Maryland Lacrosse Club Uses Video to Improve All Ages 

Former Div. I lacrosse coach uses video across his youth teams to dri­ve development.

Maryland Lacrosse Club Uses Video to Improve All Ages 

Former Div. I lacrosse coach uses video across his youth teams to dri­ve development.

When he had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to bring video to his youth pro­grams, it was a no-brain­er for Matt Hogan, CEO and founder of the Annapolis Hawks Lacrosse Club and HoganLax. As a for­mer Division I col­lege lacrosse coach, he under­stood the advan­tage video could add for his players.

Originally, the Maryland-based club only adopt­ed video for the old­er age groups — mid­dle school teams and up. But after expe­ri­enc­ing video’s pow­er first­hand, the club extend­ed the offer­ing to younger ages as well.

We didn’t get it for our third- and fourth-graders ini­tial­ly. We had mixed emo­tions about it,” Hogan said. But what hap­pened was as oth­er teams saw old­er teams using it, they saw the val­ue. And as soon as they saw the val­ue, they want­ed to start using it too.” 

As tech­nol­o­gy has evolved, the way younger gen­er­a­tions learn has too. Studies prove Generation Z indi­vid­u­als spend more than six hours each day on the inter­net, tex­ting or engag­ing on social media. They respond best to visu­al stimuli. 

There is this big idea out there that all play­ers learn dif­fer­ent ways,” Hogan said. There are dif­fer­ent ways to learn and the more vari­ety of ways we can teach, the more like­ly we are going to tap into everybody’s learn­ing ability.” 

Video is one of those key learn­ing out­lets for play­ers of all ages. 

I think video doesn’t lie and I think it real­ly helps our play­ers learn what they’re doing and learn our schemes. I think any time any­body watch­es film, if they are doing a good job watch­ing film, they are going to learn from it to become bet­ter coach­es or bet­ter play­ers because of it.” Matt Hogan

Hogan and his coach­es don’t want their play­ers to just watch video, but watch video with a crit­i­cal eye. There’s val­ue in teach­ing play­ers how to view video effec­tive­ly — it’s espe­cial­ly cru­cial for younger play­ers who’ve nev­er watched them­selves play before.

If you’re going to share video with your par­ents and your kids, you need to first watch video with them so they learn what they are look­ing at, so they learn some­thing from the video rather than just watch­ing video to be enter­tained,” Hogan said. 

Our fifth-grade team films every prac­tice and then mid­week it is option­al that kids can come by the office and watch film with him of practice.”

Watching film with coach­es gives play­ers the chance to ask ques­tions and learn what to look for. Coaches can com­mu­ni­cate the crit­i­cal areas play­ers should be zero­ing in on when they’re watch­ing on their own. 

While the younger play­ers in the club are just get­ting accli­mat­ed to watch­ing video, the old­er ones are using it to mar­ket them­selves to col­lege coach­es.

One of the rea­sons we went with Hudl this year was the oppor­tu­ni­ty for our play­ers to be able to cre­ate. We thought it was a greater ease of the old­er high school kids being able to cre­ate their own recruit­ing videos,” Hogan said. They could take our game footage and make their own high­light tapes and take them out of sequence and move them around.”

Whether play­ers are fresh to the club space and just learn­ing the game, or high school­ers who are try­ing to reach the next lev­el, video is a pow­er­ful tool that will ben­e­fit everyone. 

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