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What is this book?

First, it is so much more than a book.  The iBook format allows for so much interaction as well as providing the best possible platform for learning any concept.  The days of sitting in front of a computer screen to watch a streaming video or in front of a TV watching a DVD are over.  Now text is blended with video and interactive presentations (much like PowerPoint).  There’s still more.  The capability of interactive note taking diagramming within the book, and sharing through email, Twitter, Facebook, and Evernote are also possible.  Links to outside reading via websites and videos on YouTube add to the resources included in this manual.

The total amount of video included is over two hours.  Instructional videos explain the concept and give additional coaching points.  Telestrated, voice over analysis of game video provide a deeper understanding to the reader.  All video analyzed is also included separately in a section called “Further Review.”  The game cut-ups are separated by press box and end  zone view allowing the viewer to choose which angle he wants to analyze on his own.  Slow motion forward and reverse are possible.  Now the viewer can create deeper understanding by being able to watch the video free of telestrations or being held to the forward, pause, and reverse of a presenter having control of the video.

Who does this book benefit?

This is a detailed analysis of every tempo and procedural tool being used as well as ideas for future use.  There is something here for every offensive coach at every level.  The system outlined was used at the college level but had its roots in high school football.  Some of the tools have filtered down from what is done at the pro level.  However, these tools can be adapted at the youth level as well.  Tempo and procedure only take thought by the coach in implementing the tool and practice of the procedure by the players.  These types of tools have nothing to do with skill level.

What is meant by Tempo Tools?
The tempos are divided generally into Fast, Faster, Fastest, Slower, and Slowest.  The way in which information is communicated and how the procedure works determines in which category it fits.
As Rich Rodriguez points out, the use of tempo is an underutilized aspect of offense.  As is explained in this manual, tempo can be used to create a “counter” to how the defense is defending it.  It can be used situationally to create advantages for the offense.  Overall, it can keep the defense off balance and greatly enhance the attack.  Whether the philosophy is go as fast as possible running as many plays as possible, or manage the game and control the clock, this manual has tools that will benefit each approach.
Tempos Explained and Illustrated
1.  Run It (Base Tempo)
2.  Bounce
3.  Check
4.  Word
5.  Picture
6.  Sequence
7.  Order
8.  Same
9. Again
10. Flip It
11. Indy
12. No Play
13. Look
14.  Double Look
15.  Kill
16. Milk It
17.  Huddle
18. Jump
19. Next
20. Sugar
The manual includes the following chapters:

1. Introduction to Tempo  – explains the philosophy and defines tempo and procedures. 2.  Setting Up Procedures – discusses how to set up procedures in any offense so that tempo becomes a weapon. 3.  Speed It Up – the theory and philosophy of speeding up the pace. 4.  Fast – a set of tools that allow the offense to operate at a fast pace.

5.  Faster – speeding up procedures and communication to stress a defense.
6.  Fastest – tools that allow the ball to be snapped at the fastest interval after a whistle.
7.  Slow it Down? – theory and philosophy behind controlling the clock.
8.  Slower – tools to get the offense in the best play.
9.  Slowest – tools to manage the clock.
10.  Implementing Tempo – strategies and methods for implementing tempo in an offense.
11.  Game Planning Tempo – thoughts on how to approach inclusion of tempo within a game plan.
12.  Exploring New Tempo Ideas – newer ideas in tempo and some that have not been utilized…yet.
13.  Getting Started – Must Have Tempos in Any Offense – suggestions for any offense.
14.  Perspective:  The Greatest Reason for Being Uptempo – perspective on tempo from Dan Gonzalez.
15.  Further Review – over 60 multi-angle cut-ups for your review.  Plays are labeled with the tempo as well as the play call.
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The Zone Offense:  Create a Structured System.  This resource is designed to show you how to set-up and teach an offensive system.  It starts by illustrating in detail the stretch play with position-by-position tutorials. Frame-by frame play analysis with coaching points and diagrams and video.

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101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays:  Play Action iPad iPhone More Info

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The Zone Offense-Define the System and Build the Foundation  iPad more info

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At Coaches Edge Technologies, we are revolutionizing the coaching education market by producing information on a cutting edge platform. We do not want our innovation to stop there.  In today’s information age, being able to find answers and ideas and then incorporate those into an existing system is of paramount importance. In order to aid coaches in finding detailed and relevant information, we continue to create a distinguished product line.  We continue to produce our author series manuals.  This type of product has been the standard in coaching education for many years, but our new, state-of-the-art, digitally enhanced format provides a more thorough, easy-to-understand analysis of how systems, concepts, and new ideas can be successfully incorporated.  The Coaches Edge Author Series Manuals provide an unrivaled amount of content for a coach to study. At Coaches Edge we realize that coaches need a different way to find, consume and interact with information.  Coaches must be able to get detailed answers that cut to the core of what makes the answers successful.  Therefore, we created two product lines that enable a coach to tailor his research.  The F.A.S.T. Manual and the Quick Hitterprovide a new and more relevant way for coaches to interact with coaching info. The F.A.S.T. (Focused Attack Strategies and Tactics) Manual Series goes beyond teaching the concept to presenting the application of strategies and tactics.  Understanding a concept is one thing.  Being able to experience a coach’s though process in using his system is another.  This type of information is not only useful in off season research, it provides a coach an easily consumed piece for week to week research and review of tactics that his team may need to use during the season. For example, if it’s a certain formation against a certain defense, or a specific blitz scheme against a pass protection, our library can provide the answers. The Quick Hitter Series provides the coach with ideas on a single focused topic.  This might be a certain route, run concept, defensive pressure, special teams scheme, or in-game procedure or tempo. Though the amount of content presented is equivalent to a chapter from an author series manual, the depth and detail remain. Coaches Edge is committed to utilizing innovative ways to provide coaches the interaction they need to assimilate ideas into their coaching. F.A.S.T. Manual: 15 Personnel Power Package “15” meaning 5 TE (and h-back type), 1 running back (the wildcat) are utilized to create an effective short yardage and goal line package as well as a nice open field change-up. The coaches thought process in analyzing strengths and weaknesses, planning for adjustments and creating opportunities is shared in text and video.  Application of the plan is illustrated with multi-angle game footage and voice over analysis and telestration.  All raw cut-ups are included for the readers own review and study.

