It’s that time of the year again. The footballs are locked away in the equipment room and your staff is starting to meet again. As a coach, you’re hitting clinics and the AFCA Convention. But you still have a job to do. Your job from January through early August is to get your players to be more athletic, while still respecting their other sports they play and their grades. Your staff needs to sit down and meet to figure out the following, but here are my tips for each section:
At this point in the off-season (2 weeks) we’ve started to incorporate more actual weight versus only using body weight with our more veteran lifters. Our green lifters are still sticking to body weight as we get them primed and ready to convert to the hypertrophy phase.
We’re currently in the body weight phase of our off-season program. Right now we’re just getting our guys back into the swing after less than three weeks off since spring football ended, but six weeks off since the end of our off-season program.
This off-season has flown by faster than any during my career to date. I’m not sure if it’s the new position I’m in at my school, if it’s the luxury of adding a high quality assistant coach that can take over the weight room portion, or that we’re semi-established with 33 players (15 this time last year) in year two, but I’m not half as burned out in early April as I was 12 months ago. And while it’s important to keep assistants fresh and motivated, it’s even more important to keep the light under the players.