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AFM Wants Your Input

From our very first issue back in 1994, one of the main objectives of our magazine has been to give coaches a forum in which to share ideas, opinions and outlooks on the Xs and Os, issues and people that make the game of football today.

In keeping with that principle, we at American Football Monthly want to stress how important your input is to us. We want your clinic articles, story ideas, tips, opinions, interesting stories, memories and anecdotes as we plan and create future issues of AFM. Send your thoughts and ideas anytime to Rex Lardner, Managing Editor, or call (800) 537-4271.

Guidelines for Submitting Clinic Articles:

We are driven by the idea of getting the best coaches in the game to share some of the secrets of their success with other coaches around the country. Our editorial staff is looking for coaches to provide insight into the schemes and drills that have made a difference in their programs. Over the years, we have had "clinic" articles from a virtual who's who from the college and professional game. This idea has worked very well, and we are now the only trade journal designed exclusively for the football coach.

Coaches who submit clinic articles for the magazine receive the tremendous rewards of having his ideas published in a professional journal. The notoriety and professional recognition your team will receive will be worth the effort.

In order to make the task as easy as possible, the following guidelines should be used as a basis for the article:

• The text should be as specific as possible about a certain portion of your offense, defense or special teams. Please keep in mind that our readers are coaches and will use your article to improve their programs. Therefore, it should be written in a very technical manner.

• The article should be approximately 1,500 to 2,500 words in length.

• You should include descriptive diagrams that depict the subject matter referred to in your article. The diagrams should be clearly labeled and you should indicate within the body of your article where the specific diagrams should be placed. Note: Diagrams MAY be hand-drawn.

• If possible, please also include a drill that your team uses to improve techniques and/or to make practice more competitive and interesting.

• It is highly preferable that all articles are typed, rather than hand-written, to avoid errors in reading your copy and ease in editing.

• All articles should be submitted by email, or via regular mail on diskette, to the Managing Editor.

American Football Monthly
Attn: Rex Lardner, Managing Editor
840 U.S. Hwy 1, Ste. 330
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

• Finally, please have your media relations department send us COLOR photos of your team depicting the action (game or practice) referred to in your article. We can use color prints, slides, transparencies or digital files. If sending digital, please save as .jpg's, compatible with Mac-based Photoshop, and scanned at least 300 d.p.i. Don't hesitate to call if you have questions about sending photos.