Sunday, February 21, 2010

When You Are Up Against It

Stonewall Jackson

Well folks, it is a crisp beautiful Sunday morning, dogs walked, fed and watered and a steaming hot cup of coffee warms the innards.  Been thinking for some time about some reflections I've been wanting to pen.  

Christmas break is the start of the "reading season" round this house and I began a long delayed foray into one of the great historical trilogies (non-fiction) ever written: The Civil War, A Narrative by Shelby Foote.  My younger brother has read it three times and he oozes satisfaction every time he speaks of the subject.

History is a great teacher, entertainer, companion, friend and eternal riddle.  When we read it, we all read it differently.  We by and large view it through the lense of our own experience and often it is weighed and measured by the scales of our own perspective and world view.  I am no different.  Being around football and football fields with little or no break since 1975 (84-88 excepted), I cannot but help to "find the football in things".   In reading Foote's account of the great conflict, I was struck over and over again about the relevence of those men's experience in today's world.  One fella who got me to gnawing on some football precepts or principles was General Stonewall Jackson.  What did he have to teach us or better put, what ideas of his confirm those of our own?  Turns out, a lot, I think. 

He earned his nickname for bravery at Bull Run, first major battle of the Civil War near Manassas, Virginia. Upon that field, witnessing Jackson's brigade standing firm against a very determined federal assault, General Bernard E. Bee proclaimed, "There is Jackson standing like a stone wall," He met his fate when in the midst of one of his most brilliant maneuvers, he was mistakenly shot by his own men on the night of May 2, 1863 at the The Battle of Chancellorsville. Stonewall Jackson is widely regarded as one of the greatest of the Confederate commanders of the Civil War. He wa an outstanding leader and brilliant tactician who led some of the most stunning campaigns of the war and earned a place in military history.

Jackson's fighting philosophy was expressed to one of his officers when he confided that there were two rules to be applied in securing victory:

"Always mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy, if possible.  And when you strike and overcome him, never let up in the pursuit so long as your men have strength to follow; for an army routed, if hotly pursued, becomes panic-stricken, and can thus be destroyed by half their number.  The other rule is, never fight against heavy odds if by any possible maneuvering you can hurl your own force on only a part, and that the weakest part, of your enemy and crush it.  Such tactics will win every time, and a small army may thus destroy a large one in detail, and repeated victory will make it invincible."

Condensing Footes description of an early campaign:

In the spring of 1862 he defeated three Union armies numbering 60 000 men who were led by generals who had been assigned the task of his destruction.  He did so with a force that never numbered more than 17 000.  Jackson and his small force in the span of just over a month fought four pitched battles, six formal skirmishes and a great number of minor actions.  All had been victories and in all but one of the battles he had maneuvered his force into a position where they outnumbered their opponent in the field anywhere from 2-1 to 17-1!  Jackson did this mostly with rapid marching, his troops covered 646 miles in fourty eight marching days!  The rewards were enormous, 3500 prisoners, badly needed supplies captured and most importantly, the diversion of 38 000 union troops from what could have been a decisive victory at the gates of the confederate capital, Richmond.

Beyond these victories lies important tangibles and intangibles.  There is such a thing as a tradition of victory and there is such a thing as a tradition of defeat.  The former provokes an inner elation, esprit de corps, and the other an inner weariness.  

Quoting again from Foote

-The troops Stonewall had defeated at McDowell (one of the 4 battles) were known thereafter, by friend and foe, as "Milroy's weary boys," and he had planted in the breasts of Blenker's Germans the seeds of a later disaster.  Conversely, "repeated victory"-as Jackson phrased it-had begun to give his men the feeling of invincibility.  Coming as it did, after a long period of discouragement and retreat, it gave a fierceness to their pride in themselves and in their general.  he marched their legs off, drove them to and past exhaustion, and showed nothing but contempt for the man who staggered.  When they reached the field of battle, spitting cotton and stumbling with fatigue, he flung them into the uproar without pausing to count his losses until he had used up every chance for gain.  When it was over and they had won, he gave the credit to God.  All they got in return for their sweat and blood was victory.  It was enough.  Their affection for him, based mainly on amusement at his eccentricities, ripened quickly into something that very closeley resembled love.  Wherever he rode he was cheered.  "Lets make him take his hat off," they would say when they saw him coming.  Hungry as they often were, dependent on whatever game they could catch to supplement their rations, they always had the time and energy to cheer him.  Hearing a hullabaloo on the far side of camp, they laughed and said to one another: "It's Old Jack, or a rabbit." -

They even buried his arm, shot-off in battle!

