Dandenong’s Creative Use of Video Helps Fuel On-Court Success

The WNBL club has start­ed using video court­side, giv­ing coach­es and play­ers valu­able feed­back in real time.

Dandenong’s Creative Use of Video Helps Fuel On-Court Success

The WNBL club has start­ed using video court­side, giv­ing coach­es and play­ers valu­able feed­back in real time.

Every WNBL team makes ros­ter moves in the off­sea­son in an effort to find new tal­ent. But the Dandenong Rangers picked up a dif­fer­ent kind of addi­tion that’s pay­ing off hand­some­ly so far.

iPads have made their way onto the Rangers’ bench this sea­son as the team con­tin­ues to lead the charge in video analy­sis. Performance ana­lyst Warren Brown now has the abil­i­ty to feed data to the coach­es dur­ing games, pro­vid­ing instant feed­back that helps the staff make game-chang­ing deci­sions in the heat of the moment.

It gives the coach­es a chance to review what is hap­pen­ing in the game and make adjust­ments where need­ed,” Brown said. “(They can) show play­ers on the bench or at time outs what is hap­pen­ing in video format.”

Video is the visu­al voice coach­es and play­ers will look for to help them with their game and game plans.”

Dandenong is the only club in the WNBL to employ an ana­lyst to looks over all teams, from its junior pro­gram to the WNBL pro­fes­sion­al team. That role has belonged to Brown for the last few years, and he’s made a big impact. Brown uses Sportscode to deliv­er data to the bench dur­ing games, mak­ing Dandenong the first Australian club to take advan­tage of the tech­nol­o­gy. Due to WNBL pol­i­cy, Brown requests writ­ten approval for his team to use mobile vision dur­ing games.

Between games, Brown puts togeth­er scout­ing reports for both the Rangers and their upcom­ing oppo­nents. This improves ath­letes’ prepa­ra­tions head­ing into walk­throughs and gives them a sol­id idea of what they’ll see dur­ing the game.

Coaches can sit down with indi­vid­ual play­ers and go through their shots and talk about changes that might be need­ed or how good they are play­ing,” Brown said. Hudl allows play­ers to sit and watch them­selves and make their own judg­ment of how they are play­ing, then go to the coach­es with ques­tions on dif­fer­ent plays.”

As excit­ed as the Rangers are about how video has helped them, they know they’re only scratch­ing the sur­face of its full capa­bil­i­ties. As the club con­tin­ues to use video, Brown knows play­ers and coach­es will find even bet­ter insights to help them win.

Video will play a big role in the future with every­one using Hudl and get­ting play­ers to have more inter­ac­tion with coach­es via the use of video,” Brown said.