After running a 2011 Flexbone Association Football Camp, Bayfield HS (CO) had an undefeated regular season for the first time since 1996 and advanced to the state championship game in Colorado.
“We were looking to take that next step, and felt that a Flexbone Association Camp might be just what the doctor ordered. We were not disappointed. We were already committed to the triple option, but the camp brought a much higher level of focus and understanding to our team, both players and coaches. Now when we tell our kids to ‘trust the system’ they know what we’re talking about.”
– Marshall Hahn, Head Football Coach
After running a 2012 Flexbone Association Football Camp, Beavercreek HS (OH) won their conference title for the first time since 1985 in the largest division in Ohio.
“Beavercreek High School has had very little success over the years. We needed an offense that could even up the score. We converted to the triple option in 2011. We wanted to do better. We held a Flexbone Association camp in the summer of 2012.
This year we won the GWOC central, which is widely considered the best public school league in all of Ohio. It was our first title in 27 years. I highly recommend this camp to any coach who is installing the triple for the first time or just wants to learn the triple the Navy way.”
–Scott Clodfelter, Head Football Coach
After running a 2012 Flexbone Association Football Camp, Choctaw HS (MS) went from 0-10 in 2011 to 4-6 in 2012.
“We went 0-10 in 2011, and scored only 69 points in 10 games. We were in the spread offense and never found a way to be a consistent offensive football team. Our offensive line is not very big and not very athletic. We needed to find a way to compete with what we had in a tough 3A district in Mississippi. We joined the Flexbone Association and were able to implement the program in the spring of 2012. In the summer we held a camp with Flexbone Association owner, Scott Jazdzewski.
This season we improved to 4-6, and scored 151 points in 10 games. The Flexbone system gave us an offensive system that helped keep my defense off the field. More than any other thing, this system gave us a chance to win. I plan to have a Flexbone Association camp as part of my summer program every year.”
–Troy Savell, Head Football Coach
Before the 2010 season, Falls City HS (TX) had never won a regional championship in school history.
After running a 2010 Flexbone Association Football Camp, Falls City HS (TX) won the Regional and State Championship for the first time in school history in Texas while scoring 680 points in 15 games.
“The biggest thing for us is that it gave our kids the opportunity to work together in our offensive system before the season started–the techniques and fundamentals they learned was so big, so was the team bonding, and so was having an outside source (Lou Cella) teaching them–this was invaluable.”
– Mark Kirchhoff, Head Football Coach
In 2011, Granite Falls (WA) won one (1) game and scored 82 points.
In 2012, after running a Flexbone Association Football Camp, Granite Falls won three (3) games and nearly tripled their point total.
“Thank you very much for the camp. There is no question in my mind that it played a huge part in our season. Our kids and coaches gained a great deal of knowledge from the camp, and I am planning on doing the camp again in 2013. Some numbers for this year compared to last year, in 2011 we had a total of 82 points / this year we had 239. In 2011 we had a total of 1796 rushing yards / this year we had 2790. This year we had 4 kids in the top 12 in rushing in our conference.”
–Tracey Bechtholdt, Head Football Coach
Before the 2010 season, Grayson County HS (KY) had not won a playoff game in 26 years.
In 2010, Grayson County HS (KY) participated in a 2010 Flexbone Association Football Camp, won their first playoff game in 26 years, and averaged 35 points/game in 2010.
“The 2010 camp really helped our quarterbacks with the details of the footwork and the reads–our slot backs developed mechanics and angles, which made a big difference. The Flexbone Association Football Camp helped our kids and I encourage ANYBODY who is implementing the offense for the first time to run a camp with all of your staff and kids.”
– Ed Smart, Head Football Coach
From 2008-2010, Immaculata HS (KS) went 1-26 and averaged eight (8) points/game during this span.
After their 2011 Flexbone Association Football Camp, Immaculata tripled their point total from the previous season, won two games, and broke the school record for points in a single game (50) with a roster of barely 25 players in grades 9-12.
“We had a Flexbone Camp in June 2011 and the players took what they learned and took great strides in 2011. A school of 119 students, we struggle to compete with many of our opponents because of our lack of size and numbers, but the Flexbone has been a difference maker for us. Our quarterback (5’8″ 160) was responsible for over 1,300 yards of offense and 16 touchdowns, and our QB, two Offensive Linemen, and two B-Backs made all-league. We set the school record for points in a game with 50, we more than tripled out points per game average from 2010 to 2011(6 points per game to 20.7), we averaged 283 yards per game (93 more yards per game than 2010), we converted 18 of 26 two point conversions on the season, we had 2,548 yards total offense (1,796 run, 752 pass), and we had three players rush for over 400 yards.
