[Podcast] Deliberate Practice Week 1 - Early Season Psychology

By Keith Grabowski | Posted 8/30/2019

Today’s guest on the Coach and Coordinator podcast is Andy Ryland, USA Football senior manager in education and training. While working at USA Football, he has helped develop the Heads Up Football and Master Trainer programs. Ryland has also worked in improving tackling techniques in football. Before coming to USA Football, Ryland was a member of the U.S. men’s rugby team. He played linebacker in college at Penn State University.

Starting off the second round of the “Deliberate Practice” series, Ryland and host Keith Grabowski go over incorporating the psychology of football into your practices early in the season.

2:10 Psychological stress on game day versus during practice

5:50 Adding sudden change into practice

11:10 Situational sudden change and communication for offense and defense

18:35 Special teams sudden change

19:30 Practicing halftime/delays

22:55 Using sudden changes for game planning

27:45 Don’t forget about yourself and the coaching staff


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