Collin Boechler

“OLD SCHOOL” – Retire that phrase folks

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Times have DRASTICALLY changed since you or I have played football.  We all remember what our coaches were like and how tough they were on us in practice, games or even just life.  Screaming and yelling used to be the “NORM” from all our coaches.  Somehow they figured this is the best way to motivate kids and make them “tough.”  I agree it did for some kids, but not for others.  It was just part of the era in which we played.  We all just took it that way and we or our parents NEVER questioned it because it was normal behavior for a football coach to behave that way. 

However, TIMES HAVE CHANGED.  The student-athletes of today are so different than just 10 years ago.  Most kids don’t know how to verbalize themselves, why would you when you can just text it or post it to a blog.  These kids are NOT used to face-to-face confrontation.  In fact, most kids shut down when spoken to in this manner.  So why do we keep telling our kids, “back when I played, blah blah blah”… or they say the phrase “old school” to their son and expect them to know what the heck it means.  I promise you, they don’t.  I learned throughout my coaching career that the best coaches  know what motivates each kid.  Some kids respond to “verbal-intensity” and but most don’t.  Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not saying that kids shouldn’t play that way, but find a way in which their motivated and you will get the desired outcome you’re looking for. 

We would NEVER question our “OLD SCHOOL” coach.  But think about this.  If it is expected that athletes take constructive criticism from their coaches, then why is it that coaches WILL NOT listen to any constructive-criticism from the outside world.  Practice what you preach.  We all make mistakes and have room to improve, but most of the time we will never recognize it until a 3rd party points it out to us.

Collin

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FOLLOW UP – INTERVENTION

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

There were certainly some good posts on this topic.  Even if you didn’t write a comment, I am certain you feel strongly about the issue.  I have walked on both sides on this issue.  I was a high school football coach, coached with the Flying Aces (remember them?) and am now a parent.  This is never easy, yet it won’t take care of itself either.  So, what’s the BEST thing to do?  Most coaches have an open-door policy when it comes to meeting with parents, but that door can quickly close  to the parent if it’s about “playing time.”  I would tell that parent to ask their son/daughter why they aren’t getting the playing time.  Believe me…..THEY WILL KNOW.  I like the comments about helping out with sports teams when your kids are younger.  I am amazed at the “lack” of participation from willing parents….especially when it comes to baseball.  Kids are used to getting things the easiest way.  Examples:  COMPUTERS for homework. (remember spending time in your schools’ library doing research for your term paper?), getting a new video game and learning all the “CHEATS” that will help them get to the end and solve the game,  BASEBALL BATS….i remember my little league team only had 4 team bats to use,   SPORTING EQUIPMENT…I mean does all that fancy stuff really make for a better athlete?  Enough said.  Kids need to learn some adversity in their lives, and learn to work through some tough issues for themselves.  THATS WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT.   How are we going to teach them these VALUES, if we constantly bail them out???

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Collin Boechler

At What Point Do I Intervene?

Monday, October 11th, 2010

So, you have a problem with a coach?  At what point do you intervene?  What are the questions you have for the coach?  What the HECK do you know?  Have YOU ever coached before?  I mean….BIG BOY sports….not little league, midget or flag.  What OBJECTIVE (not subjective) point do you have?  Will me talking to the coach HURT or HELP my kid?  Or…..am I even realistic about my kids abilities and/or effort?   Just curious what you think……  Send me a comment on what your take is….

Collin

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What are those Coaches Thinking???

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Well, we are half way through this football season and I thought you would like some insight as to what coaches are thinking.  I can tell you my experiences only and would think most coaches in west-river could agree.  One word comes to mind when I reflect on my coaching days:  EXECUTION.  Basically all the formations, plays, defensive schemes and special-teams are in place.  We would often have a good rotation of substitutions coming in and out correctly.  With that being said, there is not much more to implement into our game plan each week, but we are now focused on how well we can execute what we already know.  That is a lot tougher than it sounds.  I know there will be kids missing with injuries, but by now, his back-up should have plenty of “looks” at that position to handle it properly.  Do coaches look ahead at the playoffs and their seeding?  Sure they do.  They will never admit to it though.  They already look ahead in their schedule and other opponents schedules to figure if they will get a home playoff game and the likely road to the DOME and what it will take to get there.  So, as a coach, right now we are looking for consistantcy, continuity, intensity and EXECUTION in everything we do in practice and game-day!