2011 was a great season as far as progress with the offense, and we owe it all to the Flexbone offense and the camp we had in the summer. If you want to your offense to compete with any team on your schedule that has your number, you need to run this offense and you need to have a Flexbone camp.”
– John Phillips, Athletic Director/Offensive Coordinator
In 2010, Johnson HS (NJ) had their worst season since 2005. Because of this, Johnson HS (NJ) hired Head Coach, Mike Mancino; however, Coach Mancino was hired only two months before the start of training camp.
After running a 2011 Flexbone Association Football Camp, Johnson HS (NJ) made the State Quarterfinals.
“On behalf of the 2011 Arthur L. Johnson Football Team, I wish to thank the Flexbone Association for your help in making our 2011 season such a success. With the bulk of our team being underclassmen and having a new staff, implementing a new offense was a bit risky. Our entire staff agreed that our team hit their stride after hosting your Flexbone Association Football Camp in August.
At the camp the staff and players learned the intricacies of the offense and came away with the confidence needed to compete with the toughest schedule our team has seen in years. Statistically we finished 6-4, qualified for the state playoffs, rushed for over 2600 yards, had a plus 70 edge in total offensive plays and set the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback at 1,103.”
– Mike Mancino, Head Football Coach
Key West High School (FL) hosts a 2012 Flexbone Association State Championship Football Camp, switches to the offense after Mike Leach serves on staff during previous season as offensive consultant, breaks the school record for rushing yards in a season, improves win total, and scores 90 more points in 2012.
“As a first year head coach, hired a few weeks before the start of spring practices, I knew there would be many challenges that I would face heading into my first campaign. One of those challenges would be to install an offense that I was convinced would ‘level the playing field’ for my team. Our district has produced a Florida State Championship Team in 5 of the last 8 years, including last year’s 15-0 Miami Norland team that produced several FBS scholarship players (our team has produced 2 FBS scholarship players in the past 12 years).
I knew that in order to compete and beat these types of teams from Miami, we needed a better offense. I knew the Flexbone was that offense. There was resistance and skepticism at first from the community, especially since we had been running a Mike Leach style ‘Air Raid’ offense that Mike Leach himself helped install during his stay in Key West.
As the season went on, the offense went from being called a ‘middle school offense’ to a source of pride for the team and the community. While we lost to Miami Norland (27-20), we had over 400 yards of offense (350+ rushing) against a defense that MaxPreps called the best in Florida and maybe the country. We also broke the school record for rushing yards in a season (over 3,300 yards) despite having an offensive line that just averaged over 200 lbs (all of our opponents had defensive linemen that averaged 285-290 in the middle and 245-255 on the edges). We expect to break that mark again next year, once again with the help of the Flexbone Association and their camp.
There is no question that the information and instruction that Scott provided us with during our 3-day camp, helped our offense advance to another level and set school records in our first year. Thanks again Scott and Lou for all your help. See you in the summer!”
–John Hughes, Head Football Coach
Before the 2011 season, Lakewood HS (SC) had one winning season in school history.
After running a 2011 Flexbone Association Football Camp, Lakewood HS (SC) started the season 5-0 for the first time in school history, broke the school record for wins in a season (8), and made the playoffs.
“This past summer, we had the Flexbone Association run a camp for our varsity and JV program. We began running the flexbone the previous season; however we wanted to learn how to effectively implement the system in a step-by-step manner. Not only did the Flexbone Association Camp help our players, it also worked as an on-the-field clinic for my entire coaching staff.
The experience not only made our players better, it also helped our coaching staff to become better coaches in the system, and the money spent on the camp gave us far better returns than taking the staff to a clinic. We learned how to effectively implement all aspects of the flexbone offense and how to incorporate meaningful reps in practice. Our offensive production increased from 18 points per game in 2010 to 31 points per game in 2011. I highly recommend the Flexbone Association Camp for anyone that is looking to become more proficient in running this offense.”
