The First Step: Have A Vision For Your Program
Example: “To make sure that the football program will be respected as one of the best football programs in the state.”
Develop a Program Motto:
“Where We Go One We Go ALL”
150 % Effort
“You’re Are Only As Good As the Last Person so, How Good Will We Be?”
The success of any program should be its ability to communicate; and realize that in order to run a top-notch program will require the input of
all those involved and the willingness to share in the success and failures, the ups and downs of those who sacrifice the time, and provide the internal commitment to the future of the Football program and each other.
The letters in the word ATTITUDE = 100% and represent their placement in the alphabet. We must find away within our program to generate another 50% effort to be the best. This will come from talking it and demanding the best possible effort from our coaches and players. Each and every day
that teams take the field, coaches must demand and expect that their team give 100-110% effort. We must distance ourselve’s from that in order to make a difference- Our ability to give 150% effort equals the difference maker. Dare to be different. Our success is not about any one person’s ego
and what he wants; it must be what’s best for the group (Church, family, coaches, players, school, community. etc.).
F orget the past. We must concentrate on what we are going to do now and in the future.
O utwork or opponent: Leave no stone unturned.
C ommittment” Be the best–talk it–live it.
U tilize our abilities. Find a way to put our athletes in the best position to succeed.
S eek personal bests. Must challenge ourselves each and every day to get better.
Always Stay Positive
1. Coaches should always look for the good in our players–attitude, performance, work habits, etc…
2. Have discipline and be consistent.
3. Each position coach must get involved in the personal lives of his players.
4. Make each player on our team understand that they have a role in the success of our team whether as a starter or as a backup.
5. Accountability for both coaches and players is the key ingredient. Each person has a piece of the pie.
6. If there is something you don’t like about the program, then work to make it better.
Have a Great Positive In Season
That is where we will maintain the edge–classroom, weight room, conditioning, getting involved with your position players. Our season must also be determined by the amount of work and sacrifice we develop in the in-season program. Develop Great Team Leaders. Lead by example. Maintain Speed, Quickness, Strength, Unity, and Mental Toughness.
Main Objective of The in-Season Football Program
Develop Mental Toughness (Must Win the Mental Battles)
Do all the little things right all the time.
Our athletes must take coaching.
Coaches must demand that our athletes follow our team rules.
Coaches need to go the extra mile to make sure the little things are taken care of.
Physical Strength and Quickness
Weight Room, Classroom — Championships are Made and Maintained here.
Strength and quickness drills must compliment the schemes.
Everything is done at a high level of enthusiasm and competitiveness — Push each other and work at top position skill level.
Never be satisfied.
All out effort – All the time — 150% effort during group and team periods.
Coaches and players must expect more of themselves and players.
Unity — Coaches & Players
1. Always “US” and “WE” not “I” and “ME”. Make being on the TEAM the greatest experience of your athlete’s life_
2. We are fortunate — God gave us the ability to coach and our athletes the ability to play
3. Hard work together + Unity of Team_ Encourage each other to work harder — the harder we work the harder it is to surrender. Remember, if you don’t invest very much then losing doesn’t hurt very much, this applies to both players and coaches.
4. Players want coaches that care about them. become apart of your position players lives.
The Difference Between us & Them; Sell the 150% Factor
1. We do work harder — 100% them / 150% us.
3. Never walk on the practice field, don’t be the one we must wait on.
4. With hard work we can accomplish it — it will be done. Football is no sport for a lazy coach or athlete.
5. We will sweat the small stuff The little things we do will make us champions.
6. Our success — Our attitude — Our work habits. These are the choices we make. CHOOSE SUCCESS!
About the Author of this post:
Jerry Campbell has over 30 years of high school and college coaching experience. He has experience as a head coach, offensive coordinator, and various position coaches. He has written numerous football coaching articles in various publications, is the author of over 30 books on coaching football, and has produced 12 coaching video series. Additionally, he is a nationally sought after speaker on the coaching clinic circuit.