Skip to main content

Space, Time and Numbers in American Football Drills

To challenge and therefore grow processing and decision-making skills, coaches often need to stretch the athletes. The three most common and easiest to use stressors are: space, time and numbers.

I have been writing a good bit about how sporting actions are preceded by a movement or skill choice. In the article “The vision-decision-action cycle and American football drills,” I outlined some key points and factors in this process. In “Decision in the VDA cycle: How quick decision making creates quicker athletes,” I dug deeper into how quicker information processing and decision-making skills are vitally important for sports performance and are often categorized as new or different skills such as “football IQ” or “game speed.”

So now the question follows: How do we train these abilities? And while I am not a sports scientist or a PhD, I’d like to share a few of my favorite means to do this from an applied coaching side. To begin the conversation, we first must discuss the difference between specificity and transfer.

Sports in this article


Tags in this article

Issues & Advice