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We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Building Champions to Win Championships We recently surveyed coaches on a variety of topics, one of which was their interest in having more information about leadership. An astounding 80% said they would like us to present more information on this topic that is so vital to individual and team success.With this issue of American Football Monthly, we are introducing a new monthly Leadership report – Building Champions to Win Championships. AFM has assembled a team of leadership experts to explore, define and communicate key aspects of this topic.In addition to the regular magazine reports, we are creating and will publish the  Bu... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6394&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. 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We will then adjust those main lifts for athletes with different body types and/or limitations.  Two reasons why we regard these two exercises as the most important are because they test lower body strength and also total body power. There is a very high chance that our players performed these lifts in high school, and the results of their max efforts in those lifts give players and coaches familiar feedback as to where the players are from a strength standpoint. With all of that being s... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6395&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 'CDT/-5.0/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 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 The Speed Report: Football Speed and Movement Training – Making it Relative to practices and Games Speed on the football field is every coach’s desire. The good news is that speed and movement can be developed. When I started developing football speed 36 years ago, no one believed it could be taught. How it was developed back then and even today, is still an issue that concerns me. Far too many programs are using inferior fundamental principles and, in most cases, they’re principles that fall short of the mark for maximizing results. Incorporating sound teaching fundamentals starts with the person setting and directing the training system. To best illustrate this, I’m calling on a colleague... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6396&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 'CDT/-5.0/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 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Drills Report: The Wall Punt Return The Wall Punt Return is easy to install and can vastly improve your team’s return yardage. We make a commitment to our special teams. Five days a week we hold a special teams period in which all of our coaches are expected to coach one aspect of that specialty. Each special team unit is then broken down by position where each coach can work on developing player fundamentals and techniques needed to be successful on that particular special team.General Rules of the Wall Punt Return:1.  Everyone must stay on sides, line up and always look like you are going to rush the punter.2.  Ends ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6397&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 'CDT/-5.0/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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Here are some tips for creating strong minds, bodies, and team chemistry this summer.Set Motivational ExpectationsGoing into the summer is a great time for individual meetings. Feel free to spread the r... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6398&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 'CDT/-5.0/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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The deciders may not be able to measure or quantify what they are looking for, but they feel they will know it whe... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6399&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 'CDT/-5.0/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 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Wisconsin: Developing a Defensive Game Plan In preparing a defensive game plan, there will be many things to take into consideration as you study your opponent. There will be many questions that you must answer about the opposing offense and your defense in order to put together a solid game plan. Below are several key points and areas that must be considered as you watch the game film and cut-ups. By “Defining” and “Identifying” your opponent’s offense you can begin to formulate your game plan:Define the Offense by:    I.  Situation        •  Down and Distance    &nb... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6400&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 'CDT/-5.0/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 'CDT/-5.0/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 > Using Zones for Kickoff Coverage – recognizing where you are on kickoff coverage allows your players.. Recognizing where you are on kickoff coverage allows your players to play fast and make plays.We pride ourselves on elite special teams play. This past fall our kickoff coverage unit was one of the best in our league and the nation. Over the course of 10 games, our unit only allowed an average of 16.39 yards per return and no return touchdowns. These results are attributable to a great group of players that embraced their kickoff role every week. When we teach our kickoff coverage, we start by breaking down the field into zones. Each player must recognize the zone they are in and understand th... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6405&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. 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A positive, challenging and competitive off-season program can help be the catalyst that can set a team apart from the pack in the upcoming season. No two strength programs are the same and one cannot claim to be better than the other. However, there are a few key building blocks that can help to lay the foundation for future football and weight room successes. 1.  Focus on training the core body. We utilize a periodized program that a... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6401&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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Because of the importance of fundamentals, we have decided to build them into our practice schedule. We call them the “Fundamental 5” or “Fun 5” for short. The first one is blocking by the entire offensive unit.Blocking is the one skill that all players have in common; therefore, we train them all the same. Once practice begins, all offensive players gather in a circl... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6402&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 'CDT/-5.0/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 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Maximizing Your Defensive Circuit Drills – Turnover, tackling, and block destruction drills can improve your defensive play. Every year we try to create themes for our team that we can use throughout the year to refocus our players no matter how our team is performing. We are also always looking for ways to maximize reps and be more efficient in practice time. One of the ways we do this is our SU Defensive Circuit (See Diagram). Defensive Circuit DrillOn defense, it is important to remember how important the fundamentals are, regardless of what scheme you are trying to run. 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We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Technology Steps Up – Aided by recent rules changes, tech companies now give coaches valuable new tools to analyze games in real time. Aided by recent rule changes, tech companies now give coaches valuable new tools to analyze games in real time.For many years, technology has been an integral part of coaching. From the advent of game film to the development of sideline communications to the introduction of today’s sophisticated online video services, those in the technology arena have strived to keep up with the needs of coaches and utilize the latest in high tech innovations.Now, by virtue of an important rule change in 2013 that is just now being fully realized, high school coaches everywhere are able to use video and softw... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6404&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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I’ve been lucky enough to have been involved as both.Just before my last spring at Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville, TN I hurt my back doing hang-cleans. It wasn’t much at first, but as the spring went along, my back started hurting more intensely and more often. I made it through spring practices, but not summer conditioning. I visited a doctor and decided that... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6406&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 'CDT/-5.0/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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Download the FREE FORM here... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6409&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 'CDT/-5.0/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 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Three Simple Things That You Can Do For your Players By Jim Place, Head Coach, Dayton Ponitz High School Think of how much we ask of our players. Sometimes a coach needs to take a step back and look at himself through the eyes of his players. If you do this, ask yourself, “What am I doing for my players?” I am sure you can answer the questions with a long list of positive experiences, but let me suggest three simple things to add to that list. 1 - Write the players a thank you note. You can send it two days before graduation, but it really can be sent at any time. It is a great way to end this phase of your relationship.... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6408&output=article