I agree, and hear you out. But unless you as a staff/HC want to die on that hill, then it is going to continue to be a problem. If you really think about it though, I am sure it is the same as on our team. Where it is a small group of kids that need to go through a mouthpiece a week because they lose them.
If you get a chance to watch scout film with them, ask them questions about who they are going up against.
DL - see how number 77 leans back in his stance when pulling? Notice how they are trapping the 3 tech? look at 65's feet, they are dead, what pass rush move is appropriate against that?
LB'ers - When 25 motions flat what are the two plays they are going to run? Look at how tackle veers up on option, his angle of departure. Notice the speed of the jet motion compared to when its Jet and when it isnt Jet.
DB's - Look at the body posture of number 1 when it is a run play and when it is a pass play. Every time they bunch there is always going to be a crossing route. 13 is susceptible to a reroute, we need to take advantage of that.
Anything you see, point it out. Then reiterate how these are the things you should be looking at. This is how you should be watching film. Give them examples of specific things to account for and some will add that to their mental data base and watch for it in future weeks.
Anyone have any success painting a field from scratch. We have no markers on practice field and not sure how to square it up. Any advice?
Burn the lines in once with kerosene or diesel fuel. The line will last all season. Each week you go over them with paint (or lime), etc.
If you go this route, and are still a bit weary about painting a field. I would do it once in paint so you can visibly see your field came out well before you permanently scorch your field for the year. I recall a thread similar to this one in the past, where someone did it with gas AND really screwed up marking their field so they had a big mess on their hands.
A more expensive version compared to the rubber maid suggestions, but it is quite nice. We have one to hang our helmets and one for Jerseys, game pants and spare cleats. They come with the option to put them on tracks so you can slide them like stacks in the library, but we just have our two on wheels.
I think this is the time where kids need to hone/learn how to hit and tackle. While the NCAA and the NFL do less and less hitting in practice, there comes a time where the kids need to actually learn how to properly and safely engage a tackle or a block.
The crusade to eliminate concussions are, IMO, doing more harm then good. By trying to fit the NCAA or NFL model to high school teams. At some point these kids will have to learn how to hit. If everything could be done with fits and just telling them how to do it, there would be no need to even leave the field house.
We get 5 competition days and 12 helmet and shoulder pad days.
Those 5 competition days count as one helmet and shoulder pad day.
Honestly, outside of limiting shells during practice, I like what the competition days have done. Because coaches have to get the most out of days when shells are worn, we get a lot out of these competition days. Typically the skinny's will do 7 on 7 for the first half. The lineman will do 1 v 1 pass pro/run blocking. Then the teams come together and do 11 v 11. Obviously, nothing to the ground.
So while it is frustrating trying to teach lineman, in particular, the technique without shoulder pads, I like what it has done for these competition days. Not just 7 on 7 where everyone is running 2 man and the lineman go off to lift heavy things; but real competition where the teams can come together and practice real football plays/reads.
We have freshman, JV and frosh. But we will have the Freshman show up at the JV games and run special teams for the JV, this helps incorporate them into into the team and gives them a reason to show up on Saturdays instead of doing run/walk/jog.
I would add to correct/give them advice in private. I am a firm believer that unless the coach is doing something so outrageous or dangerous, you let them go/call for a water break, then correct them when the players are not around. Kids pick up quickly who they should/shouldn't listen to.
Then in the same vein, give them free coaching points to tell the kids. I can recall a few times when I was watching the end of a JV game and see something. I will quietly relay this information to my JV coaches and allow them to speak with a sense of authority and echo's what I want accomplished.
Doing all this earns them more respect from the kids, you are still teaching/correcting, and it makes them feel invested when they can relay the information to the youngins
You steak it, shake the line straight and go from there.
How thick is the string on that reel? We've always used kite string because that's all we've known.
Diameter of the line is the size of a corded shoe string, like on work boots.
The things I do not like about kite string the few times I have used it is: it can be a mess to roll up and try to re-ues and it is flimsy so it is difficult to shake straight and easier for the wind to push the line.
