performance of our students?

How does this relate to coaching?

  • What data do you collect in your football program?
  • What are you measuring?
  • What are you testing?
  • How are you using that data?
  • Do your players understand how and why you are using the data?
  • What data are you collecting when you scout an opponent… or yourself?
  • How are you using that data?
  • Are you using it?

If you’re not prepared to change your diet or workouts, don’t get on the scale!

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And WHY?

The other day I was out for a run and during my “cool down” (a real misnomer when the heat index is above 100 degrees) my son called. When I answered he gave his usual greeting of “what are you doing?” When I replied, “I was out for a run” he said “and WHY?”

I laughed off his rhetorical question, but it did get me in a contemplative mood on my walk back home. Why do I workout?… why do I run?

photo-10When I got back home and opened up this months copy of Runner’s World I was hit with the same query … “Tell Us Why You Run”

The reasons have evolved.

When I was young and a competing athlete, I worked out to improve my performance.   I wanted to “be the best” sprinter, defensive back, shortstop, etc. I was always “chasing” something.

I still remember the record board in my elementary school gymnasium. I wanted my name beside the 60 yard dash and shuttle run… when I went to high school I wanted my name listed for the 100 yard (yes yard back then), 220 yard and 440 yard. I wanted to start on the football team and be an all conference player. These types of things drove me to workout… to run… through my college days.

When my competing days were over, I continued to workout, but the reasons changed. No longer was I chasing records or playing time. I worked out for the same reason many young or middle aged men or women do… to look better. I wanted to be lean, muscular, and strong. I wanted my arms, traps, and lats to bulge… signifying time spent in the gym.

But back my son’s rhetorical questions… “And WHY?” Why do I workout now? Why do I go out and run when the heat index is 100+?

  • I workout… run… now because I want to be “Younger Next Year”
  • I want to feel better…
  • I want to be able to physically do things I enjoy now, and also able to physically do them in 20 years…
  • I want to witness the great things my son, and his family will accomplish…
  • I want to LIVE…
  • The prize that I seek now is to be active when I age (active aging)…
  • I want to be healthy, mentally and physically … and runningworking outNOW will help.

I suppose I am still chasing something… but something that it will take 20+ years to catch.

You Can Do More… your brain is lying to you…. Don’t Believe It!

Jeff Floyd – youcandomore1@yahoo.com

 

Bronco Owner Pat Bowlen Is …

My wife, Jamie works for the company, Atria Senior Living.  They manage senior living communities… retirement and assisted living.  She is in sales, but also writes for the Atria blog.  This was her post from yesterday… it is fitting for this audience as well…

bowlen

On Wednesday, the Denver Broncos released a statement indicating the owner of their franchise, Pat Bowlen, is stepping down as a result of his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Bowlen has been living with the disease for a few years, but chose to keep this private.

As I listened to the reporters describe Mr. Bowlen, I was struck by the recurring use of the word “was.” Mr. Bowlen was this or was that.

In reality, Mr. Bowlen IS. He IS still very much alive. His family cares about him, loves him, and, I imagine, finds ways to adjust to his memory impairment on a daily basis.

Mr. Bowlen IS still the man who loves the Broncos, who established their winning tradition, who loves to bicycle. And, since his family lives with him, they will engage him daily by remembering for him that he loves all these things.

There will be days when Mr. Bowlen will feel a strong connection to his family because they encourage him to think about everything he loves: The Broncos, those Superbowls, the outdoors, bicycling, wearing cowboy boots, laughing at practical jokes and being part of the team. Mr. Bowlen IS. Let’s refer to him with the respect he and his family deserve.

Thanks to Jamie for her insight into this issue… you can read more of her posts dealing with a variety of topics at these links:

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Jeff Floyd – youcandomore1@yahoo.com

 

 

No Commitment?

Last night, driving home from football camp along a major highway in Kansas City, I had this billboard scream its message at me.

planet fitness

No Commitment?

Maybe a good business plan…

Not a good fitness plan…

Nor a good life plan.

You Can Do More… your brain is lying to you…. Don’t Believe It!

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Conor Oberst and the AFCA National Convention

How are Conor Oberst and the American Football Coaches Association National Convention related?

Get ready for a relatively circuitous ride…

If you are over 30, there is probably a good chance that you do not know who Conor Oberst is. The 34 year old singer-songwriter has been playing music for over 20 years … he released his first recording, Water, when he 13. He was recording folk music before the likes of Mumford and Sons, and the Avett Brothers made it popular again.

My 24-year-old son, Carter, has been an Oberst fan pretty much his whole life… my wife and I, not so much. When Carter was in middle school, Oberst and Bright Eyes (his group) populated our iTunes library. Carter would sit at the computer doing homework and listen to Oberst … we would make his wear headphones because the music was… well… pretty awful.

tdc_conorMy son and his fiancée have seen Conor Oberst perform live three or four times…. most recently a couple of weeks ago with my wife and I. My son informed me that “Oberst had a newly released record (Upside Down Mountain), I had to listen to it, download it, and we should go to the concert.”

I did listen and download… it was good…. very good… surprisingly good! The concert was excellent… really pretty awesome.