The football in all of this is kind of leaps out at me.  Further, there seems to be a broader message towards life and living as well.  I think that we are all "up against the odds" at one point or another be it our work, our hobbies, institutional wrangling, perpetrating ideas, our families, our teams, our politics, our finances and probably most importantly, our inner-selves and their challenges.  Stonewall's precepts channelled and massaged accordingly may very well be difference makers when a frontal assualt spells doom.

I am not going to wax thoughtfully on every verse above but here is some of the football that jumps out:

Relentless Physical Training and Expectation: Agony, sweat and soreness while hated during the act, allows for physical feats and maneuver that translates into victory.  The old adage "..the more sweat on the training field, the less blood (yours) on the battlefield." As a coach are you going to be popular by taking it easy or are you going to insist on preparation. Victory is its own reward and it snowballs.

Rapid Maneuver to Gain a Local Force Superiority: No Huddle, multi-formation offense.  A smaller football team can gain a local advantage by formation/motion and either outnumber the defense or "hit em where they aint".  Conversely, defenses that shift and pressure deliberately after identifying consistent lapses in offensive scheme/protection will gain success.

Hotly Pursue a Retreating Enemy Thus Causing Him to Become Panic Stricken: Hone an arsenal of big plays and follow up a big play with another big play.  Momentum changing special teams and trick plays are huge!  Anyone see the parrallel between this and the New Orleans Saints short-kick in the Super Bowl?  Crude translation: -Don't take your foot off of their throats, ever.-

And so it goes.........I'd be most happy to hear back from you all on other congruencies.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sr. Bowl Selections 2010

Congrats to all players.  Great way to cap your HS careers!

All players listed below have made the Senior Bowl - congratulations! Please complete the registration form and return to Football BC or email Head Coach Dino Geremia at by Friday February 26 2010. If you are unable to make it please let us know as soon as possible so we can proceed to invite another player in your place. For any out of town players needing a place to stay, Sandman Hotel has put together a packaged deal for participants, more information about this will be available on this website
In addition, to this message each player that has made it to Senior Bowl should have received an email from head coach Dino Geremia. If you did not receive any information via email please email to ensure you are receiving all of the information for camp.
Ainsworth Dylan DL South Delta

