10 Pre-Season Practice Mistakes – AFM Article

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.

  1. Don’t practice in a sterile environment – Purpose, Urgency & Movement
  2. Don’t underestimate the importance of tempo by creating competition – Compete in drills as much as possible – Winner and a Loser
  3. Don’t schedule long amounts of time for individual group and team periods – 10 minute stations vs 20 minute which are too boring
  4. Don’t schedule mandatory water breaks – Water anytime players want a drink
  5. Don’t condition if it’s not conducive to football – Keep a high tempo, run everywhere but not gassers
  6. Don’t use conditioning as a form of punishment – Take away something like playtime
  7. Don’t incorporate three-a-days during summer sessions – Don’t wear down your players
  8. Don’t install your scheme slowly; use the overhaul method – Stimulate players so they see big picture
  9. Don’t neglect the value of special teams – It’s every 5th play so its important!
  10. 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.

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