3 Ways Instant Replay Makes Each Practice Rep More Effective

Using Hudl Sideline during practice gives coaches the ability to quickly review plays and better equips them to teach their athletes.

3 Ways Instant Replay Makes Each Practice Rep More Effective

Using Hudl Sideline during practice gives coaches the ability to quickly review plays and better equips them to teach their athletes.

Every coach has had that moment in practice when a player misses his read or is suffering from a minor error in execution. You try to explain what needs to change, but he can’t seem to grasp what you’re asking him to do.

Being able to actually show him what he’s doing in that moment would be invaluable, right? With Hudl Sideline, that power is at your fingertips.

Sideline was a major asset for coaches across the nation last year, providing game-changing insights and allowing coaches to make lasting adjustments on the fly. We’ve heard plenty of stories about how the technology made a difference on Friday nights, but why limit Sideline to games? We’re hearing from more and more teams who utilize it in practices.

Eliminate Questions and Biases

The human brain simply isn’t capable of being truly objective. Hard as we might try to remain open-minded, what we see in real time will always be affected by preconceived notions and outside perceptions.

Video eradicates those tendencies by showing the truth. You may think a play transpired in one way, but the video may reveal things went down in a slightly different manner. By delivering instant replay in a matter of seconds, Sideline allows you to confirm your opinion of a play’s execution or adjust your thinking.

Make Corrections in Real Time

There’s no time like the present when it comes to fixing mistakes. If you record practice and have your players watch it later, there will be a disconnect from the passage of time.

But if athletes are able to see what’s going wrong in that moment, your advice is more likely to stick. If a drill or technique is being formed incorrectly, show the player what he’s doing wrong, then have him do it again.

“We’re really big on filming practice and teaching off of the practice film,” Gordon Eck, the offensive coordinator for Lancaster Catholic High School (Penn.), said. “It’s very easy to run a play in practice and when it’s finished say, ‘You should have done this.’ You can run it again, but it’s not the same look as them having to react.”

That instant correction allows the player to quickly absorb the lesson and put it into actions moments later. If your quarterback misses a read, show him what went wrong and send him back out to run it again. If a lineman whiffs on a block, pull up the video and find where his technique waned.

Review Multiple Angles

You can only be in one place at a time, so your perspective is restricted. With cameras on the sideline and in the end zone, you multiply the number of angles you can view each play from, showing things you may have missed from your original vantage point.

Sideline matches the different angles so you can get a closer look at what just transpired.

These are just a few advantages of bringing Sideline onto the practice field. You’ll help yourself be a better coach by getting a second look at each play, and give your athletes the ability to see their mistakes instead of just being told what went wrong.

Spring practice will be here before you know it. Get familiar with Sideline today.

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