A Week at Practice

Saturday to Saturday. College football is a full-time job.

When I made my transition from high school to collegiate football, one of the most significant differences I noticed right away was the immense amount of detail that went into preparation for each week’s game.

Here’s a quick glance at the week of preparation leading up to a regular season game in college or the pros…

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TCU Talks: Steve McCollum

This is a conversation that every athlete needs to hear…

Entrepreneur: Steve McCollum

Brand: TFT Fitness

Website: http://www.TFTFitnessFamily.com

Instagram: @TFTFitness

 Listen to Our Conversation Here

The Story…

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5 Killer Conditioning Drills for Football (…and other Sports)

…no matter what position you play, you’ve gotta Run to Win!

Some call it punishment. I like to think of it as putting Money in the Bank!

Conditioning drills play an enormous role in the physical preparation that athletes need to do before the season begins.

As a pro, I have to make sure that I show up for training camp in great shape, so I work on my conditioning for months before the season starts.

Once the season has begun, the teams who are in the best shape will undoubtedly have an advantage over their slower, sluggish competitors.

Scroll down to read about some of my “favourite” conditioning drills.

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How to Build a Winning Team Culture

Be the leader that you would want to follow.

It’s hard to win when you’re beating yourself.

On most losing teams, that is that case. The players have talent, the coach knows the game, but the pieces of the puzzle just aren’t fitting together the way that they should.

This is true in both sports and business.

When all of the players on a team are working in harmony, together they can achieve much more than they could ever hope to alone.

On the other hand, in the absence of strong chemistry groups lose synergy and struggle to reach their potential.

Anyone can have occasional flashes of brilliance, but there can never be true greatness on any team without first developing a winning team culture.

Building Culture and Managing Expectations

Here are my 3 Keys to Creating a Winning Culture:

#1: Set Expectations On Day 1

As the head of the team, you have to be the one who sets the tempo. You are responsible for creating the environment that your assistant coaches and players will learn in, perform in, fail and succeed in. So think carefully about which behaviours you want to promote and which you want to punish.

On the first day of practice outline the expectations.

Here are some of the ground rules that I give the athletes on my youth football team:

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Warming Up

What do you do before you workout? Here are 4 tips to get your body ready for action!

Before a game, I always hit the field early to get ready.

I start by running lengths of the field with my headphones in, visualizing the plays to be made. Then, I stack sprint drills with yoga flows and sport-specific movements to get my body into game mode.

Over my career, I have developed a personalized warm up routine that can put me in the high-performance zone physically and mentally.


Considering that I play professional football, my warm up should look a little different than yours.

Even though there are thousands of different exercises that you can include in your warm up routine, there is nothing wrong with keeping things simple.

Here are four tips that you can use to maximize your athletic performance and decrease your chances of injuries.

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Behind The Come Up: A Beginners Guide to Podcasting (Video)

Take a look behind the scenes and see how we produce our podcast every week.

About a year ago, I barely knew what a podcast was.

Now, I host a weekly personal development show call The Come Up Podcast with my partner, Jimmy.

Listen to the TCU Podcast on iTunes

This week, we released our 10th episode of TCU!

In honour of this milestone, we decided to take you behind the scenes and show you how we put it all together each week.

Take a look…


Resources from this video

Laptop: MacBook Pro
Mic: Audio-Technica ATR 2100
Headphones: Sony MDR-7506
Recording Software: Garage Band (Comes with the MacBook)
File Sharing: DropBox.com
Production Software: Logic Pro X

Thanks for watching!

If you want to know more about how we produce our podcast, leave a message in the comments.

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The 7 Period System: How to Plan a Perfect Football Practice (with .PDF Template)

A good coach has to be well organized. Here are the templates that I use to plan my team’s practices.

Coaching youth football can be incredibly rewarding. It offers an opportunity to be a positive influence while doing something that you love.

But, to be a great coach you can’t just show up to practice and improvise.

You cannot afford to waste time by being disorganized. As the coach, it’s up to you to lead the team and make sure that everyone is prepared for game day.

Free PDF Download: 2 Practice Plan Templates

What is a Practice Plan?

A practice plan is a script that college and pro coaches often use to manage the schedule within their team’s practice. It is useful because it outlines how every minute will be spent for the duration of practice.

When I am coaching at Overtime Football, I always use a template to script practices. This way I don’t have to start from scratch every time.

Building Blocks of a Perfect Practice

The 7 Period System is based on simplicity. To make things easy, all of the drills and activities that can make up a practice are divided into seven categories.

  • Warm Up / Cool Down
  • General Fundamentals
  • Position Specific Skills (also known as “Individual” or “Indy” for  short)
  • Install / Review
  • Game Preparation
  • Competition
  • Fitness

Here is a breakdown of each category and how some coaches might fit them together.

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