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We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Letter from AFM: 2014 - Was Something Missing? Except for the NFL and college playoffs, the 2014 season is complete. Looking back, in high school, college and the NFL this season we saw great individual and team efforts, stunning upsets, dominant victories, miracle comebacks and record-setting performances. Everything we’ve come to expect from the game in the modern era.But something was missing this year compared to the recent past. That’s the relentless and overwhelmingly negative media coverage of the dangers of football, particularly in terms of head trauma. We didn’t have as much gloom-and-doom reporting this season and, frankly, that... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6326&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. 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We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Speed Report: Running Ahead of Speed - Stimulus for Training Incentives (Part II) In our last article on running ahead of speed, we focused on in season concepts that aide the transition of off season development. In part two, here are suggestions and methods that can help stimulate your athlete to strive for higher production. Working year-around can sometimes be mundane, which will disrupt the concentrated and continuous focus needed. Their sense of purpose is significant for sustaining collective desire for reaching objective goals and benchmarks. Speed training is much like lifting in certain ways. However, sensing a gain in development can sometimes become a bit elusiv... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6327&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Strength Report: Teaching the Clean: From A to Z (Part I) We are constantly teaching our athletes how to move better and more efficiently. Our whole program is based on the concept of clean movement patterns, which is stability and mobility through the hips, trunk, and thoracic spine. From there, the ability to control your own body in space, then finally strengthening movement patterns that will benefit movements and learning how to generate, apply, and receive force in any way needed to perform better are our goals.Most of us that played high school and/or college athletics have probably at one time lifted a barbell from the ground to your chest, t... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6328&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Safety First: Be Safe In Your Weight Room (Part I) Safety is a critical element at every high school and college weight room. AFM spoke with three strength and conditioning coaches about weight room safety procedures including Jim Kielbaso, the Director of Total Performance Training Centers (MI), Jim McGuire, the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning at Merrimack College, and Dan Leary, assistant coach and strength and conditioning coach at Seaside High School (OR).How do you instruct your athletes on safe lifting procedures and practices? Kielbaso: Safety begins on day one when we teach technique, proper weight selection and we... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6329&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 <img style='vertical-align:middle;height:24px;' src=http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/images/video_player_icon40x32.gif valign=middle height=30 > Drills Report: Running and Tackling Drills - A Twist for TNT Drills Similar to other teams, we spend time each week working on tackling and turnover (TNT) drills. In the past, we typically felt satisfied at the conclusion of each TNT drill as our defense seemed to grasp the fundamentals of tackling and forcing turnovers.  However, when we reached game day and even team practice scenarios, our drills did not seem to translate to the field. Often, we missed tackles (especially in open-field situations) and our players suddenly lacked focus when it came to forcing turnovers.  After a few close losses, our defensive staff came to the realization that our... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6330&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. 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Anything less than a championship by the time he’s a junior or senior will be a great disappointment. It’s game time, and he knows everyone’s watching. He can feel the pressure. His stomach doesn’t feel so good. He’s getting nervous. He feels like throwing up. His palms are sweaty. It’s Friday night and there is no retreat. Wha... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6331&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. 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Our first year we struggled but won th... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6332&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Cashing In - Use some of these creative fundraising techniques to bring extra dollars to your program and motivate players. Virtually every high school program in America relies on fundraising activities for at least some of their football budget. Whether it’s to purchase necessities such as uniforms or program enhancements such as camps or dinners, fundraising can go a long way toward making “wish-list” items a reality.Fundraising activities also tend to unite players behind a common cause and bring together members of the community in support of the team. Courtesy of AFM readers, here are seven creative fundraising efforts employed by coaches that not only raise much-needed funds but foster team and community spi... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6333&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. 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Here are the responsibilities of the skill players for each one.Spider (Diagram 1)Spider is a spaci... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6334&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Defensive Backs Techniques, Fundamentals, Tips and Drills (Part I) The defensive back position today is perhaps the most physically demanding of any player. He must be able to tackle much bigger running backs and run with wide receivers that have world class speed and the height of a basketball player. Athleticism, hard work, determination and intelligence must be added to God-given talent and instinct in order to play effectively in the secondary. Here are some tips for defensive backs at all levels that you can share with your athletes.Tips For DBs1.  Know your proper stance, alignment, responsibility and technique on every play. Others are depending o... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6335&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. 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We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Special Teams Winning Edge (Part I) I am a believer in our special teams philosophy because we have seen great success in every major category  at two different universities – North Greenville University and Gardner-Webb – at two different levels of college football.My first few years as a special teams coordinator was trial by fire. But what I did learn is that you have to completely embrace the role because all great programs are sound and explosive in the kicking game and you have a chance to create a culture of toughness that can quickly spread to an entire team. At Gardner-Webb, we inherited a very difficult situation.... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6336&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Never Stop Learning: Coaching Clinics - 2015 Now is the time to make your plans for coaching clinics in 2015. Here is a listing of four premier organizations that will be conducting clinics across the nation during the winter and spring months of 2015.Nike Coach of the Year Clinics The 2015 Nike Coach of the Year clinics will feature the nation’s top coaches speaking at 15 different cities throughout the country. Coaches can register for any of the clinics by going to www.nikecoyfootball.com. Some of the featured speakers include head coaches Mark Helfrich of Oregon, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, TCU’s Gary Patterson and Michigan State’s Mark D... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6337&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Helmet Maintenance 101 - By Michael Valentine, Equipment Manager, Northern Illinois University and Melisande Resendiz, Assistant Equipment Manager, Northwestern UniversityFor football coaches, athletic trainers, and athletic equipment managers, player safety is the number one priority for their athletes. One of the best ways to support that endeavor is to have a certified athletic equipment manager on staff. Established in 1973, the athletic equipment managers association (AEMA) added certification for members in 1991. The certification program represents a level of competence, professionalism, and accountability to o... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6338&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. 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In a nutshell, Abrashoff created... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6339&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Character is the Key By Jim Place, Retired High School Coach   Each year you have 10 scheduled games. Every team will set their goal at going 10-0 but the reality is that very few teams have the physical talent to reach this goal. The reality is that each team has a four game swing based upon their talent. For a given team based upon their talent the best record may be 7-3 and their worst 4-6, other teams 2-8 to 5-5 or 9-1 to 6-4.    This is the range of records that is realistic for your team to win based upon a realistic appraisal of your talent. This is a huge swing. How do you ma... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6340&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. 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Categories include Personal and Professional Attributes, Administrative Procedural Abilities, Knowledge and Practice of Medical-Legal Aspects, Theory and Techniques of Coaching, Personnel Management, and Public Relations Skills. Download Here... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6342&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. 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Now, as Director of Strength and Conditioning at New Mexico State University, Decker supervises an Aggie program that is housed in a recently-renovated strength and conditioning facility.When it came... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6341&output=article