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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