The Benefits of Adding Mobile Video to Your Sportscode Workflow

The modern coaching staff has a potent tool to assist them in their quest to stretch the hours of a day – mobile video.

The Benefits of Adding Mobile Video to Your Sportscode Workflow

The modern coaching staff has a potent tool to assist them in their quest to stretch the hours of a day – mobile video.

Time is always a finite resource, no matter the level of sport. 

Whether it’s the offseason, preseason or in between games, coaching staffs have a limited time to evaluate and interact with players. Duties such as engaging with media and managing a staff, are often overlooked, negatively impacting player development and the player-coach relationship. That’s why the manner in which a team maximizes its time during and outside of training sessions or practice is vital to success. 

Fortunately, technology has allowed the modern athlete and coaching staff to be efficient with their time and how they prepare. 

Freedom From the Facility 

The Washington Post recently published a piece detailing how, as a rookie, NFL quarterback Tom Brady would show up at the Patriots’ facility in the middle of the night to review film. In one instance, former Patriots general manager Scott Pioli found Brady waiting in his car as he was turned away by a night guard at the facility. 

Although this example of Brady’s determination can be admired, nighttime excursions to practice facilities are no longer necessary. With modern wireless and video solutions, coaches, trainers and athletes can make technology work for them instead of conforming to technological or geographical restrictions. Organizations with coaches and players spread across different cities, states or even countries can now maintain relationships without requiring in-person meetings or video review sessions. 

The benefits of new mobile technologies aren’t limited to planned review sessions. After road games, teams often conduct last-minute scouting or review team performance with players as the events of the previous game are still fresh in everyone’s mind. 

Getting video online quickly and shared with staff and players is crucial for development. 

Reallocate Time Back to Training

In a league like the NFL where practice time is at a premium, 49ers head coach Chip Kelly strives to make the most of his team’s time together. Practices are all about tempo and getting as many reps in as possible, then coaches and players spend time reviewing video on their own after those sessions.  

Formatting practices this way keeps the entire roster active and allows coaches to review data on each player in order to plan future training sessions. 

Kelly still holds video review sessions and team meetings, but his practice structure is a good lesson in efficiency – get as many reps from as many players on film and share these insights with each team member to review. The more reps a team can record, the larger the sample size for coaches to reference when evaluating player performance. Sportscode users can accomplish this by uploading instances to Hudl as playlists and share directly with groups or individuals. 

Reviewing film remotely also frees up time for other areas of focus, as coaches can cut down on the number of large group review sessions required for the team. Hudl’s free Apple and Android applications allow the entire team to access and review video anytime, anywhere.  

Saving Man Hours

To pinpoint just how much time adding mobile video to a workflow can save your organization, take inventory of how much time is spent for travel and in-person review sessions.

For example, say it takes 20 players and five coaches, on average, 30 minutes to travel to and from film review. Once there, everyone participated in an hour-long review session.

  • Travel: 25 people x 30 mins = 12.5 hours

  • Review Session: 25 people x 1 hour = 25 hours

In the above example, each session costs the organization nearly 38 man-hours. One way to cut costs is to send video to players ahead of time, complete with coaching notes or a quiz, in order for them to review prior to video sessions and come to meetings more prepared. Cutting the example’s hour-long session down to thirty minutes results in a savings of almost 13 man-hours. Repeated several times over the course of a few weeks (or throughout a season), the savings quickly add up.

Calculating man-hours is only one way to identify inefficiencies. If you’re interested in calculating your team’s time-savings, click the link below to download a spreadsheet and plug in your numbers.

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Remote film study and communication will not displace the value in-person coaching has on developing athletes at all levels. However, the examples above illustrate how adding mobile video and coaching tools to your workflow can significantly reduce your team’s inefficiencies. 

Have examples of how mobile tools help your organization operate more efficiently? Leave them in the comments below or shoot us an email– we’d love to hear your stories. 

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