Tuesday, July 12, 2005

What's Going On with Veersite

You may have noticed the lack of updates this summer on veersite.com. Believe me, that's not what I had planned. I am currently in the process of selling a house - and all that goes along with it. This has left me away from my computer (and the ability to generate play diagrams and encode video) for weeks at a time. I assure you that once I'm back from Camp in early August and fall into my regular schedule, there will be plenty of new material up on veersite!

Here are some of the things I have planned:

Creation of an Index page which groups and links all the technical posts so you don't have to go back through the past posts blindly searching for material on outside veer, for example. Blogger.com is a great free resource, but lack of an easy way to generate a meaningful table of contents has driven me nuts over the past year!

Getting more in-depth about the execution of plays in the veer offense. It's one thing to slap up a play diagram and say, "Lookit!" It's another to go through and list the responsibilities of each player beneath it (just like you may see in many playbooks.) I plan on revisiting the bread and butter plays and do just that. Besides sharing this info with other coaches, I also hope to add insight to my own understanding by going back and examining these plays versus the defenses of today.

Moving to a "real" webserver: I'm still undecided about this one. One of the nice things about Blogger is that it's free - nice when you're on a teacher's salary. Hosted plans aren't that expensive, but I'm not sure how easy it would be to set up and maintain compared to veersite. Blogger is even allowing the hosting of at least a gigabyte of images, so I won't have to worry about having my play diagrams sudden;y disappear one day should the free host I use go belly-up. Video clips take bandwidth, however, and a hosted solution is really the best for stuff like that. Right now, I'm hoping I can keep the current set-up going as-is through this upcoming season.

Well, that's about it for now. I'm really excited about this season and the team I think we'll field. We're looking at really fleshing-out the running game this year and digging deep into the veer playbook for some "oldies-but-goodies" this season. Utilizing a watered-down version of the West Coast passing offense to greater effect is also a priority for us. There's a reason we're seeing eight and nine in the box and sometimes play-action alone won't cut it. Here's to hoping we give at least 5 D.C.'s nervous break-downs this year!

Coach Smith