Every coach knows the struggle of figuring out how to get everything done in the limited amount of time they have with their players. The NCAA sets mandates the amount of off days a week, let alone the total hours a team can spend together in practice each week. High school athletes have class from 8:30 - 3:30, and you can only do so much after that each night. With limited time, how do we accomplish everything we need to in the limited time available? Considering we need to get in skill development, team practice, and lifts.
We think programming is the key. And every experienced coach agrees that having a well-organized plan makes all the difference. In this week's blog, we're going to share some potential practice plans that incorporate all the important aspects of individual and team development. From almost a dozen years of combined collegiate and D1 experience, with years more experience in the athlete development industry here's what we've got, from what we've seen, and what we've done.
We're going to share three different practice plans: Onfield Offensive Focus, Onfield Defensive Focus, and Indoor Offensive Focus. All three plans can be accomplished in either 2.5 or 3 hours, as long as the players (and coaches, too) are organized, bought in, and are ready to get after from the get-go.
*Note - we believe "2.5 hours" should really mean 2.5 hours. There's nothing players hate more than to be told they'll be done at 5, and they end up leaving at 6.
Four of these practice days (11 hours), one intersquad (4 hours), and four lifts (4 hours) all equate to 19 hours in a week and two off days, leaving 1 hour of extra room to fit into NCAA guidelines. That time could be used however you, as a coach sees fit. Maybe team yoga? Anyways, let's get into it.
* Last week's blog was about an efficient, complete warm-up. To review one ready to fit right into this practice, click here. To understand WHY it's important, click here and here.
* Gold highlights indicate that this work is individualized
Onfield Offensive Focus
On-field Defensive Focus
There you have it! Practice plans that cover all the best work done by the best programs in the country, all in a time-efficient manner. Make a plan, execute it, assess, adjust the plan, repeat.
We enjoyed sharing this information with you so much, we're going to extend this thread another week. Stay tuned, because next week we're going to the next step, and sharing a detailed example of an entire week's practice plan. Check back next week for this awesome material!