Save Time and Coach Smarter with Video

Utilizing insights gained through tagged video and stats will ben­e­fit your club in more ways than you think. 

Save Time and Coach Smarter with Video

Utilizing insights gained through tagged video and stats will ben­e­fit your club in more ways than you think. 

Michael Adams, the 2008 New Jersey High School Coach of the Year and head coach at West Windsor-Plainsboro South High School in New Jersey picked up on a trend in his local area ear­ly into his coach­ing career.

A cou­ple years into coach­ing at the high school, I noticed there were no vol­ley­ball clubs,” said Adams. As such, the lev­el of play at the high school suf­fered. So Adams set out to make a change by encour­ag­ing par­ents to get their kids involved in the club game. 

But con­vinc­ing par­ents to invest time and mon­ey in their kids to play club wasn’t an easy ask. The school in our area has insane­ly high aca­d­e­m­ic stan­dards,” said Adams. So if you include that, it’s tough to get kids to trav­el to play club with their commitments.

The only option was to start one myself, or we were just going to be the same type of team… just okay.” 

So Adams found­ed Princeton Volleyball Club back in 2005, and set out to change the course for devel­op­ing vol­ley­ball play­ers. I was moti­vat­ed to get the kids more oppor­tu­ni­ties so I start­ed the club,” said Adams.

Reap the Rewards of Time Saved

With 15 boys and girls teams in the fold, it’s a full-time invest­ment for a guy who still calls teach­ing his day job. Between mak­ing sure all of his coach­es are plugged in where they need to be and jug­gling per­son­al com­mit­ments out­side of the club, it’s a lot to man­age. I have a wife and four kids, so I want to spend some time with them too,” said Adams. I’ve found that the eas­i­est thing that I’ve been able to do is to use video.

Hudl has been a huge help. I’ve been able to share things in a video… it’s been awesome.”

Although it’s their first year using Hudl, Adams has seen the real val­ue in the invest­ment they’ve made. It was so phys­i­cal­ly time-con­sum­ing on our end. Now we’re able to just video our match­es and sub­mit it and have it bro­ken down,” said Adams.

Highlighting spe­cif­ic, teach­able moments through video gives Adams and his staff more touch points with their play­ers out­side of their allot­ted prac­tice schedule. 

They jump on Hudl after prac­tices and tour­na­ments and give out home­work direct­ly to their play­ers, so that they have to log in and watch. It’s pret­ty easy for us to go in and check too,” said Adams. Our play­ers clear­ly learn that way. Using a tool [video] that they com­mu­ni­cate with has made life way more efficient.”

It’s super reward­ing in that we have to put way less time in, but get the reward for the play­ers — not just get­ting up and telling them at prac­tice or in a match, but they get the visu­al feedback.”

Technique is Learned Through Video

The key then becomes ensur­ing that those lessons stick, and Adams and his staff have found that it goes hand in hand with instant feed­back. We’ve been able to video stuff [with Hudl Technique] at prac­tice and tag the play­ers in it so they can go back and look at it and see, skill-wise,” said Adams. They can actu­al­ly see what’s hap­pen­ing and not just hear it.”

Talking specif­i­cal­ly about hit­ting and serve-receive, the play­ers have been extreme­ly recep­tive to the feed­back pro­vid­ed by the coach­es. One of our best play­ers, who’s being recruit­ed Division I, that’s her biggest thing — her base is not wide,” said Adams. So she strug­gles at times.

Finally, she said, Oh gosh, I did it again.’ Now she knows because she saw it hap­pen mul­ti­ple times in the video, in game video and Hudl Technique… She’s break­ing bad habits on her own now. We don’t even have to tell her now, because of video.”

Utilizing tools like Hudl unlocks more touch points for Adams and his staff to have inter­ac­tions with their play­ers. Coaching real­ly nev­er stops. The dif­fer­ence is that it’s not tak­ing away from you and your per­son­al life,” said Adams. Which, to me, is irreplaceable.”