A couple days ago we received a phone call at SAPT from a local non-profit in desperate need of coaches to come run performance testing for their 600-800 football campers.
So, we gathered who we could and headed out to lend a hand. I had a great time. I mean, it was really fun.
I got to run the tire flip challenge for the lineman's competition. I haven't gotten the opportunity to run team competitions like that since I left my job as a D1 strength coach 2-years ago. Getting back in the saddle was no problemo. Like riding a freaking bike.
Coming back to something as "basic" as a 10-yard tire flip with a new perspective and new experiences was a cool experience. I saw so much in such a short amount of time.
Lessons in Preparation & Planning
- The tire flip is an awesome drill. It exposes an athletes speed, power, coordination, and athleticism.
- The contest exposed teammates and the support - or lack of - on a team
- The kids and teams that performed the best were clearly the strongest physically
- Not surprisingly, the kid who has a 600lb competition squat also had, by far, the fastest time of the whole field.
- Some of the kids were underprepared, hardly even able to lift the tire once, yet flip it 10-yards. Yet these kids persevered. Taking, in some cases, 7x longer to complete the drill. It was impressive.
I got to see a huge swathe of preparation. From the kids that were there under their own desire to improve to the kids who had their coaches and parents all around. But, one thing I saw clearly was the necessity of these kids training - training hard to get as strong as possible. The ones who did were fast and dominate.