Many moms with sons wish they understood football better so they could follow the game with their families. To help with that need, the Basehor Community Library recently offered a Football for Moms class.

Basehor-Linwood High School head football coach Rod Stallbaumer broke down plays, strategy, fouls and common terminology in easy to understand terms to attendees.  

The presentation began with a description of the dimensions of the football field as well as how the game is scored. Offense, defense and special teams were also discussed. The role of various players, including the ideal physical attributes of those positions, were described in detail.

In addition to the players, Stallbaumer also told the group how each member of the BLHS football coaching staff had specific roles and responsibilities. The staff has three offensive coaches, three defensive coaches and one coach who helps on both sides of the line.

“Football is unique to many sports because the positions are so specific that each area has its own precise coaching,” he said. “With basketball, players are playing both offense and defense and are constantly changing positions. In football, players tend to play one position.”

Because Stallbaumer wanted the group to understand what goes into each Friday night football game, he gave a run-down of how a game week unfolds.

Immediately following the previous Friday night game, the coaches upload that week’s game film to a website called Hudl which allows the coaches to organize plays and add on-screen notes for viewing by the entire team. Players can then watch the film on their home computer or phone so they see what adjustments may need to be made for the next game. On Saturday, films are exchanged with the opponents to help scout the next game. 

On Sunday nights, the coaching staff meets to finalize upcoming game plans and make practice plans for the upcoming week. On Mondays, freshman and junior varsity games are played and the varsity team reviews the previous game’s film as well as the film on the upcoming opponent.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays are full-team practices with the entire squad working together. Drills are developed to improve mistakes that may have happened during the previous game. Thursday’s practice is a dress rehearsal for Friday’s game.

Following school on Friday, the team eats a meal together, which has been catered by parents. After the meal, they watch a movie or highlight video to get the team’s mind ready for the game.

“Football is the ultimate team game,” Stallbaumer said. “It doesn’t matter if the player is big, fast, tall or short. The sport helps teach skills better than anything else. Ultimately, you are accountable to your teammates.”

Beth Kornegay is a freelance writer covering news and events in the city of Basehor. If you have a story idea, email her at gabi_kansas@yahoo.com