– Chris Collins, Head Football Coach
In 2012, after their Flexbone Association Football Camp, North Mason (WA) improved from one (1) win in 2011 to five (5) wins in 2012 and made the playoffs for the first time in 18 years.
“What can I say about the Flexbone Association and its two owners Scott and Lou? The Flexbone association has helped our program take huge strides in becoming a consistent and successful program for years to come. We have run two camps at our school. The first camp we were able to put down a base foundation of the system and the second camp allowed us to take the next step. We came off of a 1-9 season year one and then went 5-5 in year two and made it the playoffs for the first time in 18 years.
Scott and Lou’s leadership has challenged our staff to grow as coaches and we have continued to become better coaches since our first phone conversation. The Flexbone system has allowed us to play with less talented and fewer players than the teams we play against in our league and be competitive and successful against these bigger schools that double our enrollment. It has help make our more intelligent football players because they practice against all defenses everyday and understand how to read what the defense is doing and make adjustments on the fly. Thanks again.”
–Jeff Bevers, Head Football Coach
In 2011, Pacelli Catholic HS (GA) went 1-9 and scored 80 points in 10 games.
After running a 2012 Flexbone Association Football Camp, Pacelli went 4-6, had over 3,000 yards of total offense, and scored 246 points.
“In 2011, I took over as the head football coach of the St. Anne-PAcelli Vikings in Columbus, GA. The team was coming off of an 0-10 season in 2010 and ranked next to last in the entire state and only fielded 19 players (the school enrollment is 185 and is the smallest school playing GHSA football in Georgia). Our staff was able to revive the weight program, do some renovations, and was fortunate enough to have a large freshmen class (23 players). We implemented the flexbone and was able to snap a 23-game losing streak. with 8 freshmen starting on defense and five on offense and competing in one of the toughest regions in Class A in Georgia. (1-9 finish in 2011)
In 2012, we called upon the Flexbone Association and our kids improved tremendously. Still fielding a very young team, we improved to 4-6. Our offense totaled over 3000 yards of offense against some of the States best. Flexbone Association camps refine “the basics” of what you need to be a great option football team. I highly recommend their services.”
–Randy Grace, Head Football Coach
After running a 2011 Flexbone Association Football Camp, Paoli HS (IN) went to the third round of the state playoffs while averaging 39 points/game.
“Lou and Scott do a great job working with you and your team. They have a great passion for the flexbone offense and helping you improve your ability to run it correctly. Our camp was a great experience for our players and coaches. The relationship does not end after the camp is over, they are always available to answer any questions you may have.”
– Brian Balsmeyer, Head Football Coach
In 2011, Petaluma (CA) was 1-9 under Petaluma Alum and longtime coach, Rick Krist.
In 2012, after running a Flexbone Association Football Camp, Petaluma ends the season with four (4) wins.
“Petaluma High has been a triple option team for many years. Over the past 10 years or so we have experimented with different formations and plays that compliment the offense. This year we went back to the basics to try and clean up our approach on offense. We had Lou and the Flexbone Association Camp come to the school. We had all three levels participate in the camp and it really helped.
We were 1-9 and last place in 2011. This year we improved to 4-6 and 3rd place. After starting 0-4 this year we knocked off 4 wins in a row to start league. Our freshmen team went undefeated for the first time in 30 years. The improvement was a direct result of staying with the offense. With the younger teams doing well we are hoping for a promising future.”
–Rick Krist, Head Football Coach
In 2011, Piedra Vista (NM) was running the spread offense and won three (3) games.
In 2012, after running a Flexbone Association Football Camp, Piedra Vista won nine (9) games and made it to the state quarterfinals.
“It is never to late to make the right decision. After evaluating our offensive production the previous year, we knew we had to fix our run game. We decided to make a commitment to running the veer. We were able to set up a camp with the Flexbone Association.
In 2012, we averaged 38 points a game and 400 yards of offense, finishing the year 9-3 after losing in the state quarterfinals. We also notched wins against a team our school had never beaten before and defeated the 2011 defending state champions.
One thing that I think people don’t talk about enough is that switching to this system made us better defensively also. Our ability to control the ball on offense helped us win field position and time of possession battles, and more importantly, kept the opponent’s offense off the field!”
–Jared Howell, Head Football Coach
In 2009 and 2010, Poland Regional HS (ME) won a grand total of two games. The school hired Head Football Coach, Ted Tibbetts, less than two months before the start of training camp.
