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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 3
Hours: 9 laboratory per week (108 total per quarter)
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area VII: Lifelong Learning
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: May be taken six times for credit


Competitive intercollegiate football emphasizing athletic skill and strategy development and performance through conference and post-conference competition. Intended for participants of the men's football team.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. perform football skills related to each athlete's specialization and team objectives
B. prepare to compete in highly organized team sport at a maximum level of competition
C. apply and practice skills learned and show improvement
D. analyze effectively the other team's play and strategies
E. demonstrate through performance the development of physical fitness levels in strength
F. identify official rules and their interpretations to enhance performance
G. display proper sportsmanship both on and off the field
H. explain the elements and the actions involved in an athletic philosophy

Course Content

A. Advanced development of fundamental football skills
1. passing
2. receiving
3. blocking
4. punting
5. running
6. kicking
7. formation
B. Offensive formations and strategies
1. offensive running formations
a. pro-formation and blocking schemes
b. two tight end formation and blocking schemes
c. slot formations and blocking schemes
d. split back formations and blocking schemes
2. offensive pass formation
a. pro formation
b. two tight end formation
c. float formation
d. I formation
e. split back information
3. offensive strategies
a. running game
1) off-tackle
2) middle traps
3) sweeps
4) options
b. passing game
1) flats
2) middle curl area
3) post or flag area
4) floods
C. Defensive formations and strategies
1. general principles of pass coverage, adjustments, and variation defenses
2. right and left corner position
a. alignment and adjustment
b. responsibility against run and pass
c. strong safety position
D. Physical fitness development
1. muscle strength
2. muscle endurance
3. flexibility
4. body composition
E. Rules and interpretations
1. penalties
2. scoring
3. time-outs
4. formation alignments
5. overtime
6. field boundaries
F. Sportsmanship and etiquette
1. mutual respect
2. distracting an opponent
3. joy of competition
4. zeal for excellence
5. rivalry and camaraderie
G. Individual and team philosophy
1. motivation
2. philosophy
3. pride
4. excellence
5. sacrifice
6. success
7. integrity
8. perseverance

Lab Content

Blocking, kicking, passing, running and tackling.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Collegiate football field, football shoes and pads.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Subjective assessments of physical skills and performance by direct coach's observation
1. individual and team verbal critiques
2. video analysis
3. student-athlete counseling: academic involvement, athletic department, eligibility
4. individual improvement, performance, and contribution to the total team effort
B. Objective assessment of performance
1. participation in athletic competitions
2. final evaluations

Method(s) of Instruction

Lecture, demonstration, drills and corrective feedback. Video analysis is used.

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

NCAA Football Rules and Interpretations 2016 and 2017. Note: The most recent edition of the rules and interpretations will be used; annual updates are available online at


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

Optional reading and writing assignments as determined applicable by instructor.



Physical Education, Coaching