Thursday, February 28, 2013

Chris Petersen Clinic Notes- Nike Atlantic City

Chris Petersen- Boise State

Total Focus On These Things
    1)      Recruiting
2)      Teaching
3)      Connnecting

Recruit, Teach, Connect Every Damn Day!

Coaching Objectives

1)      Add Value to Players Lives
a)      Education, Motivation, Experiences, Discipline, High Standards
b)      “The Best Version” and “A Real Man” by Matthew Kelly *Suggested Reads
c)      Connect, Touch their Heart, Life Long Bonds
2)      Build Self Esteem
a)      Compassionate Interaction
b)      Make them feel good about themselves- let them see improvement
c)      They are special, let them know others cant do what they are
3)      Enjoy the process
a)      Sports are meant to be enjoyed and celebrated. Perspective, Laugh, Smile
b)      Appreciate the opportunity, even though it is hard
c)      Support your brother

Your Players Need To Know This

1)      That you like them! You care about them and you are trying to help them
2)      They are important to this program and have some ownership
3)      You know your stuff (without the ego!)

The Code of the Blue

1)      Great teams are built through deliberate practice
a)      Up Tempo
b)      Clear Concise Feedback
c)      Self Evaluation
d)     Mentally Demanding
2)      Maximize your bell cows, but get everyone involved
a)      Getting everyone involved will get you a hard rep
3)      Energy and Enthusiasm are almighty
4)      Recruits will tell you who they are, believe them
5)      Trust and Respect are earned, not given
6)      Demand intense effort
7)      Smile, Laugh, and Be Positive
8)      Grooved Calls and Grooved Players- Get the players in a groove
9)      Poise
10)  Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication
11)  Win them Over or Weed them Out
12)  A great meeting is as important as a great practice (Preperation)
13)  Leave this place BETTER than you found it

Mark D'Antonio Clinic Notes- Nike Atlantic City

Coach Mark D’Antonio

Program Goals:

1)      Lifelong Relationships with Players, Coaches, Staff, and Team
2)      Graduate all players with a meaningful degree/launch their career/have them be self sufficient men
3)      Win…..Success!!!
4)      Be Positive in the community

Plan for Success:
1)      Make the right choices (Moral/Spiritual)
2)      Family (Foster a sense of trust)
3)      Discipline and Maturity
4)      Use Resources (FB, Academic, Social)
a)      Player
b)      Coach
c)      Chemistry

Let Players Make the Mission Statement for the Program

Michigan State’s 2012 Mission Statement

The Challenge: Work Hard- Live Right- Graduate
1)      Toughness: The hardest steel is forged in the hottest fire
2)      Hard Work: We will carry ourselves with a relentless work ethic. We are the hardest workers in the country
3)      Unity: We will not approach the season as individuals. We grow together through every challenge we face. Brotherhood is formed through adversity, based on communication, and cemented in trust.
4)      Finish: We make it a habit to finish everything we do. Every workout, every drill, every practice, every game. Teams that finish are the teams that are committed to winning.

Leadership Council (Eagles):
1)      Vision
2)      Not scavengers, leaders go where action is
3)      Use trouble or problems to excel
4)      Teach and train the organization

Winning Thoughts:
1)      Commitment
2)      Communication
3)      Trust

4)      Mentor Meetings
a)      Discuss Goals
b)      Write them down
c)      Give Player Evaluations
d)     Eat meals together (without discussing football)
e)      Match up players with Mentor they want

5)      What is most important to each position group? Write it down. Focus on technique.

-          Eyes on Aiming Point
-          Establish Leverage
-          Elbows in
-          Drive your backside knee
-          Manage the game
-          Make good decisions
Running Backs
-          Assignment
-          Execution
-          Finish
-          Ball Security
Wide Receivers
-          Locate the ball
-          Hands in Front of Eyes
-          See your hands catch the ball
-          Tuck
-          Ball Security

6)      Effort

7)      It is a long season. Do you keep your players and coaches fresh? Both physically and mentally?
8)      Do you let assistant coaches speak to the team?
a)      Yes!! This is very important
b)      Empower your coaches to serve as leaders on the team
c)      Keep it fresh for players not always hearing your voice
9)      Red Line Thoughts
a)      Know the fundamentals of the field
b)      Bottom of Numbers 6yds- Top of Numbers 7yds
c)      Distance from hashes to sideline and between each other
d)     Be able to use your vision and break technique based on this.

Cover 3 Dividers

Ball in Middle of Field=Divider 1 yd on Top of the #’s
Ball on Hash= Wide Side- Split Difference between #’s and Hash/ Boundary- Bottom #’s


No Coverage Zone

The backfield and the area 5-7 yds from the Line of Scrimmage, Sideline to Sideline
-          This area is not accounted for in coverage. Instead it will be rallied to afte r  a catch.
-          **This is especially important for linebackers, as to not get sucked up on a shallow crossing route and allow a completion to a route behind them.

3 Deep Seams

Receivers cannot be allowed to run in the seams. Corners need to get depth on their divider vs Seam routes. Corners can squeeze #1 receiver as long as there is no threat of #2 in the seam or a second level deep crosser.

