Train the Brain – Lessons From the Masters: The Blue Angels

Football has really moved from a game that was 3 yards and a cloud of dust mentality to a thinking man’s game. In order to prepare our players to be problem solvers on the move, we need to find ways to train the brain as well as get the the information that really helps them on the field.  Coach Floyd’s post that follows really emphasizes the importance of being mentally prepared.  In his article about the Blue Angels he said, “Mental visualization helps them perform precision maneuvers that at times put their wingtips within eighteen inches from each other while flying at 700 miles per hour.” We need to be able to prepare our players to perform in a much less dangerous environment, but nonetheless, they must be prepared mentally to perform optimally.

The scouting report and game plan gives our player the information they need.  Football is data driven. We can give our players reports and information in a number of ways, but what do we really need to do to cut through all of the superfluous information to the things that make them successful? Just Play Solutions has created a coaching tool that allows 1 to 1 interaction, presentation of the critical information, and testing of that information. Information is presented in a way that is relevant to the player through the mode the player wants to receive it (smart phone, tablet, or computer – his choice). http://justplaysolutions.com

Football is a series of patterns of movements. Each position sees a limited amount of those patterns. It becomes crucial that they are prepared to see and recognize those so they can play fast. If you do not have plans to implement Virtual or Augmented Reality into your player development plan, you might get left behind. This is an area that will have a big impact on how we prepare our players for the game while removing the risk of injury through full contact repetitions; we will still use those, but even in an uptempo practice we are limited in what is available. This is the way to get all players the repetitions they need to play fast. If you haven’t checked out EON Sports VR, you need to do that soon! http://eonsportsvr.com

How do you coach on the field. Has your uptempo culture forced you to coach off film? You are missing opportunities to improve performance when and where it is needed – on the field. GoRout does an amazing job with this in their See-Do-Review process and their wearable technology. With their system, each player has a small monitor (military grade, about the size of a smart phone) on their belt. This allows them to review their next assignment if needed, perform the rep, and then get video feedback on their display after the play. http://www.gorout.com

At Coaches Edge Technologies we have created a great initial library full of very detailed content. Check it out here and be prepared for some exciting enhancements to what we already do very soon.

If you talk with Just Play, Eon Sports VR, or GoRout, let them know Coach Grabowski sent you.

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My digitally enhanced book Coaching HD will be available soon.  This book will show  how today’s technology helps improve the player-coach relationship, enhances efficiency and effectiveness, and can dramatically improve the chances for success.  Included are specific strategies and models for implementing all the great technology tools that re available to us today.

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You Can Do More!

We have a big old schoolhouse chalkboard on the wall right by our door. Whenever I get an inspiration for a post, I scribble the idea on the board… if the idea hits me away from home, it gets entered on my phone and transferred to the chalkboard when I get home.

chalkboardI like the chalkboard… it is very tactile and very visual… plus it is fun to draw up plays and defenses “old school” style when fellow coaches visit!

The other day I was looking at the board… it really is unavoidable since it just about smacks you in the face when you enter our home… plus I can see it from where I normally sit and type these posts.

I noticed there was a common thread running through about 3 or 4 of the ideas that had made it to “The Board”… the commonality was what…

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