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January 2008

January 2008


How To Get The Most Out Of Practice Time ­ As An Assistant Coach

by: Joe Schotland
Assistant Coach, Westwood High School (MA)
© January 2008

Football programs at all levels ­ from Pop Warner to the NFL ­ have to deal with similar challenges. Your practice time is limited. Your playbook is unlimited. Your next opponent presents numerous difficulties. As a result, many coaches struggle weekly with the same dilemma: How are we going to get all this done? The answer, of course, is that every staff must get the most of practice time. But how? While many clinics, books, and articles advise head coaches how to plan a week or day of practice, there is too little advice for an assistant coach on how to plan the part of practice he is responsible for: the individual period, or ³indy." This article hopes to fill that void.

The first key is that the coaches must communicate well among themselves. At the pro and college level, thatıs often easy, because coaching is a full-tim....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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