Best sports coaching books according to redditors

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u/Arborist85 · 152 pointsr/climbing

I'll try to knock these off for you:

  1. I am in good shape and consider myself a 5.12 climber. The Nose beat me up pretty good. This is not a brag but to show truly how hard the nose is to climb. Most people read the rating and think 5.8 C2...yeah I can climb that. You may be able to climb the 5.8 pitches but if you are truly aiding everything else, you will be the cause of a traffic jam and likely not make it to the top in even 5 days. People bail all the time, even from 3/4 of the way up the route. Pitches take longer and the work is harder than you think. I had done some casual aiding before this trip, but i spent about a month before i left practicing my aid climbing and getting faster at it. It will save you tons of time. Learn how to top step, back clean pieces and be able to switch between aiding and freeing efficiently (a mix of aiding and free climbing efficiently is a very good skill to have). Free climbing is so much faster than aiding. If you can free or french free most of the pitches below the great roof it will save you a lot of time. Things really start to slow down when you get up to the great roof and this is where strong aid climbing truly shines. I went with a partner that had done the salathe last year so he had a good grasp on systems and was a better aider than me. I climbed most of the free pitches of 5.10 and below while he did the harder C2 aids. We did not practice together as he was in a different state before we met up but i basically read this book and practiced a lot before i got to yosemite. It covers a good amount on aid climbing but you will also want some supplemental material for bag work. I suggest Mark hudon's technique for docking and cutting the haul bag It works great. Haul bag line is always on top.
  2. The worst thing on the wall was the piss smell. It is something people don't talk about but everyone pisses all over the ledges on the upper pitches of the nose. We peed in our empty water bottles at this point and dumped them out at the top. As far as gear goes, we did not use a 3:1 pulley system and instead used a micro traxion to haul with. With six gallons of water and one gallon of Gatorade....i wish we would have bought the Petzl Pro Traxion to have a larger pulley but still a 1:1 system. Setting up 3:1's is a pain unless you absolutely need it. We climbed in 4-6 hour blocks and sometimes you are hauling 80 lbs on a tiny pulley after leading the pitch with 30 lbs of gear on your harness and back. It becomes exhausting. Another thing i wish i would have brought was lighter approach shoes. My approach shoes were too heavy and wearing them on my harness all the time when free climbing was extra weight i didn't need. Get something light but also be able to aid climb efficiently with. Also probably buy the full gear harness. We went with the metolius multi loop D but could have used a backpack style like the Cassin Salathe Gear Sling or the Misty Mountain Big Wall Gear Sling. You want to be able to take it off to switch between partners as well. Load a single sling up with triples and see how heavy it gets. Get one good set of aiders with spreader bars and another set of speed stirrups for jugging. Switch them back and fourth between the leader and follower.
  3. Three days felt like a big push but it was only because of other parties. We originally fixed to sickle ledge (first four pitches) but when we got up there at 6 am the next morning there was a party of germans and another three aussies in line. We were able to pass them later that afternoon but it ate up about 7 hours of our easy free climbing time waiting on these slow teams. This put us at el cap tower at just after midnight that first night. After that our sleep was messed up and we had a long 17 hour push to get to camp 5 which had us stumbling into camp at 3:30 am. With that we did pass another 3 teams but got stuck behind another slow team the next morning and due to waiting on them topped out at 10:30 that night. With all that, i would say try to fix and then get up really early the first morning and other mornings after that. Most teams bail by dolt tower if they are too slow so if you can get past the slow initial parties that first morning you should be in the clear for a three day ascent. We went without a portaledge which meant we had to meet our objectives (el cap tower and camp five). If you do bring a portaledge you can stop wherever but it is also extra weight and shit to deal with. If you do it in three days and it is your first big wall in yosemite it is going to be hard. It is doable but have your hauling and aid climbing dialed. You really never know what other parties are going to be doing and how it will effect your ascent. There are a lot of people up there who don't know what they are doing and you don't want to be the people holding up the conga line.


    Doing some work in Zion is a good idea to get you ready for the Nose. Not sure about which routes you are trying there but after you have your systems dialed in I would suggest getting on something that wanders quite a bit. The Nose works from left to right for the first third of the wall and then back to the left for the second half. You will need to get good at lower outs for the follower and for the haul bag. This was something that I didn't see as much of a big deal before we climbed it but had to use a lot. Make sure you know how to set up a clean anchor (I prefer bringing two pre-built quads for anchors) and manage ropes well. Transition time should be quick and efficient. If it isn't you can eat up a whole day's worth of time just fucking with ropes and switching gear back and fourth.


    If all that wasn't perfectly clear you can ask for more details on certain aspects. It is a big undertaking and you cannot be over prepared. I would still do it in a three day ascent because i hate hauling and it is less weight but other like vertical camping. If you are not doing a three day i suggest bringing a portaledge.
u/MKactus · 77 pointsr/nfl

That's one of the contributing factors of Football IQ, and the very basics. Other than that, you have to know what defender is going to do what in which system.
There are QBs who also determine blocking schemes for their line. They say which blocking scheme to apply for which play, and switch them up if need be.
Very, very basically, a spread offense spreads out the defense across the width of the field, instead of bunching everything together around the ball. If you spread the defense out, there are bound to be more holes. That could mean putting 4 or even 5 WRs out away from the Oline (hence, wide), for instance.
A lot of the times, they add in the read option in that play. If a certain defender goes into coverage or for the HB, the QB keeps the ball and runs through the gaps of the defense. If the defender stands pat, the QB hands it off to the HB (or throws).
There are some great books that explain a lot of these things. A few I would definitely recommend are (in order of how deep they go into stuff):

u/bigwallclimber · 24 pointsr/climbing
  • Step 1 - Take a hook.
  • Step 2 - Perch it on your doorframe.
  • Step 3 - Hang from hook and sweat profusely while you wonder what you did wrong with your life that you decided you wanted to climb big walls.
  • Step 4 - Repeat while hanging 2,500 feet off the deck.

    Or buy How to Big Wall Climb and prepare your wallet for some of the worst months of its life as you accumulate massive amounts of gear. Finally, go forth and be rad.
u/NobleHeavyIndustries · 22 pointsr/Patriots

Read Keep Your Eye off the Ball. Read The Essential Smart Football. Pay for NFL GamePass. Watch the Coach's Film (All-22). They've archives going back to 2011. It's especially helpful if you watch a game (or series of plays) you're already familiar with. Get pen and paper out and take notes. Watch what each player is doing, both before and after the snap, and be ready to rewind over and over and over and over.

There's a lot of good analysis on YouTube too, if you are a learn-by-watching type.

>Start here, on Brett Kollman's channel. He's a former NFL Network production assistant. Most of his videos are story heavy and analysis light, but that video is about how to watch film.
>Sam's Film Room, with Samuel Gold, a writer for the Athletic. Good for beginners. I think he started out at r/nfl.
>The QB School, with former Patriots QB, JT O'Sullivan. Focuses on quarterback play, both good and bad.
>Dan Orlovski's Twitter has a bunch of quick analysis videos, usually focusing on QB play.
>Peyton Manning's Detail is wonderful show, but is stuck behind a paywall at There are two short videos free on YouTube. Resourceful people can find it elsewhere as well.
>Strong Opinion Sports, with Division III NCAA QB Zac Shomler. He has a lot of football video podcasts, but also a QB film analysis playlist.
>Baldy Breakdowns, with former Cowboys OLineman and current NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger. No true focus, but has great insight into offensive line play.
>Gamepass Film Sessions. NFL Players and coaches analyze their own plays. The full version is on NFL Gamepass. I'm a particular fan of the one with Joe Thomas.
>Voch Lombardi. Focuses on talent evaluation and line play. Funny as fuck.
>The New England Patriots YouTube channel has Belichick Breakdown and Coffee with the Coach. Breakdown is the more analysis focused of the two.

If you're REALLY interested, the resources are out there. Good hunting.

u/RedPill-BlackLotus · 20 pointsr/asktrp

Your story hurts man. Really hurts.

Your all banged up and you definitely need to take a full month or 2 to recover to the best of your ability. Since your not moving around very much, head over to Amazon and grab this book:

The gift if injury your gonna love it.

I have stopped doing the big 3, I'm 42. They are not worth the risk unless you are training for powerlifting.

I fucked up my ankle at the end of last summer. It was swollen for months, took a full 6 to recover. I had to completely change my leg training and the leg development I got this year from it was amazing.

This could be a gift and you just can't see it yet. It's the experience you needed to wake the fuck up and be more mindful of your training.

