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Ever day, ever day, ever day. We do this drill ever day. It was about 1985 and I was at a wrestling clinc in Chicago listening to Tommy Chesbro, head wrestling coach at Oklahoma St. University. He was talking about and demonstrating the Cowboy’s swisher standup. It was their number one move from the bottom position. And since it was their number 1 move from underneath, it was done ever day. When I first became a head wrestling coach, I had very few drills. I was unprepared. Previously, I had coached a freshman team with another coach and he didn’t have many drills either. So, my #1 priority when I became a head coach was to learn and use as many good drills as I could. It took me a few years. As I kept learning, I realized more and more how important drills were. Same thing in football. Running back drills, TE drills, Linemen drills, linebacker drills and so on. How bout baseball? Double play drills, infield drills, outfield drills, catcher drills…Tennis? Volley drills, serving drills, backhand drills, forehand drills. Even golf. Putting drills, bunker drills, driving drills, chipping drills. Just about every sport needs a good notebook of drills. Thats why we make sure we include videos on Chiefpigskin that are just dedicated to drills. Now, a drill will focus on a particular skill, whether that’s catching balls, footwork agility, ball hitting, sprinting or any other repeated activity that helps performance in sport. A drill can only be considered effective if it is practiced correctly and provides a valuable contribution to a particular sporting activity.  If it really doesn’t provide a valuable contribution, throw it out.  Of course, we all know the importance of sports drills lies in the effect on muscle memory. To achieve excellence in sports, an athlete must be able to move freely without conscious thought, knowing exactly how to respond and make different muscle groups react instinctively. An athlete needs their body to react automatically. That’s the importance of drills. Some should be done every day. Some once or twice a week. Also, vary your drills sometimes. Use a few drills that accomplish the same purpose to break up the monotony.  Drills sound like they might be dull but there are many ways to make them fun and enjoyable. Some coaches will use a mixture of drills in quick fire succession that keeps things interesting but still focuses on one particular skill set. A broad range of drills applied using different approaches can keep the athlete engaged and still working hard.  In our wrestling room we did double leg, single leg, and hi crotch takedown drills every day. We also did swisher standup drills and outside stand up drills every day. Once a week we did other types of takedown drills. But leg attacks were our bread and butter. Another thing – a lot of drills are great conditioners. I used to invent drills that would make the kids really push and hustle. That phrase by Tommy Chesbro always stuck with me and I used to tell my guys in football and wrestling that these drills were so important that we were gonna do it ever day, ever day, ever day, and that’s exactly how I said it. AND…THAT’S MY TAKE!

Can’t help but watch The Last Dance about Michael Jordan and the Bulls. Couple of observations. The show always begins with a screen saying, Warning – Contains Mature Language. I’m thinkin, it should say Warning – Contains Immature Language – No – Contains Very Immature Language. Or do I look at things differently? Two big lessons. Jordan was cut from his freshman basketball team and Pippen was a manager his freshman season in college? That should give every kid hope. Does that kind of stuff still happen? Was Zion Williamson a manager his freshman year at Duke? And some of these sportwriters that were just brutal to Jordans baseball try. They were just plain mean. Very critical articles. Hey, the guy worked very hard at baseball from everything I’ve read. He took it serious. These days they would call it “hating” on Jordan. I don’t like that word. I say, highly critical. I dont think they HATED him.

Latest release on the Online Clinic is by Nick Hart, HC at Gibson Southern HS in Fort Branch, Indiana. Coach does a great job of covering their inside, outside, zone gun run game. They are a spread team, 10 and 11 personnel that runs RPOs and package plays from that look. Coach Hart really breaks things down well and you will see he’s an excellent presenter. This is popular stuff right now and you spread RPO guys will love it. By the way, we have a lot of good presentations and shows on our youtube channel. Make sure you go to youtube, type in Chiefpigskin, and enjoy!

Have you seen that MLB is getting a plan ready? Hey, I miss baseball and I will support anything they come up with. Now, the NBA on the other hand can’t figure out whether to finish the season or scrap it. I say just do the playoffs when ready. And they’re really worried about the threat from China not to air their games. Could lose $300 million. Well…let’s see if the NBA has the guts to take a stand.

One more thing…Get all the advice and instruction you can, and be wise the rest of your life. Proverbs 19:20

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Sweet 16 Countdown: 51. Alaska -9.2   50. Vermont -1.7   49. North Dakota 3.3   48. Wyoming 5.2  47. Rhode Island 8.4   46. District of Columbia 8.4   45. Delaware 14.7   44. South Dakota 15.3   43. New Hampshire 16.7   42. Montana 19.2  41. Maine 19.5   40. New Mexico 20.5  39. Oregon 24.2  38. West Virginia 26.3  37. Nevada 31.2  36. Idaho 32.2  35. Nebraska 32.6  34. New York 33.0  33. Iowa 34.4  32. Minnesota 35.9   31. Kentucky 36.3   30. Hawaii 36.5  29. Connecticut 37.3  28. Massachusetts 38.3 27. Wisconsin 39.9  26. Virginia 40.8  25. Oklahoma 41.5  24. Michigan 41.53 23. Kansas 41.8 22. Tennessee 41.9  21. Washington 42.6 20. Indiana 43.9 19. Colorado 44.4  18. South Carolina 44.61  17. New Jersey 44.63  16. Arkansa 45.0 15. Arizona 45.2 14. Mississippi 45.6 13. Alabama 45.8  12. Utah 46.0  11. North Carolina 46.7  10. Missouri 49.0  9. Pennsylvania 49.9  8. Illinois 50.3  7. Louisiana 51.9  6. Maryland 52.8  5. Georgia 57.2  4. Texas 60.8 3. Ohio 61.0  2. Florida 62.5  1. California 69.4

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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.