As mentioned in our last blog, on Saturday December 9, Travis James and Tim Robinson from Illinois College came to the Chiefpigskin headquarters in downtown Champaign and gave their presentations for our Champaign OnLine Clinic. Coach James covered the Blueboy Power Play and Coach Robinson, the Illinois College Passing Game Coordinator, spoke on Quarterback Training. After covering the Power Play, let’s now focus in on Robinson’s QB Training presentation. Robinson divided their training in to two parts – In Season and Out of Season. Most of the presentation focused on Out of Season training but we’ll give a quick sneak peek in to Robinson’s approach on both. Check out the video here.
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In Season Training
In Season the Illinois College coaches are focused on winning the game. There is no time to cover skill acquisition and development. The focus is on getting the QB’s reps in the offense and putting them through mock situations to simulate the game. He emphasized this is not clinic or camp time. The need is to get everyone ready to play. You’ll find his information in this area very helpful.
Out of Season Training
This is the section of the presentation that Coach really gets in to the nuts and bolts of QB training. His points of emphasis are:
- What’s each QB good at? What’s he not good at?
- Sharpen the tools – Reps
- Competition among the QB’s
- Patterning 1 step (slide), 3 step, 5 step
- Strong throwing base and feet – instep
- Feet, hip, circle (J) and follow through
- Strength & Conditioning
- Sustainable Success
Coach talks about training the QB’s until they “can’t get it wrong”. I’ve always believed in training and drilling until skills become second nature but I really like the “do it til you can’t get it wrong” approach. The teaching techniques and drills are shown on video and Robinson does a great job of teaching. You will love his training techniques for QB’s. Some examples of drills are:
- Cone drills
- Ladder drills
- Bean bag drills
- Pocket drills
- Escape drills
- T drills
- And many more…
Plenty of game footage is also provided to give insight in to how everything should really look. All in all, this is a great presentation for any high school OR college coach to get his hands on. Coach Robinson is just one of the promising young coaches on the Illinois College staff. They’re fortunate to have him and you won’t want to miss this. Check out the video here.
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Coach L. Albaugh DBLITY
Coach Albaugh coached high school football in Illinois for 28 years. During that time he coached at every level and on both sides of the ball. He was the offensive and defensive line coach for four undefeated teams and was a defensive coordinator in his last 11 years, twice reaching the semi finals of the Illinois state playoffs.