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Trickology 101: Using Trick Plays While Remaining True To Your Offensive Concep

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© 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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