Both Sides Of The Exhibitors Booth
Let’s be completely honest about this. I have been to more AFCA conventions than most of you who are reading this. How do I know this? Well, for starters I am likely a lot older than you if you are reading this (most older coaches still hate technology). Secondly I have been to over twenty some AFCA conventions dating back to 1983 or 84. I can’t remember.
What I do remember was going to my first convention and being absolutely star struck at the fact that I was walking next to head coaches like Johnny Majors, Barry Switzer and Lou Holtz in the hotel lobby. It was inspiring and intimidating all at the same time. Inspiring because in my young mind if “greatness” was close enough to pass in a hotel lobby, it was also close enough to achieve.
It was intimidating because there were so many other young football coaches just like me that wanted to get to the same place I wanted to get. Many of these coaches were out of a job and just looking to get on somewhere, anywhere with someone who would give them a chance to show they could coach ball at that level.
Here is another thing I remember. I remember walking through the exhibitors area as fast as I could with my head down to registration because the last thing I wanted to do was get cornered by someone selling blocking sleds or helmets. Was this because I was rude? Nope. It was because I knew that I had nothing to do with what my school purchased for the next football year. It was my way of being honest with the exhibitors.
Fast forward to the year 2018 and I don’t think a lot has changed, nor will it ever but that’s okay. Now after a thirty year coaching career I am on the other side of the exhibitors booth I have a better idea than many about how football coaches think. You will be in Charlotte to see old buddies that you have not seen for a long time and some of you will attend the football sessions although many of you will not. The vast majority of you will have little to no desire to spend time in the exhibitors area.
You will all most likely walk through the exhibitors area because you will have to in order to get registered. The AFCA has done a good job with this as well as a new clinic area located right in the exhibitors area this year. I predict that this will be a huge success because if you want to attract ball coaches then just start talking ball.
This is also in line with FirstDown PlayBook’s approach for the AFCA convention. We have arranged to provide you with something that will make it worth stoping by Booth #239 and it is the universal antidote for coach apathy. Free Football. Yes, for any ball coach that stops by our booth on Sunday through Tuesday we are going to give you a free membership to FirstDown PlayBook 1.0.
Why would we do this? Because we want you see where the future of football playbooks are going. Yes, we understand that you may not be the decision maker at your school right now but someday you may be and you are the future. We also understand that if we are to expect you to stop by and visit with us we better make it worth your time. We have and this is.
Finally, we are banking on the fact that you are a ball coach and any ball coach who wouldn’t want to get their hands on over 33,000 free football plays on their phone, tablet or computer that are all designed and drawn by NFL football coaches…well we won’t even go there!
See you at booth #239 in Charlotte!
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