How to Make a Football Playbook

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A football playbook can be put together with computer programs, or it can simply be written out by hand. Find out how to distinguish different players' positions on a playbook with help from a head football coach in this free video on football playbooks.

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Hi, this is coach Jesse Shale from Miami, Florida. In this clip I'm going to show you how to make a football playbook. So you might ask yourself, what is a playbook. Well, it's exactly what it sounds like. It's a book of plays. It's a book that has all the plays that you use for your team, in one location. And there's a couple of different ways that you can put this together. You can definitely use a computer program. Sometimes it takes a little while to learn the different nuances that are in each program of different symbols, how to make it look exactly the way you want it to look and how you can put a text in to those things. And there's definitely a lot of products available for you to take advantage of if you want to take that time. A simpler and more direct way to do a playbook is to simply write one out by hand. You want to start with formations and when you're writing your formations, obviously when you start with the center you want to make that center distinct, either by putting an x through him or even putting a box or both to designate where the center will be. Then after that you can put in your specific formation. In this case, we've got a double slot, quarterback and fullback. Then what you want to do is use the specific symbols that you need to for each position's job. In this case if we have our offensive linemen all blocking, zone blocking to the right, you would use the correct symbols to illustrate that. If you have your wide receivers running patterns, you want to use the correct pattern notations. If you're unsure about those you can also you know definitely look that up and ask other coaches, because there's some traditionally used symbols that are used for everything. And then depending on the type of offense, you might have different types of quarterback movements, different types of fullback movements, hand offs, things like that. After you're done with the formation, then you want to move on to the other basic part of the playbook which is the player position directives. And that's where you come down a little bit and you start to talk about, what is it that the quarterback is actually doing. And that's where you get to write in; he's doing his mid-line steps. And this is going to help all of your position players to know exactly what it is that they're doing. After that you would want to move to your fullback and your other positions, writing out specifically what it is that they're supposed to do on that play. That way when you give this playbook out you can have the same playbook. You can give them to all of your different position players and you don't have to make specific playbooks for each position. This has been Jesse Shale. Thanks for watching.


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