Alercio OLine Clinics

Alercio OLine Clinics celebrate our 20th year teaching techniques for the trenches with three venues in 2020.  (Click here: Alercio OLine Clinic Brochure)

  • March 15th Malvern Prep (PA) with a 12:45pm start
  • March 22nd The Hun School of Princeton (NJ) 8:45am start
  • March 29th St Johnsbury Academy (VT) 8:45 Start

Most football coaches refer to their ball handlers as the “skill players.”  We believe that running, throwing, catching and tackling are innate traits.2020-01-20 Brochure Logo  Most healthy kids are born with the ability to do those things.  Run blocking and pass blocking are learned skills that must be taught and trained.

Alercio OLine Clinics provide players with the instruction needed to master the skills of individual run and pass blocking techniques as well as group zone, gap and man blocking schemes while reinforcing the important role offensive linemen play in the success of their teams.

As always, coaches attend for free, and have the opportunity to learn alongside players, collaborate amongst colleagues, and evaluate their players side by side with potential competition. For student-athletes and coaches both, we provide a healthy dose of team building, character, and sportsmanship; life skills that pay dividends for decades to come.

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

Clinic Season Kickoff!

I am honored to be included in what Coach Fred Stengel from Bergen Catholic calls, “our strongest clinic ever.

Championship Football’s 21st Annual Offensive imagejpeg_0Line Clinic at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Pascack Rd in Bergen County NJ will kick off at 8:15am on Monday, January 20 with my presentation on Screen Pass Options.  I will be followed by an all-star lineup of offensive line coaches including Pat Flaherty, formerly of the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars, Kyle Flood, University of Alabama, Andrew Aurick, Rutgers University, Sean Devine, Villanova University and Chris Bache, Stony Brook University.

I am excited for the opportunity to share a concept that has been so successful for us at both the high school and college level.  After my presentation, I look forward to learning from the other great speakers as they share their decades of experience on offensive line schemes and techniques.  It never ceases to amaze me how willing coaches are to share their knowledge with others in the coaching fraternity. Though we may compete tooth and nail during the season, This time of year brings refreshing collaboration, contemplation, and the opportunity to both share and learn.

Lastly, the thing that makes the 5.5 hour trip so worthwhile is the opportunity to reconnect with my long-time coaching friends from my home state.

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 richalercio@gmail.com and share http://www.olineskills.com with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for supporting this blog and joining our conversations, and as always, thanks for your time!

Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl

I am honored to share that I have been named the head coach of the Vermont team in the 67th Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Game.  2020-01-09 Shrinegame-Logo green borderThe annual Vermont vs New Hampshire All-Star Football Game will be played on August 1, 2020. I’m humbled by the selection and will work diligently to be worthy of the committee’s trust and confidence.

Our goal, as a staff, will be to provide a fun experience allowing coaches and players to create memories and forge relationships lasting far longer than our short time together.  The week will also allow us to raise awareness for Shriners Hospitals for Children, and the care they give to children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.

The Vermont team will be selected this weekend by a selection committee comprised of myself and coaches representing each of our state’s three divisions.  The 38-man roster will consist of twenty Division 1, twelve Division 2 and six Division 3 players.  The evaluation process has allowed me to lean on the more than 20 years of experience analyzing player video as a college coach during the recruiting season.  While size, speed, strength and skill set are important, we will also look for players who compete with great energy, effort, and enthusiasm.  Whittling the 78 players nominated down to 38 will not be an easy process, but I look forward to meeting with my colleagues and working collaboratively to build Vermont’s 2020 Shrine Football Team.

More to follow this summer as we bring these “all-stars” together and forge a team on a compressed schedule while preparing to compete and win against what have been traditionally talented opponents from New Hampshire.

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 richalercio@gmail.com and share http://www.olineskills.com with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for supporting this blog and joining our conversations, and as always, thanks for your time!

Resolutions

As you look back on 2019, and evaluate your year in order 2019-12-30 NYE2020to set your resolution for 2020, consider a desired outcome you would like to achieve then turn your focus on the process to get you there.  In other words, be process-oriented in your goal setting for the new year rather than result-oriented.  The most common New Year’s resolution is to lose weight/get fit.  That is a desired outcome, not a goal.  Make your resolution a process-oriented goal.  For example, get up 1 hour earlier every morning to start each day with exercise.

The philosophy of our football program at St Johnsbury Academy is “games are not won on weekends in the fall”.  Winning football games is a desired outcome.  The 10 wins we recorded this season are all the result of the work we did from January through August in athletic performance training as well as the work we do Monday through Friday during the entire season.

Everyone wants to be successful with their New Year’s resolution just like every coach wants to be successful on game day.  Focus on the path rather than the destination to achieve your goal for 2020.

Good luck and Happy New Year!

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 richalercio@gmail.com and share http://www.olineskills.com with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for supporting this blog and joining our conversations, and as always, thanks for your time!

 

Season of Giving

 “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”  That was the message shared by motivational speaker 2019-01-03Zig Ziglar when I had the good fortune of hearing him speak during a football coaches convention.  He also shared the proverb, “the hand that gives gathers.”