I like competition in Indy's. So even if it is LB'er on LB'er. One has to play the Guard the other has to be the LB'er. If one loses or gets blocked, make them do 5 up downs/push ups/what ever. It can be short, and not that taxing but enough "extra work" where they do not want to lose.
You get slower reps, but where be surprised by the quality of reps you will get as they do not want to lose.
And if you have any sort of fondness for who ever runs the equipment for your team, it makes their life a whole lot easier. No more, someone took my knee bad, or one missing butt pad. The built in girdles are worth it.
I will say, however, the one big down side is if one piece of the girdle fails (i.e. rips) then you are out a complete set of pads. But even if it does end up costing you a tiny bit more due to wear and tear, it is worth having it all together for storage, speed of getting dressed and making sure they are wearing it properly.
And yes, I agree more and more kids are trying to get away with not wearing knee pads. You see it in the NFL and the NCAA where their pants are so small it is like they are wearing Bike shorts which are cut off above the knees.
You steak it, shake the line straight and go from there.
It is more then possible to do it on the cheap, though I feel will add up to more hours on the field in the long run. Obviously find your material for the line you want to use. As stated above, I would stay away from Kite string and at least go with something a little thicker. Make a loop where you can put a steak into one end of your rope and measure out 360 ft. and at minimum one other line measuring 160 ft. Also If you go this route I would make at least two width lines and two length lines, so when you layout the field you can Box/Frame it up. This will help assuring it is square. If you have more lines, lay one on the 50 yd line to ensure your field isnt bowing in the middle.
Then I think I would have to measure out the 5 yards with a tape measure after laying down the lines. I would be too worked that if i put a zip tie or something else of the nature on the line it may move over time. That is the nice thing about the pioneer lines in the link above, It is made for football fields so every 5 yards there is a notch on the line.
That is how I would do it, If I was on a budget. And like I said I never used the BSN product, but even that seems quicker then the method I mentioned above. I have painted the fields around here for a long time and the Pioneer product is the only way I know. Either way, you dont want to spend more time painting a field then is necessary, it is time consuming and a cumbersome task to begin with. IF possible I would recommend spending money on these admittedly, over priced items.
Sounds like the HC is more upset with the individual then the actual playbook. Atleast I hope so. I think he is too close to the situation, and realistically I do now know why you would want to use someone else's playbook.
Call them and ask for the rejected helmets, I'm not sure if it is too late this year, but if you ask them to send them back to you they will with some of the parts gutted out and a tag or sticker saying rejected.
It is obviously easier for them to just hold on to them, strip them if they want, and not deal with packing and shipping them back.
If by portable you just mean removable at the end of practice, we still have a water troft I made years ago and it couldn't have been easier. Long piece of PVC, cap it at one end, thread at another, then put a shut of valve on it. Drill some holes and you have water.
If you want super portable and want to get creative we also have a product that we affectionately have always called the "water Bong". Dont use it much now a days, but it was a cooler, on a dolly, with a hose going into the cooler and leading up to a water pump in a box above it. The water pump ran off a 12v? battery (one of those large square ones) and split into 6 different lines that all had little shut off valves on them.
Indiana they are all together. 6 Classifications. I know Illinois has a separate Private/Public where they are all in different classes and different tournament. There are like 8 classifications.
To relieve some of the tension Indiana has also added a "Success Factor". So there are arbitrary points given if you win a sectional, regional, semi-state, state championship game. If you accumulate 10 points in 2 years you bump up a classification. This helped solve some of the perennial powerhouses playing beneath their competition in the playoffs and winning every year.
This success factor isn't just for private schools and have seen a few public schools bump up as a result. Only one team so far (Rule is about 6 or 8 years old) has transcended 2 classifications and that is the best private school in the state.
No club football in Texas. Only Class 6A and 5A schools are allowed to have padded spring practices. Most schools wait until the beginning of May to start spring ball to allow for track and baseball to get through their district competitions.
Just out of curiosity, what is the logic in only allowing big schools the advantage of having padded practices in the spring? Doesn't seem very equitable.