Albertini-McKee Kyle RB Mission

Ali Sharif DB Langley

Amado Jeff LB Notre Dame

Amini Aman OL Handsworth

Apperloo Dan OL Chilliwack Giants

Aselstyne Ryan FB Valleyview

Astorino Brenden DL College Heights

Ballingall Adam DB South Kamloops

Barker Kirby LB Correlieu

Bates Jackson WR Okanagan-Mission

Bell Jason QB Seaquam

Bellamy Jamie OL Kelly Road

Berge Cody OL Correlieu

Bigham Jacob OL Norkam

Black Wes FB Prince George

Bojilov Vivie LB New Westminster

Bokitch Armand RB Okanagan-Mission

Bosa Jordan DB STM

Bowcott Greg QB Rick Hansen

Bowles Max TE Handsworth

Brown Jesse LB Valleyview

Carr Jonathan WR` Handsworth

Carriere Brandon LB Hugh Boyd

Carroll Alex WR Mt. Douglas

Chapdelaine Dylan RB John Barsby

Cherkas Taylor LB Kelly Road

Chilko Reegan LB College Heights

Chin Casey LB New Westminster

Chin Kyle LB Moscrop

Chungh Sukh OL Terry Fox

Cook Marshall WR John Barsby

Corrado Tore QB Notre Dame

DeClare Tyler LB WJ Mouat

DeRappard-Scott Nathaniel LB Centennial

Des Roches Jackson LB Notre Dame

Deschamps Brandon RB Kelly Road

Desimone Michael OL Sands

Devitt Jacob DL Seaquam

Dicks Allan DB WJ Mouat

Disberry Will LB Okanagan-Mission

Durant Lemar QB/DB Centennial

English Daniel WR New Westminster

Fabbro Ariel DB John Barsby

Filipak Jeremy WR Langley Stampeders

Fletcher Brent DB New Westminster

Freeman Malcolm FB/TE Moscrop

Gabrick Matt LB Seaquam

Gayat Ash WR Nanaimo Redmen

Goossen Matthias OL Vancouver College

Hall Jacob Ol Notre Dame

Hanna Ryan WR Timberline

Harry Avi DB Rick Hansen

Hayden Josh RB Chilliwack Giants

Henderson Zachary WR Nanaimo Redmen

Howe Liam QB Notrth Langley

Hunt Jordan LB Ballenas

Hutchison Buddy RB Seaquam

Invaldson Brodie WR Earl Marriott

Iverson Dylan LB Mt. Douglas

Johns Peter WR Abbotsford Collegiate

Johnson Zac DL Kelly Road

Jordan Ofosu RB Westside

Jutras Daniel RB South Delta

King Keiko DB Terry Fox

Kiria Brandon WR Norkam

Klein Brendon DL Lord Tweedsmuir

Kraft Matt LB South Delta

Kuma-Mintah Joseph WR STM

Lafleche Chandler RB Kelly Road

Lang Spencer DL Centennial

LaPrairie Dylan QB Handsworth

Lattimer Brendan DB Nanaimo Redmen

Leader Nathan WR Earl Marriott

Lenko Eric OL Chilliwack Giants

Lesyk Mitchell DB Rick Hansen

Liu David DB Earl Marriott

Livingston Sam DB South Delta

MacMillan Rama OL New Westminster

Makortoff Drew LB Norkam

Marcotte Ford DL Seaquam

Marson Jarvis DB Okanagan-Mission

Mawa Stephen DL Terry Fox

McCutcheon Mark TE/FB Rick Hansen

McFadyen Steven DB Rutland

McLeod Logan OL Mission

Melvin Ryan OL Mt. Douglas

Mercuri Domenic LB South Kamloops

Miller Anthony WR ` Salmon Arm

Mitchell Kevin TE/WR Kelly Road

Moore Chris DL Nechako Valley

Nicol Hayden QB Carson Graham

Paquette Greg OL Victoria Spartans

Parmar Harry WR John Barsby

Parray Cody QB Chilliwack Giants

Pavlovic Dennis OL Centennial

Pennell Alec OL Terry Fox

Poku Reilly LB Moscrop

Racanelli Jason WR Seaquam

Ram Shane QB Lord Tweedsmuir

Ram Sheldon OL Lord Tweedsmuir

Reid Keaton DB Mount Boucherie

Rempel Brandon RB Kelowna

Rockwell Vaughn RB Kelowna

Rollings Cory WR Kelly Road

Roper Dylan DL Carson Graham

Rubinstein Branden DB Hugh Boyd

Sanvido Garret RB Vancouver College

Schwarz Landon DB Salmon Arm

Scorah Stephen DL Kelowna

Scott Charles DB Langley

Shaufelberger Blake LB Mission

Sidhu Sabdeep DL STM

Singla Ricky DL South Delta

Spagnuolo Stephen RB Notre Dame

Spence Cole DB Mount Boucherie

Stibbard Clint LB Kelowna

Stitt Blake OL Correlieu

Tsonis Dino OL Lord Tweedsmuir

Uppal Bibake WR Earl Marriott

Vickers Brendon LB College Heights

Vorley Devin DL Mount Boucherie

Wannop Ted WR Mt.Boucherie

Warren Kholbe OL Rick Hansen

Wildfong Brandon DB Prince George

Williams Kobi RB Earl Marriott

Wingfield Nick DB Kelly Road

Woodson Jake LB STM

Yochim Robbie RB Rutland

Schaefer Adam WR Kelowna

Please refer to the Football BC website at for ongoing information and details leading up to the Senior Bowl camp

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Power of Hyper-Speed

Get It Right, Get It Fast, Move on To What is Important

Communication is a force multiplyer. Organizations in any field of endeavor that communicate quickly and efficiently are going to be a lot more competitive than those that don't.  This is particularly true with HS Football and certainly is all the more important in a Canadian setting where the HC has a multitude of duties that from a managerial standpoint.  Ultimately, the joy of coaching football is just that, coaching.  Being able to free-up more time to prepare for practices/games and to actually spend quality time on the practice field has a direct bearing on player improvement and team success as a whole.  A program that is geared-up to streamline activities that fall outside the coaching realm is getting more "time over target" so-to-speak and is increasing the odds for success.

