Yes, of course, special teams are important. Every coach knows it and we all work on it. There’s a saying that it’s 1/3 of the game so you need to devote 33% of your practice time to it. That’s debatable but it’s not debatable that they can win or lose football games. Each coach must decide on their own philosophy on how much time to spend on special teams in practice. Tips on special teams are valuable to get and we have a good presentation here on Chiefpigskin by Nick Schroder, Defensive Coordinator, at Lincoln-Way Central HS, in New Lenox, IL. The Knights are a large school in the southwest suburbs of Chicago (2,000 students) with a long history of football success. Coach Schroder presented Complete Checklist for Special Teams. Schroder emphasizes 7 key areas and also addresses a number of other “little things” that are great reminders for all staffs. Hey, the season is just around the corner and it’s not too late to get a few more tips and ideas to incorporate into the practice plan. By the way, do you have a special teams coordinator?
What I’m thinking… I was wrong. Years ago there was a player in the Japanese leagues by the name of Sadaharu Oh. Oh hit 868 homeruns in his professional baseball career, all in the Japanese Pro League. Now I’m not sure if he would have hit that many in America but he would’ve hit a bunch. Maybe he would have. But there was a time when I didn’t take his record seriously. I mean, that’s the Japanese League, not MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL! Well, since then I’ve seen several Asian players come to MLB and do well. In fact, a couple have now become some of the best baseball players I’ve ever seen. A guy named Ichiro Suzuki opened my eyes first. He broke the MLB record for hits in a season AND got over 3,000 hits in his American career that didn’t begin until he was about 26 years old. He played his 1st 8 seasons in Japan. If he had started in the USA he would have had well over 4,000 hits. When he’s eligible, he’s going to the Hall of Fame. If he’s not a unanimous pick I’ll throw up. Now I’m watching a guy named named Shohei Ohtani. He leaves me speechless. NO ONE can hit AND pitch that well, right? OK, Babe Ruth could but no one else. Until Ohtani came along. So, every 100 years you get a guy that can do both at an ALL STAR LEVEL! So…I was wrong. Sadaharu Oh was probably much better than I thought. I wish the Cardinals had signed him. He would be right there with Stan the Man. DBLITY
Great Quote: I heard that in the United States the level of baseball was the highest in the world. So it was only natural that I would want to go there, as a baseball player. — Ichiro
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