3 Ways to Make Your Football Practices More Efficient

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Football season is here and each and every football practice is vitally important in making sure your team is as prepared as possible. Policies are changing across the country that decrease the amount of time teams can spend practicing, making each practice as efficient as possible is more important than ever. For example, in Michigan, a team can spend no more than 3 hours in a single practice, as well as only 90 minutes a week doing full-contact drills.

With these new regulations in place, making each practice as efficient as possible is now more important than ever. Below are three tactics that can help increase your coaching time per session, which could be the difference between a successful and disappointing season.

  1. Be Heard

The more coaching you can provide during football practice; the better, however stopping drills to take time to coach your players can be time-consuming. Players need to stop what they’re doing, run to within earshot of your coaching staff and then get back to resuming their drills after you (or another member of your staff) are done talking. Especially during preseason practices, you’re likely to have to stop practices more often until your team gets into midseason form. Using a megaphone or some sort of voice amplifier can help reduce this empty time in practice. Instead of your players stopping what they’re doing and come to you, you can let them continue to practice while being coached simultaneously, from anywhere on the field. It may not seem that important, but saving valuable minutes by using a megaphone can give your players more reps each practice!

  1. Simulate Your Offensive Lineman

For most high school football teams, certain players have to play both offense and defense in order to field a full roster with two players deep at each position. Having players switch from their offensive to defensive practices can really slow things down during practices. This can be especially difficult while practicing on your ground game. Often times, offensive lineman are used just as placeholders during rushing drills, which can be incredibly inefficient when many of those offensive lineman play on the defensive line and can be practicing their position there. Offensive line split strips can be the solution to that problem. These strips can be laid down on the turf to simulate the size and position of each offensive lineman. These are perfect for drills where you want to practice on which gaps you want your backs to run through, while allowing your lineman to work on the defensive side of the ball!

  1. Seamlessly Switch Between Offense and Defense

Speaking of playing on both sides of the ball, you may want to switch players between offense and defense during scrimmages and full-contact drills. With limited time being allotted to these parts of practice, every minute counts. Switching jerseys during can be time consuming if your players are in full pads, using helmet covers instead can be much more efficient while also differentiating between offense and defense.

What ways do you find extra minutes for practice? Comment with your suggestions below!

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