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A Little Help From Your Friends The Beatles told us that you can Get By With A Little Help From Your Friends……And nothing could be more true within the world of coaching football.  Your Membership in American Football Monthly provides you with a golden opportunity to submit YOUR EXPERIENCE to be shared with your fellow coaches. We want  you to consider contributing and helping your peers become better coaches. Do you have ideas you always wanted to share? Do you have techniques, practices, methodsthat you learned over many years that would save other coaches hours/years of trial and error? Nothing ca... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6477&output=article
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Every Program Needs a Speed System Like the One at Southeastern Louisiana For the past 20 years it has become understood that football speed training is beneficial. However, what’s often missing in speed programs is the lack of a technically sound system. According to the definition of the word ‘system’ it’s “a group of related parts that move or work together.” This is the very essence of what makes a speed program viable. Many organizations throughout the country address the issue of speed training but may not be aware they could be missing the most important aspect for gaining sufficient results – a system.Every coach desires to produce the greatest return for th... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6478&output=article
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Conditioning for an Aggressive, Up-Tempo Offensive System Up-tempo offenses have become more and more popular at all levels of football and whether this is your team’s offensive philosophy or not, chances are that there are several teams like this in your conference or on your schedule that you must prepare for. Before we can begin to discuss the particulars of conditioning for an attacking, fast-paced style of play such as the up-tempo offense, we have to take a look at the dynamics of a typical football game and how we try to alter those dynamics based on style of play. Finally we will look at what it takes to prepare physiologically and psychologi... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6479&output=article
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Linebacker Movement Drill Progressions When developing drill progressions for your position group, it is important to break down the points of emphasis that you want to develop on a daily basis. Since individual period time is so valuable at all positions, it is crucial to stay organized to maximize the efficiency of the drill work you accomplish with your position group. By breaking down a position through film study we are able to create drill progressions that fit our scheme, personnel, and practice scripts to accomplish proper fundamental development.At linebacker, there are multiple fundamentals that must be covered in order t... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6480&output=article
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Priorities For a Championship Off-Season Great programs realize that getting better every single day is a key to winning championships. This is as true in the off-season as it is during the season. Thus, establishing off-season priorities often helps programs move forward consistently. Here are some suggestions for establishing off-season priorities that will help any and every team move forward this off-season.Use Data WiselyLook at your season stats. Where do you want to improve? Create a specific plan for addressing weaknesses. Decide how you will coach for progress (drills, coaching points, feedback methods, etc.) and create test... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6481&output=article
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Leadership Strategies Jeff Hancock is the head coach at Vidalia High School in Louisiana. He recently took part in AFM’s “Leadership Survey”. Included are his responses:How do you develop responsible and respected team captains?This question is best answered by talking about my Senior Leadership Council. For our program, the seniors are the leaders and sometimes decision makers for the program. Bringing them in for meetings to discuss policy, setting standards, and letting them know what I am planning so as to get their thoughts. I do this because they are seniors. It’s their team, not mine, and not the assistants,... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6482&output=article
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Post- Season Priorities - Wrapping up one season and transitioning to the next are critical times for successful programs When your season ends, do you kick back, relax and get away from the game for a couple months? Of course not. Whether it’s formulating and implementing an off-season strength and conditioning program, ushering in a new group of players and preparing them for the following season or putting together motivational exercises, every successful coach knows that winter presents an opportunity for physical and mental team building.To find out how the best coaches approach the post season, AFM asked six state champion head coaches to share their strategies and priorities for the winter months. They inc... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6483&output=article
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Missouri Protection - Teaching Pass Blocking Fundamentals to Running Backs Using the right technique, four protection drills will help your running backs protect the quarterback.When we teach protection, there are a variety of drills that I use. I start with the base of the body, which are the feet, and I work my way up to the hands and the upper body. I start with the feet because that is where everything begins. A phrase I use a lot when coaching is get the right “Body Position.” I talk to running backs about blocking the defender with their feet.The other area of great importance is their hands. Same as the feet – the RB needs to understand the position they need ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6484&output=article
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3-STEP PASSING ROUTE CONCEPTS - Various ‘concepts’ gives the quarterback run and pass options for each play. The foundation of our passing game is built on the three-step passing game. Over the years we have combined a variety of concepts for our three-step foundation to make these concepts more difficult to defend. These are the staples of our three-step passing game.“Now” Concepts•  This is a concept used extensively to beat soft coverage by the corner.•  We use it by calling a run in the huddle followed by the word “Now”.•  The term “Now” alerts the QB and WR’s that based on the depth of the coverage (7 yards or greater) the QB has the option on the snap of the ball to stand up and ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6485&output=article
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Effective Strategies for Dealing with Man - Coverage Beaters: Stacks, Bunches and Mesh ULM’s 3-3-5 defensive scheme is known for its aggressive style of play predicated on five and six-man pressure. To effectively utilize this type of defense, the pass coverage system must be proficient in man-to-man coverage. The ability to play cover 1 and cover 0 allows the defensive line and linebackers a great deal of freedom to find numerous ways to pressure the quarterback and stop the run by outnumbering the offense at or near the line of scrimmage. Of course, no defensive scheme is without its weaknesses, and over time, offenses have developed a number of strategies aimed at diminishing... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6486&output=article
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Creating Turnovers Through Ball Disruption As a head coach for 11 years, I have also worn the title of the offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator, and even though I am an offensive coordinator by heart, I realize more and more in this profession how important your defense is to your program’s success. As a defensive coordinator, one of the things I like to do after every season is review each game film and try to see what made us successful and what hurt us each game. Defensively, the main things I like to focus on while watching film are: our alignment, assignment, tackling, team pursuit and ball disruption (turnovers). Recen... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6487&output=article
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Subscribers Ask with Shawn Liotta part II Shawn Liotta is the offensive coordinator at Clairton High School (PA), a team which averaged 59.9 points per game in 2014. Clairton also averaged 12.8 yards per play and 510 yards in total offense per game, even though the PIAA Mercy Rule was in effect in the second half of 12 of the 16 games his team played. His offense is aptly named the ‘No-Huddle, No Mercy’ offense.Along the way, Clairton’s quarterback, running back and wide receiver each set school records last fall. Liotta’s team became the second highest scoring offense in the history of high school football by amassing 958 points over... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6488&output=article