Trickology 101: Using Trick Plays While Remaining True To Your Offensive Concep
© June, 2005
by Bill Shepard, Head Coach & Mark Shepard Assistant Coach, Rockford Christian High School, Rockford, Ill.
MANY TIMES, YOU’LL hear commentators during pro or college football games express amazement when a team uses a trick play. They act as if this is such an odd part of football. For as much time that’s spent on the development of quality offense, defense or special teams, so is the creativity expressed in the trick play.
We’ve developed a term for the philosophy of using trick plays called “trickology.” Trickology is the study and development of a team’s trick plays within the framework of its offensive philosophy. It’s a concept that's been in the hearts, minds and playbooks of coaches at all levels for a long time.
The development and use of trickology can change a game’s momentum, win or lose a close game and even give a less talented team an edge against a team with superior talent. Used correctly, these are the types of plays that make highlight reels and are shown repeatedly in coaching c ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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