To Chalk or not to Chalk…

When I was a freshman in high school, then Big Sky High School head coach Gary Eckegren, had all the freshmen attend a chalk session before the varsity football game. As coach Ek went through his game prep chalk to the varsity players, I was thinking about how big the varsity players were, how the coach over the in the corner with the chew spit dribbling down his chin scared the living crap out of me, and where I would be standing on the sideline that night. I have no clue what he was talking about in scheme. No idea. I was in essence that night, what coaches hate about chalk and why they don’t use as much as they should.

In my 15 years of coaching football, many of the coaches I have worked with prefer to instal, tweek and teach plays and scheme on the football field. First because it is more efficient use of time. Football at the high school level has tremendous amount of time limitations and spending time in a classroom teaching the game theory behind a play just doesn’t work. They prefer to instal as a whole, go to group to focus on the individual part and then run through the play as a part of the team session. Regardless of where I have been, successful programs or not, chalk has been rarely apart of high school programs.

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