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.
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.