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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Your Intangibles

Height, weight, speed, strength, and technical skills are highly sought-after physical elements as a coach looks for the ideal athlete for each position on the football team. Physical talent, however, doesn’t always translate to success on the field.

The difference between being a mediocre athlete and being an exceptional one is the behavior, character, work ethic, and attitude of that player. These intangibles are often difficult to measure, but almost every coach out there will tell you that they are worth their weight in gold.
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The Football

American football uses an inflated, egg-shaped ball (scientifically known as an ‘Oblate spheroid’) with pointed ends. This symmetrical shape allows  players to throw the ball with a spiral (not wobbling). Early footballs were often made of inflated pig bladders, which led many to refer to a football as “pigskin.”

Professional and collegiate football regulations require teams to use leather footballs. These balls are made from four separate leather panels that are tanned a brown color.

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Football Game Rules

The sport of American football has several rules just like any other sport. In a High-School football there are total of 5 officials, or referees (NFL games have 7 officials)  that are on the field with the players. Each ‘ref’ has a particular area they focus on, but any ref can spot and call an infraction to the rules called a penalty or foul.

Impress your friends with your football knowledge… The head ‘ref’

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Expert Tips on Increasing Your Football Speed

Speed is the athletic attribute most evaluated by coaches. Your speed could determine whether you make the team, actually play in games or sit on the bench. No matter your position, speed is a vital part to excelling on the football field. It’s a reflection of your strength, power, and efficiency. The more powerful you are and the more efficiently you can move, the faster you’ll be on the field. Being able to control your body when sprinting,

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When training for the sport of football it is important to understand the principles of movement specific to football.  Football involves quick bursts of explosive energy.  By definition, this would be characterized by what is called physical power.  Power is the ability to move an object from point A to point B as quickly as possible.

To learn more read the ‘Power Mentor Method‘ (6 pages).

The vast majority of movements involved with the sport of football are power movements. 

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Your Recruiting Process

Most high school football players are unfamiliar with the college recruiting process when they first start receiving interest from various colleges. As a former college coach, I feel it is important for kids and parents to understand how the recruiting process works from the perspective of the coach.

Legally, college coaches can only send freshman or sophomore football players two documents, a questionnaire and a camp brochure. The NCAA prohibits anything else be sent prior to September 1st of a prospective player’s junior year.

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