Zoom practice  


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September 9, 2020 4:10 pm  

Here was a first for me.  Yesterday, the temp to the mid-low 40's and it rained all day.  I was told late afternoon we would not be able to use our practice fields, so we decided to have a virtual film session on Zoom where we watched our scrimmage from the previous week and a small amount of scout of the team we play next week.

It went as you would imagine having 20 7th graders trying to pay attention.

2 fell asleep(including MY daughter), one of the quietest kids on the field is a total goofball on zoom and one kid constantly had his younger siblings climbing all over him.  BUT I did have several that seemed very attentive, including 2 brothers the are very easily distracted on the field.


While I don't think it was a total waste of time, I will not do a film session in the same way again. I may do a zoom practice again in the future if we can't use fields again and the weather is bad, but I will do at least 3 small groups.  Trying to stream hudl in zoom was poor, the video for the players was really choppy, but I think what I found value in was having the video paused and being able to use Hudl like a whiteboard where I could highlight players and draw arrows on where they should be, correct body position, correcting footwork and other basic stuff.  I could also make sure they get logged into hudl and could follow along on their devices.

I also may use Zoom in the future as teaching time, maybe having examples of techniques on video that I want them to learn and also quizzing them on Blocking rules and what is expected each play.

Has anyone else used video conferencing for practice?

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September 10, 2020 10:24 am  

I haven't used video-conferencing for practice and I agree that Hudl/Zoom isn't a good combination in terms of buffering and choppy video.  But here's something that might help: if you show the Hudl video in slow motion, even if it's choppy, you probably won't lose as many frames and the play will seem more coherent.


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September 10, 2020 12:06 pm  

When we used Hudl, I inputted all of the players / email addresses and I uploaded and graded film within 24 hours of the game.  Very few players actually logged in and reviewed the film.  I still graded the film for myself and my coaches, to identify mistakes and improve upon them.  I'd imagine that this might vary as the players get to be a little older, middle school, high school etc. 

I guess for me, I'm just unsure of the actual value in having players review film. 

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