Using Video in Youth Football Coaching

Dan and Tank Chalk Talk Update

This year I finally took our game, highlight,  scout, scrimmage, practice videos to the web to use it real time as a coaching tool.  For the last several years, we sent clips around via DVDs or loaded a clip here and there on Flickr or YouTube.  But this year, I am filming practices along with games / scrimmages and I also developed a series of chalk talk videos based on our defensive play book.  The folks over at Hudl are also letting me demo their online video coaching software.

The parents love all the videos.  They can see first hand what their child is doing in the drills and during the games.  It makes it easy for us as we determine the starters.  The parents also like the Chalk Talk videos because they can also learn the defense and they feel more involved.  Everyone on the team can see the videos.  We have a private video account and also our new Hudl acount which is also private to the team.  We are still using both video methods of sharing the videos as we become more familiar with Hudl.  The coaching staff’s initial impressions of Hudl is its FANTASTIC.

I am using three different cameras to shoot the video.  I have a small RCA Small Wonder Traveler EZ210, Canon PowerShot A560 Camera and recently purchased a JVC GZ-HD620 120 GB High Definition HDD Camcorder.  I use the RCA for close quarters filming, the Canon shot the Chalk Talk above and I just started doing some HD video this past week and its pretty amazing.  I am just a little worried I am going to drop the $500 camera.

Stay tuned as I use Hudl through out the season.  It’s pretty amazing!

Play for Fun and Winning is Funner.

Coach Parker
Keller, TX

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