Ever since the spectacular, one handed catch in the end zone last season by New York Giant’s wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., you see it being talked about everywhere.  You can even find acrobatic, two handed catches while performing a backwards summersault all over YouTube!  Are these spectacular feats?  Yes, they certainly are but I can only imagine receiver coaches such as myself, all across the country, pulling their hair out because one handed catches go against the fundamentals we constantly preach and that is to “use both hands to catch a football”!  
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10 Traits of Mentally Tough Athletes

There is no doubt, mental toughness is one of the most important traits of an athlete. Another word to describe mental toughness is ‘GRIT.’ It’s the ability to work hard, to push yourself to your limits, and to respond resiliently to adversity or laziness. What do you do when you just don’t feel like working-out? Mental tough athletes have a response for feelings of laziness, entitlement, or the feeling of ‘being owed’ something without having to pay for it… and that response is they FIGHT BACK with the traits listed below.

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What Are You Doing This Off-Season?

It’s easy to argue that off season training is the most important phase of any football skills and conditioning plan. Not only will it help the athlete to recover physically and psychologically during the season, it will be hugely important to neurological and physical development of any player.

1. Neurologically, off-season training is where you can consistently repeat your basic technique movements (based on your position: backpedal, throwing,

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The16 Hour Day of Texas HS Football Coaches

Everything is big in Texas including the work hours, heart, and commitment of the High School football coaches. The following video shows a day in the life of Arlington Martin football coach Bob Wager, who spends 90 hours a week on the job.   A classic line in the video is, “I’d rather work 90 hours a week in a job that I love, than 40 hours a week in a job that I hate.”  (Video below by Jared Chrisopher/Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

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Bet Against Me!

In the video below, “Only Two things You Can Do,” the Patriots receiver defies the critics who once questioned his ability to be a difference-maker in the NFL. He reads the 2009 post-draft report that labeled him “too small” and “a gimmick prospect,” all while showing how hard work and determination got him to where he is today.

Never forget that It’s not the size of the man in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the man.

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How to Master the 40 Yard Dash Start (Part II)

In the first article I showed you how to effectively arrange your muscles and joints in the optimal position of a sprint start, based on loads of real world evidence and sound scientific research. Now I’m going to show you how to properly transition from your established setup so that you can maximize your first step and subsequent acceleration to record faster times than you had before! There are 6 essential elements that will be discussed.

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Becoming a turnover mentality defense is a lot more than just telling your players every once in a while we need to create more turnovers. Coaches need to practice and promote turnovers week in and week out to become that turnover machine defense that every team wants to be. By having days like “Turnover Tuesday” , or “Fumble Friday” makes the players realize, and gets them excited about creating turnovers. As a coach, show your players different ways to recognize and create a takeaway.

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Players Win Games and Coaches Lose Them

There is a saying in sports that many of us have heard and that’s “Players Win Games and Coaches Lose Them”.  It sounds good and I hear it referenced often but what does it mean?  The success of a player is a direct reflection of the player/coach relationship.  The player/coach relationship is many things.  It is a coaches job to organize his team in such a way that his players are prepared for success.

I have five coaching “musts” that enable players to win games and they are as follows:

    1. Coaches must teach the players the proper fundamentals of the game
    2. Coaches must put each player in the best position to succeed
    3. Coaches must create a system that best takes advantage of the skills of the players he has
    4. Coaches must prepare players uniquely on a week by week basis depending who the upcoming opponent is
    5. Coaches must formulate game plans that take advantage of 1 through 4 on this list
So,
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Without a shadow of a doubt, the 40 yard dash remains the absolute most popular football athletic measure.  Athletes, coaches, and parents long to lower their or their athletes times to make a major impression everywhere.  Although there are several variables which affect a player’s stock at anytime (i.e. confidence level, experience, work ethic, instincts, collective athletic ability, etc. etc.) there is no denying the 40 helps performance for ANY player on the field.  Now I’m going to address several key techniques and our specific start training system to help immediately shave a few hundredths to even a tenth of a second off of your 40 yard dash time. 

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