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.
I dont think this is an easy black and white answer, it is a whole lot of gray.
We have leaned more towards team needs, to the detriment of the player but for the overall advantage of the team. I do think there is a threshold where you leave a kid at his spot while hurting another position or finding somoene else to train there. If the kid is a stud ILB (especially if he is younger) I think you leave them at that postion and try to find someone to fill the other hole. If he is Okay to good, then you really need to start thinking about what is going to help the team.
This is a question I have weighed myself, and do look back and question moves, but you do what you think is best for the team and as long as everyone buys in, you should be alright
Dont have any specific information for you, but depending on the design you use you can buy a bunch of connectors and use that to adjust your chutes.
Assuming they are going to come down to some sort of base, you can then cut 1 inch of PVC, a straight connector, 1 inch of PVC, a straight connector, etc. So the base will have 3-6 connectors with a little bit of PVC connecting each one.
You wont be able to change it super fast, but it would allow you some wiggle room and the ability to change it for the next practice. Just a thought.
There needs to be some sort of positive or negative reinforcement/punishment. Its simple classical conditioning. The problem with Quarterly Eligible/Ineligible is that the kids get to keep practicing bad habits such as not studying, doing their homework, sleeping through classes etc.
Some kids just hate school work, I know I certainly did. But habits need to be taught and reinforced. That is why I feel the ticket into the weight room idea is a good one. It immediately gives the kid feedback that if you want to do A you need to do B. It starts to instill good habits.
You can say if you dont do all the things you need to do in all your classes then sometime in October there is going to be consequences but it is too late by then and the damage has been done. Little steps such as Allowing them to weightlift, taking away reps, rewarding them with something weekly if not daily is the way to go IMO.
As far as individuals go, when we are trying to practice our skills and work on reading and defeating a block, and the effort starts to drop, I will simply add 5 pushups/updowns/situps. Anything really. It doesnt have to be a, I am going to run you into the ground because you suck mentality, but just a little short "punishment" for getting reached, or as the offensive lineman, not reaching the DL. This is easy and it goes a long way.
I totally get what both you and 5085 are saying. We practice 5 days a week during summer for 3 hours a day in afternoon heat that is tickling 100 degrees for a large part of the summer. On top of that, we're on a turf field so add another 20+ degrees. Other than the CIF mandated 3 week break they don't get any time off. Kids tell me they just don't want to sweat their balls off "wasting their summer" to play 10 games for a HC they "think is a prig". They think the reward is not worth it. They can join the basketball team and practice indoors 3 days a week and play in multiple tournaments all summer or they can join baseball, have morning workouts 3 days a week and play in multiple tournaments all summer - and then be even better for those sports when regular season rolls around. As a kid I loved football but I'm not sure I could have argued with that logic. We have a ton of kids that "should" be playing but they just don't want to. It's a different world.
I anxiously await you more experienced guys to enlighten this stooge.
If I had to practice "5 days a week during the summer for 3 hours a day in the afternoon heat.." I probably would have been looking for the Soccer field too (although we didn't have Soccer then).
I think this is also a good point. We went through a restructure of how we run our summer program about 5 years ago because we felt we were practicing too much and by the end of the season the team was burnt out.
You are always going to lose some along the way, but look inward to your program. Are your freshman joining the team too small in numbers (ergo, look at your feeder programs) or are you losing too many along the way (look at your program).
We had to bring our Frosh up to JV a few years ago. Honestly, it worked out really well. It gave the JV enough depth, allowed the young kids to learn one position (two platoon), and allowed the Varsity coaches to work more with the freshman. So I would whole heatedly recommend bringing the Freshman up instead of bringing the JV up.
One sales pitch is try to get the top tier athletes (or at least those with the delusion that they are), that colleges prefer a multiple sport athlete over one who specializes. There are plenty of coaches who are on the record saying such a sentiment.
Outside of that, try to incentivize your players to do the recruiting. Not saying that you cant talk to them and give your pitch, but if you do helmet stickers award a sticker if they bring someone new out to practice even if they dont stick it out.