I want you to recover and lift again so bad my dick gets hard typing this sentence. Dont give up, and stay optimistic, and tell your doctor to eat a bag of dicks. Find another doctor.

u/Macrophe · 18 pointsr/nfl

The Genius: How Bill Walsh Reinvented Football and Created an NFL Dynasty

Jaws might be loudmouthed idiot on tv, but he co-authored a pretty darn good book
The Games That Changed the Game: The Evolution of the NFL in Seven Sundays

And all hail Belichick
War Room: The Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team

The Education of a Coach

Pretty funny insight into players perspective:

The Rookie Handbook: How to Survive the First Season in the NFL

Also Pete Carrolls book Win Forever is an excellent read.
It has more to do with his Trojan days, but is a very clear telling of his coaching philosophy and why he has succeeded in Seattle. That man knows how to connect with people.

u/FeroxCarnivore · 17 pointsr/nfl

If you're starting from scratch, Take Your Eye Off The Ball. It breaks down the various aspects of position play in a fairly detailed but still accessible manner.

For a historical perspective, Blood, Sweat, and Chalk covers the evolution of a number of notable offenses and defenses (mostly offenses).

u/rodandanga · 15 pointsr/nfl

He was a scout and teacher at Navy from 1956 to 1989. He wrote a great book Football Scouting Methods

It's a good read, even if the formation stuff is a bit outdated.

u/SolomonG · 15 pointsr/nfl

I mean, his father literally wrote the book on scouting players.

u/Teddyismydawg · 13 pointsr/footballstrategy

For what it’s worth, I haven’t worked in coach/scouting myself. Everyone I’ve talked to though says Steve Belichicks Football Scouting Methods is the Bible of scouting.

Makes for an interesting read.

u/hythloday1 · 12 pointsr/CFB

None, I've never coached or played a snap.

I recommend The Essential Smart Football by Chris Brown. I literally couldn't put it down. A lot of my education comes from reading as well, which is obviously Oregon-centric but the videos and graphics help with understanding any scheme.

u/successadult · 12 pointsr/funny

Not just padding, but a LOT of rule changes. Players were getting crushed because the old strategy was to line up behind the ball carrier and push him forward while the other team pushed him back. That's why the Bush Push from the USC-ND a few years back was so illegal even though it never gets called.

It's really interesting to read about the new plays and strategies they developed after all the rule changes. Think about how crazy it would be to take a popular sport, then re-write the rule book. What if you could make multiple forward passes during one play and from beyond the line of scrimmage? What if they changed the number of yards you needed to get for a first down? You'd have to come up with whole new plays and formations.

The evolution of formations from the 1920s to the 60s to now is pretty wild. Check out this book for a good lesson on that

u/IsaacTM · 11 pointsr/CFB

Two easy recommendations: The Essential Smart Football from Chris Brown and Study Hall from Bill Connelly. The former is the easier read but both go in-depth without being too confusing. When I was done reading them I felt smarter, for whatever that's worth.

u/KarmaCommando_ · 11 pointsr/paramotor

First and foremost, I'd buy this book. It's probably the single best resource for PPG knowledge. Read through it. If, after understanding the nuances and limitations of the sport, you're still into it (chances are high that you will be, lol) then look into training. I suggest you pick a school that is USPPA certified. School typically is 10-14 days so you'll need to find a way to get off of work to go. Picking a school is one of the most important decisions you can make, so be sure to do lots of research and do not fall for scams. Remember, if someone is offering you something that's too good to be true, it probably is. Besides that, just have fun, because you're embarking on an incredible journey.

u/Jurph · 11 pointsr/nfl

I usually find this Wikipedia article very helpful. Your English is excellent so I don't think you need to worry about finding a translation. Scroll down to "offensive formations" and the sections on "running plays" and "passing plays" to understand the terminology and how to understand what you're seeing. The great part about that is that if you then search for those plays on YouTube you can find video of the play working well.

I also like to recommend Take Your Eye Off the Ball to new fans interested in Xs and Os. It's an excellent book about how to watch football and understand what's happening -- it explains how an offensive formation is like a "bid" or "bet" in cards, and the defense's formation is a reaction to that bid, and how either side might be bluffing. It goes into excellent detail about almost every aspect of the game.

Give this article a read as well. Chris Brown helps the reader understand the fundamental shift in the current defensive era, which I think will really help you understand what (for example) the Seahawks do on defense. If you like Brown's work, he has also published this book of essays (edited and expanded from his blog) which explain many of the strategic and tactical nuances of the modern game of football in a style similar to what you see in the above article.

u/boost2525 · 11 pointsr/CFB

I'm reading "Three and Out: RichRod" right now, and I'm starting to take pity on the man. He was sabotaged from day one.

u/attackoftheack · 10 pointsr/flexibility

Sure, I am going to throw a ton at you...

Focused Flexibility by GMB includes a starting assessment. All good training protocols should include an assessment. It’s like establishing your 1RMs for strength training protocols or benchmark workouts for CrossFit. Since you mentioned strength training, I’ll touch on the area. Personally when I strength train athletes, I am looking at their max power output (1RMs, 3/5/10 RMs at times, too) as well as ratios between their lifts. Ie how does the squat compare to deadlift or how does bench compare to shoulder press? Is there a big imbalance? Then I look deeper I.e. back squat to front squat to overhead squat or shoulder press to push press. This shows me areas of weakness to address first. Is it a movement pattern issue? Is it a strength defiency, if so where is the deficiency? Was back squat strong but front squat collapsed because they don’t have adequate core strength or perhaps mobility (both very common issues that powerlifters experience when they try to transition to sports like CrossFit or Olympic Weightlifting).

Travis Mash has a book called No Weaknesses that uses a similar concept. He gets much more technical with his math than I have here or that I ever really found necessary in my coaching practice. If you’re not sure who he is, he’s a top 10 best powerlifter of all time. He was also a champion weightlifter which is very uncommon to see that overlap between powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting as they’re significantly different and most notably he did it well before CrossFit made it cool to train in multiple disciplines.

Alternatively here's another book specifically on recovering from weight lifting related back pain by the top back pain expert in the world, Dr Stuart McGill.
The Gift of Injury by Dr Stu McGill and Top 10 all time great powerlifter Brian Carroll

So your second step is to buy No Weaknesses or The Gift of Injury, read it, and complete it’s assessments. If you're a superstar and highly motivated, get both. The Gift of Injury explains WHY your back hurts and how to fix it. No Weaknesses points out your imbalances.

Alternatively, if you don’t want to use the GMB program, I would recommend a back pain specific program written by physical therapist Dr Theresa Larson (she runs her own clinic MovementRx and has a best selling book) and strength coach Anders Varner (former gym owner and Multiple CrossFit regional level competitor - aka he kicks 99% of the general populations ass in athletics). They created a program specifically for back pain called The Low Back Fix (they now also have another program called the Shoulder Fix). Their program starts with a ... you guessed it... assessment. That assessment determines if your weakness is primarily flexibility or strength driven. From there you are assigned a track to follow. Each track includes diaphragmatic breathing (since it’s basically the fix for everything including back pain) and soft tissue mobilization (because we are all tight in one area or another from living a modern lifestyle).

What you don’t assess, you can’t test. It all starts with figuring out where you are strong and where you are weak so that the appropriate next step can be determined. This is where basically every template program and online fitness researcher tends to fail. Normally thorough assessments are skipped and the appropriate movement or lifestyle- sleep, nutrition, mindset- coaching are not provided. It’s assumed the movements are being performed correctly when in my experience it should be assumed that they are not.

Remember after you have initial assessed/tested, you should implement your training system that is intended to fix these areas and then after some time maybe 4 weeks, maybe 12 weeks, it is CRITICAL that you retest/assess to see if the changes you made are driving the adaptations that you want.

Both GMB and LowBackFix have online communities where you can post questions and form checks to get coached on.

I can’t tell you how many people think they move well but truly have little understanding of movement. This is true for every yoga studio, boxing or MMA gym, CrossFit, powerlifting, weightlifting, and conventional gym that I have been in over the last two decades. People just don’t know how to move well - not in a mean way - but in they don’t understand basic principles way. Where should their hips, spine, ribcage, shoulders and head be in the movement? I am even talking high end athletes and instructors. I’ve saved many a shoulder or back by teaching athletes where their body is in space vs where it should be. Often they are completely surprised that their body is not in the position they thought it to be or they simply did not know the right position. I make my athletes record their movement so they can see it for themselves. It teaches them the skills they need for a lifetime of healthy movement and also helps to develop them into coaches themselves.

MoveU on Instagram (Movement University) has a great program that teaches people basic principles of how to move their body and breath. This is another program that is written by high end physical therapists and chiros. They are athletes that have gotten themselves and many people out of pain. They have the expertise and demonstratable knowledge needed to fix most all pains and niggles.

Complete side note. I recommend buying these programs. You are supporting the people that created the content. It supports them so they can focus on doing this for a living. You get the benefit of joining their online communities. Their coaching is literally priceless. If I made nearly as much money in movement coaching that I do in my professional career, I would have never sold my gym and stopped. There’s value in buying the stuff and not just getting free advice or downloads online.

