4 Easy Ways to Share Video with Players outside of Practice

Your time with play­ers is short, but you can get the most out of it by help­ing them learn off the court or field.

4 Easy Ways to Share Video with Players out­side of Practice

Your time with play­ers is short, but you can get the most out of it by help­ing them learn off the court or field.

At this point, every coach should be using video and shar­ing valu­able insights with their play­ers. Much of this teach­ing occurs in group ses­sions where the coach can address the entire team or spe­cif­ic fac­tions of play­ers at once.

These meet­ings are vital to team per­for­mance, but you can’t be with your play­ers all the time. You time with them is lim­it­ed — for­tu­nate­ly, your abil­i­ty to share with them isn’t.

If you teach play­ers how to effec­tive­ly watch video on their own, you can cre­ate a cul­ture where ath­letes crave it and con­stant­ly seek out new ways to improve. Here are some easy ways to get the process started. 

Make Comments and Drawings

Most high school ath­letes haven’t yet learned how to watch games with­out a coach’s guid­ance. They view the clips as a fan would, fol­low­ing the ball and wait­ing for big plays. They haven’t yet learned the nuances of effec­tive­ly scru­ti­niz­ing the action.

So help them out—leave com­ments and draw­ings that point out spe­cif­ic things you want them to keep an eye on. The more detailed nuggets you leave for them, the more they’ll learn.

Kids are obvi­ous­ly on their cell phones the major­i­ty of the time, so being able to send them indi­vid­u­al­ized feed­back between games and prac­tices is huge,” Marshall Cho, the head bas­ket­ball coach at Lake Oswego High School (Ore.), said. You’re able to have a back-and-forth dia­logue that goes beyond the bas­ket­ball court.” 

I can just tag it, cir­cle it and draw a line to what space on where I want him to stand. That visu­al­iza­tion tool, there is no hid­ing from it. The film doesn’t lie. For the kids to be able to see that is huge.”

Identify Groups

It often doesn’t make sense to send the same mes­sage to the entire team. Each posi­tion has unique respon­si­bil­i­ties, so send­ing every­one the same plays might not be very effective.

Instead, tai­lor what you send to spe­cif­ic groups or indi­vid­u­als. Create playlists to specif­i­cal­ly address what that posi­tion needs to work on.

We make up dif­fer­ent playlists for the play­ers that we can share,” Gordon Eck, a foot­ball coach at Lancaster Catholic High School (Penn.), said. The kids are watch­ing the film and on Friday night when they see that for­ma­tion, they’re already expect­ing and think­ing, All right, their best play out of this for­ma­tion is this, so I’ve got to be ready for that.’ Being able to tag and sort with all the data is great.”

Get the Most out of Practice Time

You don’t get much time with your play­ers, so max­i­mize every minute. Send video depict­ing what you’ll walk through in prac­tice tomor­row so the play­ers will have an idea of what to expect.

Instead of hav­ing to waste valu­able prac­tice time explain­ing those sets or schemes, the ath­letes will be up-to-date and you can jump right to exe­cut­ing the action.

We tape all the prac­tices and then we mark them up,” Jason Johnson, the foot­ball coach at Penfield High School (N.Y.), said. By the time the play­ers come to prac­tice the next day, they’re all respon­si­ble for 20 min­utes of film work pri­or to. What we try to do is empha­size, Let’s not be out at prac­tice for three hours. Let’s prac­tice for an hour and a half, two hours max, then you’re respon­si­ble for the next 20 – 30 minutes.”

Not only does this make for more effi­cient prac­tices, but it lim­its the wear and tear on their bod­ies. There’s noth­ing more frus­trat­ing than los­ing a play­er to injury, and the sea­son takes a toll on their bod­ies. Giving them more men­tal reps through video will help keep them fresh.

With Hudl I don’t have to get a kid to pound his head into anoth­er kid 80 times to get 80 reps,” Johnson said. I can have them do it 10 – 20 times, and then they can watch it and cre­ate mus­cle mem­o­ry through that. With all the research about the impact with the head and neck and spine, it reduces a ton of that. It reduces the hits and cre­ates mus­cle memory.”

Share the Good Stuff Too

Video has tremen­dous pow­er as a cor­rec­tive tool to show ath­letes where they went wrong. But it’s also impor­tant to shine a spot­light on their pos­i­tive moments. This boosts con­fi­dence, rewards pos­i­tive behav­ior and helps build your rela­tion­ship.

As the sea­son pro­gress­es, com­pile playlists of skill­ful moments to share. This sim­ple act can go a long way in help­ing build rap­port with your players.

More pos­i­tive vibes,” leg­endary vol­ley­ball coach Terry Liskevych said. I would say, Look, there’s anoth­er way to coach. Don’t scream at me. I know I made a mis­take, so let’s find a way to cor­rect it.’ Positive cor­rec­tive feed­back, espe­cial­ly when linked to video as a visu­al tool, which is how most peo­ple learn, that means you can always do it.”

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