You know how iTunes works… you select an artist, click on a song, and it goes through all the songs on an album (either sequentially or shuffle) then moves to the next album from that artist.   Well, the other day I was listening to Oberst’s new album…an album that I like a lot. It went through the whole record, then started on the next album on my iTunes library, an Oberst vestige left over from when our son lived at home. In fact it was a tune from his first record, Water… and it was just as awful as I had remembered it… bad… really bad.

Juxtaposed against his new work, it was very evident how far Oberst had come as a singer-songwriter.

So, how does that relate to the AFCA National coaches convention.

AFCA_logoI had the opportunity to attend many of these conventions through the years. I enjoyed listening and learning from the best in the nation. One thing that always struck me was how many of the guys that had “made it”… that were successful coaches, at any level… had “paid their dues”.   Very few of them were “flash in the pans”.   If you looked at their resumes most had toiled as assistants… for years… at various levels… from high school to college, learning and honing their craft.

I am quite sure that if you were able to watch these “big name” coaches that had “made it” when they were early in their career… when they were graduate or student assistants… that their growth and improvement would be just as apparent as Oberst’s was to me.

  • You get good by practicing
  • Growth is normally incremental
  • Hard work pays off….
  • If you love what you are doing, it isn’t “work”…
  • Keep learning
  • Embrace the “grind”…
  • Enjoy the journey

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And as a bonus, here is a link to Oberst and Dawes performing an NPR “Tiny Desk” concert.

Oberst-NPR Tiny Desk

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Seven Days in Season

cmsu football25 years ago, during the 1989 football season at Central Missouri State University (now named the University of Central Missouri) Mark Hulet filmed a documentary chronicling a week in the life of a college football coach. The name of the movie was Seven Days in Season.

Mark went on to become a successful college football coach himself, coaching with me at the University of Central Missouri as defensive back coach, at William Jewell College as defensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator at St. Cloud State University.

The 40 minute movie is classic, and offers a pretty realistic glimpse into the life of a football coach at any level. If for no other reason, it is worth watching to get a good laugh at the fashions and technology of the 80’s.

Enjoy!

 

You Can Do More… your brain is lying to you…. Don’t Believe It!

Jeff Floyd – youcandomore1@yahoo.com

 

Film Grading Tool

Jeff Floyd:

Many of us find ourselves at this point of the year between summer workouts and before heading into the full-on madness that is “in-season”. It may be a good time to add some teaching/ coaching tools to your arsenal.

This is a post from a while ago, but with an added “bonus” . Coach Justin Meyers improved on the film grading tool that can be downloaded via this post, adding a formula to automatically tally all the “+” and “-” grades for each athlete, and use that to calculate their percentage grade. Great work, Coach!

You can download the new and improved spreadsheet at this link “2014Franklin“. I will add a video in the next couple of days to help explain the formulas used.  The formulas that Coach Myers added are on the second tab, “FranklinGradeout”.

 

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Film… video… has been a primary teaching tool for coaches since the use of 16mm film in the 1950’s.  Virtually every high school, college and pro team in the country films, and views game and practice video.  As a coach, I am constantly searching for a way to ensure that we are not only viewing or watching the video, but also analyzing and learning from it.  We always tell our athletes that they need to watch the video with a critical eye, and view it as a learning tool, which is much different than they would watch an NFL or College game on the weekend.

The process of “grading” game and practice video has helped to change the film viewing from a social event (like watching an NFL game) into a teaching session for both coaches and players.  I am sure most of you reading this post grade…

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50/50

When I began this blog over one year and 300 posts ago, I made a decision not to solicit from you, my readers, or inundate you with ad banners on the site. I value your attention and time and do not want to impose or waste it.

Today I am asking something of you.

My soon to be (end of this summer!) daughter-in-law, Cambria Potter is the director and curator of an amazing project called 50/50 KC. This project will put an art gallery, made of two shipping containers, in an underdeveloped area in our city (Kansas City) called the West Bottoms.

50/50 KC is important for our city, for the arts in our city, for the West Bottoms, for the environment… and yes, too, important for Cambria Potter!

Last month Cambria5050kc was awarded the Rocket Grant from the Charlotte Street Foundation to help develop this project. This weekend her team also launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help fund the costs of 50/50 KC, which is slated to break ground in one month.

You can click on this link to learn about Cambria and the project… there is a short (under 2 minute) video there as well: 50/50 KC Kickstarter

Here, specifically is what I am asking you… Visit, Back, and Share

  • Visit their Kickstarter Campaign Page
  • Back this project at any level you feel comfortable with (levels from $1 to $1000)
  • Share the information about 50/50 KC with your colleagues, cadre, and friends with any vehicle you use.

The sharing element of this is critical. Even if this type of project is not your particular cup of tea, I am guessing that somewhere in you group of friends, colleagues, or cadre, there is someone that 50/50 KC would resonate with, and who would love to help in some way.  Here are the links you can use to share:

Cambria and her team are also having a Kickstarter launch party (50/50 Kickstarter Launch Party ) next Sunday evening (July 13)… if you are in the area, please RSVP and join us. You do not have to attend the event to back this project using Kickstarter… but you will be able to back via Kickstarter at the event.

Thank you for your time… it is valued by me.

If you have any questions about 50/50 KC, please email or leave a comment!

You Can Do More… your brain is lying to you…. Don’t Believe It!

Jeff Floyd – youcandomore1@yahoo.com