[Podcast] Deliberate Practice Week 5 - Preparing for the Dude

By Keith Grabowski | Posted 9/26/2019

Today’s guest on the Coach and Coordinator podcast is Andy Ryland, senior manager in education and training at USA Football. While working at USA Football, he has helped develop the Heads Up Football and Master Trainer programs as well as worked in improving tackling techniques. Before coming to USA Football, Ryland spent time playing for the USA Men’s National Rugby team. He played linebacker in college at Penn State University.

Ryland and host Keith Grabowski discuss preparing for the opposing team’s “dude” in practice.

3:07 Coach Grabowski’s first coaching experience against a dude

4:55 Preparing a tackling plan

7:44 Level-two tackles

9:35 Making individual period not stagnant

12:15 Different positions working together

19:40 Using the special teams period

21:12 Different body types you’ll run into

23:55 Manipulating the scout team

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Deliberate Practice Week 4 - Teaching Players to take advantage of opportunity

Deliberate Practice 3 - Creating situations in practice; comm, handling the late step, option O

Deliberate Practice Week 2 - Train Away Penalties

Deliberate Practice Week 1 - Early Season Psychology

Vision, Decision, Action. Andy Ryland - Senior Manager of Education and Training, USA Football

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