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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 Icing on the Cake Every year, when we survey head coaches of state championship teams, we learn something new about the coaches and teams that won state titles the previous season.This year, for example, we found out that the vast majority of teams use a no-huddle, hurry up offense at least some of the time and 31% use it all of the time. That’s amazing when you consider that only a handful of teams were running no-huddle only five years ago when we ran a cover story that asked, “Should You Ditch Your Huddle?” It turns out the answer was yes.While the on-the-field trends are always interesting to follow, ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6272&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 A Full Lower Body Workout For our complete lower body workout, we have six rotating stations. Over the course of our training period, we begin with joint and postural stabilization and then conclude with training to express force quickly. The primary goal in this phase is strength endurance, joint and posture stabilization, and a strict focus on technique. Just because you’re in one phase does not mean that components of other phases will not be present. We always warm up and do core, stretch, and/or meditation at the end of each workout.     All stations, besides stations two and six, call for weight ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6273&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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Keep in mind, however that football exertional heat-related deaths have occurred at temperatures as low as 82 degrees with a relative humidity index at only 40 percent. If heat and humidity are equal to or higher than these conditions, make sure athletes are acclimated to the weather and are ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6274&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 Down Block If you are a tackle or tight end and you can down block, then you will play. We have reminded our players of this for the last twenty years. The down block is the most important block in our offense.There are four phases to the proper execution of the down block. The first phase is footwork. To be a good down blocker you have to bring your feet to the block. The first drill that we do every day is “One-Step Bird Dog.”FOOTWORKStart all offensive linemen in a stance with their heels on a line. On command, they will take their first step and hold their position. 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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 Coach to Coach: The Mental Fundamentals: Goal Setting Building Perspective    The first game is just around the corner, so we call a team meeting to assess our direction for the season and set some goals. When I ask the kids what their goals are for the season they seem to reply with the same answer every year, “win league, win state and beat our rivals.” Winning seems to be the theme for every goal. Even the coaches I’ve worked with base all of their goals around winning. It reminds me of that famous Lombardi quote “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”.    Well, in pro football winning is eve... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6276&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 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 AFM’s Annual State Champions Roundup State Champ Coaches’ Profile    Average Age = 48    Average Years as a Head Coach = 13    (22% have 20 or more years experience)    80% are coaches and teachersWhat are some of the reasons for your success? (multiple answers)100% said Coaching Staff98% said Players72% said Parents Support69% said Strength and Conditioning57% said Administration33% said Boosters35% said Facilities and equipment17% said “other”“Other” included tradition, culture, work ethic, dicipline.Coaching Facts:  Work Ethic 40% Spend at least 13... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6277&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 Big D: Defensive Line Philosophy and Daily Drills for an Aggressive Front One key to a strong defense is that each position group develops the fundamental skills required to consistently execute their individual assignments. Here is our defensive line philosophy and an outline of the daily drills we utilize to help our players compete at a high level.  Defensive Line PhilosophyWe pride ourselves on being a fast, aggressive front that plays with exceptional fundamentals and discipline. We prepare, practice, and compete with tremendous energy and attention to detail every day. Success is founded on mastering basic individual techniques by consistently working to ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6278&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 Complete Package: Becoming a complete wide receiver includes becoming a better downfield blocker. Blocking is critical to becoming a complete wide receiver. Blocking as a receiver is about effort, position, and leverage. A complete receiver always puts as much effort into blocking as he does into catching passes. It is great if you have what it takes to run clean routes to get open and catch the football, but what if the play that’s being called is a running play? Will you do your part to ensure the play is a success and that a teammate has a great opportunity to score? Or, will you just play lackadaisically until a passing play is called? Do the latter and your value will quickly fall, ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6279&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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It’s that one player that can turn the game around. If he touches it, you may lose fi... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6280&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 Flex Fronts: Stop offenses by using a different front on every play. As I watched Clemson and Auburn play in BCS games last January, I wondered how many high school coaches will be going to the spring coaching clinics put on by these schools. More importantly, what are defensive coaches going to do to stop these types of offense? Tight ends are becoming a huge part of offenses. While there are some teams that don’t ever use one, other teams use three on one play. We have to be able to line up against all of these formations.In Florida, we see a different type of offense every week. One week it could be the spread and then the next week the Wing-T. We play a t... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6281&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. 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Not only do we want to be able to stop or control the trip formations but we need to be multiple and not be one-dimensional in our call options. To give you a quick idea of our defense, we do everything off field and boundary. Breaking down film, we found that around 80% of our plays last season were on a hash. That is a huge statistic and something that we feel we need to play against. In our defense, we align our players based off field and boundary, not strength of receivers or strength of formatio... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6282&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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The focus is on getting aligned, proper communication, correct angles, and great effort. This drill sets the tempo for the rest of practice. Going hard every time and sprinting to the football is a point of pride for all of our players. We have three pursuit drills:•  “Oskie” Pursuit Drill: Oskie, a common term for an interception, alerts the def... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6283&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 From the Coaches Bookshelf: Maturing Process Bill Courtney turned a group of at-risk teens at Manassas High School in Memphis into a tight, highly motivated football team that was the subject of the 2012 Academy Award-winning film, Undefeated. He also converted an abandoned piece of property into a $45 million dollar lumber company. Courtney has since become a consultant for PepsiCo, Nike, and Fed Ex. This excerpt is from his recently-published book, Against the Grain: A Coach’s Wisdom on Character, Faith, Family and Love.Too many players get caught up in their own internal drama. They forget that the team must always come first. A cla... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6284&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 A Question of CHARACTER The NFL High School Player Development Program presented by the National Guard helps thousands of high school athletes develop strong character.From an athletic standpoint, the hundreds of camps of the NFL High School Player Development program presented by the National Guard help thousands of high school student-athletes refine their football skills using drills developed by a collegiate coaching staff. From a competitive standpoint, HSPD organizes the nation’s largest 7-on-7 tournament, with hundreds of teams competing in NFL cities followed by teams representing every NFL team meeting to ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6285&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. 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Through external benchmarking visits, (2005-Colerain High School in Cincinnati; 2008- Air Force Academy; 2010- Naval Academy; and 2012 Grand Valley State) we have become committed to a one gap 3-4 scheme based on personnel that is undersized, assignment-oriented, and gritty. Over the last several years our formula has remained the same at its core but is constantly being re-evaluated and revised. Since adopting this system, we have reached the state finals in In... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6287&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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This article attempts to help you do both. Parts of my interview with my high school football coach, Ralph Munger, head coach of the Rockford High School Rams (2004, 2005, and 2008 Division 1 State Champions in Michigan), are presented here along with in... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6288&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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