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How to Memorize Your Football Playbook

If you want to play to your full potential on the field, memorize that playbook quickly and thoroughly.


  • Step 1: Know what the name means Learn why the play is named what it is named. A play is often named after what it is designed to do.
  • TIP: If a play is named after a team who uses the play, try to get a video of the play executed by that team.
  • Step 2: Make playbook flash cards Make playbook flash cards by putting the name of the play on one side of an index card and a diagram of the play along with a description on the reverse.
  • Step 3: Test your knowledge Guess what the play is after looking at the name side of the card. Repeat this process until you can describe every play correctly.
  • Step 4: Record the names of the plays on a voice recorder Record yourself calling out plays on a portable voice recorder. Find space, listen to the calling of the plays, and pretend to execute your job in the play.
  • Step 5: Continue to test yourself Test yourself frequently. There may be plays your coach never calls, but could call unexpectedly later in the season.
  • FACT: Homer Jones of the New York Giants became the first NFL player to spike a football in 1965.

You Will Need

  • A football playbook
  • Index cards
  • A recording device
  • Space to run plays
  • Video of teams running plays (optional)

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