The key with any drill at the start of the season is to address at least two of the major goals. The Team Take Off, which includes a focus on conditioning, makes a great drill for the start of the season.
One of the most difficult things to do is find a balance at the start of the season. There are so many things that need to be worked on. From fundamentals, to install, to fitness, there are a variety of different things that must be improved before the first game. We use the Team Take Off as a way of combining our install and fitness.
Early Season Team Take ofF: Finding Balance
Many times, especially at the youth level, coaches get a group of players who have not had any conditioning or installation. This is made worse when players are coming off their summer break. This puts the team in an immediate time crunch where not only do they need to install the offense but they need to get players in good enough shape to execute the plays.