Hope that helps.

u/ALeapAtTheWheel · 9 pointsr/nfl

Mike Tanier (formerly of Football Outsiders, the Fifth Down Blog, and elsewhere, soon to be of Sports On Earth) is far and away the best wordsmith. He's one of the best analyzers, too.

Chris Brown is also great. Here is his "essentials" book. A great place to start if you don't know his work.

u/Gauchoparty · 8 pointsr/argentina

Una amiga viaja a NY y me va a traer estas dos bellezas:
Take Your Eye Off the Ball y The Essential Smart Football así que voy a tener para hacerme una panzada!.

Por otro lado, mañana PARTIDASO de la NBA, Boston vs. Golden State, no puede fallar.

Finalmente, este fin de semana hay PPV de lucha libre y no puedo estar más hypeado, hace tiempo que no venía tan manija y encima cierra todo con un lunes feriado, fiesta loca. Ah y WARGAMEEEEEEEES BAYBEH.

Perdonen que vengo atrasado con el post, pero estoy con tanto laburo que se me re pasó, mil gracias /u/blackfinwe !

u/hawkeye_p · 8 pointsr/paramotor

Step 1... before you ever buy gear... find and talk to an instructor near you. Training always comes before buying gear.

Here is a great place to find instructors.

Some are in "schools" and some teach solo. Most of the time they will have gear for you to use while you learn. (old wings to practice kiting... etc) You do not know what you gear want until you've flown and can talk to an instructor about what will fit your flying style and needs.


PPG bible is a great starting point to get information. It is not a self teaching tool. Self instruction is extremely foolish. It is meant as reference and introduction since there's a lot of information to learn.

u/Grasshoppeh · 7 pointsr/Archery

Well,,, you never said what style you are doing soo,, here is all the resources I could think of. I hope you are not afraid of reading...

u/atchemey · 7 pointsr/CFB

Yes and no. It will help you learn to read teams, but it won't help you understand why they do things and adjust.

I recommend Chris Brown's books, like The Essential Smart Football.

u/CambodianDrywall · 7 pointsr/CFB
u/chungmoolah · 7 pointsr/climbing

Pick up a copy of C Mac's How to Big Wall Climb. Practice plenty of trad climbing and be prepared to shell out hundreds for new sets of cams, biners, and draws.

u/SnoopBuyCELTIC · 7 pointsr/history

Jack Dempsey.

If you are interested in improving as well as reading a slice of boxing history you can read his book. "championship fighting" he details in a technical way the steps he took to improve his power.

He became known as one of the most devastating punchers in history due to his findings.

You also can trace the lineage of certain styles back through the ages, for example the philly shell came from the old cross guard style with no gloves. You can see late career footage of Archie Moore using the old cross guard as part of his famous "lock" defensive style.

Here you can see the origins of the Philly shell, the cross guard.

And how it looks in a real fight, Moore using it.

Then George Benton, another great black boxer who was robbed of his title shot even though he was the best middleweight on earth. He developed the philly shell as we know it. After he retired he studied under the GOAT trainer Eddie Futch.

Benton went on to teach his style to Evander Holyfield, Mike McCallum, Meldrick Taylor, and Pernell Whitaker.

His shoulder roll is not as modern as James Toneys but its still incredible.

Willy Pep had some fights on tv, but he is famous for telling the press at ringside he was going to win the next round without throwing a punch, then doing so.

Archie Moore (top 20 ATG) said Charley Burley was the best fighter he ever seen, and he never got a title shot. He was too good for his own good, thats clear when the one fight we have of him on film he is 10 classes above.

Sorry I rambled a bit, its a deep subject and a broad question!

u/StoutsWilly · 7 pointsr/nfl

Also by Chris Brown from Grantland.
He also wrote a book, which is on the short side but talks a lot about not only different strategies/formations but also the history behind them. Great deal for the kindle ($3).

u/somethinginteresting · 7 pointsr/Fitness

Total Immersion

Buy it and find your stroke.

Please, no matter how daft or boring it seems, FOLLOW THE PROCESS. it will get you slicing through the water.

u/insidezone64 · 6 pointsr/CFB

Another book I recommend to people is Blood, Sweat, and Chalk by Tim Layden. It is a compilation of his personal research into offenses and defenses, some of which were featured in Sports Illustrated articles. If you're interested in the evolution of the game and the why of certain schemes, this is one of the best reads out there. It also makes for terrific off-season reading.

u/shawn77 · 6 pointsr/CFB

Blood, Sweat, and Chalk is pretty good. It goes over the evolution of offenses from the beginning of football. It talks about who invented what and the lineage of some stuff. The book really explains the offensive schemes well. I thought it was an interesting read.

u/stevenlss1 · 6 pointsr/nfl

this will give you a good idea of where you want to start learning about the game. Be warned, the more you learn the more you're going to want to learn. All of these posts are about a specific scenario but I've been coaching for 6 years now and every scenario is different. You might not want to run screen against the blitz if you have the perfect run play for this team, this front, this time of the game. No two plays will ever be the same in the game of football and your script walking into the game is lucky to make it to it's 15 plays. You want to understand the system you've built and the one you're up against. This book will lay out some of the systems in football and the rest is up to you.

Nothing would make me happier than a sub reddit where we would all argue strategy instead of fantasy value or who's better than who. I hope you enjoy this book, it's a great read!

u/WillAdams · 6 pointsr/Archery


u/theoldthatisstrong · 6 pointsr/Fitness

You might find "Back Mechanic" and "Gift of Injury" helpful if you're a reader.

u/WeldingHank · 6 pointsr/Boxing
u/Blitzsturm · 6 pointsr/paramotor

For a non-trainer to spend a couple days with you and turn you loose on their equipment would be generally considered dangerous and irresponsible; so finding someone willing to do that is unlikely. At most, you may be able to find someone willing to give you a ground handling crash coarse and let you kite their glider in ideal conditions and put on and walk around in a motor. Getting started can be a significant financial commitment; but bad training can cost you far more.

Now with all the "that's a bad idea" talk out of the way, If you're unsure, get in contact with a trainer off off usspa site. This one or this is pretty close to you. Most of them will sit down and talk with you without actually committing to any long term plans. They can tell you more about what's involved and introduce you to the equipment.

We're heading into the cold season which isn't as much to fly in and not ideal to learn in so take your time do some learning. Pick up and read The PPG Bible widely considered the definitive guide on the topic. It can give you a head start to getting through training easier. Also Aviator has a good ground handling video to help you understand basic flight mechanics. Read conversation on the Paramotor Facebook Group watch several paramotor celebrities, read conversation etc. There's a lot of resources here. Once spring rolls around, you may have a better idea if you'd like to commit to the sport.

After you take the time to train, gear up, meet friends and experience it first hand I think you wouldn't trade it for anything.

u/TBB51 · 6 pointsr/CFB

Read smartfootball by Chris Brown (he now writes for Grantland). His book is also cheap at $10 and totally worth it.

If you're okay with team-specific fan sites, head over to Eleven Warriors and read everything ever written by Ross Fulton and Kyle Jones. While, obviously, focused on OSU X's and O's they also delve into their opponents. They have, in my opinion, the easiest-to-read and best introduction to Nick Saban's pattern-match defensive scheme.

u/toothpuppeteer · 6 pointsr/hockey

Identifying break-outs is probably one of the easier places to start. Here's a short article on some.

The idea of dumping the puck in, is getting through all the defenders that clog up the neutral zone. Just skating the puck in is pretty hard to do at times, so toss it in and use the built up speed to get past defenders, then setup down low.

I think this book, Hockey Plays and Strategies is pretty awesome. There used to be an EA NHL site that had many excerpts but I can't find it. It has 'look inside' on amazon so you can check some of it out that way.

u/jusjerm · 5 pointsr/nfl

I loved Blood, Sweat, and Chalk. It goes into the history of things like the Air Raid, the 46 defense, Single Wing, etc.

It is a great read in one sitting or as a coffee table/bathroom book.

u/copperbacala · 5 pointsr/eagles

I've always watched a lot of CFB and have a particular affinity for defensive players and the defensive side of the ball.

Last year I just kind of went off the games I had watched, combine, rumors and how Mayock felt about guys.

This year I am actually watching these guys snaps on youtube - usually 3-4 games per prospect. I've worked through the defnsive side of the ball over the past month top 7-8 guys at each position. It's pretty hard to see the cb snaps and deep safety play though.

March I am going to be watching a lot of the offensive players. It'll be interesting to see how my opinions on guys will actually pan out in the draft. I am hoping to watch 20-23 minutes of snaps for 4-5 rounds worth of players come draft day.