Lastly, we allow freshman to turn in their equipment once the playoffs start or stick around and continue to practice (they would get all the patches/trophies the team earn if we go on a run). And one of the more lack luster excuses we get when asked why they are turning their stuff in is "I am going to focus on my grades". While this is a great idea, many times these kids are jacking around after school waiting for a ride and doing nothing of the sort. I never really had a good answer for this except guilt them when we walk by to go to practice, but be prepared for this to be an excuse as well.
I don't think it teaches the kids about life when you basically say,"well they decided he wasn't good enough and went with the better option so they're not welcome". That my friend is reality. Anyone who disagrees like participation trophies.
I agree with freezeoption , I think you may be missing the fact that they offered his kid. Alabama gave their word saying I am going to offer you a scholarship.
While they may have someone one better, they are still going back on their word. Real life analogy would be you marry a woman and then found another one who was "better" so you divorce your wife for an "upgrade". Your word and commitments mean something.
While my confirmation bias would love to just read the headline and say absolutly this study is perfect, it isn't.
As much as they criticized other studies for having too small of a sample size, I do not think their population is nearly high enough to try and draw a relationship between the two groups.
Participants Three youth football leagues (2 tackle leagues and 1 flag league) with a total of 3794 players (3525 tackle football players and 269 flag football players) participated in this prospective cohort study.
The Tackle football leagues also spanned from 2nd grade to 7th grade. And as reported in the study there are far less injures in sub 6th grade football.
My point is I wouldn't take this to the bank and use this as the rock to build this argument around until more studies with preferably bigger population sizes with a more narrow scope (i.e. just 7th graders) comes out.
we don't stretch before practice and it has worked out fine for us. However, we do tell kids if they need to stretch and warm up get out there early and take care of, what you need to take care.
That being said we stretch our butts off before a game and the hypocrisy/waste of time is not lost on me. Our team stretch is normally a good hour before kick off, we then break out into O and D, then come inside and our Offense starts with the ball 90 percent of games. So our defensive players can end up being a good 35-40 minutes after stretching before they play a rep in a game.
I agree that a lot of it is creatures of habit, doing it because it has always been done type of mentality. That and I can see all the coaches in the stands being upset if Johnny got hurt in the 3rd quarter and blame it on the fact that we did not stretch before a game.
Ours runs East/West. We have a very tall tree line so the sun is normally just an issue right at kick off at the start of the season. But even then it is 50/50 depending on which way we are receiving.
We had one team on our schedule who's home stands faced West....Film is very close to unwatchable. This is truly frustrating. Equally frustrating is how some teams have visitor press box's. That film is also quite terrible.
If he is good enough for Alabama then there are 120 some other D1 schools that would love to have him. This is how change occurs. His ban made national news. If the principle would have backed the coach it would have sent a larger message to all College Football Recruiters and could potentially help kids across the country and not just one high school in Louisiana or wherever this high school is.
We are two platoon so our offense is in White, Defense is in Black, All JV is in Blue, and Freshman are in Yellow and Navy. We look like a freakin rainbow out in practice, but doing this allows for ease of scouting. We will bring out a handfull of practice jerseys with the sleeves cut off and the neck widened for the handful of kids that we may use on both sides to scout.
We send them out with the Riddell Rep when he also comes to recondition our shoulder pads. The shoulder pads rarely get rejected but they will also recertify them in case there is some sort of or severe break down in the cushioning.
I see you are from Michigan. I assume you are talking about SportsAddix. We won a set of Jerseys from them this year. We only wore them for one game and then gave them to the team. I cant speak for a season but they did hold up well for that one game.
If I am correct in assuming the company, I will say compared to our other jerseys they did then to fit a bit big even though they told us they ran smaller than normal. The material also seemed a bit thin, but like I said for that one game I didnt see any tears or any real wear on them.
Monday is install, walk-thru, we often dont even get the 2 sides together.
Tue/Wed: indy, inside run, group, etc.. then team. Both offense groups run scout, alternating plays. Since reading cards can take a while, this is how we keep the tempo up. When we go 1st O, the defense usually rotates every 5-8 plays, 1st & 2nd defenses alternating
This sounds very similar to how we do it, except we send the JV to go work on team stuff with the freshman when the varsity sides come together
As others have stated, think of intensives rather than punishments. Whether you can make weights mandatory or not, create competition and develop a culture around the weight room as a place kids want to go to, not that they have to go to.
Figure out all your programs values and rules, make them clearly available so all can read and understand them.