Video Helped Turn a Team of Misfits” into Champions

Aaron Dalgord quick­ly real­ized his new team’s record wasn’t indica­tive of its tal­ent. Through video, he helped turn them into winners.

Video Helped Turn a Team of Misfits” into Champions

Aaron Dalgord quick­ly real­ized his new team’s record wasn’t indica­tive of its tal­ent. Through video, he helped turn them into winners.

When Aaron Dalgord inher­it­ed the CCYF Titans in Washington a few years back, he quick­ly found that while the team had tal­ent, there were some odd-fit­ting pieces. The coach went as far as to call the squad a team of misfits.”

Dalgord soon found his orig­i­nal assess­ment was a bit off. The play­ers blend­ed bet­ter than he antic­i­pat­ed, but the pre­vi­ous staff hadn’t spent much time break­ing things down for them. The play­ers often didn’t under­stand what was going on or the rea­sons behind cer­tain play calls or assign­ments. The tal­ent was there, but the teach­ing was lacking.

The new coach quick­ly changed that. He imple­ment­ed Hudl right away and used the video from a few scrim­mages to intro­duce his team to their respon­si­bil­i­ties. The improve­ments were almost imme­di­ate — the Titans fin­ished with two wins two years ago but won both divi­sion and CCYF titles last year.

Dalgord found the biggest jump came with the play of his offen­sive line. The group strug­gled pre­vi­ous­ly when faced with dif­fer­ent fronts — see­ing the oppo­si­tion switch between four, five and six-man lines threw them into dis­ar­ray. By using video, Dalgord broke down the play­ers’ spe­cif­ic respon­si­bil­i­ties and helped them rec­og­nize where they were need­ed most.

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Too many times the offen­sive line guys are the ones that have the tough­est job that there is,” Dalgord said. A lot of times we’re try­ing to cor­rect that when we’re on the field, but it’s not until we break down the film and real­ly study those play­ers that this becomes obvious.

They know that if they’re going against a 4 – 4, we can high­light dif­fer­ent aspects of what the block­ing assign­ments are. Do we dou­ble team here or release and pick up the line­backer at the sec­ond lev­el? Who’s the first per­son to make con­tent with the defen­sive play­er? What posi­tion are you in and where are your hands? Whose respon­si­bil­i­ty is it to take this line­backer that’s blitz­ing? They get to see it first­hand too as we’re break­ing down film and we’re able to show them, Right here you did great, but you didn’t release quick­ly enough to the sec­ond lev­el to get that line­backer.’ It’s been real­ly use­ful for our guys in the trenches.”

Once the line­men rec­og­nized what they were fac­ing, they cer­tain­ly proved to be up to the task. Check out the exe­cu­tion up front on this long scor­ing run by Kellen Milliken.

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Early on Dalgord saw that his line­men weren’t real­iz­ing their mis­takes in real time. He’d call them to the side­lines and try to fix the man­ner, but the ath­letes didn’t believe they were guilty of mak­ing mistakes.

You can try to talk to a play­er when they come to the side­line and say, Hey, you’re drop­ping your head here,’ their first instinct is, No, I’m not,’” Dalgord said. But when they’re able to watch it on film and they’re able to slow it down, it gives them the abil­i­ty to see it first­hand and say, Yeah, I was.’ Then you can fix it over the course of the next week, just walk­ing them through it.”

Turns out the Titans weren’t a band of mis­fits after all. They just need­ed prop­er coach­ing and the abil­i­ty to see their mis­takes from a dif­fer­ent angle. Dalgord pro­vid­ed both to them and the results speak for themselves.

It’s eas­i­er for play­ers to under­stand it when they can see it first­hand,” Dalgord said. As a coach you can talk about it and talk about it and talk about it. But until the play­ers can see it, it’s very dif­fi­cult to make those changes. You can actu­al­ly slow down that film and break it down for them and that’s what’s real­ly going to help them in the long run.”

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