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.
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.