HAve also been reading Steve Belichik's Scouting Methods

u/CarlCaliente · 5 pointsr/nfl

Got a PM asking about books, might as well share what I've read/enjoyed:

Most people recommend Pat Kirwan's Take Your Eye Off the Ball. Some bits of it can be simplistic, but based off what you told me it should be a good read. It basically breaks down each position group chapter by chapter, and has some extra details about coaching, front offices, scouting, etc.

Next I'd put SI's Blood, Sweat, and Chalk. It's a great balance between storytelling and technical detail. It basically chronicles significant advances in tactics on offense and defense over the decades. For example, offensive chapters start with the single wing, then goes on to the wing T, wishbone/flexbone, Air Croyell, west coast offense, spread, etc. (and many more)

Lastly I'd recommend Chris B Browns two books (and his blog) - The Essential Smart Football and The Art of Smart Football. These are similar to Blood, Sweat, and Chalk but more detailed and less about story. Still great reads.

For web reading, I loved Matt Bowen's Football 101 series on Unfortunately he works for ESPN now, but he has two years worth of excellent beginner articles on He breaks down tons of big picture concepts which can really help fill in details.

u/PeeGeeBee · 5 pointsr/nfl

Exactly what I came to say. In one of the early sections of the book you're taught to chart a game; quick notes on formations and results that you can do in short hand between snaps. It's like keeping a score sheet at a baseball game and one of the things coaches do on the sidelines. If you do it yourself you'll very quickly learn to recognize whats about to happen on both sides of the ball and then start to learn where you need to watch to see what is really determining the outcome of the play.

It can get pretty dry and since it's almost entirely focused on the modern game it doesn't give a lot of context to go with it's technicality. If you're stalling out on some parts this might help, it's a more friendly initiation into the technical aspects. It's more a history of the major innovations (reinventions?) on each side of the ball and how each built on the last. It's a pretty good road map for what a scheme is all about and how each individual position has turned into what it is today. It will give you a pretty solid grasp on what be going on on the field so that Take Your Eye off the Ball makes more sense when it tries to tell you how to actually see it in the moment

u/JimboLodisC · 5 pointsr/Patriots

$9.09 on Amazon? Just bought myself a copy.

I'm a keeper, too!

u/eharp1126 · 5 pointsr/MichiganWolverines

Read Three and Out. Lloyd did not help RR out at all, and transferred a number of players away. Additionally, he was the coach when The Horror happened, and his success against Tressel was nigh non-existent; he wasn't growing the program or putting Michigan in a place to succeed in modern football. He kept his hand in UM football after retiring as well, which hasn't helped the program evolve. We are still feeling a lot of these effects.

u/skepticismissurvival · 5 pointsr/nfl

I would recommend, in order:

Take Your Eye Off the Ball by Pat Kirwan

The Essential Smart Football by Chris Brown

The Art of Smart Football by Chris Brown

Blood, Sweat, and Chalk by Tim Layden

u/tanglisha · 5 pointsr/xxfitness

The book Total Immersion made a HUGE difference in the efficiency of my swimming.

Amazon link I've seen it at the library.

u/tatramountain · 5 pointsr/nfl

I don't know. One one had, he's kind of young (only 42), but he's won a superbowl ring and there are only so many NFL HC jobs available.

On the other hand, most coordinators have gone on have little success outside of NE (weiss, crennel, mangini, mcdaniels). Bill O'brien is the only guy who really has gone to any sort of success (penn state and texans).

People think they're hiring Belichick jr. But Belichick has been coaching in the NFL for as long as long as Patricia has been alive (ok, technically, belichick started in 1975 and patricia was born in 1974, but the point stands). That, and Belichick started breaking down film when he was 10 and his dad literally wrote the book on scouting.

That said, NFL coaches typically make $4-5 million/year and get 3-5 year contracts. It'd be tough to turn down that kind of fully guaranteed money.

u/Pigeonofthesea8 · 5 pointsr/news

Go get evaluated by Stuart McGill

or one of the people he trained

He’s helped people with major disc injuries go back to powerlifting. (Don’t know if you’re still interested in lifting at this point.)

u/ItShould_BeSnowing · 5 pointsr/devils

If you're looking for a book on systems and the basics of things like breakouts, forechecks, etc. you cannot go wrong with Hockey Plays and Strategies. It's a great resource to have for sure! The Hockey Coaching Bible is also a good one!

u/milesup · 5 pointsr/climbing
u/kamkazemoose · 4 pointsr/CFB

I thought I should just point out that this is an excerpt from a new book, called Three and Out, by John Bacon. When Rich Rod started, he basically was given all access to follow him around, because he was planning on writing a piece about him being an offensive guru, but then shit hit the fan and he changed the premise of the book. Its basically an inside look into all of the drama around Rich Rod's hiring and firing, and a lot of the infighting of the AD. It sounds like a good read for anyone interested in what happened to Michigan the last 3 years. You can pre-order here, if interested.

u/SrWiggles · 4 pointsr/CFB

I'll always upvote SmartFootball. Dude is fantastic at explaining schemes and plays, both offense and defense. This article from Grantland about the Michigan State defense is just about the best thing I've ever read about defensive football. Also, his book is a must read for any other football nerds out there.

u/olorin1984 · 4 pointsr/wma

Hi, where are you located? The nice thing about sabre is that it is still a living tradition, and there are a lot of people around that can teach it to you. Depending on where you are, you could probably learn quite a lot from a modern club. Ideally though, you'd probably get more out of a more classically-oriented group because sabre has changed a lot in recent years, and a lot of things that will be useful for heavier weight sabres (circular cuts, low line parries, expulsions, etc...) aren't really used anymore.

I was trained in classical Italian sabre, which is well documented and still has a living tradition. The earliest basis for this system comes from Radaelli, who method was written down by Settimo Del Frate and recently translated by Chris Holzman, who added a lot of his own material that would help someone get started. You can get it here:

Masaniello Parise also wrote about sabre in his book from 1883, and while his book was chosen to be the basis of all military training, most people preferred Radaelli's method, and he ended up hiring a number of his students to teach at the newly formed Scuola Magistrale in Rome. Some of those students, Pecoraro and Pessina cowrote their own book on sabre which was basically Radaelli's system but with an organization more consistent with what was already being taught in Rome. Barbasetti, also did something similar. Unfortunately, Parise's and Pecoraro's and Pessina's book haven't been translated to English yet. Barbasetti's book is available in English (

My training came through Maestro William Guagler's (who trained under Pessina's son, Giorgio and was a graduate of the program in Rome) program which was based on this same method. The sabre in his book, The Science of Fencing ( , is very similar to Pecoraro and Pessina's book and is an excellent overview of the theory. If you look at this one, Barbasetti, and Chris's translation, you can get a pretty good picture of what 19th century Italian sabre would have been like.

u/takeapictureofthat · 4 pointsr/CFB

I'll bite.

Just because he had the lowest winning percentage in UM history doesn't mean he's a bad coach. :/

Interesting book BTW.

u/whitedawg · 4 pointsr/CFB

I highly recommend The Biggest Game of them All: Notre Dame, Michigan State, and the Fall of 1966. Despite being about two of my least favorite teams, the book does a magnificent job exploring that era of college football, touching on subjects like the beginnings of national recruiting, television coverage, race, and politics.

Also, if you're remotely interested in football strategy, The Essential Smart Football is, well, essential.

u/iammattchambers · 4 pointsr/Texans

I actually don't think it's a gross oversimplification. The two offenses are undoubtedly similar in both assignments and terminology. But don't take my word for it, take BOB's - He's said multiple times on the Texans podcasts that the patriots may have a different term for a specific route combination or protection call, but that we run "basically the same offense." This is why when we brought in former Patriots WR DeAndrew White last year, BOB said:

>"His assignments, he knew. He was in a similar offense to this before at the Patriots."

And it's not just DeAndrew White. There's a reason why the Patriots have signed our WR's in the past. Keshawn Martin, Nate Washington, Demaris Johnson all played in NE for a time after they played with us because of how similar we are. This NESN article about Washington's signing with the Pats says the same thing:

>Washington knows New England’s offensive system from his year with the Texans, playing under head coach and former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien. The Patriots had success trading for Martin, another former Texans receiver, last season. They also briefly brought in ex-Texans receiver Damaris Johnson last season.

Beyond the similarity, I just don't buy that they're going to learn a ton from Stephen Anderson about us anyway. There's a reason why PatDStat said of this exact rumor, "If the Patriots are using Anderson for “info” the Belichick has fallen off as a coach this past off-season."

Make no mistake, the Patriots have studied all of our DW4 tape front and back already. If BOB has developed any playcalling, personnel, or situational tendencies with Deshaun, the Patriots know about them by now. Steve Belichick, BB's dad and great coach in his own right, harped on film study so hard in his book that if you're going to lose to anyone, it better be off of plays and gadgets not previously shown on tape, which you can prepare for ahead of time.

