Thursday, November 13, 2008

The scout team

I really like assignments where I learn something new. It's one of the things that makes the job enjoyable.

A scout team is a group of players that emulate an opponent's offense or defense. They receive instruction and guidance from the coaches who watch the opponents' game tapes, and they execute.

This is standard practice in the NFL, and most college teams. It is very rare at the high school level because they usually don't have the numbers or talent. Kimberly High School, a Division 2 team with a near-30-game win streak, is the exception.

Kimberly High School's offense goes up against their defensive scout team (red caps) during practice at Papermaker Stadium in Kimberly, Wis., late Thursday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2008.
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