Today, as neer before in history, we are all in a position to harness simple communications technology that makes a huge difference in terms of getting the word out.  This technology is available even to those of us who are computer phobes or who find themselves fairly techno illiterate.

I would suggest the following:

Start a Blog Site: You can build a program blog and it is extremely easy.  You simply sign-up for free, pick a template, and start basically colouring by numbers.  Everything is easy and laid out for you to build with.  The blog system pretty much makes building your own web-site or hiring someone to do it for you a thing of the past.  You can gain all the same functions and post/edit as your schedule allows.

Build a Facebook Group:  Admittedly, I have not done this yet, but from anecdotal reports, it works out terrificly in terms of getting events organized and your word out.  All in all, this route has many of the same advantages of having a blog up and running.  Drawback of course is unwanted traffic, links and wall posters.

Web-Page:  There are many free web-page sites out there for sports teams.  These sites allow you to pick a look that you like and to begin posting/uploading right out of the gates.  One that I would most certainly suggest to you all is this:

A few years back, one of the Island Teams G.P. Vanier used it and though it has not been kept up-to-date, it has the makings of a great site.  The url is:

E-Zine: Build a newsletter that you can e-mail weekly or bi-weekly during the season to all players, parents, alumni and sponsors.  This begins by collecting e-mail contact data from all players and parents during the registration process and taking the time to build separate e-mail lists.  Number these lists by years so that you can contact parent/player/sponsor alumni over time.  How fancy you want to get is up to you.  The bottom line is that with the click of a button you can get your message out at the speed of light and make telephone tag about as necessary as organizing a mammoth hunt.

Blend and Layer: If you keep your blog/web-page up to date then you can shorten your e-zine/lace it with hyper-links back to your main body of data.  The net effect is that folks get timely information, they can review it at their liesure and huge amounts of time are now free'd up for you to get after the real business at hand which is coaching your players up.

Hyper-Speed 2.0:  Coaching is teaching.  Players don't get better by merely attending practice and milling around.  The techniques and schemes need context.  Folks, the world has really changed in a generation or so. Young people now communicate, recreate and learn in and out of formal educational settings with a technological (Computer-I-Pod-Digital Gaming-Digital Communication-Multi-Media) component involved.  Since being toddlers, many young people have by virtue of their technological environment, formed brain connections that are consistent with the communications modalities that surround them.  It only makes sense therefore that they will learn quicker when information is transfered via these means.  I am thus speaking about the need to begin presenting information via video playbook, on-line playbooks and multi-media presentation.  Using X's & O's on a sheet of paper is quickly becoming as relevent/efficient as training tank crews for the modern battlefield by dragging around covered wagons in a field.  You get the point.

Lastly, we are all pioneers in a very competitive sports environment.  What we build and network with in terms of our football presence goes a long ways towards the football culture we do or do not operate in.  It is important to network on-line and provide access and insight to our collective football world for players, parents, alumni, media and members of the local, regional, and national community.  Bottom line:  take a few minutes and build a site.  You won't regret it.

To all:  Please send me your team-sites AAA varsity or JV, AA varsity or JV, and Tier 2.  I will get them linked-up on this blog at a minimum.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Development Camp April 17/18th 2010

550 7TH STREET NANAIMO, BC V9R 3Z2 (250) 753-8211(P) (250) 753-2430 (F)



 SAT. APRIL 17th
09:30-11:30 AM PRACTICE
1130-12:30 LUNCH and Field Goal Contest
12:30-2:30 PM PRACTICE
09:30-11:30 AM PRACTICE
11:30-12:30 LUNCH
1:00-2:30 SCRIMMAGE





COST: $60.00 CASH OR CERTIFIED CHEQUE/MONEY ORDER TO: John Barsby Community School




Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Concussions in Sports: What Coaches Should Know

Concussions in Sports

Michael D. Goodlett, M.D., Lawrence J. Lemak, M.D.