In 2011, after running a Flexbone Association Football Camp, Poland Regional HS (ME), earned the best winning percentage in school history, won twice as many games as they had the previous two seasons and broke school records for rushing, passing, and points scored.
“Our Flexbone camp had a tremendous impact on our record setting season. A developing program less than 9 years old, we have never been able to score enough points to beat the better teams in our league.
Coming into this season we knew that we needed to make some changes if we wanted to emerge as a one of the dominant teams in the league. The camp changed our program in many ways. First, players really knew their assignments and how to execute them effectively. Second, as a coaching staff we significantly increased our understanding of the offense and how to teach it. Most significantly, however, our kids now love the system. In the past, because we haven’t been a strong team, getting the players and the community to see the power of option football was a challenge. However, this year, even experiencing a setback from a penalty or an unexpected defense, our kids just shrugged it off. ’No big deal,’ they would say. ’We can break one at any time.’ And often times, we did.
We set program records this year in yards rushing, passing, and in points scored. Our quarterback alone had over 1000 yards in total offense. While we finished 4-4, narrowly missing the play-offs, our record doesn’t fully reflect our growth. The two prior seasons we were a 2-14 combined. Moreover, this year we steadily improved beating playoff bound teams at the end of our season. Our kids can’t stop talking about getting back on the field next year.
We are thrilled about our Flexbone Association experience! Lou did a great job preparing players and coaching staff for the season. I’m most impressed with his personal touch and commitment to our team. He welcomes any questions at any time and often asks about players that he worked with by name. We feel that our growth as a program has just begun and that the camp was a vital catalyst in the process.”
– Ted Tibbetts, Head Football Coach
Before 2011, Prince of Peace Academy (TX) had never won a playoff game.
After running a 2011 Flexbone Association Football Camp, they broke the school record for most wins in a season (9), they won their first playoff game in school history, and they advanced to the TAPPS Division 3 State Quarterfinals They did all this with 26 players on the roster in grades 9-12.
“During the summer of the 2011 season, we brought in the Flexbone Association to run our summer camp. As a staff, and a team, we were able to get back to the basics of the triple option offense. In 2011 we went 9-3 and lost in the state quarterfinals. We broke every rushing record that we had set the previous season. If you are just starting down this path or have been running the triple for a long time, you will benefit from these camps.
In five years working with the Flexbone Association, my overall coaching record is 47-14. In the second year of this offense (at Canyon Creek Christian Academy), we won the TAPPS State Championship and repeated again the following year. Thanks to these guys I have two beautiful rings to wear on my fingers! Thanks Lou and Scott (Flexbone Association Co-Owners)!”
— Larry Thexton, Head Football Coach
In 2012, After Hosting their Flexbone Association Football Camp, Reedsburg Improved their Win Total from Two (2) Wins to Six (6) Wins and Won a Playoff Game.
“We hosted a Flexbone Association Camp at Reedsburg HS last summer, because we wanted a camp where we got the most bang for our buck. The guys at the Flexbone Association were very accommodating and worked with our schedule. Our players were able to eat and sleep at home, go to work, get in their lifting, and receive quality instruction and a lot of repetitions in a short period of time. Scott Jazdzewski and crew did an excellent job of keeping things simple and coaching up the details. The result was a playoff berth for the first time in 3 years.”
–Brian Pottinger, Head Football Coach
Before the 2011 season, Riverwood HS (GA) had not won five (5) games in a season since 2005.
After running a 2011 Flexbone Association Football Camp, Riverwood High School (GA) won five (5) games in a season for the first time since 2005.
“When we arrived at Riverwood in 2008, we realized quickly how undersized we were up front. I have always been an “option guy” and wanted to run what I considered option football. After all, there was no way we could compete with our size and lack of athleticism running the I or Gun.
After three years of mediocrity, we realized that we had become a “multiple” offensive team running more wing-t than option. After a trip to the Naval Academy in the Spring of 2011 to visit with my brother, offensive line coach, Ashley Ingram, we decided to look at having the Flexbone Association Camp come in and help us along the way.
We decided to join ranks with Seminole County and have a two-team camp. My Dad is the head coach at Seminole County and we had scrimmaged each other the past two years. Our players were familiar with each other and the coaching staffs had a great relationship. Lou Cella came in and transformed our football teams.
