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Leaving No Stone Unturned: Critical Keys For Effective Scouting

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© August, 2005


by Kevin Weigand
Scout Coach, Ida S. Baker High School, Cape Coral, Fla.

AT THE HIGH SCHOOL level, most coaches rely on  videotapes to compile their scouting reports. This is definitely the most practical and convenient way to prepare for  an opponent. What happens, however if a film exchange canít be done or if the quality of a tape doesnít provide all the necessary information? The head coach then must scout  the upcoming opponent or delegate the responsibility to one  of the assistant coaches.

Coaches all have their own systems for scouting based  on the information they deem beneficial. The following lists some of the items that I look for in scouting the opposition. This information is based upon what my past head coaches have taught me and what Iíve learned over the years.

1.  Arrive Early.
Itís always important to arrive early to a  game, approximately 45 to 60  minutes before  kickoff. During this time notes can be made about the size and speed of both teams, as well as getting the numbers of all the offensive, defensive and special teams starters.

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