As for what's not on tape, Anderson probably doesn't have much to offer there either. By all accounts, Stephen Anderson didn't practice much at all with DW4, because he couldn't come close to sniffing 1st or 2nd string. He wasn't in the gameplan meetings for Week 1, and he wasn't with the 1st & 2nd teams working on installation. He was a back up TE fighting for a chance to make the squad as a 4th stringer. Do you really think he had the chance to take note of every player on squads and plays he wasn't a part of?

u/BenKen01 · 4 pointsr/Boxing

How much do you like him? If he likes Dempsey enough to name his dog after him than this would be a legit gift.

Here's the resonably priced version.

u/howtohockeydotcom · 4 pointsr/hockeyplayers

I'd recommend hockey plays and strategies and coaching hockey successfully yes they are coaching books, but essentially you're just reading what a coach would read, and then coach to you. The first book is pretty high level stuff, a lot of systems and stuff you might not use but it does contain some fundamentals in there as well. The second book is much more x's and o's and basics with good teaching points thrown in.

You may also like simply the best and simply the best players: players performance

u/Sentinel13M · 3 pointsr/49ers

The Essential Smart Football and The Art of Smart Football. The price for me is $2.99 each

u/dnew · 3 pointsr/pics

I bought this book, read the first three chapters or so, practiced every weekend for about a month or two, and went from not being able to swim across the short length of the pool to being able to swim laps and laps without getting tired. I highly recommend it.

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/CFB

I think the consensus is that he wasn't a good fit for the Michigan culture, and that as much as anything led to his ouster.

Evidently, the new book Three & Out details pretty well how certain elements of the UM cabal didn't want him there to begin with, and how others gradually walked away from him during his tenure.

honestly, I think he'd be at or near the top of the list for those 4 schools. None are traditional football powers, so there isn't much they'd really be risking.

u/losferwords · 3 pointsr/nfl

Playing MAdden is okay, but I find it hard to believe nobody has suggested actually reading a book other than the rule book.
Check these out:
Take your Eye off the Ball

Blood, Sweat, and Chalk

u/the_EDJ · 3 pointsr/Huskers

A common answer I've seen given is Chris Brown's Smart Football book. I think it's slightly overrated for what it offers, but I still really enjoyed it.

I also like to follow the Breakdown Sports blog. I use Feedly as an RSS feed to keep up with news stories.

u/neiromaru · 3 pointsr/paramotor

You should definitely get proper training before trying to fly, and any good instructor will be able to answer all your questions and more about airspace and where you can and can't take-off.
At the very least get yourself a copy of the PPG Bible which has a great section on reading charts, along with covering just about everything else that a paramotor pilot should know.

u/VanFailin · 3 pointsr/CFBOffTopic

A while back I bought a book in Kindle format called The Essential Smart Football. Reading Kindle books on PC is supported but unpleasant, so I recently bought a Kindle paperwhite, remembered a couple days ago that I wanted to read this, and am now about 3/4 of the way through the book. It's apparently copied from the author's blog, but that sort of thing doesn't bother me as much as it bothers some (I'm paying $3 for formatting and convenience).

Smart Football is a collection of essays about innovative coaches in both college and the NFL. Each essay describes one successful coach at the time of its writing (the essays are all dated, none newer than 2012) and most include play diagrams to illustrate the concepts he's discussing. It's a really engaging read, in part because each essay is short enough that I can't get bored. The topics don't feel repetitive or trivial, even though there's often a sentence or two to explain that, e.g., Cover 2 is a coverage with 2 deep safeties.

Highly recommend if you're looking for something to read while you're supposed to be working.

u/wetcoastbestcoast · 3 pointsr/climbing

I haven't climbed any big walls, but I have heard Chris McNamara's big wall book is considered the bible for big wall climbing, especially in Yosemite.

My understanding is that climbing el cap or half dome is far less about your climbing ability, and more about your systems ability, efficiency, and ability to suffer.

u/3601squirrelnuts · 3 pointsr/CFB

High school coach here. Coaching Team Defense by Fritz Shurmur is considered the "Bible" of defense by many in the coaching profession. This book, along with Bill Walsh's Finding the Winning Edge and Steve Belichick's Football Scouting Methods, are on every list of coaching "canon." I don't know if you're looking for something this technical, but reading Shurmur's book will change the way you watch teams play defense forever.

u/Sports-Nerd · 3 pointsr/CFB

I love Blood, Sweat, and Chalk, It is like a history of football formations and strategies. It tells the story, but is almost kind of like a reference book.

u/mmhg · 3 pointsr/wma

I have a pair of these sabers (one each of the Radaellian and Hutton guard styles) and have been using them for the past year in my local classical fencing club as we studied the Radaellian school of Italian duelling saber. The Darkwood sabers are much lighter than a heavy cavalry saber, but are close enough to the 20 oz weight mentioned in Holzman's book to be effective for learning the style. The blade is not a great replica of Radaelli's preferred blade as the curve of the Darkwood blades is closer to the tip than the center and is not quite deep enough to match the descriptions given in the book. Holzman discusses the weight and shape of the blade with more context in this thread. The swords are holding up moderately well after a year of use. I found that the blades tended to loosen significantly in the assembled hilt, and required quite a bit of tightening. You can see the protrusion of the threaded tang on the Radaelli hilt in this photo. We spar in standard fencing gear (mask, jacket, plastron, glove) and supplement only with soft elbow guards and occasionally forearm guards. The blades leave some nice bruises, but we've had no serious injuries. We primarily fight these blades against each other, or similar sabers like the Hanwei Hutton, although some of our younger fencers use sport saber blades as they are significantly lighter. The sabers have held up relatively well(edge on top) after a year of use (with regular deburring), although they are showing signs of wear. For the price I think the amount of wear is reasonable considering we practiced 3-4 hours per week with them, although I imagine they would hold up a little less with regular use against heavier sabers.

My personal view is that these are acceptable, relatively affordable duelling sabers, but they could do with a significant amount of improvement. The blades, as previously mentioned, could be made to more closely represent the specifications indicated in Radaelli's original work. It is worth noting that the bell on the Radelli style is wider than that on the Hutton, although the top of the guard on the Hutton protrudes more (see previous image). The edges of the bell guard tend to notch and need to be regularly deburred. Rolling these edges or using slightly thicker steel would help here. I'm not a huge fan of the nylon-wrapped grip, finding it slippery against a leather glove, although it's not hard to rewrap with grip tape or some other cord. I do like the size of the grip though. It's wider than the Hanwei, and is easy to keep in hand even when the blade takes a beating. On the Radaellian-style guard, I find that the ring tends to get beat a little out of shape with heavy use - especially as the base of the ring is not fixed, but slides through a small riveted assembly. Fixing the ring would provide more structural support and would deform less. I also would like to see the rounded heel of the grip that the Hanwei saber has. I agree with the reviewer that the blades could be stiffer. These are decent sabers considering the alternatives, but they could be improved. I hope that as the HEMA, WMA, and classical fencing communities grow, that we will see more vendors offering swords of this type and time period.

tl;dr: some historical inaccuracies and with room for improvement, but recommend as good weapons for classical fencers especially considering the lack of affordable alternatives

u/rhymeswithsymmetry · 3 pointsr/triathlon

Total Immersion by Terry Laughlin. The other books are good too. Source: club/master's swim coach.

u/TundraWolf_ · 3 pointsr/climbing
u/key_lime_pie · 3 pointsr/nfl

Just in general, or on a specific topic?

Books I'm reading right now:

u/droznig · 3 pointsr/paramotor

Try this.

If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask, but the essentials will be covered with decent training.

If you are brand new to air sports or flying in general it may be beneficial to find somewhere to do a tandem just to get a basic idea of what to expect.

u/rossrhea · 3 pointsr/hockey
u/dwhitnee · 3 pointsr/Archery

+1 the NUSensei vids. Total Archery is a good book but hard to find:

u/hijacked86 · 2 pointsr/paramotor

Can't thank you enough! I think I'll talk to my buddy who is also planning on jumping into PPG and see if he wants to make a trek over to MW Parajet once it warms up.

Is this the book you're referring to?

u/Bantazmo · 2 pointsr/Sprinting

Hey buddy pick up my book here. Tons of training plans for sprinting including a nearly 100 page detailed program on training for the 400 dash.

u/ms_lovely · 2 pointsr/backpain

I bought this book recently and it helped me through one of the two worst back experiences I've ever had. I would agree that it's Big Three focused. It doesn't have like full workouts in there, but it does talk about how to adapt common exercises to not be in pain (e.g. deadlifts, squats, etc.). So it's more of "this is how you correctly exercise" instead of "do these five exercises three times, then these four, then these two, and you'll be healed!".


