There are hundreds of resources for individual development just a few clicks away — all you have to do is point your players in the right direction.
Give Players a Challenge
Viral challenges are a fun way to keep your players engaged when you can’t meet up. Use one of these challenges, or let them be the inspiration for your own.
See more creative ways people are making the most of it at home on ESPN.
At-home workouts are great for strength and conditioning, and you can find a bunch of them on YouTube. For example, University of Akron football coach Chad Pearson’s “Locked Down Strength Coach” series has a variety of workouts you can use to craft a plan for your players.
You can even create your own workouts, record them and upload them to Hudl — and you can have players message you when they’ve completed them.
If your team has a full-time strength coach, don’t forget to stay in contact with them. They’ll be your best resource for these workouts.
Play Top 5, Bottom 5
If your players don’t have the equipment they need to practice on their own, give them some Hudl homework so they can still study their craft. Ask them to watch video of previous games and create a playlist of their top five and bottom five moments. Ask them to add comments explaining why it was a high or low point. You can discuss these in a one-on-one call and develop a plan to address their bottom five as preparation for next season.
Alternately, have them share with you and the team via Hudl. Players can do this as a group — assign an aspect of the game you’d like each group to focus on, then have the group present their findings to the team.
Scout the Competition
Develop game IQ by asking players to break down another team’s film.
Have them keep an eye on the player in their position and ask them to analyze that player’s performance. They can make a playlist of the player’s strengths and weakness, then you can talk about how to implement those strengths into their game while avoiding the weaknesses. You can also ask them to develop a game plan against that opponent as they watch the game.
Another good way to reinforce your own coaching principles is to assign them college or pro games to watch. Cincinnati Development Academy (Ohio) director David Robertson uses Barcelona and Real Madrid games to demonstrate the power of substitution and St. David’s School (N.C.) football coach Dan Casey gives his players bingo cards to use while watching NFL games.
Create Individual Plans
Determine what will best serve your players while your team isn’t meeting. How can they improve specific parts of their game? What should they do to maintain their fitness?
Once you pinpoint what they should prioritize, build individual development plans for each player to track their progress and share results.
Within the plan, establish incremental milestones following the SMART goal-setting structure. (If you need a refresher, that stands for: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely.)
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