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Immediate Feedback at Practice – an update

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a mock-up of my vision for live video feedback in 2013

This is an update to a post I wrote on December 28, 2013.  This is an exciting time in coaching.  The tools available to us to maximize our effectiveness seem to be developed almost as quickly as we get an idea.

I presented a vision for technology being used for immediate feedback.  At the time there wasn’t anything available on the mass market, but in under a year, the apps I was looking for appeared.

Getting immediate feedback at practice or in the weight room is pretty simple now.  Company’s like Varsity Worx provide an outstanding solution for both game day and practice.  This is a piece of technology worth checking out.

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The principle used is a delayed mirror.  The technology gives the coach and athlete the ability to view the move they just performed on a delayed video loop.  The app continues recording the next repetition or play.

While Varsity Worx provides everything you might look for in functionality, there are some simple and cheap solutions available from the app store.  With these, an iPad is used (an iPhone can be used too but the playback screen is small).  The iPad records the repetition or play.  Then the athlete and or coach simply goes around to the back of the iPad to view the repetition.  The apps listed have varying capabilities like slow motion or telestration.

Here are a couple to check out:

BaM Video Delay

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Live Video Delay

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If you have an iPad then the technology is available for you to use immediately for $2.99-4.99 if your booster club or program budget won’t allow for something like Varsity Worx.  The apps are probably only good for individual practice segments, but that is where we are trying to prefect technique anyway.

This and other topics on utilizing technology in coaching will be available in an interactive book soon.

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In the meantime, check out my iBooks now available on the iBookstore:

101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays 

The Zone Offense:  Create a Structured System

Pro Style Pistol Offense – 101+ Read Game Plays

Targeted Attack:  Using Tempo as a Weapon

A Coaching Arsenal edited by Keith Grabowski

Coming Soon – Coaches Edge Technologies Quick Hitters

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Coaches Edge Technologies is dedicated to helping coaches get the answers they need to be successful on the field.  We have a team of coaches willing to share their coaching knowledge in a way that the end user is able to adapt a concept into his own system because he has the details needed.  At Coaches Edge Technologies we aim to do more than give an overview.  Voice-over telestrations, play analysis with specific coaching points and interactive tutorials give you the ability to assimilate the information shared and evolve your own systems.

Coaches Edge Technologies Quick Hitters allow you to get deep details on a targeted topic.  You tailor your learning on topics which you want to learn and master.  Quick Hitters will be available soon for iPad/iPhone/Mac/Windows/Android devices with prices ranging from $4.99-$9.99.

My Newest Project: 101+ Read Game Plays

In 2013, I released 101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays.  This interactive book is the first of its kind, blending the information you normally get in a coaching book-text, diagrams, and coaching points, with the information you normally get on a DVD – video and game film.  The innovative format is able to go way beyond what you get in a book or DVD, giving coaches a depth of knowledge well beyond the other coaching products on the market.

I released my second interactive book in March 2014 – The Zone Offense Create a Structured System.  This utilizes even more capability of the technology, loading the book with 167 pages that included 662 interactive slides and 51 total minutes of video.

My new interactive book which will be released soon is 101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays:  The Read Game.  This includes the details on running zone read variations, zone option, veer, power read, play action off of the read game, and gives ideas for developing other types of read plays.

It will be available soon.  In the mean time, check out my other two books.

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As a special for the draft only, my iBooks 101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays and The Zone Offense: Create A Structured System are $5 off.

These iBooks are loaded with content and are a great addition to any coaches library. The format blends a book with a DVD and delivers detailed football content better than either format on its own.

This is a steal in any round. This pricing is only effective during the draft. Get yours now. You’re on the clock!

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First three sections of The Zone Offense: Create a Structured System

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My new iBook The Zone Offense: Create a Structured System is available in sections from the iBookstore.  The first chapter of the iBook is free as a download.  This multitouch book was broken up into smaller sections to help coaches with their own personal professional development.  While the total package provides important lessons, it also allows a coach to tailor his learning by providing a la carte pricing.  The remainder of the book was divided into sections as follows:

Define the System and Build a Foundation $6.99

This multitouch book includes the first three chapters of The Zone Offense:  Create a Structured System. These chapters provide the foundation for building your own system by illustrating specific examples of how we evolved from an ineffective offense into a record breaking offense.

Structure a Starting Point and Develop Coaching Methods $6.99

These chapters provide the foundation for building your own system by illustrating specific examples of how we evolved from an ineffective offense into a record breaking offense.  Structuring a play to serve as a starting point and developing coaching methods to teach the details are the focus.

Develop the Fundamentals $7.99

This multitouch book includes the chapters 6-11 of The Zone Offense:  Create a Structured System. While it is specific to this one play, this section serves as a model for setting up drills and practice so that time is not wasted and both players and coaches are effective.  Generic drills lost value in our system as we moved to practicing only those things that will happen on game day.  This chapter is valuable in stimulating though on how you coach and what you do in practice.  This is especially valuable for a young coach who may get enamored with the drills that a popular coach does but may have little impact on what your offense actually needs.

Section 4 will be released soon.  This section is titled Application of Strategy.

Also available is my first iBook 101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays.