Training prepares a person to react favorably to the unknown.
There are fundamental elements of each position in football that must be mastered in order to reach maximum potential. The same can be said of most family units, businesses and organizations of any size greater than one.
IN football, these include such things as:
- Change of Direction
- Hand Usage
- and Ball Tracking…to name a few
Every team and functioning organizational unit has basic team building skills that must be continually worked on and reviewed in order to keep these skills sharp. In the ideal football world, these fundamentals should be honed and mastered in the off-season and training camp. Outside of football, there may not be any off-season, so these skills must be worked on constantly. Some drills can be done every day in a short period of time for emphasis and muscle memory training. I have heard these commonly referred to as EDDs – the acronym: “Every Day Drills”. Most positions in football can complete their fundamental EDDs in 10 minutes at most. The same can be said of required skills outside of football. Short, but frequent reviews of critical individual skills are required to keep those skills sharp.
The rest of the training camp should be centered on group drills, team drills, or offense versus defense game-like competition.
Both Football and life are ever-evolving and every situation that could occur in the game cannot possibly be drilled.
Each player in game-like conditions will experience scenarios they haven’t seen before. These valuable competitive repetitions will help them react quickly and correctly on Game Day.
It is important that each position group has a block of training time to put players in specific play-related group drills for emphasis. These position-specific group drills can change daily based on opponents or an area of needed improvement.
Educating your team members on situational football is invaluable and must be done with the scripting of a special category of the training regimen. The special categories can include things such as:
- Short Yardage
- Goal Line
- Third Down
- Fourth Down
- Two-point Conversion
- Last Play
My experience has also made me a firm believer in the idea of playing the game with no script in training sessions as the most valuable of all training repetitions.
Training in this game-like fashion forces players to be able to think and react to an ever-changing landscape of competition. That is the most valuable training one can experience!