By Rob Everett
Bridgewater College (VA)
A consistent game planning process is the foundation of a successful practice week and leads to achievement on game day. Each part of the week, on and off the field, should be familiar for the players and coaches in order to reduce anxiety of the unknown, which allows all involved to focus on the opponent.
Using the free simulation GoArmy Edge technology, coaches are able to interact with each other and their teams in a controllable and accessible environment. Game plan installations and assessment of understanding is now taken to the players on their own time and in their own space. This allows instruction to occur at the frequency, pace, and setting each individual player needs.
In this report, we will outline how the GoArmy Edge football simulation program will streamline your coaches game plan process and enhance your teams understanding and accountability. We now have the ability to recreate the practice field in detail from the jerseys your team wears, to the view your players see.
Part 1: Organization of Installations and Scouting Reports
Installation efficiency and clarity is required for the players to reach their full potential on the field. Most of the players do not see the backs of their teachers writing on a chalkboard in their classrooms, so the football classroom should emulate that experience. At Bridgewater College, we use the flipped coaching model of instruction to give the players the information they need in advance, in order to maximize the face to face time we get in meeting rooms and the practice field.
Using the GoArmy Edge technology, our scout reports and installations are sent out in advance containing the important tendency numbers of our opponent, as well as how we will align and move based on these numbers. What makes this vehicle unique to the traditional paper report and diagrams, is the players have the ability to interact with the plays, from the view from their own helmet. Defensively, we talk about fitting properly with the players in front, beside, and behind the players, and this tool allows them to see it first person. In addition, they are able to see it as many times as they need to. Think about how many times you have a player who has all the ability but could never grasp the game plan. Maybe they needed a different form or frequency of instruction. Using simulation and flipped coaching, these players have the tools to absorb the knowledge on their own time.
The exact content of each installation varies on the opponent, but each contains at least:
- Alignment of fronts based on formation (including backfield set and field zone)
- Full fits of top plays (frequency and production)
- Synthesized recap of important numbers and tendencies