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9 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Andy Ryland. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Andy Ryland, often where they are interviewed.

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9 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Andy Ryland. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Andy Ryland, often where they are interviewed.

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Ep. 17 - Andy Ryland

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In this episode of the Barbell Nerds Podcast, we welcome Coach Andy Ryland on the Show. Coach Ryland is the Senior Manager of Education and Training for USA Football.

"The Grappling Guy" as he is known, discusses how he and the team at USA Football program and progresses their tumbling, crawling, and grappling for their youth athletes. Other topics discussed are positions and leverages needed for proper and safe tackling, the role of the spine in rotation/anti-rotation, how to progress tackling efficiency (intensity, dosage, distraction, etc), and more.

Andy, it was a pleasure having you as a guest on our podcast! We cannot thank you enough for spending the time with us.

You can find more awesome information about Coach Ryland and his passionate work on IG and Twitter @USAfootballMT . 

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Oct 27 2020 · 35mins
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Episode 17 - Prep For Contact With Andy Ryland, Sr. Manager of Coaching And Instruction

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On today's episode USA Football's Andy Ryland joins us to discuss how we can better acclimate our players' bodies for the contact loads and forces they will take on during a season.

With an extended shutdown which may keep our players out of contact for over a year, it's important to think about how we can prepare them for the next time they step onto the field.

Prep for Contact is for all types of football, even without tackling, young players need to prepare for how they might fall or bump into other players. Ryland explains how this can fit into any practice structure for all types of football.


Aug 07 2020 · 25mins

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Prep For Contact - Andy Ryland, USA Football

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Today's episode is a crossover episode from our Football For All Podcast. USA Football's Andy Ryland joins us to discuss how we can better acclimate our players' bodies for the contact loads and forces they will take on during a season. With an extended shutdown which may keep our players out of contact for over a year, it's important to think about how we can prepare them for the next time they step onto the field. It's a concept that is taking off with college strength and conditioning coaches and Ryland gives us an overview.


Aug 07 2020 · 26mins
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Episode 14: Andy Ryland

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This week's guest is Andy Ryland.  He is the senior manager of education and training for USA Football.  We dive into prep for contact, which Andy is well known for, and we also go down the skill acquisition rabbit hole where Andy has some incredible thoughts.  Hope you enjoy!

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Jul 13 2020 · 1hr 5mins

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Andy Ryland, Running VS Contact Demands, Grappling for Rugby, Tackling Technique || Episode #32 [EN]

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Andrew Ryland is the senior manager of education and training at USA Football.Andrew has consulted with programs at every level of competition and is widely recognized as a foremost expert on tackling.He is a former Penn State linebacker and member of the U.S. Men’s Rugby team and is currently working on a manual titled "Prep for Contact". This manual will be part of USA Football’s Development Model and will help coaches prepare athletes for the contact aspect of sports through a variety of drills, games and activities.Andy : USAfootball.comStrength Coach Network webinar: https://strengthcoachnetwork.com/members/threads/webinar-54-grappling-for-team-sports-by-andy-ryland.729/Andy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/usafootballmt/Topics:0:23 - Intro1:15 - Background6:38 - Coaching influences10:28 - Running VS contact, impact, combat efforts17:56 - Distinction between prep, contact, impact24:01 - Grappling games VS gym training31:50 - How to develop stiffness for impact37:40 - Tackling skill (C)49:47 - Most common mistakes in tackling56:17 - Advice for players who struggle with contact/tackling1:01:12- Coaching staff cooperation around contact work (C)1:12:06 - Things that you don’t like in the performance field1:14:35 - Things you do like in the performance field1:17:11 - Where can we find out more about you?Full Video Interview: https://youtu.be/WAQN65v011A

Jul 06 2020 · 1hr 19mins
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170: Andy Ryland on “Developing Humans First, Athletes Second and Sport Specialists Third” | Sponsored by SimpliFaster

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Today’s episode features Andy Ryland senior manager of education and training at USA Football since 2010.  Andy was a former Penn State linebacker and a member of the U.S. Men’s Rugby team and is widely recognized as a foremost expert on developing the fundamentals for successful shoulder tackling.

In youth sports and beyond, cultivating skill acquisition, reactive ability and creativity are foundational in allowing athlete’s success.  In a current landscape where literally no certification or formal education is required to be a sport coach, there is a gap to be bridged in creating systems that help athletes along a great path of long-term development.

Victory-centric team models shortchange multi-lateral development by specializing an athlete in a position early.  Coaches use drills and robotic systems more than they foster situational adaptivity and creative solutions.  If you listened to podcast #136 with James Smith of the “U of Strength” then you likely remember James talking about how robotic he sees sport coaching, and this being a reason why he incorporates perception and reaction work in his own training.

In today’s podcast, Andy digs into a variety of topics on sport skill acquisition and long term development, including the difference between “free flow” and structured sports (and how playing one can enhance the other), bandwidth on cueing and instruction, speed training in context of USA Football, barbell training, selecting a secondary or off-season sport, and more.

