I am often amazed when the conversation among coaches turns to the value of having a playbook. I am amazed at the reasons (excuses) some colleagues give for NOT preparing a playbook for their athletes.
- “It is a waste of my time, they won’t even read it”
- “It is a waste of my time, it will just end up in the bottom of their locker”
- “We install on the field, that is the best way to learn anyway”
- “We change what we emphasize each week, so our offense (defense) is really fluid… it’s tough to capture that in a printed playbook”
- “Kids learn by doing”
- “We just teach the play concepts, so being able to draw up a play is not that important”
- “I did not have time – there are so many other, more important things to do”
- “Kids just don’t have the attention span any more… they are used to playing video games”
- “Kids don’t read any more – they would rather watch a movie instead”
These reasons (excuses) all have some validity…
- Some kids DO learn by doing…
- Some kids WOULD rather watch a movie than read…
- Some kids will NOT read the playbook…
- Some kids DO have short attentions spans…
- Some kids DO relate to video games more than the written word.
Some, but not ALL kids
Without a doubt, publishing a good playbook is hard work and a time consuming project. But let me pose these questions to you…
- If having a playbook helped just one athlete perform better on one play during the season….
- And that one play made the difference between winning and losing one game….
- And that one game made the difference between being conference or district champions…
- Would you publish a playbook for your team?
There are no guarantees in coaching… but if having a playbook is going to help win one game… for me the time spent is a good investment.
Tomorrow, a look at different learning styles, technology and what might be called “The Playbook of the Future” – but it is within reach today!
Jeff Floyd – firstname.lastname@example.org