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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