In Galatians, we read “you reap what you sow.”  In Ecclesiastes, “send your grain across the seas and in time profits will flow back to you.”  This time of year, parents often tell their children, “it is better to give than receive.”  This is the season of giving, but to truly be successful, embrace a life of investing in others long after the Holidays have passed.  Be a servant leader.

Servant leaders make sure those in their care have everything they need to flourish. They give of themselves, investing in others and paying forward the investments made by coaches, teachers, and mentors who cared enough to recognize potential and fan a spark into a flame.

As we reflect on 2019 and look ahead to the New Year, take stock of things done well, and things we could do better…

Be the leader you would hope for, and those you lead will achieve more than you can imagine.

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 richalercio@gmail.com and share http://www.olineskills.com with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for supporting this blog and joining our conversations, and as always, thanks for your time!

Reflecting and Giving Thanks

This week, I share a Facebook post from the mother of one of our senior offensive linemen who suffered a tragic loss in their family a year ago.  I paused before posting because one could easily jump to the conclusion, I’m taking the opportunity to “toot my own horn.” In fact, I’m simply trying to reinforce the very best football has to offer. If in some small way through the lessons I hope to share on and off the field, as well as here on the blog, I even slightly inspire someone to lead, teach, and coach the way my coaches inspired me, it will be worth all the effort. So please forgive the laudatory comments and realize the mother of this senior student-athlete perfectly captures what is so good about football, the culture it can create in a community, and the impact it has on the lives of the players.

I attended my son’s football banquet on Sunday night. For those of us with graduating seniors, this year is bittersweet and full of emotion. It is a year of “lasts.” Football, in particular, is extremely hard to let go of not only for Lane but for me as well. Many of these boys have played together for 8 or more years and during that time a family was formed. No other sport any of my children have participated in has fostered the type of relationship among the parents, siblings, grandparents, etc. the way that football has. I am very grateful for the support of this ‘football family” during the most difficult time in my family’s life. Many of us joke, “our social lives are over now that football is done…”

My friend attended the banquet with me. When we got home I asked him what he thought of it. He said he thought it was great. He enjoyed hearing all of the speeches about the boys but he was surprised as he thought there would be an ovation at the end for Coach Rich Alercio. “After all,” he said, “he’s the heart of the team.”

He is right. You, Coach Alercio, were thanked throughout the evening by different individuals but you were not lauded to the extent you deserve. Because of you and the team of coaches you have picked I am confident my son will go forward a better person, — a better man. I wholeheartedly believe the choices he will make, the paths he will take will be forever influenced by the impact you have had on him.

You had high expectations – expected no less than his best both on and off the field. You have his best interest at heart. You have been tough when Lane needed you to be tough, and you have held him up when he needed it most.

I truly thank you for your dedication, your time, and the brotherhood you have nurtured among all these young men.

 I am humbled by such kind words, and by the privilege to contribute to the lives of our student-athletes. I share these words here in hopes of showing you what’s possible… If a high school coach from a small town in Vermont can positively impact the lives of those around him, so can you. We all share such opportunities and I hope you’ll make the most of them.

Though Thanksgiving has recently passed and the 2019 football season has come to an end, I want to relay my thanks and gratitude for all we’ve shared this season, and for the privilege to start it all over again as we look ahead to 2020. Games aren’t won on Fridays and Saturdays in the Fall… Let’s get back at it!

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 richalercio@gmail.com and share http://www.olineskills.com with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for supporting this blog and joining our conversations, and as always, thanks for your time!

Variety is the Spice of life

As we close the 2019, football season and meet individually with each player, one question we always ask is what sport they are playing in the winter and/or spring.  We encourage all our football players to be multiple sport athletes, especially our freshmen and sophomores who are still developing as athletes and members of our campus community.

I recently saw a social media post stating that Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott, 2019-11-21 Multi Sport Athleticsand Christian McCaffrey were all 3-sport athletes in high school.  They seem to be doing very well for themselves…

While I understand the thinking behind specializing in one sport, I believe there is much more to gain (mentally, physically and emotionally) by staying a multi-sport athlete.   Participating on multiple teams helps students expand their social circles and increases opportunities for social interaction.  It also diminishes the opportunity for emotional burn-out caused by playing one sport year-round.

Variety is the spice of life.

There is also a great deal of pressure to succeed for the one-sport athlete who has invested so much time, and often money, into success in that sport.  Playing multiple sports also allows athletes to experience different roles.  The star in one sport may be a bench player in the other.  That experience may make the athlete a better competitor and will most certainly be a lesson in humility.

As for the physical benefits, growing bodies are often stressed by repetitive physical activity and often experience injuries that might be avoided by granting their bodies a break from repetitive movements associated with only one sport.  There are way too many young girls with ACL injuries and young boys getting “Tommy John” surgery.

Lastly, there is a financial benefit to families.  Participation in multiple sports at the high school level comes with little to no cost to the family.  The year-round, single-sport athlete, who must play on clubs and travel teams, can add thousands of dollars in financial burden to their family.  Encourage the multiple sport athlete at the high school.  The price is right and so are the benefits.

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 richalercio@gmail.com and share http://www.olineskills.com with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for supporting this blog and joining our conversations, and as always, thanks for your time!