We drive competition in practice by letting them play a different sport., then we really get to see who wants to compete
I'm a big proponent of multi sports athletes. Other sports create toughness, athletic ability and a sense of team.
We let the players run a couple practices a year. It really shows you who listens to who and who takes charge.
Day 1, all we do is practice communication. We go through every play that could be communicated in a game.
People say kids today aren't as hard nosed as they used to be and are soft. I go completely against that. If you push your guys, treat them with respect and treat them like a young man, they'll work as hard as you want them to
Kids aren't soft. We let them be soft as coaches sometimes. Have them set goals and mentally challenge them.