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Strong Football by Coach CP: January 2011

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Strong Football by Coach CP

Strong Football by Coach CP: January 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011

Coach CP on Football X and O Tonight!

I just wanted to remind you all that I will be speaking on Football X and O tonight at 9:30 Central Time.  If you can't listen live, you can download the podcast to listen later!

Simply click here: to download or listen live.  Just follow the instructions on his site.

By the way, Coach Rice will be interviewing me on man blocking schemes and how you can make them so simple a freshmen could do it!

Monday, January 24, 2011

First Strong Football E-Newsletter Released and Coaching Radio Podcast Soon!

Coaching Football E-Newsletter Released

I know I haven't updated recently. I just wanted to give you guys a few updates. I will be speaking on Football X and O here in about one week on January 31st at about 9:30 central time. I plan on speaking about one of two topics, either coaching philosophies or man blocking schemes. It's only about 20 or 30 minutes of listening to me speak, which is probably 20 or 30 minutes too long, but I'd appreciate it! You can listen to the pod cast later at by visiting Coach Rice's website.

Secondly, I've released the first issue of the Strong Football E-newsletter. Remember, you can click on of the many links around this site to sign up. If you would like to preview the first issue, please click here. 

Look for more updates soon on the blog. Between getting the e-newsletter finished and helping my fiance move in, I've been pressed for time.  However, I look forward to following up soon, especially at the Chicago Glazier Clinic.  If you will be there on February 3rd or 4th, let me know in a comment below!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Strong Football and Coach CP on the Radio

I thought I would let you all know I will be doing a blog radio show on January 31st at 9:30 PM central time. You can listen live online or download the podcast.

I will be speaking on Coach Kelly Rice's radio show, Football X and O, assistant coach at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.

If you can't listen live, you can listen to it on a downloadable podcast. If you want more information, visit his radio show's website at this link: Football X and O.

Just an FYI, I haven't figured out a topic, so let me know if you all have one you would like me to touch base on. So far I'm leaning towards speaking about man blocking schemes made easy, and how to teach plays like power and iso so well that your new-to-football freshmen could do run them. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

How to prepare for football clinic season

What's your favorite time of the year, christmas or clinic season?

Well, maybe not for all of us coaches, and it widely depends on the clinic and what you are looking for in your own growth as a coach. Personally, I find clinic's very interesting no matter what, unless you're listening to a guy speak completely about his career for 30 minutes (like a certain Tennessee Titans offensive assistant).
Overall though, you can learn something from almost any coach. It could be something you are very excited to try out ... or something you will store away and make sure you never ever use because it's not so good. Either way, clinic's can be valuable resources.

Stay Sober Enough to Wake Up the Next Morning

As my first header indicates, many coaches treat clinic season as a time to get hammered for free, get some wings at Hooters, and wake up at noon. I'm guilty, I've done that. However, I won't make the mistake again. Some coaches tell me that it's not worth getting up for the unknown coaches. I, on the other hand, love listening to the lesser known coaches . They provide me with valuable information and a level of detail I usually need. This isn't to say big name coaches are not good. Coach Vanderlinden, Penn State's linebacker coach, is a great example of a big time coach who is very detail oriented. Regardless of what happens, make sure you are coherent enough in the morning to the clinic talks. You can have a good time the night before, but you also need to focus. Remember, this is a learning opportunity that you can use to not only grow as a coach, but how you can help your fellow coaches and players grow.

How to take notes

I highly suggest creating a detailed outline and diagrams. This is useful for presenting your notes to your staff and also obviously for you own record keeping purposes. However, every coach is different. One of the best tips I can suggest is printing out some sheets with a predrawn offensive line on them. Unless you are going to a football coaching clinic where they have speakers talking about unbalanced offensive line's, I recommend this stragey. By doing this, you will not only save yourself time buy you will be able to listen more to the details as the coach diagrams the plays or shows video.

Pre-Football Coaching Clinic Research

Make sure you research the speakers before hand. Look at their background. When I coached in Indiana, our head coach had me watch a "spread running game" clinic. Of coarse, it wasn't the spread you think of today. It was a variation of the wing-t and flexbone. By doing your research on the coach's background before arriving, you will save youself some trouble.

Review Your Football Coaching Clinic Notes

Probably the best tip I can give you is to review your clinic notes from last year. Make sure you go to new subject areas and also visit places that can provide you with new information. Don't always listen to speakers on the same topic.

Also, reviewing your notes obviously can bring around good ideas you may have forgotten about. Trust me, I have forgotten some amazing drills when I go back and look at my notes.

Network With Other Football Coaches

Bring several business cards and a resume. Talk with nearby coaches as you wait for a clinic speaker to talk. Ask for his card. Often, he will ask for yours in return. You never know what can happen in the future. If you have a personal blog, make sure you put it on there. This is a good opportunity to showcase your talent to other coaches. It's not being cocky, it's marketing yourself.

Enjoy it!

Yes, I said do not party too hard. But that doesn't mean you can't have a good time. Make sure you have some wings and throw back a few beers with your coaching staff. If you get a headache in the middle of a coaching session, go get some fresh air. Try to have fuun and stay refreshed throughout the process.