**Varsity players schedule: Monday – Film and Install / Tuesday-Wednesday – Full pads practice / Thursday-Run through / Friday – Game Day / Saturday-Sunday –Off**
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Saturday morning, I watch last night’s game once. The result in already in the book so I watch strictly my position group. As a defensive coach, I tally guys within 5yds of the ball at the end of the play but overall the result doesn’t matter; its already over. What does matter it taking advantage of coaching points to either grow players or praise players. When praising, I will use a player’s name, “Johnny, great job your shoulder free and forcing it back to help.” When correcting, I use “we”. I want to pat players on the back for succeeding on the field and learn as a team when we don’t.
High school games fly by on film so usually I watch most available film on the upcoming team over the weekend. Understanding time can be limited, I would strive for minimum of 2-3 games when preparing week to week for an opponent. Priority being on if they played a team running similar scheme to your own and their two last games.
I have a notebook for film breakdown. I keep all my old notes. I start the new page with game date, opponent, and their “scheme/philosophy” at the top. (i.e. 09/08/2017, @ABC HS, spread (option)/ 3-4)
Once I am done watching film, I look over my notes and think about how our scheme can capitalize and limit our opponent. I make a list of what I think we need to stress to the team (i.e. favorite plays, formation tendencies etc), adjustments/installs ideas, and key players for our opponent.