Adjust & Improvise

The game of football teaches players and coaches to make decisions and perform spontaneously without preparation to achieve the desired outcome.  As much as we prepare, things do not always go as planned. 2020-02-06 Time Competitive Decision MakingGames are all about time competitive decision making, and a coach or player’s ability to adjust and improvise to rapidly evolving circumstances is essential to success.

I learned the term Adjust & Improvise from Gary Fallon when we worked QBR Camps at The College of New Jersey.  Gary learned how to adjust and improvise during his time as a United States Marine then incorporated it while he served as the head football coach at Washington & Lee University.

The Alercio OLine Clinic recently had to “Adjust & Improvise.”  Last week, I was informed that the Hun School, site of our largest OLine Clinic, had to change our clinic date due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict.  Time to adjust & improvise.  We have secured a new date, Sunday, April 5, recycled previously printed brochures, emailed thousands of coaches, contacted returning eligible players and created a new brochure.

Whether you are a Marine on a mission, a football player or coach in a game or just a person navigating life, things will not go as planned.  Those who can adjust and improvise have the greatest opportunities for success.

Coach Rich Alercio is available to discuss coaching philosophy, X’s & O’s, or teach his O-Line “techniques in the trenches.” Contact Coach at and share with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for supporting this blog and joining our conversations, and as always, thanks for your time!

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