A typical high school football team has anywhere from 30 to 60 kids on the roster, but only about eight to 12 coaches. Each practice is around two hours long and about half of that time is spent on individual position practice, where the team is split by positions and work with their position coaches.
Time is our most valuable asset, and the same statement applies to coaching. Ideally, each athlete gets equal time with their position coach and is able to work on the skills of that particular position to hopefully result in on-field improvement and more time in the game. Realistically, the starters get most of the attention from their position coaches while the other 80% of the athletes get limited exposure resulting in no improvement and ultimately no change in playing time. Of course the coaches need to play the best talent and are going to work their hardest to make that happen with the limited time that they have with each of these athletes, so it’s not their fault, but then how is an average athlete going to improve or earn any playing time? The harsh reality is that most athletes don’t.
I’ve played football since I was eight years old and have been both a starter and a bench warmer, and understand how frustrating it can be. I was lucky enough to have been exposed to some excellent coaches and started playing at a really young age, but most athletes don’t start so young. I’ve developed a program that helps athletes get that 1-on-1 time to work with a coach on their technique and get even closer to making a difference on their team. All Day Athletics is dedicated to helping any age football player excel at their position and fine tune the skills that will help them get on the field.
Has 1-on-1 coaching been a factor in your athletic career? Have you been on the bench and wished you had more time in front of your coach? Are you a coach who hasn’t had the time to get every one of your athletes in front of you? Feel free to reach out and speak your mind.