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Key Points

The complimentary nature of rugby to football, as well as potential drawbacks in it’s dual sport nature
How “free-flow” sports are different than structured sports by nature, and what athletic skills they develop
Bandwidth on how much instruction young athletes are given, and how much they should be coached as they get older
Speed training development in the context of USA Football
How creating and reacting to situations is more important than canned and robotic drills in building athletes
How to select the best off-season sport or secondary sport for young football players
Progressions on bringing barbell training into youth athletics, particularly in football, the original and pinnacle sport in regards to S&C
Andrews thoughts on the credentialing process of youth sport coaches
“I think (rugby and football) compliment each other really well.  You’re gonna get a huge amount of physical training volume from the running volume within rugby, there’s some great evasive skills, plus the reading and spatial awareness is different in rugby than it is in football”

“Free-flow sports, soccer, hockey, basketball, lacrosse, whatever it is; small sided games are much more common, because you are training these players in dynamic environments in decision making, that offense to deference transition that free flow”

“Are we going to let someone self-organize into a tackle?”

“Why on the first rep of the drill are we instantly shouting so many cues and corrections?”

“Sorting it out in your own body can take 2 or 3 reps, so can I let them explore? The coaching cue I give on the first rep of a new drill more than any other is “it’s a new drill, it’s cool, first rep you’ll sort it out, here we go” and let them find it before we start nailing them with all these specific cues and details”

“One of our taglines is “Humans First, Athletes Second, Football Players Third””

“When we are dealing with athletes that aren’t anywhere close to their genetic potential, everything is improving everything”

“For the sake of a coach’s resume, we’re going to have a kid do one thing, and he’s going to be useful for the team because he does one thing, and that sounds great for a victory-centric model,
Oct 03 2019 · 1hr 2mins
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Andy Ryland on the Resilient Performance Podcast

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Andy Ryland is USA Football’s senior manager of education and training and has been with USA Football since 2010. He has consulted with programs at every level of competition, and is widely recognized as a foremost expert on developing the fundamentals necessary for a successful shoulder tackle. He is a former Penn State linebacker and member of the U.S. Men’s Rugby team and is a primary instructor in the Advanced Tackling System.

Topics Covered:

  1. Andy’s position with USA Football and how his athletic career influenced his view on long term athletic development
  2. What football coaches can learn from the sport of rugby
  3. Andy’s teaching progression for tackling
  4. Developing offensive and defensive lineman while respecting contact restrictions during practice
  5. Evaluating quarterback play while considering differences in scheme, ability of receivers to get open, protection, etc.
  6. “System” players
  7. Andy’s thoughts on the NFL combine
  8. How Andy would structure a training week to account for individual skill development, physical preparation, game planning for an opponent, and full contact scrimmaging

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May 15 2019 · 1hr 5mins
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Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Ep. 27: USA Football’s Andy Ryland on the Craft of Tackling

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Matt Waldman hosts USA Football tackling expert Andy Ryland on the RSP Cast for a clinic on the key processes of tackling. 
Andy Ryland is the son of a Rugby coach, an alum of Linebacker U (Penn State), and a Rugby All-American. Now at USA Football, Ryland works with coaches at all levels of football on the craft of tackling ball carriers. Ryland and I sit down for a conversation about his 33 key process indicators (KPI) for effective tackling.

Gaining the proper perspective on the details of having a KPI system for effective coaching.

Separating technique from skill.
Don't coach in millimeters and learn that technique is different than what's prescribed.
Asking the question: What makes it difficult on game day?
Ryland's five broad phases of tackling.

Sometimes you have to tip your hat to the opponent and why it's disrespectful to the game not to think opponents will challenge you and test the limits of your abilities.

In addition to breaking down these phases and many of the significant KPIs within, Ryland and I discuss NFL examples of some of these tackling phases, including Todd Gurley versus Patrick Peterson, Jamaal Charles' running style, and Sony Michel's Sunday trucking.

Ryland also expresses a healthy technical admiration for Giants special teams wiz Mike Thomas, Legion of Doom defenders, and Sean Lee. You can follow Andy on Twitter @USAFootballMT.

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Sep 21 2018 · 1hr 16mins
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Episode 192: Seminar Series (Part 6): Skill Acquisition with Andy Ryland

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In the sixth part of our Skill Acquisition Seminar Series, Matt is joined by Andy Ryland (@USAFootballMT). Andy is the Sr. Manager of Football Development at USA Football and Skills Coach in Tackle Technique. Andy is also a former Penn State University Linebacker, Rugby All-American, USA Eagle and Bucknell OLB Coach. In this episode we discuss the Vision-Decision-Action (VDA) Cycle and how this paradigm can help us better understand the behaviors of players on the field as a coaches and evaluators.
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Jul 10 2018 · 50mins