2 Deep Seams

We want to funnel players into seams that were previously described as Keep Out Zones in Cover 3. The keep out zones for Cover 2 are:

10)  Special Teams
a)      Emphasize Individual Drills
b)      Know the ABC’s of Special Teams POSITIONS

11)  Staff Evaluations
a)      Evaluate Players and have Players evaluate Staff
b)      Empower Players

12)  In all drills begin with football position
a)      Everything starts with power position
b)      Knees bent
c)      Toes Forward
d)     Even agilities need to start in this position

13)  Blocking/Tackling/Catching/Ball Protection/Throwing/Running=MOST IMPORTANT

Tackling Coaching Points:
·         Bend at the knees, not at the back
·         Hit on the rise with head up
·         Hit with the near leg and near shoulder
·         Back straight, head up, tail down
·         Don’t overextend
·         Rip up with arms
·         Don’t play in body sections
             Tackling Circuit Progression:
·         Fit
·         Step to Fit
·         Step out and back in
·         Stick
·         Angle Tackle
·         Open Field
·         Game Situations
14)  Put players in adverse situations where they must think to succeed
15)  Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of the things that matter least. PRIORITIZE!!
16)  WIN!!! Does what we do give us the best chance to win??

                    “Anticipate the Difficult by Managing the Easy”- Lao Tzu

Punt Coverage

As a gunner, watch the arms of the punt returner and your landmark when they come up
·         If you are further then 10 yds away explode into him
·         If you are less then 10 yds start to throttle down and anticipate catch and tackle

Use Towel drill (Race for towel while keeping leverage)

Kickoff Coverage

Aim for 4.0 hangtime
Use leverage indy drills for coverage teams
Maintain lanes is of maximum importance

Punt Team

Under 2.0 getoff


1.27-1.35 FG get off

Defensive Philosophy

Ø  Simple/Comprehensive/Appear Complex
Ø  Pressure and Affect the QB
Ø  Stop the Run
Ø  Red Zone Defense/Get used to adversity
Ø  Turnovers (MSU has won 95% of games they were +2 in)
Ø  Tackling (Aim for 90% made tackles as a unit)
Ø  Limit Explosive Gains
Ø  Limit Errors (Physical/Mental/Structural)

Defensive Line Fundys
·         Steps
·         Attack
·         Flat Back
·         Finish
·         Know the defense
·         Attack the LOS
·         Play Square
·         Leverage the Football
·         Anticipate and Target Blockers
·         Be a Great Physical Tackler
Defensive Backs
·         Change of Direction
·         Tackle in Space
·         Deep Ball Judgment

Defensive Back Play

Change of Direction
Work on Plant-Point-Accelerate
Operate in a 3 foot circle of yourself
On deep balls, work to get your hands on top of the football

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Nick Saban Nike Clinic Notes- Corrected Version

 Nick Saban Nike Louisville Nike 2013 
What you do is important (as a coach):
-          Important for impact on players
-          Important for impact on the community
Everything you do is affecting someone, somewhere.     
Alabama’s Success and the “Process”
-          Have to have a foolproof systematic approach to what you do
-          1998, stopped talking about winning and instead focused on the “process”
-          Live in a results oriented society that puts additional pressure on players
-          Talk to players about a process they can relate to in order for them to be all they can be and not worry about winning and losing a game
-          Players should worry about effort, toughness, ability to execute, competition one play at a time without looking at the scoreboard
-          Don’t talk about winning championships, talk about being a champion
-          The other team is not the competition, they are a variable, the competition is to be all they can be
-          Players believe what they do will affect  the outcome of the game
-          Alabama strives to be a physically dominant team
-          You cannot dominate a team until the seventieth play of the game. You need to be doing something else the first 69 plays.  Keep a mindset to go towards that 70th play
-          You win with the right kind of people. Get the right people on the bus in the right seats, and the wrong people off the bus.
-          He and staff named “wrong guys” the week before, they happened to be the ones arrested.
-          The guy that won’t run down the field hard on scout coverage team is the same that will bring trouble to the team.

Pyramid of Success (from Wooden):

“Mediocre people don’t like high achievers and high achievers don’t like mediocre people. Don’t let this dynamic coexist on your team.” Saban
-          The fountainbleu in Miami is the worst place to ever get your team ready for a game.
-          If your guys screw up send them home on the greyhound, not first class
-          Have a standard of excellence.
Setting Goals:
-Goals are not stats!! Stats are results!!
-Being an efficient route runner or technical blocker is a goal
- Expect achieving goals to be extremely difficult, then when it does become difficult, it will only be a speed bump and not a goal ender.
- Be positive about what you want to accomplish

If you have clearly defined expectations and an established standard then accountability is on the players.
Be a champion every day, not strive to win a championship.

Players Today:
-          Be careful what knowledge your players consume
-          Don’t suppose that they have positive role models or any at all.
-          Be a positive role model to them
-          Instant expectations set players up for failure (A Five Star Guy isn’t a five star guy first day of frosh year)

“Dumb players do dumb things, Smart Players seldom do dumb things, Which are you? – Parcells
Football- 3rd and Short Coverages
Play Press Man most of the time, especially in 3rd and Short situations.
Importance of knowing the difference between in phase and out of phase, and the difference in technique between the two.
3rd and 5 playing soft zone is stupid, you will get beat for a first down.
Bump and run gives a 50-50 chance of making a play on the ball
Get the second step on the ground quick (Coaches the kick slide instead of the false step)
Stay square on the second step. Do not squat feet on move. Keep shoulders over toes.
One hand jam on middle of the field coverage.  Two hand jam will get you beat if he WR rips outside of you.
If you have someone over the top of you two hand jam is fine.
Jam him with the off hand of the direction he releases.
Teaches speed turn (baseball turn) on double move.