It is like the Circle of Life.
As soon as one football season ends, the next begins.
The final whistle blows during the last game; the banquets are planned, awards given out, equipment stowed, then the real work begins preparing for the next season. Hard work by coaches and players alike will set the foundation for the upcoming year(s).
I always saw it as a fun, exciting time.
- It is a new year…
- It is a fresh start – everyone is “even”…
- No team has any wins or losses yet…
- There are no “starters”…
- Everyone is competing for a spot on the new team…
- New leaders step up…
- A new team “chemistry” develops…
It is a time for players and coaches to get stronger and better. Coaches develop their player’s mettle through their off-season conditioning programs. Coaches can hone their skills as well during this time. Between information available on the Internet, and the great coaching clinics all over the country, we can become stronger as well as our athletes.
Now is the time to expand your coaching comfort zone,
- Learn a new skill… (Making a Screen Recording…)
- Improve your playbook… (The Playbook is Dead...)
- Scout yourself… (Defensive Game Planning… )
- Check your offensive and defensive efficiency… (Becoming a Stronger Coach…)
- Host a clinic for area coaches…(Lifetime Learning …)
- Speak at a clinic… (Teacher = Coach …)
- Coach your coaches….
Now, for some shameless self-promoting… On this blog you will find information on many of these topics… with ideas from, and links to, other successful coaches as well as my own. You can search my blog by keyword, or click on a variety of topics such as:
- Defensive Game Planning
- Strength and Conditioning
- Godin (my favorite blogger)
In addition, by the end of the year I hope to finalize edits of my first iBook – Football Game Planning: Defense, and complete work on two new iBooks, Wanted and Rewarded: The complete guide to the college recruiting process, and Strength and Conditioning: A student led approach for high school and middle school athletes. I will let you know via this blog on how to get your copies of these resources.
I want to give a big shout out to Dion Clisso and the folks at PrepsKC. The work and logistics of putting together a timely, weekly magazine in print and online is quite an undertaking. I enjoyed being a part of it this season, and enjoyed following the story lines as the 2013 season unfolded… from the pre-season articles and podcasts filled with stories of hopeful anticipation, to chronicling several area schools march to State Championships. It is a great deal of work, and the folks at PrepsKC should be commended on the quantity and quality of their work this season. They continue to do a great job of promoting high school football in the Kansas City Metro area.
You Can Do More… your brain is lying to you… Don’t Believe It!
Jeff Floyd – email@example.com