Dr. Cella’s Triple Option Practice Methodology: Part Two

To read Dr. Cella’s Triple Option Practice Methodology: Part One–go here.

The definition of each period is listed below:

Specialists/Ball Security Dynamic– Each coach is assigned to a different specialist section. One coach has the Kickoff Specialists; one coach has the Kick Returners; one coach has the Long Snappers, Punters, and Punt Returners; one coach has the Short Snappers, Holders, and Placekickers; and one coach has the Centers and Quarterbacks. Each individual involved in specialists must get a minimum of four accurate repetitions tasking the special activity. Once they accomplish this, if they are involved in another special activity, they repeat the process within the new special activity. At the five-minute mark in the period, the horn goes off and indicates that this is the one-minute warning as the Ball Security Dynamic occurs with the Offensive Skill positions and the Dynamic Warmup occurs with the Offensive Linemen. The Offensive Linemen will be working at their defensive positions once the horn blows to start period two.

Skill 1- This is where the Triple Option (12/13) is practiced with all of the skill positions and the Defensive Coordinator is working with all of the Offensive Linemen at their defensive position. Listed below is the Triple Drill as done at Dr. Cella’s Triple Option Football Academy Camps.

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Skill 2- During this period all of the other concepts are practiced with the skill positions.  The Offensive Linemen continue to work with the Defensive Coordinator at their defensive positions.  Listed below are all the drills done with the skill positions during Skill 2:

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Line 1- During this period, all the Offensive Linemen are with Dr. Cella and all the Offensive Skill positions are with the Defensive Coordinator and another assistant where these players work at their defensive positions.  The three drills listed below are run during Line 1:

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Line 2- The Offensive Linemen continue to work on the five-on-five drill (listed above) with Dr. Cella and staff while the Offensive Skill positions continue to work with the Defensive Coordinator and an assistant.

Teams- The Punt, Kick Return, Kickoff, and Field Goal units are executed a minimum of four times each versus a live look.  Each coach is responsible for two members of each Special Teams and these responsibilities are assigned during the August meeting.

Bullets 1/Team 01- Bullets is when two groups compete versus a defense.  The coaches and some players are holding shields on the other side of the field and align in different defensive alignments.  The goal is to execute 48 accurate repetitions within the two groups in eight minutes.  Bullets is done in all non-live contact days and on Day 1 of the three-day practice week.  Team O1 is when the first offense goes against the 11 best on defense in live-contact days as regulated by the state.  The defense aligns in different defensive alignments versus the offense.  Listed below is Bullets in action:

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Bullets 2/Team O2- The same as Bullets 1/Team O1 as this represents the second half of the extended drill.

Team D1- The Defensive Coordinator is responsible for coordinating an 11-on-11 segment in practice to cover active situational football within the defense.  In Team D1, the goal is for the defense to get as many repetitions as possible facing a live offense.

Team D2- See above.

Players learn the concepts through implicit, procedural conditioning.  These concepts are instinctively carried during the game and do not involve players to utilize their frontal lobe to execute the concept.  This dramatically increases the speed and execution level of each concept.

This culture of urgency is consistent during every practice.  Talking is minimized during practice.  Instruction is done during organized team activities (OTAs) in the summer.  Practices, which are limited in time to maximize the attention span of the athlete, focus on the actual game situation at all times.  In order to maximize effectiveness, during individual time, concepts are executed every 10 seconds with one group running a live concept versus the defense and then the next group executes the concept immediately thereafter.  This process is repeated every day and at every practice.

Part Three is upcoming in the next few days…

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