I've heard this book might have more workouts (also McGill). I actually had this book briefly, but it's too technical for my taste.

Another McGill book that might help is this one. Sorry, haven't read it, but I wishlisted it awhile ago and some of the review seem to indicate there are workouts in it. Maybe peruse the reviews for both?

Hope this helps!

u/CursoryComb · 2 pointsr/nfl

You have to be careful with some analysis you find online, but two that I've seen that are usually spot on are:
This guy also wrote a book that can walk you through a ton of football jargon.

There are several magazines we get including American Football Monthly and American Football Coaches Association.

If you're really looking to dive into some things, go on Amazon or even to the local library and check out books on specific topics you find interesting. Even reading "outdated" books you'll notice the pillars and fundamentals of football today.

Defenses have been changing pretty drastically the past two years, but this book was a great introduction to how many NFL teams were playing their defensive fronts.

Lastly, I have a great benefit of attending coaching clinics and networking events, however, go to your local college and watch a practice. Many of the practices are open to the public and the coaches, usually, are a very open bunch. Spring is usually the best time since that's when all the other coaches are trying to tweak routines and see what everyone else is doing.

u/who-hash · 2 pointsr/AskMenOver30

The speed of the game and athletic ability of the players goes up 10-fold.

NFL defenses are fast. D-linemen and edge rushers get to the QBs quickly. DBs cover the field better. Offensive schemes are usually more complex and most successful college QBs simply can't adapt.

Although I have a home team that I root for I love watching any good team play. Unless it's your thing I wouldn't get caught up in any of the drama which is what most mainstream media headlines will contain. It ruins it for me.

  • I found a couple of books that helped me: Take your Eye off the Ball and The Essential Smart Football
  • I'd highly recommend against going to r/NFL unless you want memes and sh1tposting. I can only handle it in small doses. There is an occasional good analysis but you've got to wade through a lot of garbage to find it.
u/BLeighdat · 2 pointsr/CFB

Went through the same thing a couple years ago. [This is a good place to start.] ( Give it a thorough read; it is much easier (although still not easy) to find film without coaches' commentary. Best of luck!

u/SchrodingersGaren · 2 pointsr/CFB

It's not strictly CFB, but Essential Smart Football is really interesting from an X's and O's perspective.

u/mish775 · 2 pointsr/Sprinting

Off the top of of my head, I've heard a lot about Ryan Banta's new book, "The Sprinter's Compendium":

There are a lot of resources besides books though that can help you. Browse the internet. Browse this sub. Listen to podcasts, read articles, read studies, watch youtube videos, social media accounts, and experiment with what you learn. I gained a lot of understanding and improved myself a lot by doing this during the year that I was training alone before walking onto my university's track team.

u/Mikey77777 · 2 pointsr/backpain

Commiserations, that sucks. First of all, I'll second the other comments that you should focus on recovery before throwing yourself back into training. Otherwise you risk making the problem far worse. Also, definitely read `Back Mechanics' by Stuart McGill. His advice is based on years of scientific research.

It's not all doom and gloom, though. There are plenty of cases of high-level athletes coming back from serious back injuries. Stuart McGill wrote a book with a powerlifter who had a really devastating injury, and came back from it. Closer to your case, famous BJJ coach Rener Gracie talks about his recovery from a herniated disc in this video.

Best of luck. Hope you manage to make a good recovery.

u/ChicagosOwn1988 · 2 pointsr/nfl

Read the book Blood, Sweat and Chalk. This is a must read for any fan no or old

u/SteakEater137 · 2 pointsr/hajimenoippo

This is absolutely false. Jack Dempsey even wrote a book about proper conditioning and techniques that he used in his time as a fighter, and they would fit in a modern pro boxer's training regimen no problem.

And plenty of present-day boxers still smoke and drink. Ones that instantly come to my mind are Ricardo Mayorga and James Toney, who were both world level while doing so. Don't forget Ricky Hatton, who ballooned up from 140lbs to 200+ inbetween every fight due to his love of fast food and beer, causing him to get the nickname "Ricky Fatton".

u/eddydio · 2 pointsr/CFB

After reading John Bacon's [Three and Out] (, I concur. His issue was defense. His D still allows a lot of yards and points, but he has a program that let's him run his offense and enough talent to make it work.

u/Slick1ru2 · 2 pointsr/CFB
u/kaythetall · 2 pointsr/Swimming

I'm a couple months in practicing on my own. I had lessons as a kid, but hadn't really swum more than a few meters (other than lounging around) in twenty years.

I've gone from around 90 seconds to go 50m to about 55s, swimming twice a week for half an hour. I feel like I'm making slow but steady progress, but I also am reading quite a bit from the library. The drill structure in Total Immersion sounds goofy, but is very rewarding so far. It does assume some swimming experience. And Swimming Fastest is huge but very detailed on proper form.

I never really felt like Youtube videos could explain what and why things were happening. I need really, really slow-motion that I can watch for multiple swimmers to see what they do differently, and the same. That doesn't seem to exist at high rez.

u/DemonDes · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

This bad boy:
Hey boils a lot of high level concepts down to readable levels. Focusses quite a bit on college offenses though.

u/Gyhy · 2 pointsr/nfl

(I think your post was delayed because it got caught in the spam filter.)

The Essential Smart Football. More of a collection of essays, but very informative for the price ($3 kindle/$9 paperback).

u/nick92675 · 2 pointsr/hockeyplayers

This is also super in-depth and a great reference. Too much to take in in one sitting, you'll keep going back over time.

u/djimbob · 2 pointsr/Patriots

Obviously while fans would rather read a biography, it would be so cool if he did something like Football Scouting Methods: 2nd Edition by Bill Belichick.

u/tayloraugustus · 2 pointsr/CFB

Three and Out, by John Bacon. Rich gave him full access to his Michigan program, and it seems that everyone f'ed up there, not just Rich.
edit: fixed link

u/Trapline · 2 pointsr/nfl

For football history from an X's and O's perspective one of my favorites is Blood, Sweat and Chalk.

u/darkbear19 · 2 pointsr/CFB

Piggy Backing off this, his book The Essential Smart Football is a great way to learn also.

u/pkcs11 · 2 pointsr/nfl

Read the book "Blood, Sweat and Chalk", you will have more knowledge than any two lifelong NFL fans you know afterwards.

u/goodhumansbad · 2 pointsr/CasualConversation

Maybe something like this?

Really depends what your budget is for a gift - a book is always good, but if you're wanting to spend more maybe you could get him tickets to a game and go with him? Getting him out of the house would probably be a good thing to encourage.

That is a hell of a thing to go through, and I don't meant to do that "OH, you're depressed? Have you tried having fun?" thing... But I'm sure you get the idea. Sometimes it is helpful to do things with family/friends even if you won't exactly be footloose and fancy free, it's a step in the right direction.

u/kbergstr · 2 pointsr/footballstrategy

If you're interested in the entire process of Scouting an oppenent, you can pick up Steve Bellichick's (Bill's Dad) book on scouting on kindle for $2.99.

He pretty much invented modern scouting, so it's a bit dated, but you should be able to get a handle on the full process that he uses-- it's probably a bit more use as a coach than a player, but it'll increase football intelligence and give you a process for scouting.

u/essecks · 2 pointsr/nfl

Smart Football is pretty good for small bite-sized articles on topics- even comes in book form too, though I'm guessing that the book is just a compilation of the blog posts.

Some other books that I liked were mainly ones on Belichick- so War Room was pretty good, easy to read, albeit more about drafting, less technical game-time discussion.

Steve Belichick's Football Scouting Methods is pretty good too, but written in the 50's / 60's and more leaning towards scouting.

Grantland does occasionally have some good articles.

Football Outsiders is also similarly great at smaller analysis articles.

/r/footballstrategy has a few good links, but it's a quiet(er) subreddit and doesn't get much traffic. Some of the articles that I liked from there came from x and o labs.

u/LesZedCB · 2 pointsr/climbing

if you haven't found it already, Chris McNamara's How to Big Wall Climb is a seriously good resource for your objective.

u/nanno3000 · 2 pointsr/amateur_boxing

there is actually a reprint now
atleast in germany its available.

u/dxdrummer · 1 pointr/nfl

The Games that Changed the Game

Take your eyes off the ball

Blood Sweat and Chalk

are all great if you want to get into detail

u/cfwang1337 · 1 pointr/martialarts

It's almost impossible to teach yourself any martial arts style unless you already have a high baseline of athleticism or already have some training in a combat sport or martial art. Without observation and feedback from an expert, you're at a very high risk of developing poor habits and potentially injuring yourself long-term. I'm sure you know that already, though. If you must practice by yourself, here are some tips:


  1. Film yourself from every angle and compare it with what you see in the videos. If you can find a mirror, use that, too.
  2. Like other commenters have suggested, combat sports such as boxing and wrestling are "martial arts," too, and extremely useful for self-defense and general fitness. Try to find a club or instructor nearby for those.
  3. Work on basic fitness, including strength, endurance, and flexibility. Lift weights, do some cardio (calisthenics, jogging, cycling, etc.) and stretch at least a little every day.


