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Winning football begins with preparation and planning. The game’s best players, coaches, and teams step onto the gridiron confident in their ability and their strategy for shutting down the opposing team. With this comprehensive guide, you too can be confident knowing that you’re prepared for every practice, game, and situation.
In Winning Football, renowned coach Bill Ramseyer shares the expertise and insights that have guided his teams and players to success at every level of the sport. With instruction for every key technique and tactic, as well as accompanying drills and special tips for executing them when the game is on the line, you’ll find all the tools you need to develop the skills, discipline, and consistency for winning football week after week.
Winning Football covers both sides of the ball, special teams play, player development, and game planning. You’ll learn how and when to use offensive formations such as the shotgun, single back, power I, and empty back as well as dominating defensive sets such as the 4-3, 3-4, nickel, and dime.
From assembling your staff to assigning player positions, this book provides you with the information, drills, and plays that will help you transform your team into a championship contender. Before you take to the sidelines, let Winning Football give you the tools you need to bring home the wins!
Chapter 1. Elements of Success
Chapter 2. Personnel and Position Assignments
Chapter 3. Football Conditioning
Chapter 4. Individual Offensive Skills and Drills
Chapter 5. Individual Defensive Skills and Drills
Chapter 6. Team Offense
Chapter 7. Team Defense
Chapter 8. Special Teams Play
Chapter 9. Practices
Chapter 10. Game Day
Bill Ramseyer’s coaching experience spans both the high school and college ranks. He began his coaching career with 8 years at the high school level, which included guiding Firelands High School in Ohio—a school that had not had a single winning season until Ramseyer’s arrival—to a 24-2 record during his tenure.
Bill then turned to the college level, where he was an assistant coach and head scout for the University of Missouri for the 1969 Big 8 Championship team. From there he moved on to coach the Wilmington College squad, which had accumulated only 28 wins over the previous 15 years. Bill amassed a record of 114-58-4 during his tenure, which included qualifying for the national championship game in 1980. He also earned 5 conference or district coach of the year honors while at Wilmington. Ramseyer completed his career as the first-ever coach at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, which included back-to-back 10-win seasons in 1995 and 1996, the first program ever to accomplish this feat in its first 6 years of existence.
Bill holds a PhD from the University of Missouri and has been inducted into seven halls of fame.
"Bill Ramseyer has given football coaches a blueprint for building a successful program. Winning Football is a must-read for every coach who wants to compete at the highest level."
John Gallup -- Editor and Publisher, American Football Monthly
“From practice plans to game-day strategies, Winning Football offers the information that coaches and players need for a championship season.”
Grant Teaff -- Executive Director, American Football Coaches Association
“Winning Football is the ultimate A-to-Z guide to coaching and playing football.”
Mickey Mathews -- Head Football Coach, James Madison University