After the smoke.
"Eddie", he started, "after about 2 hours of sessions on nothing but football techniques, you'll feel smoke pouring out of your ears." Those words came from a friend as he told me about a football coaching conference coming to town...but I wasn't exactly impressed. I played football in high school, watched tons of film, and kept up with the game even though I didn't play in college. I even coached some 7th & 8th graders at a local high school before this...so I was feeling pretty confident that he was exaggerating. SURELY there wasn't that much info I didn't know.
Your boy was WRONG! I was way behind.
Listening to coaches from all over the country talking about small intricacies I found out how much I didn't know. Coverages, identifying fronts, techniques, how the game had changed. I found myself trying to swim upstream and drowning in information.
And I loved it!
The Glazier Clinic is a collection of great coaches, technicians, and new people with different ideas. It's a chance for all of us to learn, to share, and to meet friends. With the advent of Social Media, you can speak with people from across the country, or even in the same city, and then meet in person, swap stories, and learn together. We've created a community around this sport that we love, and Glazier and similar clinics all give us an opportunity to connect.
Maybe your community looks different than a bunch of football coaches, but know that we're all built for community. Hebrews 10:24-25 says "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."
When the smoke clears, I have my brothers on the gridiron.