How Video Speeds up the Learning Curve for Youth Football Players

With many of his ath­letes play­ing foot­ball for the first time, Michael Tanner has found video to be the pre­mier teach­ing tool.

How Video Speeds up the Learning Curve for Youth Football Players

With many of his ath­letes play­ing foot­ball for the first time, Michael Tanner has found video to be the pre­mier teach­ing tool.

One of the biggest respon­si­bil­i­ties of a youth coach is teach­ing align­ments and for­ma­tions to play­ers. For the most part, their play­ers are being intro­duced to the intri­ca­cies of the game for the first time, and get­ting such young ath­letes to under­stand their respon­si­bil­i­ties and where they need to be can be a challenge.

Michael Tanner has found a way to speed up the learn­ing process. Entering his ninth sea­son at the helm of his Whitney (Texas) squad, Tanner uses Hudl to bridge the gap between see­ing for­ma­tions on paper and exe­cut­ing on the field. 

With Hudl we’re able to slow every­thing down so the kids can actu­al­ly see what we’re talk­ing about,” Tanner said. When you’re in prac­tice, every­thing is going wide open. You can explain it to them, but you can’t real­ly slow it down and stop the defense and make them walk through it.

With Hudl, we’re able to slow all of that down so they can phys­i­cal­ly see step for step what they’re sup­posed to be doing.”

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As the leader of third and fourth-grade play­ers, Tanner finds that visu­al learn­ing is a crit­i­cal part of their devel­op­ment. The ath­letes are exposed to new infor­ma­tion the first time, and hav­ing a visu­al to back up what they’re being told on the field aids their understanding.

You can stand there and tell a kid three dif­fer­ent ways of how to block this guy. But if he can see him­self on video and under­stand what we’re try­ing to teach him, it makes a huge difference.” Michael Tanner, Texas youth football coach

Hudl also helps Tanner ensure his play­ers are watch­ing video. He and his staff mon­i­tor how often each play­er spends on Hudl, though their play on the field usu­al­ly reflects how much video they’ve seen.

We have some kids that aren’t watch­ing Hudl and a lot of them are the same ones that aren’t get­ting play­ing time,” Tanner said. Now when the par­ents come to us and say, My kid’s not get­ting to play a lot,’ we can tell them, Well, he’s not watch­ing Hudl and pick­ing up some of the things we’re try­ing to teach.’”

A Hudl user for the past sev­en years, Tanner is a sea­soned vet­er­an at this point. He has a process that he uses to effec­tive­ly back up his on-field instruc­tion with video and telestra­tions that not only help his team win, but pro­vide play­ers with a great men­tal start to their careers.

We use it just like high schools and col­leges,” Tanner said. We film all of our games and all of our scout teams that we’re going to play through­out the year. 

It helps those guys a lot more to be able to see it than just talk about it. When they can psy­chi­cal­ly see it on film, they under­stand it a lot better.”

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