I'm old fashioned and run the play in with an X and rotate those guys play by play. Or, at least, I used to be. I finally went to wristbands. I always hated the damn things on the principle of "seriously why the hell can't you just remember the damn play."
Last year? We were limited to "Pro Right Near Power Right" because my X's couldn't remember the play for 3 seconds to run it into the game.
This year? We installed "Over Bunch Trips Left Near Zoo F Counter Left". I send in "23".
Don't forget: just because you've always done it that way doesn't mean there's not a better way. Keep learning.
Agreed. I'm a DC and we give the LB's wristbands to signal in the defense, which they call to the team. For years we'd signal in the front with a single-digit number then added another number if we wanted to run a stunt. The problem is that sometimes somebody would make a mistake and mismatch a front with a stunt that we can't run with that front. To avoid that, earlier this year we made everything a double-digit number, including the front and any stunt. Another problem developed, though: Some of our stunts had to be run from the wide side of the field. That had never been a problem until this year when we're loaded with young players. Now, we've added the strength call to the stunt call on the wristband.
Do I feel smart for finally changing? No, I feel like a freakin' idiot for doing it the old way for so long.
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