Seminole County went on to have the greatest season in the history of the school. Riverwood went 5-5 year and lost one game in OT and another by four points. Our turnover margin went from -11 in 2009 to +9 in 2010. We scored an average of 46 points in the last four weeks of the season and had only one turnover in that stretch, while beating the #4 ranked team in the state of Georgia . We scored on every possession.
Ball security and fundamentals have always been the cornerstone of our program. Coincidentally, it is also the foundation of the Flexbone Association Camp. We will have this camp every summer as long as I am a head coach. Thank you Lou and Flexbone team. You made the difference.”
– Robert Ingram, Head Football Coach
From 2008-2010, Rushville-Industry HS (IL) possessed a 23-game losing streak.
After running a 2011 Flexbone Association football camp, Rushville-Industry (IL) broke the losing streak, won three (3) games, and came within one win of qualifying for the playoffs.
“From the pain of having to validate my ability as a coach in November 2010, to my first Gatorade bath in September 2011, the Flexbone Association was a tremendous help.
Last November, I stood in front of a seven-member school board trying to explain why our team had lost 23 straight games. After 30 people spoke on my behalf, the board decided to keep me as head football coach.
At this point, I started trying to figure out what to do to make my belief in the triple option show more tangible results on the field. Immediately, I scheduled a 2011 Flexbone Association Football Camp. I was very pleased with the results. First, my players had a new belief in what our staff had been teaching. Scott Jazdzewski, Flexbone Association Founder/Owner, as camp director, helped our kids believe.
The camp had tremendous benefits for our coaching staff. We all learned new things, we were reminded of the merit of what we were already doing, we came out of the camp feeling better about the plays we installed, and we were feeling confident in HOW we installed them. Finally, the drills we learned that were made specifically for this offense were extremely helpful. Each drill was specific in its intent and how it was run. Players and coaches both saw exactly how the drill fit into the offense. The Ball Security Circuit alone was worth the investment.
Also, we had a senior who moved to fullback for the first time, and the camp got him ‘up to speed’ so that he was ready for fall camp. He went on to rush for almost 900 yards in his only year at the position. Our 3-6 record was a tremendous improvement and the Flexbone Association Football Camp was a big part of that.
Next year, we look to go to the playoffs.”
– Mike Bickerman, Head Football Coach
Before the 2011 season, Hollister San Benito HS (CA) had not won their conference championship, the TCAL, in seven (7) years.
After running their 2011 Flexbone Association Football Camp, Hollister San Benito HS (CA) won the TCAL Conference Championship, went undefeated in conference play, and made it to the CIF Division 1 Quarterfinals.
“After coaching the Hollister Haybalers of San Benito High School for the past 17 years with good success, I found myself and our coaching staff in a bit of an offensive rut. I began to research the Triple Option offense. I had heard about the Flexbone Association and I contacted Scott and Lou. I spoke with them on the phone, and I quickly realized that they held the answers to our offensive issues. I was so fired up after speaking with Scott and Lou that I scheduled a Flexbone Camp for June, 2011.
Lou came out to Hollister, California and put on a great camp for our team. Our players had the opportunity to work together to learn the flexbone offense in the summer months preceding our football season, and having Lou, who is truly an unparalleled expert in this field, work directly with our players was simply invaluable. In addition, Lou provided our entire coaching staff with an intensive, exceptional on-the-field clinic. I give a tremendous amount of credit for our 2011 UNDEFEATED LEAGUE SEASON to Lou and the teachings of the Flexbone Association!”
– Chris Cameron, Head Football Coach
Before 2011, Santo HS (TX) had not been to the playoffs since 1995.
In 2011, after running a Flexbone Association Football Camp, Santo went to the Texas 1A playoffs.
“I came to Santo 5 years ago with the task of turning around a program that had only been to the playoffs three times in its history. The first couple of years were rough, but a foundation was forged by a group of tough players. In our third year we committed to the flexbone and began to develop our option game. Prior to this past year we teamed up with the Flexbone Association and let them conduct a camp for our players.
This past season marked the first time in 16 years that our program has qualified for the playoffs. We anticipate that this is just the tip of the iceberg for our program. I am a huge proponent of the flexbone and have a lot of respect for the Flexbone Association and their camps. More importantly, our players believe in it and the Flexbone Association has had a lot to do with instilling that pride in our athletes.”
–Randy Thornton, Head Football Coach
In 2010, Seminole County won seven (7) games and lost in the first round of the playoffs.
