4 Reasons to Let Athletes Lead Your Film Review

Hand your play­ers the reins to keep them engaged dur­ing film review.

4 Reasons to Let Athletes Lead Your Film Review

Hand your play­ers the reins to keep them engaged dur­ing film review.

Ever heard the say­ing, If you want to mas­ter some­thing, teach it”? It’s true, espe­cial­ly when it comes to video review. You want your ath­letes to real­ly grasp the con­cepts, so why not put them in the hot seat?

When you give them a chance to lead, video will not only become a big­ger part of your cul­ture, but your play­ers will learn the tricks of analy­sis and grow as leaders.

1. Adds variety to film review

With so many dis­trac­tions, it can be hard to keep your ath­letes focused dur­ing review. Changing up your film ses­sions can make a big difference. 

Rather than lis­ten­ing to you dur­ing both prac­tice and film review, give them an oppor­tu­ni­ty to hear a new per­spec­tive. They might be more will­ing to lis­ten to their peers, and this vari­ety can make a dif­fer­ence in how much they retain from the session.

2. Empowers team leaders

This is an area where you can reward play­ers who give their all dur­ing prac­tice and who have demon­strat­ed that they’re up to the task. Giving addi­tion­al respon­si­bil­i­ties to those who step up, on and off the court (or field), will show you trust in their abilities. 

It also gives your ath­letes a voice and a chance to gain your respect, all while help­ing the rest of the team stay engaged.

3. Engrains video in your team culture

Video is addict­ing. As play­ers learn how to study film and dis­cov­er those aha” moments, they’ll crave more of it. They’ll start to search for areas where their tech­nique needs an adjust­ment or where their oppo­nents are most like­ly to slip up. 

Start small — chal­lenge your upper­class­men to invest in video and take the lead. As they become pas­sion­ate about video, watch it spread to your younger play­ers. Before you know it, video will be a build­ing block of your program. 

4. Helps lessons stick

When ath­letes take own­er­ship of video review, the lessons will begin to stick with them in new ways. Rather than talk­ing at them, you can use video to help them answer their own ques­tions and fig­ure out where they should focus. 

Teach them to see for them­selves where they went wrong or what to antic­i­pate from upcom­ing oppo­nents. You’ll be able to see the dif­fer­ence in how they play. 

I let them kind of run the thing and say, You tell me what went wrong.’ They’re tak­ing the ini­tia­tive. They’re start­ing to see the game in a whole dif­fer­ent sense. By the fourth or fifth ses­sion, they were all pay­ing atten­tion, say­ing, Coach Branch, can you stop it here. This is what you did wrong here.’” Jonathan Branch, Head Soccer Coach, Oxford High School, MS

Organize an Athlete-Led Review

  1. Choose the lead­ers. Identify cap­tains or upper­class­men who would lead well and take own­er­ship of a review session.
  2. Send lead­ers a playlist. When you’re get­ting start­ed, send them a few clips from your last game or for an upcom­ing opponent.
  3. Show them the tools. Give those play­ers a crash course on how to lead film review and the tools they need, from playlists to com­ments and draw­ings.
  4. Let your play­ers lead. Have those ath­letes run the next team meet­ing to recap the the last game and out­line areas for improvement.
  5. Give feed­back. Provide the play­ers who led with feed­back to help them improve their post-game analy­sis and lead­er­ship skills.

Use this free template as a starting point.

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Once your play­ers under­stand the val­ue of video and know how to watch it, take it to the next lev­el: Assign a playlist for them to review at home and have every­one bring back their thoughts. Turn your next film review into a dis­cus­sion about your last game. Or see what they think about your upcom­ing oppo­nent. Not only does it save you time but it helps them to tru­ly buy-in to your cul­ture of video.