Post by Chris Clement on Sept 21, 2017 9:18:32 GMT -6
I try to be very tolerant of refs that make errors in fact. The game moves fast and you don't always see things clearly. There are tons every game and I figure they even out.
I'm less tolerant of errors in procedure, where the right call is being made the wrong way. When I see a PI call with three flags thrown (when there are only 5 refs working the game) I know that someone's not doing their job.
But I really can't stand errors in law, when they just bungle the application of penalties and such. It's been happening a lot this season, especially with offsetting penalties where the refs are going off-script to come up with something "fair." Our opponent was recently robbed of a down "just because?"
Our league has an interesting situation coming up. A team lost a game played under protest and won their appeal to the league. What happened was that the centre was over the ball and lifted it to adjust it. There was absolutely no confusion over whether this was a snap. No other linemen were in any stance yet, nobody was set, there was no formation, just the centre adjusting the ball. This centre happens to be in the habit of standing upright with the ball to adjust it and then return to his stance. There is an ancient bit of bro-rumour that any lifting of the ball off the ground constitutes a snap, and it persists in certain regions where nobody ever leaves or returns. So the defense snatched the ball out of the centre's hands and took off with it. The refs ruled it a snap and a fumble and awarded possession. They did the same thing later in the game.
So this went up to the ministry that has jurisdiction over all sports at all levels in the province, who I'm sure were flabbergasted. The game has been stricken for now, and we'll have to see if it will affect playoff standings, which it likely will as these teams are likely battling for 4-5 in a 6 team league where 4 make the playoffs. At which point I have no idea what they'll do.
Post by Chris Clement on Aug 17, 2017 17:04:36 GMT -6
When we run long its because players are involved in the discussion. When there's time we play a game where player 1 is at the board and player 2 gets to call a play and a defensive look (front, blitz, cover) for player 1 to draw. They can pick anything they want from the gameplan and the scouting report, or if we've already played once that week we'll limit it to that day's D&D focus. Once player 1 finishes he gets to pick player 3 from the group and then pick the play/defense to draw.
Post by Chris Clement on Aug 17, 2017 13:08:06 GMT -6
Organizing your meetings beforehand is huge. There's no reason to be going over every single clip from the entire practice, going over it three times to figure out what happened, then trying to come up with something to say. Do that on your own beforehand and if there isn't a really useful coaching point to be made then cut the clip out of your meeting cutup. Everyone ssaves so much time this way, meetings go faster, you can hold their attention, and you end up focusing on the key points you wanted to make.
Engagement is also a great way to keep a meeting flowing. Get them invested in their own education, ask open questions and get a discussion going. If a guy has a bad habit of making the same mistake over and over again turn it into a running gag.
But by far the most important thing is cutting out unnecessary plays. A single practice can easily generate 200 clips, and there's absolutely no way you're going to go through all of them with the whole group and get something meaningful out of that meeting.
Post by Chris Clement on Aug 16, 2017 6:48:16 GMT -6
Well if we're talking quality player, we could probably still use a QB right now because it's a real big weak point for us and even just a solid player would be a big upgrade. It's hard to answer in the abstract because it's not a gamechanging player, it's an opportunity to replace your biggest weak point.
Post by Chris Clement on Aug 9, 2017 7:28:01 GMT -6
I'm pretty sure there was no claim in that article that "99% of ex-football players are walking around drooling on themselves from beating their brains silly over the years."
There are lots of issues with the current research and evidence and there's definitely some moral panic going on but the more insidious "threat to the game" comes from within. Denialism and a thread of anti-intellectualism do not make a good long-term plan.
Post by Chris Clement on Aug 6, 2017 18:41:51 GMT -6
Well originally I thought it was just a piece of fabric to convert a 6 into an 8. Even still, one player has a single fabric number sewn next to a printed number? It'll work, but I doubt it will look good.
Post by Chris Clement on Aug 4, 2017 7:33:49 GMT -6
So you're going to punish him for doing an above-average job?
To OP: maybe just a slight rephrasing-you opened the critical part with "only thing is," which (in the mind of a frightened and insecure child) can tend to undo the opening compliment. Instead maybe try "great job picking up the stunt, next step is striking the looper."
I had similar issues last season with my RBs in pass pro, they would square to the blitzer and get absolutely rocked. The day my fifth string kid took a pass pro stance and a good inside position I didn't even mention how his hands were down or how his kickslide was all kinds of screwed up, we focused entirely on the positive that he'd put himself in the first position needed to succeed.