Clinic season is a fully recognized portion of an off season for pretty much all coaches. It’s a great opportunity after the season for coaches to get together and learn from each other, and a lot of great ideas are exchanged.
Whether it was a formally recognized clinic, one a college or university put on, or you loaded your staff up for a weekend trip somewhere to bounce ideas off another staff, I thought it would be a fun task to compile some of those things that coaches learned from each other here in an article to share with the entire coaching profession.
It’s worth noting that a lot of great ideas are shared outside of the scheduled sessions, in the lobbies, hallways, and scribbled on bar and restaurant napkins and receipts. There are plenty of good ideas shared that way as well.
It could be something scheme related, weight room or off season related, something program-development wise, or anythin in between.
I’ll start things off, using the hashtag #BestOffseasonPickup, and compile some of the other ideas shared here below. Also feel free to share via email, at [email protected].
Best thing i picked up at a clinic this off season:
On the last set in the weight room during the off season, have kids do 1 MORE rep than what is expected. Get them used to the idea of doing just a little bit more than what is required.#AlwaysLearning #BestOffseasonPickup
— Doug Samuels (@CoachSamz) March 13, 2018
Among the best is having players lead a meeting to draw/explain scheme. Have them IMPERSONATE a coach for humor and relationship building! Using for sure! @Coach_Jay53 Another is undercutting routes near the goal line better! Alignment cues and solutions! #BestOffseasonPickup
— Matt Christensen (@mchristensenbv) March 13, 2018
Adding in specific individual drill prescriptions for players to complete on their own for pre/post practice. 1-2 5 rep drills for what that individual personally needs.
— Marc Wilson (@CoachMarcWilson) March 13, 2018
The best thing I picked up from a clinic this off season was at the Olathe North clinic. The Liberty (MO) HC was talking about not giving up on players and continuing to build relationships with them, even when they quit your program. It just struck me. How many times do we as coaches just write that kid that quit off. It forced me to rethink some truths that I had held onto.