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Competitive Drills For Offense, Defense And Special Teams

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© August, 2010

by Phil Acton
Retired Head Coach

There is no doubt that conditioning is an important part of a successful program. With this in mind, I would like to present to you some drills and activities that when used at various times during practice, will increase the physical condition and mental toughness, and competitiveness of your team and also improve your program as well. It has been pointed out to me many times over the years that, if you want to see if players are competitive, put them in competitive situations. Some can compete and some can’t!  With that in mind, all of the things we did in practice stressed competition, whether it be sprints, drills, scrimmages or any other activity.

    Having coached for 42 years, 34 as a head coach, I learned very early on that the more you put players in a competitive situation, both physical and mental, the better players they become. In making sure that we were able to do this, we followed certain principles:  

1. Never mismatch players in a drill.
2. Have speed run against speed.
3. Don’t follow the same schedule every day.
4. Have a ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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