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The Football Coaching Bible features many of the game’s most successful coaches. Each shares the special insight, advice, and strategies they’ve used to field championship-winning teams season after season.
The 27 chapter contributing coaches span six decades of the sport and reach into every corner of the United States. The impressive list of contributors:
They cover every aspect of the game: coaching principles, program building, player motivation, practice sessions, individual skills, team tactics, offensive and defensive play-calling, and performance evaluation.
Developed by the American Football Coaches Association, this coaching guide establishes a new standard of excellence in the sport.
Part I - Professional Duties and Opportunities
Chapter 1. Responsibilities of a Coach
Chapter 2. Inner Drive and Motivation
Bo Schembechler with contributions from Rick Neuheisel and Jack Harbaugh
Chapter 3. Professional Conduct
Chapter 4. Career Decision Making
Part II - Coaching Principles and Priorities
Harold "Tubby" Raymond
Chapter 5. Keeping it Small
Chapter 6. Staying True to You
Chapter 7. Leading Your Team
Chapter 8. Pursuing Your Vision
Part III - Program Building and Management
Chapter 9. Building and Sustaining a Division I Program
Chapter 10. Building and Sustaining a Divisional College Program
Chapter 11. Building and Sustaining a Junior College Program
Chapter 12. Building and Sustaining a High School Program
Chapter 13. Promoting Your Program
Part IV - Innovative and Effective Practice Sessions
Chapter 14. Planning and Conducting Productive Practices
Chapter 15. Maximizing the Ability of Players
Chapter 16. Conditioning for High Performance
Chapter 17. Adjusting for Weather, Injuries, and Opponents
Part V - Individual Skills and Team Tactics
Chapter 18. The Running Game
Chapter 19. The Passing Game
Chapter 20. Run Defense
Chapter 21. Pass Defense
Chapter 22. The Kicking Game
Part VI - Game-Winning Strategies
Chapter 23. Scouting the Opposition
Chapter 24. Getting the Competitive Mental Edge
Chapter 25. Offensive Play Calling in Key Game Situations
Chapter 26. Defensive Play Calling in Key Game Situations
Chapter 27. Evaluating Performance
Since its establishment in 1922, the American Football Coaches Association has provided a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football and coaching. It also works to maintain the highest possible standards in football and the coaching profession. These objectives—first declared by founders Major Charles Daly, Alonzo Stagg, John Heisman, and others—have been instrumental in the AFCA's becoming the effective and highly respected organization it is today.
The AFCA now has more than 10,000 members, including coaches from Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, and Russia. Through annual publications and several newsletters, the association keeps members informed of the most current rule changes and proposals, proper coaching methods, innovations in techniques, insights in coaching philosophy, and business conducted by the board of trustees and AFCA committees. A convention is held each January to give members a special opportunity to exchange ideas and recognize outstanding achievement.
The association promotes safety in the sport and establishes strong ethical and moral codes that govern all aspects of football coaching. In addition, the AFCA is involved in numerous programs that ensure the integrity of the coaching profession and enhance the development of the game. The AFCA works closely with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the National Football League, the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, Pop Warner, and other organizations involved in the game of football. Indeed, one of the goals of the association is to build a strong coalition of football coaches—Team AFCA—who speak out with a unified voice on issues that affect the sport and profession.
The AFCA is the team of the football coaching profession. All current and former football coaches or administrators involved with football are encouraged to join. For more information about becoming a member of the AFCA, please visit the AFCA Web site (www.afca.com) or write to the following address: