The Science behind the Vancouver Whitecaps’ Video Sessions

Learn how to run an effec­tive video ses­sion from the ana­lyst of the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The Science behind the Vancouver Whitecaps’ Video Sessions

Learn how to run an effec­tive video ses­sion from the ana­lyst of the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Andy Peat is the video analy­sis coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps. In this four-part blog series, Peat will describe how the Whitecaps’ pro­gram uses video and how vital it is to its success.

Between nation­al soc­cer pro­grams, com­mu­ni­ty teams and now the Vancouver Whitecaps, I have been exposed to many dif­fer­ent envi­ron­ments. Each has enabled me to learn new things and shown me a num­ber of meth­ods for pre­sent­ing a video session.

The most impor­tant aspect as a coach or video ana­lyst is know­ing your team and how they respond to video. A team is filled with indi­vid­u­als who all learn in dif­fer­ent ways. Ensuring that you keep them all engaged is the key chal­lenge. Nobody wants to sit in a room and lis­ten to some­one just tell them what to do. At times, direct com­mu­ni­ca­tion is need­ed, while oth­er times call for a ques­tion­ing approach.

There are sev­en types of learn­ing styles: visu­al, aur­al, ver­bal, phys­i­cal, log­i­cal, social and soli­tary. Video pre­sen­ta­tions pri­mar­i­ly involve visu­al and ver­bal. The most effec­tive pre­sen­ta­tions have clear out­comes with the pre­sen­ter effec­tive­ly and con­cise­ly con­vey­ing a mes­sage while engag­ing the audi­ence. Knowing the audi­ence is fun­da­men­tal — you need to find and deliv­er the right lev­el of detail. The play­ers must have con­fi­dence and clar­i­ty when leav­ing the video ses­sion. There’s a risk of over-com­pli­cat­ing the mes­sage, or using too many exam­ples when one or two clips will do.

Some key points an ana­lyst much achieve:

  • All video clips are in the right order. Put the most impor­tant ones up front.
  • There is a smooth flow of content.
  • It is pack­aged in a pro­fes­sion­al manner.
  • There’s no jump­ing between var­i­ous programs/​software.
  • The coach­es have every­thing they need to present.
  • A back­up plan if tech­nol­o­gy fails.

After a video ses­sion, it is impor­tant that the play­ers can exe­cute what is being asked on the pitch. This is where the kines­thet­ic learn­er can apply their under­stand­ing. Transferring what was dis­cussed and pre­sent­ed in the video ses­sion to the field comes down to the effec­tive­ness of the pre­sen­ter and the abil­i­ty of the play­ers. It’s extreme­ly reward­ing when play­ers eas­i­ly apply what was dis­cussed and it sup­ports the team in per­form­ing effec­tive­ly on the train­ing field and in games.

There are a lot of dif­fer­ent pre­sen­ta­tion meth­ods that range from sim­ple to com­plex. It’s most impor­tant to keep your group engaged. How you and the coach­es bring it to life on the field is up to you.