The most important statistic I care about after 40 seasons of coaching football is Zero-Zero. Zero deaths, zero catastrophic injuries. None of my players have died, none were paralyzed, none suffered a broken neck, and none on defense reported a concussion.
Zero-Zero is my primary coaching objective. Itâ€™s in writing â€“ part of my Program Code of Conduct that explains every element of my coaching ideology, philosophy, and beliefsÂ â€“ so that there is no mystery about my expectations when a player decides to try-out for my team.
But there is a price to pay for Zero-Zero, especially when you coach Minus-Zero players from below scratch. Each player must donate two things. Lifting and SWAT Tackling. Both are non-negotiable. You lift our way and tackle our way or you donâ€™t play. After my winless 1984 rookie head coach nightmare season, I banned two things â€“ shoulder-tackling and missed lifting-workouts. My program changed from chronic loser to habitual winner. And it was the beginning ofÂ a 30-year Zero-Zero Streak.
Football is a matter of life and death. It is unimaginable and unconscionable for young people to die or become paralyzed for life while playing a game. Forty Zero-Zero seasons in a row didnâ€™t just happen. It took a lot of heavy lifting and SWAT Tackling teaching. I have produced a video and e-book that explains our SWAT Tackling curriculum. It is available for purchase at SWAT Football.
Blessings and all good things to you and your players.
Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., Level 3 NCCP (Natâ€™l Coaching Certification Program)
Head coach â€“ Niagara X-Men Football
Owner â€“ X Fitness Inc.
Blogs – www.GinoArcaro.com and www.SWATFootball.ca