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1 “PROGRESSIVE COACHING” Dave Potter Head Coach DURHAM WAR EAGLES

2 POP WARNER YOUTH FOOTBALL DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA COACHING YOUTH FOOTBALL 11 YEARS WITH THE DURHAM EAGLES ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

3 5 YEARS COACHING AT THE MITEY-MITE DIVISION (AGES 7 – 9)

4 5 YEARS COACHING AT THE MITEY-MITE DIVISION (AGES 7 – 9) 5 YEARS COACHING AT THE JUNIOR PEEWEE DIVISION (AGES 8 – 11)

5 5 YEARS COACHING AT THE MITEY-MITE DIVISION (AGES 7 – 9) 5 YEARS COACHING AT THE JUNIOR PEEWEE DIVISION (AGES 8 – 11) 1 YEAR COACHING AT THE PEEWEE DIVISION (AGES 9 - 12)

6 2006 OFFENSIVE LINE COACH ROGERS - HERR MIDDLE SCHOOL DOUBLE WING

7 2006 OFFENSIVE LINE COACH ROGERS - HERR MIDDLE SCHOOL DOUBLE WING 2007 OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR LOWE’S GROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL DOUBLE WING

8 DURHAM EAGLES 68 – 2 IN THE C.F.F. DATING BACK TO 1999. SEVEN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 SIX UNDEFEATED SEASONS 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007

9 “PROGRESSIVE COACHING” PART 1: On the Field Approach for Building a Winning Program: Our approach to aggression, ball awareness and being fundamentally sound.

10 “PROGRESSIVE COACHING” PART 2: Off the Field Approach for Building a Winning Program: How we deal with coaches, parents and players. Eliminating problems and getting everyone on the same page.

11 Success = Continuity The hallmark of any dynasty is continuity.

12 Continuity New York Yankees 1920s-1960s Boston Celtics 1950s-1980s Green Bay Packers 1960s Pittsburgh Steelers 1970s San Francisco 49ers 1980s

13 Continuity No surprises. Attention to detail. Travel directions, charting plays, coaching staff.

14 Continuity Average length of stay of a youth football coach is 3 years.

15 Continuity Same staff from 2001-2004 and 2005-2007 Head CoachMy 12 th year Defensive Coordinator7 th year with me Special Teams Coordinator4 th year with me Both of these coaches had kids who originally played for us, and the coaches stayed when their child moved up.

16 How do you get your coaches? 1. Some come to your team with their child. 2. Some don’t have a child but want to coach. 3. Some are recruited.

17 If they leave, where do they go? 1. Some move up with their child. 2. Some go back in the pool. 3. Some quit.

18 Dealing with New Coaches: Problems? Are you taking the proper precautions?

19 Hiring A New Coach: Identifying and keeping the good coach: (Not groundbreaking or innovative) Ideas of common sense

20 Hiring A New Coach: Without taking precaution, you are courting disaster. If he turns out to be a jerk, you could be held liable.

21 Hiring A New Coach: Thorough Interview I want to know everything about him. I want him to know everything about me. Do you have a “coaching contract?” Can he abide by your rules?

22 Hiring A New Coach: NFL and NCAA interview can take an entire weekend.

23 Hiring A New Coach: Have Him Work Your Football Camps Pair him with one of your coaches.

24 Hiring A New Coach: Have Him Work Your Conditioning Camp Let him run drills.

25 Hiring A New Coach: Communicate During the Off-Season “CC” him on every e-mail.

26 Hiring A New Coach: Familiarize Him With Your Scheme Give him a copy of last year’s highlight DVD or game videos.

27 Dealing With the New Coach: Problems? Did you interview them thoroughly? Do not be liable for their mistakes. “What we don’t correct, we encourage.”

28 Dealing With the New Coach: Problems? Did you meet with them throughout the pre-season? Are they attending the meetings?

29 Dealing With the New Coach: What if a prospective coach shows up one week before the season and there’s no time to prepare him?

30 Dealing With the New Coach: Give him responsibility. Do NOT give him the “junk jobs,” i.e. bottle washer, play counter, snacks. Let your coaches coach.

31 Dealing With the New Coach: Give him responsibility. Don’t drop him in the deep end, and do NOT give him carte blanche.

