Find the Flaw: How Video Helped a Youth Football Coach Diagnose His Opponent

Craig Corbett’s youth foot­ball squad top­pled their league’s Goliath thanks to a ten­den­cy the coach picked up from the game video.

Find the Flaw: How Video Helped a Youth Football Coach Diagnose His Opponent

Craig Corbett’s youth foot­ball squad top­pled their league’s Goliath thanks to a ten­den­cy the coach picked up from the game video.

Craig Corbett and his youth foot­ball team faced a tough task last September. As mem­bers of the SHAA league in Florida, the Bucs were set to take on the Warriors, who entered the game with a spot­less 5 – 0 record behind the strength of their wish­bone offense.

But as he stud­ied the video from some of the Warriors’ pre­vi­ous games, Corbett made a cru­cial dis­cov­ery. The Warriors had a pair of star run­ning backs and, based on where they lined up, Corbett real­ized he could fig­ure out what play they were run­ning. He shared this note with his defend­ers, who helped keep the backs in check to pull off the 34 – 30 upset.

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These are the types of insights Corbett has gained in his three years using Hudl. While he may not find such a piv­otal exploit each week, Corbett admits Hudl has changed the way he coaches.

I’m much more pre­pared for game day,” Corbett said. My team is much more pre­pared for game day. They’ve seen in prac­tice what the oth­er team is going to be running.”

Corbett has found that his play­ers tend to learn bet­ter visu­al­ly. If they’re able to actu­al­ly see what mis­takes are being made or what a coach is ask­ing for, they have a bet­ter chance of improving.

When they see them­selves on video, they can see exact­ly what I’m see­ing,” Corbett said. They see it from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive. It’s the same with me. When I see myself on video, I can say, Oh yeah, I am real­ly high there. I thought I was low, but I guess I wasn’t low enough.’ Then it makes them exag­ger­ate their stance a lit­tle more. It enables me to send the notes out to them and they can learn and I can coach when I’m not with them.”

Corbett wasn’t sure how his play­ers would ini­tial­ly react when he intro­duced them to Hudl. It meant they would be spend­ing more time out­side of prac­tice watch­ing video — home­work, essen­tial­ly — and would be cri­tiqued more often.

But the Bucs didn’t just accept Hudl. They ful­ly embraced it.

They love Hudl. They love watch­ing them­selves play and they love mak­ing high­lights. I go online and check and I just see more and more kids get­ting on it.” Craig Corbett, Florida youth football coach

Corbett con­sid­ers Hudl to be a huge advan­tage for the Bucs, as many of his oppo­nents haven’t start­ed using it yet. But instead of hoard­ing this edge, Corbett is try­ing to spread the word.

I’m like, You’ve got to get it!’” Corbett said. It helps out so much.”

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