DEVELOPING YOUR COACHING PORTFOLIO

When coaches ask me what they can do to stand out in the job search process, I ask them if they have their coaching portfolio prepared. Many coaches aren’t sure what a portfolio consists of, let alone have one prepared! The coaching portfolio is a tool that provides a potential employer insight on you as a coach and a person. It can answer a lot of questions for a potential employer before an interview even takes place. It can also be the difference between getting the interview or having your resume placed at the bottom of the stack.

So what does a coaching portfolio involve? In this article, I am going to give a few examples of things that can be included in your portfolio. The portfolio should be a direct reflection of you and your philosophies on building a quality athletic program. Even if you are applying for an assistant coaching position, your portfolio should provide a look at how you would build your own program if you were the head coach. Continue reading

Power Opposite Motion

“Does anyone know the plays at left tackle?”  Like many small high schools, our junior varsity team often consists of whatever bodies are available.  So, we play many junior varsity games with several starters playing ‘new’ positions.  And more than a few of these guys are the same ones running laps for not paying attention during practice.  So for obvious reasons our junior varsity playbook is pretty slim and most games we have to try to make our living running power and wedge.  And while we aren’t exactly blessed with huge numbers in our program, we make up for it by not being blessed with an abundance of talent, speed or size.

So we usually find it tough to just line up and run right at the defense over and over and over each game.  The truth is there are very few football teams at any level who can get away with just lining up and running right at the defense every down.  You need to get creative and use some smoke and mirrors.  You need to run some form of counter.

Whether you choose counter, counter criss-cross or reverse you are going to need quite a bit of practice time to perfect what is essentially a completely different scheme with completely different techniques.  If you do not have the time, or perhaps the experience, then running ‘Power Opposite Motion’ may be the counter play for you.  Or if you already have one or more counter plays installed this might allow you to add yet another counter play with minimal effort.

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Running power opposite motion was an evolutionary process.  We were a Wyatt terminology team using gap-down-backer as our main blocking scheme.  When we first began running the Double Wing in 2004 we started with the basic power play (Rip 66 Super Power, above).  Rip motion refers to the left wingback (A back) would go in orbit motion to the right, while the right wingback’s motion was referred to as LIZ motion. Continue reading

Fullback Wrap-Around Draw

Every year several different discussions will pop up on the various football forums surrounding what some call a trick play and others call a hidden hand-off or even misdirection.  I have seen this play given many names including Wrap Around Draw, Ghost Trap, Ghost Draw, Pimp Juice and even just FB Draw.  The basics of the play are quite simple but it can have devastating effects when executed correctly.

Whether the QB is under center (most people run it from this type of formation) or in the shotgun, the QB either drops back or rolls out to show pass (some coaches even have their linemen yell pass to confuse the defense and add to the fake of the QB).  At the snap of the ball the FB will take his position (this will depend on the formation or offense you are running) and settle in with one hand on his far hip creating a pocket and his off side hand resting in front of the pocket to help ensure the ball doesn’t get pushed too far through the pocket.  This technique is demonstrated here:

As you can see, even with no other players in view the actual exchange is quite difficult to see no matter the angle you are viewing it from.  As it occurs faster and faster in the technique video the exchange becomes almost invisible.  Of course it is extremely important for the FB to pause and sit still with the ball on his hip while the defenders’ eyes follow the QB farther and farther away from the ‘new’ ball carrier.  Then once he can afford to wait no longer, he must explode up the field and gain as many yards as possible.  As you will see in the video examples below, the more patient the FB, the more effective the play tends to be.  Of course it helps for the FB to have some speed for once he is in the open field but it can work with slower FBs as well. Continue reading

The Wild Bunch: A Conflict-Theoretical Approach to Football Offense

Internet Gridiron Guru Ted Seay has finally published his book about his Wild Bunch Offense … I asked and he was kind enough to give us a preview of the book … 

If interested here is a link to the FACEBOOK PAGE.

And here is a link to the AMAZON PAGE if you want to buy it.

About the Book:

For the football coach and/or athletic director looking for a winning edge for their program; for the fan who yearns to dig beneath the game-day blather of TV “experts”; for students of conflict theory who find themselves attracted to the American version of football because they sense far more strategic thought at work than with, say, soccer; this book is for you!

The Wild Bunch offense features “modular” elements of some of the best-known football offensive systems of the past 50 years, and it does so in a way that maximizes deception and misdirection through what I call the “unity of apparent intent” – making one thing on offense look like another, and another, and another, long enough to confuse the defense and prevent the kind of swarming gang-tackling that the best defenses feature. These “modules” include play series borrowed from the Air Raid passing attack, the Fly Sweep offense, the Bunch passing attack, and the Run & Shoot offense.

A long time in gestation, the elements of the Wild Bunch system were first shared over Internet coaching boards in the late 1990s, and the offense has been in use ever since in both North America and Europe. As a result of my “day job” as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, I have been able to clinic and install the Wild Bunch in five countries on three continents, as well as spreading its basic theory and premises to coaches in some 8-10 other countries.

The present volume represents a number of milestones for the Wild Bunch: First publication; first simplification and codification of its plays into four series; and above all, first working of the Wild Bunch offense into the larger framework of my professional and academic research on conflict avoidance, amelioration and resolution theory, or CAART. This last point has occasioned two major differences from previous collections of Wild Bunch plays which I have posted along the way to Internet coaching forums: First, an in-depth analysis of the strategic underpinnings of North American (American and Canadian) football; and following from that, a spirited defense of the game itself in the face of what appear to be concerted attacks on its very existence, starting with youth football, but aiming inexorably at the game in every form.

While other books have dealt with components of the Wild Bunch offense, none has put together its modular elements into the kind of seamless whole which can misdirect defenses at will and increase scoring opportunities for smaller and less-talented squads. Nor has any football book on a particular system gone into such detail on the strategic infrastructure of the game – into the “Why” of offensive maneuvers, rather than simply the “What” and “How”. The great advantage of understanding why to call certain plays is, inter alia, to better know when to call them – when the opponent has been sufficiently deceived as to allow priceless scoring opportunities, no matter how superior they might appear to your squad on paper. Continue reading

Zero Technique: How to Run Out the Clock

Zero Technique: How to Run Out the Clock.