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After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' minicamp last week, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had a compelling message he shared with the press and it’s made its way around the internet.
Here’s the video:
Andy Ryland, USA Football senior manager, education and training, posted a blog in response and posed some questions for other coaches pertaining to this topic. Here are some excerpts:
I personally love McCoy’s view on the situation and the classy way he handled the interview. That idea that coaches are “supposed to coach you hard,” and most importantly, players need to “separate the message from the tone” are truths, especially in the high-performance level.
While it is important for players to separate the message from the tone, what responsibility does the coach have to not hide the message in the tone?
Do I use a player's responsibility to separate message from tone as a crutch for my preferred style of yelling instead of the player's preferred style of learning?
Ryland asked coaches to chime in on the topic via social media, and Texas High School Football Chat picked up on the conversation, hosting a Twitter chat Wednesday using the hashtag #txhsfbchat. Here’s a sampling of what coaches had to say:
Tone has to change and match the situation. Explosive tone can raise arousal and help an athlete power clean or explode out of his hips on the line. Technical tone however is necessary when talking a player through new things or a mistake in practice of competition. #TXHSFBCHAT— Shawn Jezek (@CoachJezek) June 28, 2018
Players are going to pick up when you stress the most and the loudest. I was taught early praise 2x as loud as your critique or build the "sandwich" praise-critique-praise #txhsfbchat— Peter Noonan, M.Ed (@CoachNoon45) June 28, 2018
It is vital that we as coaches understand how the players can learn Best and be able to teach the same thing different ways! #TXHSFBCHAT Instill Confidence in your players and they will want to learn more! #BacktotheBasics— Anthony Stone (@Coach_Stone_MT) June 28, 2018
A5) This should be our #1 priority as coaches. And not just in being good at one message but being able to adapt the message in order for every player to understand it. Coaches were probably the first masters of differentiation before it became "cool". #TXHSFBCHAT— Coach Hart (@The_Coach_Hart) June 28, 2018
A5: make the expectation as clear as possible and be a support throughout the process #TXHSFBCHAT— Vincent DiGaetano (@CoachDiG) June 28, 2018
Andy Ryland is senior manager of education and training at USA Football. A former Penn State linebacker and member of the U.S. men’s rugby team, Ryland helped develop the Heads Up Football and Master Trainer programs.