TheOldCoach.com is proud to be a sponsor and participate in the first annual 2014 Under Armour Elite Passing Academy at The Quarterback Ranch. The last days to register are here.
The Quarterback Ranch is partnering with former NFL quarterback and current elite QB instructor Richard Bartel to bring in an all-star lineup of instructors, including veteran offensive guru Tom Rossley who will join NFL greats Jim Zorn, Brad Johnson and a dozen NFL coaches and quarterbacks, former and current, that will lead the staff for the 100 elite level quarterbacks and 50 receivers through a two-day passing camp, July 7-8 at Dragon Stadium in Southlake, Texas.
"We have put together an incredible staff of instructors for this event," said Bartel, Camp Director. "To have this much knowledge and experience on the field for two days presents an awesome opportunity for our quarterbacks and receivers to not only gain valuable instruction on the mechanics of the passing game, but also to really focus in on the finer points of the game from individuals who have coached and played at the highest level of professional football."
TheOldCoach.com believes some of the best high school and youth football players in the nation are located in Texas and expectations are always high.
"These passing camps are not just for elite prospects but are designed for the athletes to have fun, improve technique, and for competitors want to go against the best of the best," said The Old Coach. "We are looking for those athletes that are being missed and trying to help parents navigate the recruiting process without having to pay someone thousands of dollars for advice or to some company that does combines. We would not be working with Quarterback Ranch and this team if we didn't believe in the concept and services being provided were exceptional."
Also expected to participate as QB instructors are Brady Quinn, Chris Miller, Luke McCown, Josh McCown, Jeff Blake, Brad McCoy, Jeff Dicus and Bartel along with Mark Clayton, Keith O'Quinn, Glenn Smith, as receiver instructors.
In addition, noted performance guru and author Brian Cain and Southlake Carroll head football coach Hal Wasson, one of the leading high school coaches in America, will provide sessions on the mental game.
WHAT IS QUARTERBACK RANCH? The Quarterback Ranch utilizes various training structures to maximize the development opportunities for athletes at all levels and capabilities.
In a traditional coaching/training environment, an athlete may train with an instructor for some period of time and then the athlete and/or parents decide that instructor has done all they can and it is time to move on. Then the search is not for a coach who can provide that net "level" of training. At The Quarterback Ranch we have developed a structure so that our clients can receive more sophisticated and intense training as their abilities increase and their needs change. In short, our athletes never have to leave The Quarterback Ranch to move to the next level of training. Experience tells us that instruction concepts are consistent regardless of the age of the athlete, but delivery methods and intensity must be varied based on age and skill levels. It is particularly important with younger athletes that parents are engaged in the process so that they are able to continue and enhance the skills development, drills, and activities between organized training sessions. As the skill level and age of an athlete increases, so do the sophistication and intensity of the training.
OUR INTEGRATED TEAM APPROACH Whether in individual training group lessons, or a camp environment, our athletes receive training and instruction from a variety of specialists, including not only specific position-related skills but also position-specific agility and conditioning, the mental game, nutrition, and more, including video analysis. Our training is not meant to replace school-based coaching but instead to enhance it. With the parents' permission, we will communicate with our athletes' school coaches to better understand strengths and opportunities so the athlete is better prepared for the organized team activity he participates in. Our clients don't have one instructor. Instead, they have a team of instructors, all working together to bring out the best of their abilities.
INDIVIDUALIZED ONE-ON-ONE INSTRUCTION Regardless of age, ability, or expectations, our instructors can provide individualized instruction/coaching for any athlete. This premium-level training is totally individualized and based on the client's personal needs. From our entry-level instruction all the way to our elite-level coaching, our instructors tailor the sessions so as to bring out the best in each athlete on a case-by-case basis. Working in a team environment, our various subject matter experts work together to execute an individual improvement plan for each athlete.
PEER LEVEL GROUP INSTRUCTION The most cost effective and often results effective training is often accomplished with a groups of athletes made up of those with similar skills and capabilities. At The Quarterback Ranch, our maximum instructor to player ration is 1 to 6. Ideally, we maintain a 1 to 4 ratio in our group instruction but maintain some flexibility so athletes that want to train in the same group are able to. Our group training includes a mix of position-related skills and techniques, position-specific speed and agility, and mental concepts, including film study and video analysis.
CAMP INSTRUCTION The Quarterback Ranch provides both elite-level skills camps throughout the year, particularly during the summer, as well as general skill football camps, usually in conjunction with a local high school or youth sports organization. Our elite camps include very high-level instruction with our elite instructors and special features, including guest instructors who are current and former collegiate and NFL players and coaches. All Quarterback Ranch camps are produced in cooperation with are high school coaches.