It’s no secret that video analysis has become an integral part of sports coaching at all levels. Watching game film allows coaches to easily identify strengths and weaknesses and develop strategies to improve team performance. Now, short-form video content is surging in popularity, and for good reason. Rather than forcing players to watch an entire game back, automated video solutions like Trace are giving coaches, players, and parents the ability to receive personalized moments and feedback after every game with ease.
What is Trace?
Trace is the all-in-one video solution that automates the entire recording and editing process. With Trace, you’ll receive personalized, fully-edited moments for each player on the team as well as a variety of team and tactical playlists. In just a few clicks, you’ll have complete access to every crucial moment from every game without the hassle of a traditional video camera and editing software. Trace is also cloud-based, allowing you to access your game film anywhere on any device. Whether you’re sharing moments with the team or your friends and family, it’s never been easier to capture and save your team’s best moments.
Plan Weekly Film Sessions
If you’re not already doing video review sessions with your team on a weekly basis, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity for positive growth and improvement. There are simply too many benefits to ignore. Get the team together for the first fifteen minutes of practice and show them the most important learning moments from the past game. Show them your biggest takeaways (both positive and negative), and use that to mentally prepare them for training. First of all, it’s a great way to learn visually. Seeing things in action can help your team understand complex concepts quickly and retain information more effectively. Secondly, it provides an opportunity for team collaboration. Brainstorming solutions and providing feedback is a crucial part of the learning process.
Assign Homework for Individual Analysis
Assigning homework to players can be simple and quick with Trace. The main goal is to hold players accountable and use video to communicate more effectively. Quickly scan each player’s best moments during the game – identify three significant plays and share them with the player. Provide your feedback and insight and encourage them to review on their own. This will help them identify what they need to work on and stay accountable for their development. With simple and digestible moments, Trace allows players a simple way to review their play without being overwhelmed. For an example from a current coach using Trace as homework with his players, check out this article.
Use Tactical Playlists to Plan Practice
In order to improve your team’s play, it’s essential to focus on one element at a time and apply it in practice. Team playlists are a great way to do this. Trace has pre-selected playlists so you can zone in on the areas that need improvement. If you noticed your team’s defensive positioning was off during the game, scan the defensive playlists and review those moments with the team. You should acknowledge and show the team what was missing and use that week’s practice to focus on drills and game-like situations to improve. Getting the group on the same page during film review will ultimately allow for a better understanding of what needs to be accomplished before the next game.
Bonus: Review Performance Metrics
As any athlete knows, training is essential to maintaining peak performance. But how can you tell if you’re pushing yourself too hard? One way to track your progress and gauge your team’s level of fatigue is using performance metrics – included in every subscription with Trace. By monitoring factors such as speed, distance, and minutes played, you can get an objective measure of stamina and fitness levels for every game. This information can be used to find the balance between peak performance and burnout prevention by scheduling recovery days throughout your weekly training routine.
In the ever-changing landscape of sports, coaches need to be able to adapt and maximize team performance. With Trace, coaches can efficiently implement team video sessions, provide individual analysis, and scan tactical playlists to improve player performance. By tracking individual and team performances through video and statistical feedback, coaches are able to make better decisions to improve their team and prioritize development.