Football Coaches Have Intellectual Property Too
By FirstDown PlayBook on Jun 9, 2020

I have been told that “Intellectual Property” is too sophisticated of a word to use when talking about football coaches and playbooks. I respectfully disagree but for those who need a definition here is what’s in the dictionary.

Intellectual Property: A work or invention that is the result of creativity.

In other words, if you have ideas and you want to claim a right to those ideas, you can do this. The problem is that most coaches do not. Now, before I go any further, I am not talking about exclusive rights to this ideas. There is no such thing in football.

What I am talking about is when a young football coach is on a staff and he gets another job and walks out of the building empty handed. That young coach has been a part of a system and he should take at least some of that work with him. It is his “intellectual property” too. He should claim it.

As an assistant football coach, every time you go for an interview, have a chance for input with your offense, defense or special teams you will wish you had your ideas organized. This is where FirstDown PlayBook can help.

We offer football coaches “Program” memberships for the entire staff, team and feeder schools. However, we also offer coaches individual memberships. For $199.99 a year you can organize your intellectual property and it can grow with you as you advance in the coaching profession.

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