From Here to There Fast

Just a few weeks away from beginning our Spring speed sessions.  It’s all about getting from here to there, faster. In the weight room I’ve heard so many ideas, theories, and guesses at what is the key to speed and agility.  Usually one piece or another is on the money, but rarely is there a…

Gotta Have A Plan

A snap shot of a single workout tells me nothing when evaluating the potential of a resistance, speed, or agility plan.  Progressive and periodized are elements that can only be seen over an extended period. We ran the holidays with a variable plan.  We started the year with a 4 week ‘stair case’ plan that…

Game Day

Coach Armstrong used to tell the Panthers “The Hay is in the Barn”.  Well, we’re at that point with all the off season work and the game day prep.  Time for the Panthers to meet up with the Grizzles again.

Athletic Fit Testing

Monday the 18th, fit testing day. Calendars show it will begin at 2pm, but we will have a staggered start. Freshmen – 2:00pm Sophomores – 2:20pm Juniors – 2:40pm Seniors – 3:00pm I’d like you all warmed up and in the stadium stands at your start time. Shorts, T’s, Tennis Shoes, and Cleats, are all…

Pride Points

The Panther Pride Point program was created and initiated the first of this year.  Something new for all panther football players to compete with in the off season.  Today was the first of several rewards provided to those who have earned the most points to date. Front of line service for picking out gear today,…

Panther Combine

We’re about six weeks into the Football “Off-Season”.  It’s great to see the growing numbers in the weight room. I see great physical changes beginning in many of you and enjoy this loose team time we get as we individually improve athletic performance. Last summer we ran our athletic performance battery in early August.  You…

Selecting a Periodization Model

You’ve all likely grown tired of hearing me drone on at times about our long range plan and how one workout is built upon another to reach our long range athletic goals.  The term “Periodization” has likely gone in one ear and out the other more than once. If you want a glimps on what…

Real Opportunity in Youth Sport

I love coincidence since it seems so divinely inspired at times. Throughout the year in coaching freshmen football, I have tried weekly to add small elements of life lessons not just from my experiences but of mental tools I learned from the late great Frosty Westering.  I’ve shared a couple of those character elements that…

In-Season Panther Football Training

We’re up and running and I can see the physical difference in many from a lot of off season work.  But, with the off season over there it is not time to let off the gas pedal on your physical abilities. Maintenance of your gains is the MINIMUM! Varsity In-Season Program Junior Varsity In-Season Program…

Digging the Sports Gene

I’m totally into the book that showed up from my pre-order last week, “The Sports Gene” by David Epstein.  It’s nice to read a book from a non scientist that is on a science based topic. Much easier for my simple mind. I’m a little surprised though in hearing the responses from many in the…