It Wastes Your Time, Energy & Money
By FirstDown PlayBook on Apr 20, 2019

Coaches are funny creatures when it comes to change. You let some coaches have one successful season doing things a certain way and they will stick with that way for the next thirty years regardless of if their record is an average of 4-7 over that thirty year span.

His reasoning? Well, we did it like that in 1997 and went 12-2 and made it to the playoffs. If it worked then, it will work now. This coach does not evaluate the reasons for that 12-2 season much the same way he doesn’t evaluate the string of below average seasons he has overseen lately. This is usually where the players get thrown under the bus for not being good enough.

Now keep in mind that we are football coaches here too and it’s not our intent today to bash coaches. However, if you are looking for one of the reasons that the younger coach lands as the head coach of , well, say the Los Angeles Rams, it’s because they have not drunk the profession’s kool aid about this is how it has to be done.

It’s not just the young successful coaches either. Who seems to be the first coach that adapts to the  latest NCAA rule book and tailors his program to fit the rules? If you ask us, it’s Nick Saban. The funny thing is that you can bet as soon as he does it, the rest of the coaches who have been stuck on conventional thought boulevard get looking into how to copy him.

Other than the ability to stock your football team with talented football players there are few things more important than maximizing your coaching staff’s time during a calendar year. Have you ever heard a football coach say that he has enough time to get everything done that is required of him? Nope, nor will you ever.

This is why one of the more curious things about a football coaches day is how much time they spend on drawing cards for practice. It is a ritual that has endured in our profession for a long time. Trust us when we tell you this ritual is wasteful in many ways.

First, it is a waste of time because there are coaching tools out there to help you cut this out of your daily routine. FirstDown PlayBook is obviously one of these tools. We have taken this to such a level that we have already drawn your practice cards for this season so you won’t have to. Don’t believe it? Give us a call and we will show you.

The sharpie also wastes your energy that you could be spending actually preparing to be a better teacher in your individual meeting, studying your opponent, or heaven forbid, getting home at a decent hour so you won’t be a coaching zombie the next day for your players.

Finally, it’s not an inexpensive mistake for your coaching budget. Sure the sharpie doesn’t cost much but check and see how much money you spend on cards next season. It will be more than you think. I have personally watched coaches who use an average of two cards for every one that they draw because they make a mistake and throw the original in the trash.

Okay, we have rambled some here today but drawing practice cards is a bad deal. For the ones of you who have discovered a new way, congratulations. For those of you who don’t use practice cards on the field, well good luck getting the look you need to win on Friday, Saturday or Sunday for that matter.

We will wrap this up by putting our money where our mouth is of sorts. If you think your system of drawing cards is a better way of getting your football team prepared each week then we would love to hear from you. Just know that you will be talking to someone who did what you do right now for thirty plus years!

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