June 16, 2005, revised December 28, 2009


Recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion. When in doubt, sit them out!

Recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion. When in doubt, sit them out!


A concussion is any change in an athlete's behavior, awareness, and/or physical feelings caused by a direct or indirect blow to the head.

Any concussion has the potential to be a serious injury.

Before letting an athlete go back to play, a concussion should be evaluated by a doctor.

An athlete should never return to play while exhibiting any signs or symptoms of a concussion either at rest or with exertion. When in doubt, sit them out!

There is an increased risk of suffering subsequent concussions after a first concussion.

Any head injury associated with loss of consciousness must be treated as a suspected head, neck, or back injury.

The only instances in which an athlete's helmet and shoulder pads should be removed is when a medical authority believes that it is necessary for the care of the athlete, or if the equipment interferes with the rescuers' ability to provide required CPR.

If necessary to provide care for life-threatening conditions, it is recommended that the facemask be removed rather than the whole helmet. A tool to remove the facemask should be in the first aid kit.

For any head injury, activate the Emergency Action Plan and follow the emergency action steps, Check-Call-Care.

When a player is hit, he may receive a blow to the head and become unconscious or demonstrate changes in behavior. If the player regains consciousness, seems to be alert and oriented, and is eager to play, a coach may feel the player is fully recovered and allow him back into the game or practice. However, the player has suffered a concussion. Failure to recognize a concussion can potentially lead to coma and death particularly if a second impact occurs. Coaches need to be aware of the signs of concussions and treat the situation properly.

Concussions are caused by a force being transmitted to the head. The force may be caused by any direct or indirect hit to the head or body and can cause changes in behavior, awareness, or physical feeling in the injured person. Concussions often go unrecognized by coaches because they are underreported by athletes who want to continue competing. Athletes often will minimize or deny symptoms. Maintaining a high level of suspicion and having some knowledge of the individual athlete's personality helps coaches in early detection of the signals of concussion. This awareness can prevent additional concussive injury, potential long-term brain damage, or other possible catastrophic outcomes.

On-The-Field Evaluations

If there is a forceful blow to the head, with or without loss of consciousness, the coach should suspect a head injury and also be concerned that the neck or back has been injured. When caring for the player on the field, tell him not to nod or shake his head during the assessment, but to say yes or no. The player's helmet should also be left in place. The goal is to minimize movement. If the head impact has caused the player to become unconscious or show the signs of concussion listed below, activate the Emergency Action Plan and follow the emergency action steps, Check-Call-Care. Check the scene for safety and check the ill or injured athlete, Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number when needed, and Care for the injured player until EMS personnel arrive.

To Care For Serious Injuries To The Head, Neck, And Back:

Follow basic precautions to prevent disease transmission.

Minimize movement of the player's head, neck, and back by putting your hands on both sides of the player's helmet or head. Maintain an open airway using a jaw-thrust maneuver. Have the player remain in the position that you found him until EMS personnel arrive and take over.

Monitor the player's airway, breathing, and circulation.

If life-threatening symptoms are present, it is recommended that the facemask of the athlete's helmet be removed, rather than removing the entire helmet. This will allow access to an airway should the athlete stop breathing.

A tool for removing the facemask should be in the team's first aid kit.

The coach should evaluate the symptoms listed below if he suspects a player may have a concussion requiring immediate care.

The only instance in which an athlete's helmet and shoulder pads should be removed is when a medical authority believes that it is necessary for the care of the athlete, or if the equipment interferes with the rescuers' ability to provide CPR.

Symptoms that require immediate activation of the Emergency Action Plan and immediate removal to a medical facility are:

Period of unconsciousness;

Confusion, disorientation to time and place;

Severe headache or vomiting;

Appears sleepy, pale, and is sweating;

Blurred vision, slurred speech, and muscle weakness;

Neck pain.

Checking For Concussion

If the player is removed from the field after receiving a head impact, it is important to continue evaluating the player every five minutes for at least 30 minutes.

Look at the facial expression of the athlete.

Does the athlete have a vacant stare or a confused facial expression?

