Helping Hands: 5 Candidates to Help You Capture Game Footage

Finding some­one to cap­ture game footage shouldn’t be a has­sle. Here’s a list of eas­i­ly acces­si­ble can­di­dates that can serve as an extra set of eyes for your team. 

Helping Hands: 5 Candidates to Help You Capture Game Footage

Finding some­one to cap­ture game footage shouldn’t be a has­sle. Here’s a list of eas­i­ly acces­si­ble can­di­dates that can serve as an extra set of eyes for your team. 

For coach­es with lim­it­ed resources, espe­cial­ly those that vol­un­teer at the youth lev­els of play, find­ing help beyond the coach­ing staff can be a struggle.

By being cre­ative with your pitch for help, how­ev­er, you can eas­i­ly find some­one to help record your games. 

Here are the five most acces­si­ble can­di­dates you can tab for your video crew on game day. 

Friends & Family

As a coach, you are more than like­ly sur­round your­self with peo­ple that have a pas­sion for sports. Ask your clos­est friends to spend a Saturday or two video record­ing your games and then dis­cuss x’s and o’s with them the next time you hang out. In addi­tion to hav­ing your games record­ed, you’ll also receive feed­back on your coach­ing tech­niques from your trust­ed peers. 

Family mem­bers of both the coach­ing staff and play­ers are also a great resource you can tap. Parents love noth­ing more than help­ing their young ones suc­ceed so why not ask them to help out – they’ll have a direct impact on their son or daughter’s devel­op­ment after all. 

Set up a sign-up sheet for par­ents to sign at the begin­ning of the sea­son and have a video record­ing rota­tion in place so respon­si­bil­i­ties are shared among a decent-sized group. Parents will feel they are affect­ing the team’s suc­cess and you’ll be able to build rap­port with indi­vid­u­als you may not have had an open dia­logue with otherwise. 

Aspiring Coaches

Every school has them. There are count­less kids across the coun­try that aspire to some­day coach their favorite team to a championship. 

Identify these future coach­es and video ana­lysts by work­ing with admin­is­tra­tors to post help want­ed” fly­ers at your local mid­dle and high schools. Kids will jump at the oppor­tu­ni­ty to gain real-life expe­ri­ence help­ing coach­es and will sure­ly brag to their friends about their new role thus increas­ing your net­work of video recorders organ­i­cal­ly. You can even pitch it as expe­ri­ence in one of sports’ new­ly promi­nent pro­fes­sions: Video Analyst.

Concession Staff

Yep, you read that right. 

More often than not, the con­ces­sion staff is com­prised of unpaid vol­un­teers who help each sea­son because they want to help out the kids and pro­vide a great expe­ri­ence for those attend­ing the games. Talk to the con­ces­sion man­ag­er and work out an arrange­ment where their work­ers can record the game in shifts. 

They get to see the kids they are help­ing live out their dreams on the play­ing field and in turn the work­ers are more engaged on game day. 

High School Students 

For both per­son­al rea­sons and to pad their col­lege appli­ca­tions, high school stu­dents take part in many hours of com­mu­ni­ty service. 

Work with school admin­is­tra­tors to have record­ing your games and prac­tice ses­sions count as offi­cial com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice hours and you’ll have a pool of vol­un­teers to choose from in no time. 

Members of the audio­vi­su­al club and stu­dents inter­est­ed in pho­to­jour­nal­ism are also prime can­di­dates to record your games as the record­ing expe­ri­ence they will gain will be invalu­able to their career aspirations. 

Other Coaching Staffs 

You’re not alone in seek­ing help­ing hands on game days. Coaches at lev­els of play below and above you need assis­tance so it makes per­fect sense to reach out to them about pay­ing it forward”. 

Let them know you’ll help them record a few games in the sea­son in exchange for their assis­tance. Who knows, you may even pick up a few new coach­ing tech­niques by sur­round­ing your­self with coach­es out­side your own staff. 

Know of any oth­er can­di­dates that can help you record games? Share your thoughts in the com­ments sec­tion below. Have your video record­ing needs cov­ered? Great! Put your footage to good use.