    Here are some of my favorite resources. Note that I use these to supplement my training because I am a karate black belt with over a decade of experience; I really don't think beginners can teach themselves from videos or books. Proceed very slowly and with caution. If and when you do get formal instruction, be prepared to unlearn a lot of bad habits you may have accidentally acquired.


    Here are my favorite martial arts YouTube channels:


  4. Fight Tips – MMA instruction by Shane Fazen
  5. Kwonkicker – Taekwondo and Muay Thai instruction by Micah Brock
  6. Ando Mierzwa – Kung Fu and general martial arts instruction by Andrew Mierzwa
  7. Ginger Ninja Trickster – Taekwondo and kickboxing instruction by Aaron Gasser
  8. ATHLEAN-X – Strength training and general fitness by Jeff Cavaliere


    My favorite books:

  9. Stretching Scientifically – If you want to develop high kicks and good overall flexibility, you need this. A guide to stretching by Thomas Kurz
  10. Championship Fighting – A handy guide to boxing by world heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey
  11. Training and Fighting Skills – An introduction to kickboxing by undefeated champion kickboxer Benny Urquidez
u/PresNixon · 1 pointr/sports

If you like Football, read "Blood, Sweat, and Chalk." It's a great book with the history of various formations, how they're used, why they're used, their strengths and weaknesses, all kinds of good stuff.

u/AndrewKemendo · 1 pointr/AirForce

I was a pretty good swimmer before I started training but I picked up this book in 2006: Total Immersion and it really helped me get better in the water.

u/xnsax18 · 1 pointr/Swimming

Really start with the basics first: balance and body position. Before you even attempt to freestyle. If you are open to reading some books about this, try total immersion. They also have a website and YouTube channel. Also they host workshops all over the world.

u/jack_spankin · 1 pointr/nfl

Steve Belichick: Football Scouting Methods

This should get you started.

u/PNW_Tree_Octopus · 1 pointr/USMC

To swim better, easier, and longer.

You will need to train up to the suggestion below, start with something like Starting Strength and then Corps Strength. Do a Higdon running plan.

Seriously, don't do this until you can do 300 PFT and have a solid strength/cardio base, do it with a friend.

u/swmbikerun · 1 pointr/keto

I would get total immersion swimming for bettering your buoyancy.

u/C-Effect · 1 pointr/CFB

While not an all-encompassing historical piece on the landscape of college football per se, John Bacon's "Three and Out" offers a fascinating insight into Rich Rodriguez's tenure with Michigan Wolverine.

Here's the book description:

> Three and Out tells the story of how college football’s most influential coach took over the nation’s most successful program, only to produce three of the worst seasons in the histories of both Rich Rodriguez and the University of Michigan. Shortly after his controversial move from West Virginia, where he had just taken his alma mater to the #1 ranking for the first time in school history, Coach Rich Rodriguez granted author and journalist John U. Bacon unrestricted access to Michigan’s program. Bacon saw it all, from the meals and the meetings, to the practices and the games, to the sidelines and the locker rooms. Nothing and no one was off limits. John U. Bacon’s Three and Out is the definitive account of a football marriage seemingly made in heaven that broke up after just three years, and lifts the lid on the best and the worst of college football.

Although I've yet to read the book, I have read the first chapter that's free (look to the right side of the amazon page for the Kindle edition and you'll have the ability to have a first chapter sneak-peak) and it's compelling, to say the least. And one of the reasons for this is that the book deals with so much more than Rich Rodriguez's tenure, but also the history of Michigan Wolverine football.

Like I said previously, I haven't read it all but it's definitely on my wish list. Make sure to read the first chapter to see whether or not you'll like it.

u/RVAHockey · 1 pointr/hockeyplayers

It depends on what you want and what you are trying to accomplish really:

-Guidance on structuring and running a practice, then the USA Hockey and Hockey Canada materials recommended by others are helpful.

-How to teach specific skills or focus on skills, then youtube channel "itrain hockey" and "hockeyshare" (m2m hockey) are excellent. Especially the itrain "train the trainer" series.

-Overall team play and learning the game - I've used this one for my inline teams, modified slightly for 4v4:

-One of the most overlooked elements of coaching is learning how to communicate with athletes, manage parents, and run the team itself. A really helpful tip a coach gave me was to "Put Jim's and Joe's before X's and O's". Get registered with AAU and take the Positive Coaching Alliance certification courses. It's some of the best instruction I've received.

Good luck!

u/granolatron · 1 pointr/triathlon

Lots of good suggestions already. Here's my top 3.

  1. Coaching. Like others said, just a few sessions should be a big help.

  2. Total Immersion (Amazon Link). Great place to start with swimming technique. Also look at YouTube for related videos to demonstrate technique. Swim Smooth is also awesome.

  3. Don't just swim straight distance. It's hard to maintain technique when you swim like this, especially as a beginner. Instead, split your workout into chunks.

  • Warm up // 4 X 50yd (30 sec rest between)
  • Drills // 6 X 50 (6 different drills from above resources)
  • Main set // 5 X 100 (15 sec rest between)
  • Cool down // 2 X 100 (easy)

    That gives you 1200yds, but broken into chunks. Change up the main set between workouts; maybe one per week that still focuses on swimming 500 nonstop, but the other two days that break it into intervals of various sizes. See this example plan for an idea.

    And good luck! I was in a similar position when I first started swimming again as an adult. Getting my technique up to par was the hardest but most important thing. Now, after quite some time just getting comfortable and regaining proper technique, I'm finally able to focus on putting more power and stamina into my swim.

    One more bonus tip: I just picked up a pair of the Finis Agility Paddles. This might not be something you want to start using until you get your basic positioning, rotation, and catch technique dialed, but they have really helped me reinforce what true "high elbow" technique feels like in the water. They will quickly point out where your arm entry, catch, and pull technique has flaws. Again, might want to save those for after some coaching and basic technique work, but I've found some benefit from them as a continued technique reminder aide.

    Happy swimming!
u/thoughthorizon · 1 pointr/wma

I'd avoid synthetics in general, especially anything rawlings - they're just too slippery and flex in strange ways, so you end up training some bad habits. If you're insistent upon synthetics, though, just get blackfencers.

If you're wiling to pick up steel trainers, the darkwood armories hutton sabre are pretty good for the price, though you'll need to fit them with some kind of button/point protection.

In terms of sources, if you've done Olympic sabre then Hutton dovetails nicely into a lot of what you've already done. He also has some nice drills in there which go back and forth between fencers. From Hutton you can also trace backward in time through Waite and Roworth, so you can basically follow a continuing "style" back to an era and style you find that suits you.

Radaelli is interestic and has some noteworthy stylistic differences; especially the backward passing steps for low guards. The definitive resource for the style is:

Then there's the polish etc. which have already been mentioned, which is much earlier period and uses a different style of blade and hilt entirely (so you'd need training weapons specific to that purpose).

u/Wink182 · 1 pointr/nfl

This is a very good book. Also, Blood, Sweat, and Chalk by Tim Layden gives a good history and explanation of football innovations through the years.

u/glatts · 1 pointr/nfl

First, look on YouTube for basic info. You can find videos about positions and plays and even schemes like the spread pretty easily.

Second, I recommend looking up some film breakdowns. Bill Belichick does them weekly (I think it's weekly) on a local Boston channel, but you can find some of them on YouTube by searching for Belichick Breakdown.

Third, try to find some guides for how to watch football and how to breakdown a game. Articles like this can provide you with a greater understanding of what everyone is doing during a play.

Fourth, do some reading.

I highly recommend Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look to help you while watching the game, but be sure to get the paperback version so you get all the diagrams. It will teach you the progression of the reads, the route running, the blocking and everything that happens on defense as well.

To help you cut through some of the jargon announcers use, I recomment Blood, Sweat and Chalk: The Ultimate Football Playbook.

If you want to learn more about strategies, try The Essential Smart Football.

To learn more about evaluating players, Football Scouting Methods is a must read. It will take you to the football of another era, but with the foundation from all the other info I've provided you will be able to start putting the pyramid together and learn how the game became what it was today.

u/grizzfan · 1 pointr/CFB
  • "The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football." Best book on big time college football I've ever read. Goes inside/behind the lines, and gives you different angles and perspectives on scandals. There's four chapters dedicated to the story of Mike Leach ranging from TTU to WSU. One about how Nick Saban got to Bama, and others about sexual assault, paper classes, improper benefits, and all the other politics and behind the scenes damage control stuff we never see. It's also euphoric, because it gives the inside story of players' or coaches' experiences in big moments we all know of.