Collin

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AA – Game of the Week – Pierre @ Stevens

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Its so hard for me not to root for a Rapid City team.  Whether its Central, Stevens or STM, I like to see them all do well.  This week I am chosing Stevens because:  its their Homecoming, they are coming off of a tough loss in Sioux Falls, Pierre beat them 49 to 21 last year, and the list goes on.   But this isn’t going to be an easy task for them.  Pierre is riding a 3-game winning streak coming into this one and has an over-all record of 3-2.  They lost to Lincoln by 7 and lost to #2 ranked Watertown by 1 point.  Their 3 wins are against Mitchell, Brookings and Yankton by about 20 points each.  Homecoming can be a first-quarter distraction, and sometimes as a player all that EXTRA hype can lead to a lack of focus and concentration if you’re not careful.  Stevens is a WELL coached team that will have their boys ready to play.  STEVENS WINS  21 -14.

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AA “Game of the Week” – Stevens @ Roosevelt

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Can Stevens keep this going?  After an IMPRESSIVE win last week against O’Gorman look for them to have a BOOST in confidence going into this game.  I know the bus ride is long, but can you imagine traveling all that way and BELIEVING you have a chance to beat a SF school?  In games like this, with a season like this, kids tend to play through ANY injuries they have.  The “bumps & bruises” aren’t as noticeable to you as a player if your record is 4-0.  Look for this to be a dog-fight that comes down to “time-of-possession.”  If Stevens can run the clock down, keeping the ball out of Roosevelts’ hands, look for them to win by 10 points.

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AA Game of the Week – Sturgis @ Washington

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Why did I pick this one?  Doesn’t it seem obvious who is going to win this game?  East River dominates West River – especially if it’s an East River home game.  What about that BIG kid for Washington going to Oklahoma?  Exactly how many Washington kids will be playing NCAA Div 1 next year?  Will Clint Wilson even play?

Explanation – I ask you this.  What do you watch during a football game?  People ask me all the time what my favorite NFL or College team is.  Answer: I DON’T HAVE ONE!  I suppose I like the Seattle Seahawks because the Kingdome is where I saw my first NFL game.  (I even got a Jim Zorn jersey) I follow the NDSU Bison because I sent 7 High School kids there from Velva.  But overall,  I just like to watch top-notch athletes make OUTSTANDING plays week-in and week-out.  I think Washington is going to win.  BUT, I also think Sturgis will hang with them throughout the first quarter.  After that, the strength and depth of Washington will wear the Scoopers out and it will be over.  But look at all the playmakers on both sides of the ball on this one, watch it a “little differently” that most games, and I certain you will agree with me.

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SCORE UPDATE 72 – 6 REALLY????

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

I have wanted to write an article like this for SO long.  Things like this seem to trigger a wide range of emotions from fans, parents and even people that don’t watch football, but see a score like this in their local newspaper the next day.  In this article I want to give perspective on BOTH sides of the fence and hope you can open up your mind to EQUALLYconsider eash side for a brief moment.

When is enough actually enough???  When the score was 50-0, were you still worried that you might not win???  Why would you “humiliate” another team like that???  What are you guys trying to prove???  What message are you sending to our kids???   Sound familiar?  We have all had these type of questions following a game like this.  Its even uncomfortable being a fan in the stands (either side) for a game like this.  Who gets embarrassed more?  I have been accused of “running up the score” before, so I know what it feels like, but have been on the other side to.  I GET IT….I REALLY DO.   NOT AN EASY SUBJECT

Now from a coaches perspective.  There are so many things about a “real” game that you cannot duplicate in ANY practice.  The crowd cheering from the stands.  We all know how this “pumps” you up during a game.  Just ask any NFL player about “home-field advantage”  and what a difference a crowd can make.  Also, these kids we’re coaching are sick and tired of hitting each other for the past 2 weeks and can’t wait to line up against someone different.  As a coach, when this happens, we think differently.  What SHOULD we do?  Tell our kids NOT to play hard?  (That’s how kids get hurt).  Pull the starters even earlier?  Remember, the replacements are trying to impress their coaches for future playing time.  Take a knee?   As you can tell there aren’t a lot of options a coach has at this point.  We go into a different mode so-to-speak.   We don’t notice the score, but are trying to implement certain things for the future to see if they work or not.  We know we will face “stiffer” competition (think Dakota Dome) in the future, and need to find the right balance between playing time for our starters, implementing multiple schemes, finding out what we’re good at, and what needs to be improved.  Remember we still need to get better for those last 2 games of the season.

