I just read a great article in American Football Monthly by Mike Kuchar, 10 mistakes You’re Bound to Make at Pre-Season Practices. The article outlines St Thomas’ Coach Glenn Caruso’s top 10 practice mistakes.
- Don’t practice in a sterile environment – Purpose, Urgency & Movement
- Don’t underestimate the importance of tempo by creating competition – Compete in drills as much as possible – Winner and a Loser
- Don’t schedule long amounts of time for individual group and team periods – 10 minute stations vs 20 minute which are too boring
- Don’t schedule mandatory water breaks – Water anytime players want a drink
- Don’t condition if it’s not conducive to football – Keep a high tempo, run everywhere but not gassers
- Don’t use conditioning as a form of punishment – Take away something like playtime
- Don’t incorporate three-a-days during summer sessions – Don’t wear down your players
- Don’t install your scheme slowly; use the overhaul method – Stimulate players so they see big picture
- Don’t neglect the value of special teams – It’s every 5th play so its important!
- Don’t underestimate the importance of a walk-through period – walk through before full speed
This is a great article on practices. If you are not a subscriber of American Football Monthly , you should subscribe today.
Have a great season. Play for Fun and Winning is Funner.