After the season ended, you said goodbye to your seniors. You created your off-season programs for returning players, and they began the process of building their bodies for next year. And now, you’re planning which 7-on-7 tournaments you’re going to enter in the summer. If your guys were on the basketball court, the track or the wrestling mats in the winter, it’s time to get them the reps that will prepare them for a competitive summer.
But if you want to do what’s best for your team and your individual players, you say goodbye for a little while and send them off to play another sport for the winter, and maybe even the spring.
Depending on the state you live in, you’re in the early stages of the high school football playoffs (I’m looking at you, New York), or you have a few regular season games still on the schedule (Connecticut, Missouri, Texas). Successful coaches know that the playoffs require a few adjustments to the regular season routine.
When you decided that you wanted to coach high school football, you decided that, beyond the thrill of the competition, you wanted to share your passion and teach a new generation of players the life lessons you learned from the coaches you looked up to.
Even if you spend a lot of time on conditioning, players are still going to get worn down during a tough game. And tired players tend to lose focus on the details of fundamentals. In fact, some coaches say that their biggest challenge is getting players to use proper technique at full speed throughout all four quarters of a game.
You’re coming off a big win over a rival and your players feel really good about themselves. Maybe too good. Or you got your butts kicked, and you feel the confidence getting sucked out of the locker room. After an emotional high or an emotional low, coaches face the challenge of getting kids focused on the next game instead of the last one.