Option Central's Contributor and Licensing Partner programs

 

The Guest Contributor program - its History

Since its inception in 1999, Option Central has been a "team effort" between the Option Central staff and many football coaches who have contributed articles for inclusion in the Option Central Article Library . A number of these contributors have also appeared as Guests in one or more podcasts and Chalk Talks. As one of the first subscription-based football coaching web sites,  Option Central has always charged a small membership fee to access the materials in its members section, however unlike virtually every other subscription web site, our Membership fee is the same as it was in 1999 ! We've also added more membership options and an alternative to using PayPal to make an Option Central Membership accessible and convenient for a wider range of coaches.

Initially, when Option Central was primarily a database of articles, "contributors" were referred to as Guest Writers and received a complimentary membership to Option Central in exchange for their contribution.  At various times in our history, Option Central has paid a stipend to a small number of coaches who submitted lengthy articles, installation guides and other resources. The norm, however, was to offer a complimentary membership to contributiors - a practice that was continued when the site changed owners in 2010 and remains in place today.

Option Central Adds Multimedia resources - Video and Audio, along with eBooks and Online books

Early in 2010, after Option Central was acquired by CompuSports, the Option Central Resource Library was expanded with audio, video, eBooks and a full length online edition of a book that first appeared in print. The Option Central "Guest Writer" program became the Guest Contributor program. Today, in addition to contributing articles, Guest Contributors appear as Guests in podcasts and our video Chalk Talk productions. Starting in 2019, we decied to drop the word "Guest", and simply refer to those who contribute materials as simply Contributors.

Interested in learning more about being a Contributor by submitting an Article, video, or appearing on a Podcast or Chalk Talk?  Contact Us and we'll give you the details. Rest assured we handle all the "messy" stuff - recording, editing and publishing.

A Guest Contributor Index  was launched in 2012 as we received material from "first time" Contributors. We have profile pages for many of our "new contributors" - including Mike DiMatteo, Tony DeMeo, Rob Zeitman , Steve Gunther John Iannucci, Joe Daniel, Manny Matsakis, Phil Haywood , Rich Hargitt , and a number of others.  You can learn more about these and other Contributors by visiting The Contributor Index page.

The Option Central Licensing Partner program

The Option Central licensing program , launched in 2010, enabled us to offer "online streaming" versions of a number of videos - many that had previously been available only on VHS tapes and DVDs.  A relatively new concept in football coaching resources at the time, our licensing program continues to enable us to expand our video library while providing our members with a way to view a variety of videos in a budget-friendly way.  Our professional-grade, streaming video player uses a "CDN" (Content Delivery Network) to deliver the type of video streaming experience expected today, and provides protection for our licensing partners against piracy and unauthorized viewing of their content.  

The Option Central Podcasts

Our Option-themed podcasts began with The Mesh Point - a spinoff of the  Coaches Corner football coaching podcast that aired on the CompuSports Radio Network for over five years. Coaches Corner Host John Anderson produced the series of "Mesh Point" podcasts exclusively for Option Central .  Recently, a number of podcasts were produced under our "Chalk Talk" label, and hosted by Tony DeMeo, who joined our list of Contributors in 2013, and who has become a major part of the evolution of Option Central in recent years.

Become an Option Central Contributor or Licensing Partner

We're continually expanding and improving the Contributor and Licensing programs to make them a win-win-win proposition. If you would like to contribute or license materials to Option Central, we encourage you to Contact Us. We accept materials in many forms, provide assistance to Contributors by preparing material for publication, and introduce our Contributors and Licensing Partners to the Option Central community.

Basic Guidelines for submitting articles and other materials to Option Central

  • We accept a wide range of articles on topics related to Option Football - covering Offense or Defense.  We also accept videos, playbooks or excerpts from them, and other resources for developing skills, teaching techniques, etc. 
  • Material works best when targeted at a particular level - Youth, High School or College.
  • Articles are easiest to work with when submitted as a computer file, although we have the ability to scan and convert printed materials when necessary.  Articles and illustrations can be sent as Word or PowerPoint documents, PDF files,  or Playmaker Pro document files (.fbd). We can also accept Coach's Office Chalkboard or Playbook files.  
  • Illustrations can be included in the body of the article, or sent as a JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP or other form of computer file. We can also accept images that are faxed or scanned and emailed to us if they are hand drawn 
  • Videos can be in virtually any form - from Full Size VHS, VHS-C or "Mini" DV video tapes to DVDs, and of course, online format. We have the equipment and software to convert any type of video format to that which is required by our streaming video server, and we can edit and annotate the video to make it more convenient for our members to view.
  • Chalk Talk appearances can take many forms - from solo presentations, to Guest appearances on a hosted Chalk Talk.
  • When contacting us or submitting materials, please include your bio or company information.  Tell us where you coach or have coached, how long you've been coaching, your title, record, awards etc... and the type of material you would like to submit.

Contact Us with your questions about our Contributor or Licensing Partner programs   
 



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