On Monday evening the coach should require each of the men at the training quarters to present two written criticisms of the game played the Saturday before, the statements to bring out the mistakes that were made and the remedies which should be applied in particular instances.
The field for review should consist of the mistakes made by the individuals, the mistakes in team play and the manner and spirit in which the game was played. Opportunities lost when particular conditions presented themselves in the game, and the failure of the team to properly benefit by the mistakes of the opponents and their weaknesses can thus be indelibly impressed on the minds of the football pupils.
The coach or trainer can read these suggestions and comment on their correctness or fallacy. Also he may add to the criticisms other good and helpful suggestions and urge all to avoid in the future the mistakes mentioned. It is one of the most practical lessons possible, outside of the actual game itself, that can be brought to the attention of the player.
The rules are generalizations which must be mas ered, but queer conditions arise in every game, and no book has ever been written which covers these varied circumstances. Furthermore, no book can be written which will be able to state just what will come up through the progress of a game.
It is in correcting the mistakes of the past that hopes rest for a better future, and the Monday evening half-hour can be made one of great profit. It is, as well, a half-hour of actual pleasure to the earnest football player.