Using the Positives of Lockdown

by Martin Harrison


Posted on July 23, 2020



The last few months have been a big strain on all of us. Everyone has been in a unique situation. You may be furloughed and worrying if you will still have a job to return to. If you run your own business, you may be worrying about whether you can keep the lights on. You may be feeling isolated whilst working from home. Like I have, you may be struggling to juggle work with childcare. It’s been hard work, but as a nation, it finally feels like we’re moving into something resembling normality.

Many people are talking about how the world is going to look when we come out of this. How will the working environment change? I work in an office and we’re expecting a push towards flexible and home working. This feels inevitable but the last few months have only accelerated the process.

Elsewhere, universities are starting to offer remote degrees, where the individuals can join from anywhere in the world, attending tutorials and seminars remotely. This movement is vital for universities, as many rely on the income from foreign students.

We can apply some of these learnings and ways of working to better coach our players and interact as a team. Going forward, we will need to use interactive online solutions, to ensure sessions are easy for players to attend.

We all know how important classroom sessions are, but there are certain inefficiencies in the way we currently use them to teach football. For convenience we tend to double up our usual practices with classroom sessions. This means we either hold classroom sessions before, or after practice, and take up a large proportion of peoples’ evenings. If we try and do it as a separate meeting, we could hit further scheduling conflicts, especially if you factor travel times into it.

Previously, I was against online teaching because the technology just wasn’t there and it was almost impossible to tell whether people had taken things in. Even a few years ago, I tried to do a Skype session and the results were more disastrous than productive. But now, the available video chat products for work and social interactions are far superior.

We now have the technology to use remote video classroom sessions to expand on what we currently do.

  1. Specific classroom sessions by position. This will remove all those sessions where some people switch off as they think the items being talking about are not relevant to them. (Offensive Line when you’re talking routes, Wideouts when you’re talking inside zone blocking).
  2. Classroom sessions tailored to experience. Additional sessions for Rookie/Inexperienced players, to spend more time with them on film review whilst not holding back your experienced players.
  3. Focus on football IQ on top of scheme/film breakdown.
  4. Much more one-to-one feedback.
  5. Additional Coaches meetings.
Videoconferencing technology allows those in more remote locations to easily attend multiple sessions.

All of this means we can expand upon and better our teaching of the sport, so that our only focus on the field is making people better football players. I am excited about what the future holds for the sport and the Edinburgh Wolves.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this blog and that this is the first of many to shed some light on how we do things at the Edinburgh Wolves and my thoughts on American Football. If you’re interested in being part of our family as a Player, Coach or member of the backroom staff, then please e-mail me at: HeadCoach@EdinburghWolves.com.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this blog and that this is the first of many to shed some light on how we do things at the Edinburgh Wolves and my thoughts on American Football. If you’re interested in being part of our family as a Player, Coach or member of the backroom staff, then please e-mail me at HeadCoach@EdinburghWolves.com.



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