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2 Strategy Quizzes You Should Try
By: Cindy Bristow
Have you ever watched your team seem totally clueless on plays, or you have that one particular player that never knows where to throw the ball? Then you’ll want to start using both of these strategy quizzes.
If you think your team is the only one that’s clueless then you might be surprised to learn that even the NFL has to practice simple “what should you do now?” quizzes. Check out 2 ways to really help your players know what plays they should be making, and when.
Recently, HBO aired a documentary, Hard Knocks, on New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most successful coaches in NFL history, and within the first few minutes you can see him quizzing his players at training camp on game situations. He gathers them together and starts asking them “3rd and long from the 40, what do you do?”, “1st and 10 from the 15”, etc. You can hear him tell an assistant coach that Brady might know what to do on the play and Welker might know what to do on the play but they need to make sure they know the same thing! While I missed the show’s original airtime, thanks to coach Toby Miller I was able to catch A Football Life Bill Belichick on YouTube.
These are professional football players and yet Belichick feels the need to constantly quiz them. That’s a great lesson for all of us. Too often I think that coaches assume their players know what they should do in a given situation when in fact, the results often show otherwise.
So if this sounds like something that might work for your team, then here are 2 simple quizzes you can use:
While both of these examples show different ways you can involve strategy in your practices feel free to develop your own methods. If you have one, please share it with all of us by commenting below. The key isn’t that you have to use one of these two examples but that you need to do some kind of strategy-type exercise every practice with your players so that you know what they know, and they know what they should know!
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