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SPHE352 - Coaching Football Technical and Tactical Skills

Course Details

Course Code: SPHE352 Course ID: 4022 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Students in this course will explore the techniques and tactical skills within the sport of American Football. Basic offensive, defensive, and special team skills are taught while exploring various teaching strategies for effective implementation. Football is a game that goes well beyond the obvious physical struggle on the field of play. Below the surface is a complex game which calls for strategic learning and specific methods of movement in accordance to the basic laws of physics. Coaching football calls for an understanding of these concepts in addition to strong organizational and instructional abilities. This course is designed for coaches at all levels. For coaches just beginning in the profession or looking to begin in the future, this course will discuss a number of basic areas that are essential to being successful such as coaching philosophy, practice planning, and game preparation. For those individuals that have been coaching for some time, this course will give you a chance to re-evaluate your philosophy, technique, style, and communication ability. In summary, the approach is toward teaching the student the theory, principles, concepts, and practices that can be applied in the dynamic, ever changing, challenging, and rewarding field of coaching football.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Course Objectives:

CO1: Demonstrate knowledge of various motivational / evaluation tools involved in coaching football.

CO2: Demonstrate comprehension of the “traditional” and “games” approaches to football practice.

CO3: Evaluate technical and tactical football skills in players and make use of your evaluation results.

CO4: Understand the basic information processing model within the game of football.

CO5: Explain the most important aspects of leadership within a football team.

CO6: Understand the role Special Teams plays within the game of football.

CO7: Explain prevention strategies for minimizing the risk of serious head injuries.

CO8: Prepare effective season plans and individual practice plans.

CO9: Demonstrate the importance of being a role model within the coaching position.

CO10: Apply action steps toward the lifelong learning process within the game of football.

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Textbook in APA format:

Ash, R. (2006). Coaching Football Technical and Tactical Skills. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Required Readings:

See Course Outline

Additional Resources:

There may be other materials, including websites outside the classroom, assigned by the Instructor during the course.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain websites are useful. Please abide by the APUS academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note website addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

North American Society for Sport Management

Book Title:Coaching Football : Technical and Tactical Skills - the VitalSource e-book & ASEP code is provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:VS-Human Kinetics
Author:Ash, Rob
Unit Cost:$58.56
Electronic ISBN:9781492590842
Electronic Unit Cost:$25.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.