London Blitz Camp 2015 – Day 3 Sunday

  07:46 Unusually at the moment as coaches we have some down time right now. This morning although we started at 06:00 the clocks went forward last night so it still really early this morning. Again we started in the gym but this morning every one was a little slower, the form and technique for stretching was still there but just a little slower. The first set of lunges brought groans from some of the players. Once outside with the OL, we went through our regular routine although today  we went 50% speed and focused on getting the technique right. The start … Continue reading London Blitz Camp 2015 – Day 3 Sunday

London Blitz Camp 2015 – Day 2 Saturday

22:08 Where did today go to? I would have liked to have the time to updates during the day but from the start until about twenty minutes ago it was wall to wall football. Today we started in the gym at 05:30 and to steal a line from Good Morning Vietnam “what does the 0 stand for in 05:30? Oh my god its early”. Using the gym allows us to stretch the players out of the elements and  by the time we get them outside it has normally started to get light outside. It’s always easy to spot a Blitz Camp first timer, early in the morning … Continue reading London Blitz Camp 2015 – Day 2 Saturday

Westimster Dragons Offensive Line : Knowing your players

So its been a few weeks since I’ve blogged about coaching the Dragons and during this time I’ve been finding my stride (its been a long time since I’ve coached players how to get into a three point stance and how to drive block) as well as  working out the best way to coach the players. Some people may wonder, what I mean by the best way to coach a player? In my experience every player has their own way of learning. For some players its through repetition (literally doing the same thing over and over again), for others its visual (seeing … Continue reading Westimster Dragons Offensive Line : Knowing your players

The First Sunday with the Westminster Dragons

When people are new to American football, very few rookies (if any) want to play on the Offensive line. If they have seen any form of football or even played NCAA or Madden they will have seen the long bombs (throwing or catching), the big runs or tackles but probably not paid any attention to the blocking schemes. So as a coach not only do I want the players to enjoy it but I want to sell it to them just enough that they want to come back for more. This weekend we had six stations and unsurprisingly I had OL. I … Continue reading The First Sunday with the Westminster Dragons

Why I’m coaching Uni football

I cut my teeth at the University of Hertfordshire coaching, made some great friends and played there (even after all this time the Hurricanes are my team) but I had a long car journey with Coach D on the way to a Blitz flag football game and he spoke about what he’s trying to do and build at his University team and I was intrigued but initially I didn’t want to go back to the Uni game. As the season went on, we spoke more about coaching and after talking to my Jets/Notre Dame supporting other half, I agreed to … Continue reading Why I’m coaching Uni football