Level Up Your Video Analysis Game for the 23/24 Season
So you’ve put your plans in place for the upcoming season, got your coaching team assembled, kicked off your pre-season training. Have you had a think about your Video Analysis efforts and how you can up your game on that front yet?
Whether you are just getting started with video analysis or are well versed in the discipline here’s a couple of things to think about to help elevate your game.
Goals & Objectives
It is important to set clear goals and objectives for your video analysis efforts. What do you want to get out of it and how are going to go about it.
Are you doing video analysis just because everyone else is? If so then you should consider putting the time in somewhere else that will bring benefit to your team.
Is your objective to improve your teams performance, your coaching performance or a combination of both?
Do you want to simplify and improve your team communications?
Do you want to drive more informed and directed training sessions?
What ever your goals and objectives are, the starting point is clarity.
What are the goals and objectives, how are you going to achieve them in the most efficient and effective manner so you can focus on all the rest of the jobs that need to be done.
Simplify The Measurements
In recent years there has been a trend towards turning video analysis into a stats monster machine. The question is, are all these data points being gathered being used, or are they a crutch.
There is a great saying by Coach John Wooden … “The Simple that works is better than the Complicated that doesn’t”
While at a professional or semi-professional level it is useful to capture extensive detail on every player’s interaction, at a grass roots level you are better off to simplify things as much as possible. Bearing in mind that most of your athletes are looking to their sport for enjoyment, friendship and fitness and not make it a profession. If you have a mix of ambitions then identify those personnel and look to dive a bit deeper for those and ultimately it will lift the boat for all.
Ultimately any of the data points you capture need to be actionable by the coaches and the players.
Define the essential metrics that will drive change and capture them. They don’t have to be the same every week, if you are working with the right analyst then they can help evolve the metrics over the course of a season.
Last but not least think of your camera and capture setup. Your setup should reflect your goals and objectives and also the measurements you wish to capture.
While it is lovely to have a great dual camera setup with plenty of height, is that what you need?
Do you need an automated solution such as the popular Veo camera or something that gives a better view of the world such as the Pix4Team?
Again the simple that works is better than the complicated that doesn’t.
If you need any help in setting the tone for the coming season please feel free to get in touch.