Check the athlete's behavior.

Is the athlete easily distracted or slow to answer questions or follow directions?

Does the athlete display unusual emotional reactions, such as crying or laughing?

Does the athlete have a headache or complain of nausea?

Is the athlete irritable and easily frustrated?

Does the athlete appear unusually anxious or depressed?

Does the athlete appear sleepy?

Does the athlete have significantly decreased playing ability from earlier in the contest?

Check the athlete's orientation and memory.

Is the athlete aware of the time of day and date?

Is the athlete generally confused? Questions to ask

Which quarter or period is it?

Where are we? Which field or arena?

Which team are we playing?

Which side scored the last points?

Which team did the athlete play in the last game?

Did the athlete's team win or lose in the last game?

Check for posttraumatic amnesia (the athlete's ability to remember events after the injury).

Ask the athlete how he got injured?

Ask the athlete the first thing he remembers after the injury?

Ask the last thing the athlete remembers before the injury?

Medical attention is required if the athlete's expression, behavior, or memory is affected. Attention should be immediate if symptoms show a deteriorating situation. When an athlete has had a concussion, he should not be allowed to return to the current game or practice, and should not be left alone. Medical evaluation following the concussion is required before a return to participation is permitted.

Postconcussion syndrome

After a player is removed from the field, he may develop symptoms of postconcussion syndrome. This can occur immediately after the injury or many hours or days later. Symptoms of postconcussion syndrome include:

Blurred vision


Ringing in the ears

Trouble falling asleep


Sleeping more or less than usual


Increased sensitivity to light and noise

Nausea and vomiting

Feeling more emotional than normal

Poor coordination or balance

Difficulty concentrating

Increased irritability

Difficulty remembering

Slurred speech

Feeling dazed or stunned

Seeing stars or flashing lights

Having double vision.

A physician may conduct neuropsychological testing or neuroimaging to assess exactly when the athlete has recovered from a concussion. No athlete should go back to play before being free of all symptoms and signs, both at rest and during exertion, and a physician has indicated the player is ready to return to competition.


American National Red Cross and the United States Olympic Committee. (1997). Sport safety training handbook. San Bruno,CA: StayWell.

Aubry, M. et al. (2002). Summary and agreement statement of the first international symposium on concussion in sports. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. 12, 6-11.

Leclerc, S., et al. (2000/2001). Retrieved from the Pashby Sports Safety Fund Concussion Website at http://www.concussion NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook.

The evaluation of any athlete, whether as a part of health evaluations prior to activity or as a diagnosis of an injury as the consequence of sports activities, is specific to that individual and the history and current state of the individual presented. Advice, diagnosis and treatment is individualized according to numerous factors, including patient health and age information, medical history and symptoms. All athletes should be cleared by a physician or other appropriate medical professional before engaging in physical activities and, after injury, diagnosis and treatment, for return to play.

Referee Poll

Below is a poll that has been sent out to all the HC's in BC by the provincial referee's association.  I am publishing it here to see if we can guage the general feelings about officiating. 

I want to make a couple things clear to anyone who cares to respond.  Individual negative anecdotal responses about individuals are useless, especially if you are generalizing about all referees based on one incident.   If you are going to post, make sure that you give a good account of what "on-balance" occurs.  As with anything, there are the very good and the very bad.  Try to find what occurrs ON AVERAGE as opposed to one or two game/incident extremes.

Most importantly re: refereeing:  If you are finished your playing days, get certified.  It is free, we need you in the worst way, and you can make a very good chunk of change towards school tuition/that car you want/or whatever else you want to spend it on.  Lastly, the game gave a lot to you....refereeing is essential and it is a way of giving back to the new generations of young people....give back if you can, as someone did it for you back in the day.

BCFOA Assessment 2010

Thank you for your willingness to improve the quality of high school football officiating.

Please indicate the level of football played: Senior AAA, AA Junior AAA, AA Gr. 8

Please indicate your location: Metro Vancouver Interior Island

Please indicate: excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor next to each response.