After participating in a 2011 Flexbone Association Football Camp, Seminole County High School (GA) broke the school record for wins in a season (11), made the state quarterfinals, and averaged 49 points/game.
“I have been coaching high school football for 40 years now and began with the wishbone offense, so I had a good background in option football. After spending 7 years with my high school coach and running the power game from the I-formation during the late 70′s and early 80′s I changed schools and incorporated the I-power with the option and ran this offense for years.
When the midline came along we added it to the inside and outside veer, but still stayed exclusively with the I-formation. I give you this background because “old dogs can not———”.
It just so happens that my youngest son is working with Ken Niumatalolo at the Naval Academy as an offensive line coach. My oldest son is the head football coach at Riverwood High School in Atlanta, Ga., and has been running the Flexbone, but “old dogs——”.
It just so happens that I finally decided to play around with the flexbone during the past two years and thought I knew what I was doing. In the mean time I saw a e-mail message about Lou’s and Scott’s flexbone association camps. I gave Lou a call, we hit it off immediately so we set up a camp in Atlanta with my team and Robert’s team at Riverwood during last summer (2011).
I learned so much at the camp that we ran the flexbone almost entirely during the 2010 season and the results were unbelievable. 23 school records including an 11-2 season and the elite-8 in the playoffs (should have won the state bit 5 fumbles in the first half after only losing only 8 during the whole season and playing a metro Atlanta Private School—yes we have problems with recruiting in Georgia like the rest of you do).
We rushed for 4,373 yards, our Two A-backs averaged 11.8 and10.4 yards per touch, we scored 71 touchdowns and averaged 49 points per game (most games were over with by half with a running clock during the second half).
Overall, our backs averaged 7.9 yards per carry and that includes the J.V. backs who had over 135 carries collectively for the season. We also threw the seam routes for 880 yards and scored 9 touchdowns. That gave us 80 offensive touchdowns for the 13 game season.
Lou did an outstanding job at the camp. I personally consider him one of my closest friends, because he is always available to help. He does such a great job of installing fundamentals and mechanics.
If you are running the flexbone, I strongly recommend that you contact Scott or Lou and set up a Flexbone Association Football Camp. This was our first 11-win season in school history, so remember “old dogs can”.
– Alan Ingram, Head Football Coach
In 2012, after running a Flexbone Association Football Camp, Sheldon (IA) goes from six (6) wins to eight (8) wins and advances to the second round of the Iowa State playoffs.
“The Flexbone Association helped our staff tremendously this past summer. We had been a pure wishbone team and slowly had been incorporating the flexbone into our offense. We had determined that we were going to commit fully to the offense, so we wanted guidance for our coaching staff and our players. The work we put in really helped speed up our installation process during preseason practice. The Orabs went on to an 8-3 record and made it to the second round of the Iowa playoffs.”
–Matt Meendering, Principal/Head Football Coach
In 2009 and 2010, Simley HS (MN) won a grand total of three games.
In 2011, Simley HS (MN) hosted a Flexbone Association Football Camp, doubled their win total from the previous season, and won a playoff game.
“I was not an expert, nor am I now in the Flexbone offense. This prompted me to go to Chicago for the Flexbone Association Clinic and host a 2011 Flexbone Association Football Camp with Coach (Mark) Kleinpeter over the summer. The help from the association and from Coach Kleinpeter was unbelievable. The program I took over had won three games in the previous two seasons and had not scored more than 25 points in any of their games. Last season had 1500 yards in total offense in their nine games.
Fast forward to this season—We were able to host a playoff game which we won 49-13. We almost doubled the point total from a season ago. We had 2573 total yards of offense (2282 rushing) through nine games—4 passing touchdowns in 19 completions.
I remember Coach Kleinpeter saying, ‘Just stay with it and you will start to see it working.’ It started, and it is a great foundation for our program.”
– Rex King, Head Football Coach
Before the 2010 season, Straughn had not won 10 games in a season since the previous millennium.
In 2010, Straughn HS (AL) went to the second round of state playoffs in Alabama and won 10-games in a season for the first time this millennium–after participating in a 2010 Flexbone Association Football Camp.
“We ran veer and midline in 2009, but by attending The Flexbone Association Camp this summer, we reached new heights in our 2010 season. The fundamentals our players learned helped us earn our second 10-win season in school history, finish runner-up in our region, and advance to the second-round of our state playoffs.”