32 Keeping the New Coach

33 Keeping the New Coach: Relationship

34 Keeping the New Coach: Team Success

35 Keeping the New Coach: Game DVDs

36 Keeping the New Coach: Bag

37 Keeping the New Coach: Plaque

38 Keeping the New Coach: T-Shirts

39 Keeping the New Coach: Highlights DVD

40 Keeping the New Coach: Give him responsibilities Build a relationship Team success Game DVDs Bag Plaque T-Shirts Highlight DVD

41 Hiring New Coaches: Thorough interview Meet often Communicate (Keep them informed) Work the camps Last year’s highlight DVD or game videos

42 Player-Agents: Dealing with Parents Greatest Advocate Or Your Worst Nightmare?

43 Player-Agents: Dealing with Parents Greatest Advocate Or Your Worst Nightmare? YOUR CHOICE

44 Dealing with Parents Parent’s Meetings How many did you have BEFORE the season? More investment reaps more benefits.

45 Dealing with Parents MAKE NO MISTAKE: WE ARE ALL ABOUT WINNING!

46 Dealing with Parents Our demands are to: Win in the classroom Win at home Win on the football field

47 Dealing with Parents “I don’t determine your son’s playing time. Your son determines his playing time.”

48 Dealing with Parents “At this age group, there is no decision that I make regarding his position or his playing time that will affect his ability to get a D1 scholarship.”

49 Dealing with Parents Be willing to explain (not defend) your actions and decisions. NFL & NCAA coaches have to explain themselves in the post-game press conference, the mid-week press conference and on the coaches show.

50 Dealing with Parents Arguments? Do YOU have to WIN?

51 Dealing with Parents How is your body language?

52 Dealing with Parents Parent’s Card (You never know.)

53 Dealing with Parents Availability? Are you available?

54 Dealing with Parents Business Cards & Refrigerator Magnets Name Home Phone Cell Phone E-Mail Address Website Address Available 24 / 7

55 Dealing with Parents If you set up too many ground rules regarding when you are available, all they see are the times that you aren’t.

56 Dealing with Parents Parent’s Meetings During the season? During practice?

57 Dealing with Parents Go to the fence.

58 Dealing with Parents PRE-SEASON DVD History of success Play at a high level Play aggressively Their child’s academic & social welfare at stake

59 Dealing with Your Players They will be successful in the classroom or they will not play for us. We have not signed an academic waiver since 2003. Fuel their kid’s competitive desire: “Musical chairs.”

60 Dealing with Your Players Academic Program

61 Dealing with Your Players The Tuesday night phone call.

62 Dealing with Your Players Academic “Good News” at the end of every practice.

63 Dealing with Your Players A-B Honor Roll Framed Academic Honors Certificate

64 Dealing with Your Players Straight A’s Framed Academic Hall of Fame Certificate

65 Dealing with Your Players Straight A’s Academic Hall of Fame Trophy With Classroom Presentation

66 Dealing with Your Players Academic Hall of Fame DVD

67 Dealing with Your Players Teacher’s Packet that explains the Durham War Eagles Academic Program and the Pop Warner Academic All-American Program

68 Dealing with Your Players Pop Warner Academic All-Americans “You do the work. We’ll do the rest.”

69 Dealing with Your Players 2007 – 28 players 9 players nominated as Pop Warner Academic All-Americans 9 players received Durham War Eagles Academic Honors 3 players made B-Honor Roll. No player received an F in any subject.

70 Dealing with Your Players “Meet & Greet” Drill.

71 M I S S I O N S T A T E M E N T Discipline Dedication Determination The Durham War Eagles are dedicated to creating an environment of discipline, self-respect and success to aid in the academic, athletic and social success of our student-athletes.

72 WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?

73 Most Commonly Heard “Goals”: “Our goal is for the kids to learn the fundamentals and to have fun.”

74 Teaching them the fundamentals shouldn’t be a “GOAL.” That should be a GIVEN.

75 Goals are what you aspire to achieve. They are not the lowest common denominator.

76 What is your vision?

77 Are you coaching a team or building a program?

78 “It doesn’t matter if you are the best. What matters is that you are working to be.” --Chuck Priefer, Detroit Lions Assistant Coach

79 “Please share your ideas and ‘Good News’ with me.”

80 Dave Potter dmpotter@nc.rr.com


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