So, when you see a lop-sided score like this in the future, give the coaches a break.  They don’t set the schedule or decide what the other side brings to the table.  Also, to the coaches, remember what it’s like to be on the other side of the field when you’re losing like this with  NO sign of recovery. 

I hope you  all can see BOTH sides of fence from here. 

Collin

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11 Man – Game(s) of the Week!!

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Well its hard not to pick which games to watch this weekend.  The annual Rushmore Bowl is here again.  I just have to say how IMPRESSED I am with how well the Black Hills schools and businesses do during this event.  This is a HUGE fundraiser for ALL 4 schools.  All proceeds are split evenly among these schools to help support extra-curricular activities (NOT JUST SPORTS).  From one night of football these 4 schools received a check for $30,000 last year.  I love to see all the school spirit on display on a Friday night and for every one’s enthusiasm and anticipation for this night all year.  Thanks to the numerous volunteers that help make this possible.  Please go this weekend, I cannot think of a better way to start Labor Day Weekend than to go to these 2 games.

THIS FRIDAY NIGHT

5:00 pm – Stevens vs. Spearfish

8:00 pm -Central vs. Sturgis

As far as predictions go……that’s NOT my role here……There are people on here that are way better at that stuff than I am.  (OK, I’m lying….I have my predictions, but they will stick with me)

Collin

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“Inside the Huddle”

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

What does all that mean?  Have you ever listened to an air-traffic controller?  I have and didn’t understand a thing.  Good thing there are talented people running the sky’s though.  Who says football players are just Big Dumb Jocks?  For those of you who have played football, you know what I’m talking about.  For those of you who haven’t, let me give you just a little insight as to what happens in there. 

First of all, in the offensive huddle, ONLY the quarterback is supposed to talk.  In the defensive huddle, ONLY the “captain”, and/or middle linebacker is supposed to call the play.  You only have a limited amount of time in between plays to call the next one, or sometimes no time at all in the case of a “no huddle”, or 2-minute drill.

Having played QB in high school, listening to the huddle in college, running my offense when I coached  in Velva, running my offense in flag football through 7th grade midget or coaching professional indoor football, EVERY huddle is different.  That is about a dozen or so different ways to call the SAME play.  In this article I am going to focus a little bit on play-calling.

Consider this.  Lets just go with a basic play.  How about a play to a running back to the right side.  First things first though.  How are we going to line up. Keeping in mind that 7 players have to stay on the line of scrimmage.  Do we have 1, 2, 3 or more receivers?  Do we have 1, 2 or 3 running backs?  Are we going to have a guard or tackle pull and lead-block for the running back? Are we going to have someone go “in motion”?  What’s the snap count going to be?  Oh and we only have about 20 seconds left to call the play and get to the line of scrimmage. 

How about a passing play you ask?  Well lets just use a “passing-tree,” keeping in mind that EVERY team has a different one.  How do we get each receiver to run a certain pattern?  Well, lets just assign them a letter of the alphabet that corresponds with where they line up and what pattern to run.  Like XYZ or something like that.  But what if this formation has 4 receivers?   As you can tell I am trying to make this sound complicated.  The best way I’ve seen this implemented in during my year with the Flying Aces.  Check back soon for my explanation of that. 

So the next time you watch your favorite football team play, keep in mind what these players have to remember each and every time they head to the line of scrimmage for the next play.  In football, all 11 (or 9) players have to do their specific job at the SAME time for a play to work.  In my opinion, that’s why football  is the best sport to participate in to learn the skill of TEAMWORK, no matter what you do in life.

Collin

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