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How To Indoctrinate New Players Into Your Program

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© August, 2007

by Bill Walsh
Consultant, Former Head Coach And General Manager, San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco, Calif.

MOST COACHES DILIGENTLY prepare to teach techniques and install plays for the early practices. From a technical standpoint, coaches usually enter the season well prepared.

One area most of us don’t prepare nearly as well in is indoctrinating players mentally into the philosophy and parameters of our programs. The lack of attention in this area shows up all the time.

Coaches must condition the minds of their athletes, and it’s an ongoing process. You cannot read 8 to 10 rules before a team practice or include a type-written page in the playbook and expect your responsibilities in this area to be complete. As coaches, we need to constantly teach and reiterate the necessary framework for the entire football program.

Preparing Players To Learn Your System
Early on, coaches should highlight some of the main teaching points that are “must-haves” for their program. These are items so important to your program that you want them to become second-nature for your athletes. To do so, you must craft your thoughts on each point ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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