– Trent Taylor, Head Football Coach
In 2011, Temple City High School (CA) went 1-9.
After running a 2012 Flexbone Association Football Camp, Temple City went from one (1) win to five (5) wins and obtained a playoff berth.
“This past July we hosted a Flexbone Association camp with Lou Cella as the director. It was, in my opinion, the best endeavor I have ever participated in with regards to improving a football team towards a specific goal. I have not seen such a unilateral result, from coaches to players, with any other method.
The greatness of the camp is in the breadth of activity. Every position is taught and drilled, as well as position coaches. The camp is a systematic installation of the offense. Lou was phenomenal, his energy and passion for what he was teaching was infectious with the players and coaches.
I have never witnessed a group of athletes improve more in 4 hours on the first day of camp, and the improvement continued throughout the duration. Any coach looking to run the flexbone offense would be crazy not to invest in a Flexbone Association camp for their players and coaches.”
–Mike McFarland, Head Football Coach
In 2010, Timmonsville HS (SC) was running the Spread Offense and finished the 2010 season with a 1-9 record.
After running a 2011 Flexbone Association Football Camp, Timmonsville went to the South Carolina Class A State Semifinals and with a roster of 21 players.
“The Flexbone Association camp/system was a key factor in our team’s success in 2011 at Timmonsville High School. As a coaching staff we knew that the offense we ran in 2010 did not fit our current personnel and we consequently determined that the Flexbone offense was a good fit. With installing any new offense, two critical factors will determine its effectiveness: 1) For the coaching staff it’s the knowledge and understanding of the offense to implement it. 2) For players it’s the ability to buy into the offense and execute it without hesitation.
The Flexbone system reduced the learning curve for those two critical factors for us by about 2 years and allowed us to experience immediate success. The Flexbone Association Camp/System gave us everything we needed at the end of camp for me to do long range planning for the entire season with daily practice schedules. My assistant coaches had the knowledge and resources to coach position specific drills. My offensive coordinator had the information to put together a game plan and call plays in a strategic fashion.
During the season if questions arose we would go back to the DVDs, visit the website or Lou Cella was just a phone call or email away for one on one advice. My players became a team during camp and finished camp with confidence and enthusiasm for the Flexbone offense that gave them the zeal to look forward to Summer practice and a chance to put the new offense into action through competition.
The team building: enthusiasm and confidence and skills that were built in my players by the camp carried over into the season and was evident in our success. We were able to defeat our rival twice in the same year, which had not been accomplished since 1999. We had an opportunity to play for a region championship. We were able to defeat a team that has knocked us out of the State playoffs and Timmonsville High progressed to the South Carolina state semi-finals in our classification losing out by just 2 points. We increased our rushing yardage by 20% and rushing touchdowns by 50%. We plan to build on the success of this year for next season.
The value of the camp cannot be measured in dollars and cents, although if you approach it from that angle it was a very cost effective strategy for us. I know many coaches would rather install an offense the traditional way by researching it, visiting colleges that run the offense and then picking coaches for information. The offense is then modified for their use using trial and error to develop the offense that best suits their high school’s team needs.
I have used that same strategy and I know that it takes about 3 years to really gain an understanding of the offense and get players to execute it at a high level. Consequently in the research method you do not have any collaboration with experts that are readily available when questions arise or resources that have consistency. We knew that we had a good group of kids for the next couple of years and wanted to give them an offense that they could be successful with immediately.
We also concluded that by the time we visited colleges, bought DVDs, playbooks, and sent players to college camps to gain skills, we would have invested many times the cost of the Flexbone Association Camp. The cost effectiveness of the system coupled with its immediate impact and continued collaboration from the association made the camp an easy decision for us that has already paid big dividends and will continue to pay off in future seasons.”
– Dr. Jimmy Woods, Head Football Coach
In 2012, Whitefield Academy went from four (4) wins to six (6) wins after their Flexbone Association Football Camp.
“The final piece of the puzzle came when we held a Flexbone Association Camp for our team this past summer. The instruction our players received were key to their installation and understanding of the triple option attack. Our coaches also greatly benefited from experiencing firsthand the teaching and drills that were implemented–Absolutely one of the best decisions we made as we prepared for installing our new offense.”
–Jimmy Fields, Head Football Coach