- The instructor leader develops people for the future. This is where the coaches work diligently with FIRST and SECOND teamers. The second team focuses on their perfect blocking, angles, and ball security as their time to shine is near. These players are preparing as diligently as the first unit.
- The coercive leader demands immediate compliance. These leaders are coaches who put the pressure on the players to be accurate right now.
- The representative leader builds consensus through participation. This is where the coach moves drills quickly and gets at least 22 offensive players ready for competition.
Below are five important considerations as you go about developing a plan for motivating your Triple Option Football Players:
1- Talk to your Seniors– check with your athletes to determine if what you are communicating to them is understood, what they need, and what they want.
2- Keep your athletes informed as to when, where, how, and why (and WHY is most important) – explain to them how to do something and why they are executing the specific block or angle.
3- Create an environment that allows for challenge, recognition, appreciation, and quality – challenge players to perfectly secure the football, veer past the 5-technique, read #1 and pitch #2 accurately, and cancel the Near Deep Defender.
4- Give your athletes a reason to want to work hard – care about their scoop blocks and appreciate the effort they give when a Backside Receiver consistently cuts off the backside Cornerback.
5- Model what you want to see – Lead the high-performance offensive environment by delivering transparent information and having answers to their problems in blocking and ball security. Constantly educate players on how they can better do their assignment.
There are six techniques utilized to motivate players to learn and eventually thrive with the Triple Option Offense.
1. Fine-tune the challenge. We’re most motivated to learn when the task before us is matched to our level of skill: not so easy as to be boring, and not so hard as to be frustrating. Deliberately fashion the drills in practice so that players are working at the very edge of their abilities, and keep upping the difficulty as they improve.
2. Start with the question, not the answer. Memorizing assignments is boring. Actively discovering the solution through physical technique is invigorating. Present material to be learned as a live question begging to be explored.
3- Speaking those judgments
Here is where the problem gets huge. The disgruntled coach does not agree with the offense and looks to start a clique of haters who are on his side about the Triple Option offensive strategy.
4- Giving unwanted advice
Coaches provide players with irrelevant information. For example, a new Offensive Line coach tells the Tackle to “give the 5-technique a little push” before he veer releases. This coach does not understand the concept of a veer release and believes that this is going to help the quarterback make a better read. Coaches must know all the techniques and WHY the techniques are executed in the specific, non-negotiable fashion.
5- Moving prematurely to problem solving
Coaches are adding unnecessary detail to fix an error in Quarterback’s Triple Option footwork. They need to follow the information provided by the Triple Option Football Academy and not improvise. All the answers are right here.
6- Changing the subject
When Triple Option does not work on the first play of the game due to a singular error, this should not result in coaches “scrapping” the Triple Option and running constraint runs the rest of the game–this offense cannot sustain itself with constraint runs.
7- Talking about yourself
Coaches, nobody cares what you did on offense when you played for Polk High in 1976… this is a totally different offense with cutting-edge alignments, assignments, and techniques. This offense is designed for the military. It’s BETTER than what you did in 1976…
8- Talking about other similar cases
Coach, there’s nothing to compare this offense. Stop attempting to treat this as a case study and just coach the alignment, assignment, and technique for Friday-night success.