To begin with, the coach, trainer and captain will face a mass of material of different physical characteristics. The varying ages of the men must be taken into consideration in the kind and amount of work necessary in their proper preparation for the game. The same work cannot be laid out for the rapidly growing freshman as for the fully developed senior who has played perhaps his four years on the team. The needs of the different individuals must be suited.
Commence with the more simple fundamentals, such as starting, passing and a little kicking. Be careful to avoid too much kicking of the ball while the men's muscles are soft, as it is very easy to develop that muscular ailment popularly known as "Charley horse" in the kicking leg. and this will not only retard the progress of the individual for the time but may prevent him from doing his best work in any game through the entire season. To be a good player a man must have a good pair of legs, and care must be taken of them.
The men must start with the beginning of the season to give up drinking water during the practice or in games. It is no detriment during a hard game to rinse out the mouth with water, but this rule of giving it up as a drink, on the field of play, should be followed all through the season.
It is almost unnecessary to add that the duration of practice time should be short at the beginning and gradually increased as the season advances.