Coaches Plan - 2017 Year in Review

4 Coaches plan We know the value of video at Hudl . Video is the connective tissue in the modern sports landscape. It helps communication with players, gives visuals to stats, gets athletes recruited, and helps you find the holes in your upcoming opponent’s strategy. Video is the present and future of athletics. The power of video is nearly limitless, and we’ve heard the proof. Coaches have told us it saved their season or played a key role in an upset. Here are five reasons why you should use it. 1. Develop Your Players Video has become the ultimate teaching tool for coaches to relate to their athletes. It’s one thing to tell a player what to fix or what’s happening during the action. But the ability to show them what’s happening and how to adjust allows for a whole new level of learning. For Hugh Dunlop, the head coach at Ontario Hockey Academy, video is an essential part of his coaching practice. “A few years back, we sat one of our better forwards for the last 10 minutes of a game. Needless to say, during the game and immediately following it, the player did not agree. “Following a team video session, we asked that specific player to stay behind and we showed him only one of his final shifts. It gave him a chance to see exactly what us as coaches, and everyone else in the building were watching. We had another game that night and he scored in the first period and was our best forward for the entire game.” Coaches across all sports have recognized that athletes tend to be visual learners. While they respond to verbal lessons and can improve from instructions, adding the visual element to what a coach says helps themmake a stronger connection. “The key for us is to keep it short and concise by focusing on one or two specific topics while using a couple clips for each,” adds Dunlop.“Generally, it seems to be most effective when we can show players a couple clips of what needs improvement, followed by a clip that shows what happens when the play is executed properly.” 2. Stay Objective One of the hardest things for a coach to do is completely eliminate biases from their assessment— in fact, the human mind is incapable of doing it . Hard as we fight it, our emotions are always going to affect the way we recall an event.  Rewatching a game or practice can provide the clarity that’s lost in the heat of the battle. In the moment, our brains create theories and opinions that may or may not be accurate based on our emotions. Video eliminates emotion from the equation. Upon second review, coaches can clearly see what really occurred and eliminate the subjectivity the brain is prone to. 3. Find the Right Stats Statistics are an integral part of any evaluation process. Diving into the numbers can reveal tendencies that are easy to miss during game action. Video makes the numbers come to life. “We look to track shot attempts for and against as well as shots that hit the net,” says Dunlop. “The key here is defensively we are looking to keep shots on the outside and conversely are looking to get quality shots ourselves. 5 Reasons Coaches Should Use Video By Craig Johnson, TerritoryManager - Canada, Hudl