1. What is your overall assessment of the services provided by the BCFOA

Excellent Very Good Good Fair Poor

2. Your satisfaction rating of BCFOA officials’:

a. Knowledge of the rules -

b. Consistency of the calls made -

c. Communication with coaches -

d. Being in the right place to make the right call -

e. Mechanics – signals -

f. Game management and control –

3. Your satisfaction rating of the following calls made:

g. Snap Infractions -

h. Line Calls (holding, block in the back, below the waist…) -

i. Pass Interference -

j. Roughing the Passer -

k. Roughing the Kicker -

l. Personal Fouls (face mask, late hits out of bounds….) -

m. Clock Management -

4. Your satisfaction rating of the calls made by the:

n. Referee (white hat) –

o. Umpire (behind the middle linebacker) –

p. Wings (on sidelines) –

q. Back Judge - 5 Man (behind the safety) –

5. In order of priority list 3 things that the officials do well.

6. In order of priority list 3 things that you would like the officials to improve on in 2010.

7. Please list any venues/fields you feel are not acceptable for playing.

8. Would you be willing to attend a High School Rules Clarification Clinic to be held in May/June?

9. Additional Comments you would like to make

Monday, February 8, 2010

2010 Opportunity Season

2010 Opportunity Season in Full-Swing

"You get better or you get worse, you never stay the same..." or so the saying goes.  I call the period between our last game and our first practice of the new year the "Opportunity Season" as opposed to "Off-Season".  The former rings true.  This period is rife with opportunities to get better.  Better gear, better coaching skills, better staff development, better lifting, running, jumping etc.  You have to be active however and sieze/create those opportunities or you will be captured by one of nature's great truisms which is entropy.  What was is no longer; shape and form spread out and deteriorate; people move on; player focus and interests move on; basically left untended, the team, the program, the individual will not return to ball in the same state that they departed at the end of last season.  To get to a great jumping off-point in 2010 requires leadership and a plan. 

A plan begins with a vision.  Figure out where you want to be on the last snap of 2010 and plan backwards from there.  This is called critical path planning and is very effective.  Your opponents and life's circumstances along the way will have a say, but you will know that your course is true if you plan this way and are prepared to adapt as fit when things begin to unfold.

February is a fun time for football coaches.  This is a big clinic month and there is nothing like getting some mental scratch with one's colleagues.  You may have a pretty good idea of who is going to be in the locker-room come September and may be searching for a tweak to your scheme to fit personel or a wholesale overhaul.  There are a couple ways to fly here.  There are the big clinics, there are visits to programs/coaching staffs you admire/would like to learn from and then there is books. web-surfing.  The web is great because it is free and time/distance are not factors.  It is also there for you to revisit as you find convenient.  I have begun work on a blog-site that I hope will be a help to you all.  Feel free to comment as you see fit and to contribute url's that you visit or find helpful.   The site is linked on this blog and I will list it in this entry as well:

February Program Tips

  • Complete all uniform and equipment inventories.
  • Complete your program budget.
  • Complete Returning Player Interviews: Be sure to ask them who is in the school who should be playing football!
  • Organize Returning Booster Clubs/Coaching Staff.
  • Set in place/operationalize fundraising.
  • Organize and Distribute Annual Plan to your Coaching Staff/Admin.
  • Order required equipment.
  • Maximize turn-out for strength & conditioning/Build plan for players returning from Winter Season of Play Sports to engage.
  • Book transportation/facilities that are required for Spring/Fall.
  • Get all program contact information to BCSSFA.
  • Book Program/Individual Photos (I like to get this done the day before spring jamboree as there is an entire summer to upload on BCSSFA site and send photo in to BCSSFA playoff program thus leaving open time to coach when it counts in the Autumn).
  • Research/engage kids with Spring and Summer Skills and Development Camps.
  • Build a Blog or website for your team/program.  Instead of wasting time phoning folks, have em make a habit out of visiting the site to get critical information.
  • MAKE A POINT of visiting your school's honor-roll assembly and addressing potential recruits.  Make a particular emphasis of doing this with the younger grades.  Chances are these guys are not only "intelligent' but that they have some very positive work-habits to accompany the brain-matter.  This fibre never hurts and always helps the overall team picture.
  • Get those motivation posters/sayings up around the building.

Find a wall in your school's halways, the busier the better; and start hanging program photos by year.  You will find students gathering around these photos discussing football year-round.

Good Luck All!