No Sense of Overload: Youth Football Players Embrace Video

The Milford Eagles’ previous coach thought video would overwhelm the players. Daniel Paul extinguished that thought right off the bat.

No Sense of Overload: Youth Football Players Embrace Video

The Milford Eagles’ previous coach thought video would overwhelm the players. Daniel Paul extinguished that thought right off the bat.

A few years back Dan Paul watched his son Gavin toil on the Milford Eagles Junior Pee Wee Team of the Connecticut Pop Warner League. The squad won just once as the coach declined to incorporate video study into his game planning.

Paul pleaded for him to use video, but the coach feared it would overwhelm the players and have them thinking too much.

The next season Gavin moved up to the Junior Midgets team and Dan took over as coach. He implemented Hudl and though the Eagles went 2-6, they showed marked improvement.

The switch to Hudl truly paid off last season as the Eagles finished 7-1, winning their division and taking home the Connecticut Pop Warner State Championship.  

I feel it gave my teams a huge advantage over other teams that weren’t using it,” Paul said. “It helped the players understand what we were doing and where we needed to make corrections. We also had the scout film up on the site so they knew what the other team was running. Often the defense knew the play before the ball was snapped. We knew the opposing offense better than they did.”

I would highly recommend Hudl to any coach at any level. If you’re not using it, your opposition will be.” Daniel Paul

Comprised of 25 players 11-13 years old, the Eagles utilize Hudl in a number of ways. Paul scouted each opponent - some several times - before drafting up his game plan.

The Eagles also reviewed their own games, correcting mistakes and rewarding the players for plays on which they performed well. Paul typically uploads video within a day or two of a weekend game and asks the players to watch it by practice on Monday or Tuesday. The coach will slyly drop in a fact, such as his favorite color, into the middle of the film. Players are then asked to recall this bit of trivia at practice, and are given extra work if they can’t.

We are able to actually watch the games in slow motion and see where the players are and if they are in a correct position to make a tackle or block and be able to correct it at a practice,” Paul said. “When we’re correcting a posture or movement and the players want to argue they are already doing it correctly, we often refer then to a specific section of film and have them see it for themselves.”

This also alleviates some injury risks. By breaking down technique frame-by-frame, Paul and his staff can show players how to tackle correctly or how to avoid a big shot.

Paul became such a fan of Hudl that he advocated for his entire league to adopt it. He believes the product helps teach young players exactly what they’re supposed to be doing on the field, and that’s a tool every team should have access to.

The features and the ability it gave us was well worth the price,” Paul said. “I would pay for the whole thing myself, I never asked for anything from the parents or coaches. I loved the product and wanted the players to just get better.”

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