  • "Missoula, Rape and the Justice System in a College Town." The scope is college football at the University of Montana. This can be a difficult read, especially if you or anyone you care about has had an experience with rape or sexual assault (graphic and chilling), but it is really good, and is a harsh reality check that most don't really get from sports-prioritized media on the topic (Victim perspective and stories).

  • On the more X's and O's side, there is "Blood, Sweat, and Chalk." Ignore the wildcat chapter though. The history of that chapter is extremely weak and inaccurate.
u/newmellofox · 1 pointr/nfl
u/TheNewDavout · 1 pointr/wma

Chris Holzman's book:

The facebook page even has some videos of Chris teaching from it. A very good book, and very well defined system.

u/Air-tun-91 · 1 pointr/hockey

Because hockey has so many random things happening quickly, I find it's useful to first start to try and understand the very general "game situation" of any individual point in time during the course of a game.

It's about pattern recognition. "Okay, the defending team recovered the puck and the defenseman has it behind his net, the attacking team is changing lines. This is a breakout play". Then you go research breakout strategies and will begin to recognize the different types.

"Okay, the attacking team has made the breakout to centre ice and now they are trying to cross the blueline. This is a zone entry play."

"The attacking team is on the powerplay. Looks like they only have one player at the top of the zone, the only powerplay setup I know that has one guy up there is the Umbrella."

Also keep in mind that modern hockey relies less on position (F, LW, RW, LD, RD) and much more on relative things. A lot of it comes down to where players are in relation to the puck.

"Okay, the team recovered the puck and is setting up to break out of their zone on attack. The defending team is sending one guy to chase the puck carrier, this is F1 (closest to the puck). Looks like the second closest player on the defending team, F2, is doing such and such."

This is a great book and a must-buy. Recommended by broadcaster and student of the game, Jeff Marek:

Also find things that Jeff Marek talks in (podcasts) and subscribe to them all. I also recommend Hockey Central at Noon podcast for keeping up with general hockey discussion. Very homerish Canadians, enjoyable banter.

Hockey is a lot like futbol, actually, but faster. You have to recognize the game situation at a very low-level of detail, and that then can be built on with more detailed knowledge you acquire about each game situation.

Let me know if I can describe this a bit better.

There are a lot of comments here advising you to learn about the current league players and such, and that's okay. However, you'll acquire more knowledge if you focus more on watching games for the sake of watching them and reading about different situations and plays. When I was getting into football, it was nice that I knew who Diego Costa was and where he was at all times on the pitch, but it was MORE useful to know that he was a striker, how a well-placed through ball might reach him for a chance, what formation Chelsea played and why, etc.

u/Subject2Change · 1 pointr/hockey
u/hells_cowbells · 1 pointr/CFB

Another one not by a coach, but check out Smart Football. I haven't read the book yet, but his blog is really good, and it has good reviews on Amazon.

u/RichardMortimus · 1 pointr/backpain

Stuart McGill & Brian Carroll’s ‘Gift of Injury’ sounds brilliant

u/professorwizzzard · 1 pointr/Sciatica

Great advice in this thread. Totally agree with everyone else here.

I don't think there's a question if you'll be able to exercise- I think you HAVE TO exercise. In a nutshell, avoid bending and twisting your spine. Focus on strengthening your core before anything else. I've posted this vid a few times, but I just really like it. He shows how challenging these exercises can be.

And I didn't see it mentioned here already, but he's doing the McGill Big 3. There's a lot on McGill in this forum tho. You should get his Back Mechanic book. If you're into lifting, you might like this one he did with a powerlifter that he worked to heal. I haven't read it, dunno if it's informative or just inspirational. Not that that's a bad thing. There are a lot of youtube videos from McGill and Carroll as well, cool stuff. For sure, think of any exercise as perfecting the movement, not about going big. Take baby steps, make it perfect.

Mosh pit, oh man. Honestly... you might have to mourn that one and move on. I'd really avoid any twisting. Or random big guys crashing into you when you're not ready. And you're all pumped up on the music, and pushing yourself too far... sounds like a recipe for a re-herniation. Sorry. At the very least, give yourself more time and get your core totally ripped, haha.

u/1staccountwasmyname · 1 pointr/CFB

Haha, most fans would be satisfied with that, yes. But you would still hear all sorts of some dumb stuff like "well, we really shouldn't have gone for it on 4th down that one time, that was a bit much" or "I don't think the players are conducting themselves with enough integrity after scoring" or something like that. So I guess we can be satisfied as a fan base, we just never want to feel good about it.

There's a part of Three and Out dedicated to talking about stuff like this. I don't remember the exact story, but a local radio station challenged people to call in with complaints about the team the day after a blowout win and they got swamped with calls.

u/BosskOnASegway · 1 pointr/CFB

The Big Scrum is my go to recommendation for a history style text. You have a players flair so I am not sure The Essential Smart Footbal will be meaningful for you to read, but its a great book nonetheless.

u/theonetheonly55 · 1 pointr/ducks

No he didn't invent the triple option. That's as old as football itself. The Zone-Read, running the option off the defensive end out of a shot gun formation, was "invented" by RichRod.

When he was a coach in something like D3, there was a blown play where his QB missed the hand off. Typically, the QB is instructed to follow the RB on that sort of thing, but instead took off the other way. Rich Rod asked why he went off the other end and the guy said something like, "the end followed the HB, so I went the other way". A light went off in RichRod's head and he used it to stampede through the coaching ranks.


edit: added source

u/JohnPooley · 1 pointr/Archery

You should stick with NTS (use to be best) , pretty much every competitive archer in the US uses it, but you should buy the book to have a more up to date guide to it:

u/JustOneSexQuestion · 1 pointr/nfl

This book is awesome:

Has a whole chapter dedicated to Belichick

u/Free_Pimp_C · 1 pointr/nfl

Its an older book and some of the stuff is outdated but its one of those foundation books that is a great place to start from. It's a bit dry here and there but sounds like what you are looking for.

u/ColonelMusterd · 1 pointr/navyseals

It is probably some combination of the two. Your technique is causing you to overwork / muscle through the swim and your overhead mobility is limited so that's where you feel it.

Technique: Where and how did you learn to swim? Total Immersion is the swim technique that makes the most sense to me and I believe its taught at BUD/S (someone correct me if i'm out of date). There are books and videos. the website has coaches who would be able to gopro your technique and modify from there.

Shoulder Mobility: This is a decent assessment for shoulder range of motion in overhead. If you are unable to maintain a neutral spine / head position near the top or your arm wont stay straight you could try releasing different areas; lats, traps, Pec minor, serratus. Then retest, if it got easier that's the area you should release before swimming to relearn easy range of motion. Hope that makes sense.

u/mshm · 1 pointr/CFB

Websites (Most are not active):

  • Inside the Pylon - Videos may not load embedded, but you can copy the url. Pretty good look at base plays, position responsibilities, and other terms you run into.
  • Breakdown Sports another place for looking at the above, less available though covered deeply. See article on Cover 1 for example.
  • Football Study Hall More on the statistics side of football (old stomping ground of Bill Connelly), a bit more all over the place.
  • Dan Casey's Twitter If you want to see clips of fun and interesting plays past and present, he's a good'un.
  • Playbooks - Historic coaches' playbooks. You can get a pretty good understanding of things like read progression and play goals from these, as well as what the purpose of each player on the field for each play by reading through some of these.

    Books: These are the books most people recommend starting from.

  1. David Seigerman's Take Your Eye Off the Ball This is a really good book for understanding the game holistically. From positions to managing a season to how you can pay attention to a play, a drive, and a game.
  2. Chris B. Brown's The Essential Smart Football and The Art of Smart Football (read in order of printing) Fantastic book set for anyone ready to dive a deeper into how the game has and could develop. Seeing everyone raving about the wildcat is always a chuckle though.
  • Tim Layden's Blood, Sweat & Chalk. Definitely worth the the purchase. Would recommend the above first, but this is a great go for the stories behind the plays. How they came to be and why.
u/SubwayEatFrosh · 0 pointsr/CFB

They wouldn't "officially" offer him the job without meeting with him in person. But Bill Martin did speak to Miles directly on the phone. Michigan officials asked to set up a meeting with him in Miami, where Miles had already scheduled a recruiting trip later on in December, but Miles refused to meet with them to discuss the deal until after he had coached LSU through their bowl game, which ended up being the national championship, though no one expected that at the time. After Miles refused to set up a meeting, that's when they moved on to Rich Rod.

It's all covered in the book "Three and Out". I think that's the most thoroughly researched a reliable source that I've seen on the matter.