Santa left a great read for me under the tree this year, Bill Walsh’s book The Score Takes Care of Itself. As a Glazier and Nike speaker for the past 20 years, I have had the pleasure of listening to some of the greats in our profession speak, but no one was more impressive than Bill Walsh. Hundreds of coaches sat motionless hanging on his every word for an hour.
Coach Walsh’s message that day at the AFCA national convention, and the theme of his book hold true on the field and in life. He believed that if you did everything right throughout the year the final score of games would be in your favor. 5 years ago when we started cultivating the St Johnsbury program’s culture, the philosophy we shared with our players 5 years ago at St Johnsbury Academy could have come right of the pages of Coach Walsh’s book: “games are not won on weekends in the fall”.
In my most recent blog, we went into great detail on end of season staff duties and the details of auditing your staff. Now we turn our focus on planning our schedule for 2018. We “begin with the end in mind,” planning opportunities and events to develop our coaches and players, while reinforcing the St Johnsbury culture throughout the year. A list of dates and events follow as part of the plan to get us from New Years to game 1.
Jan 5 – Olympic Weightlifting Clinic for players and coaches hosted by US Senior International Coach Chris Polakowski.
Jan 6-7 – USA Olympic Weightlifting level I Certification Course for coaches
Jan 9 – Begin Winter athletic performance program.
Jan 15 – I speak at Championship Football Clinic, Bergen NJ on Slide Protection. Prior to presenting at Clinics, I present to our staff. It serves as practice for me and a development opportunity for them.
Jan 27 – I speak at the USA Football National Conference on all the plays we run out of our Dart/Counter scheme.
Feb 4 – Host a Super Bowl party for players and staff. End it at halftime. The next day is a school day.
Feb 19-22 – Staff meetings in preparation for Spring Practices.
Feb 24 – I speak at the Atlantic City Glazier Clinic in 3 “Chalk War” sessions of our Spread Offense vs 3-4, 4-2-5 and 3-3 Stack defenses.
Mar 5-9 – Spring Practices
Mar 12 – Begin Spring athletic performance program
Mar 16-17 Vermont Interscholastic Football League Meetings and Clinic.
March 25 – 17th Annual Alercio OLine Clinic at The Hun School of Princeton NJ
June 11 – Begin Summer athletic performance program. Mondays: Strength & OLine practice. Tuesdays: Speed & 7v7 Practice, Thursdays: Strength & 7v7 Practice.
June 25-29 – Youth Football Camp taught by Staff and Senior Players.
July 14 – Northeast 7v7 Tournament, Exeter NH.
July 21 – Northeast Kingdom 7v7 Tournament and Strongman Competition, St Johnsbury VT.
July 23-26 – Mini Camp
July 30-Aug 10 – Off. Football families know this is the time to schedule vacations.
Aug 12 – Meet the Coaches. Players and parents meet the football coaching staff.
Aug 13 – Training Camp Begins
I’ll continue to reinforce opportunities to converse face to face as dates draw closer. I really enjoy engaging with coaches, players, and other readers of the blog (as well as followers on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!) I’d be happy to come to visit with your staff at the clinics mentioned above or meet at your school.
Coach Rich Alercio is available to discuss team building, coaching philosophy, X’s & O’s, or teach his O-Line “techniques in the trenches.” Contact Coach at firstname.lastname@example.org and share http://www.olineskills.com with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for your time!