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Coach_Browning
This is a really interesting topic! For us (UK, Student level American Football), we do analyse everything - and I mean everything! Film on players is used both from practices and games to go over and highlight what they did right and what they need to correct. Why didn't the receiver get open, why was the block missed, why was there a hole in the coverage...all the way down to frame by frame on footwork....We go really deep into it - and players expect it. With regards to the comment about it potentially dampening enthusiasm for the game, I can see that - the example in the research is very intense, we don't go that far! But for us, it is a unifying thing. As a coaching staff we ensure we create an atmosphere where constructive criticism is welcomed as well as building a culture of self-coaching. So on a game week, the players themselves sorted out getting together by position to go through film and critique themselves as well as the opposition. We (coaches) have also gone through it and put notes over it. The feedback I have had is that it has had a positive effect - not negative.

With regards to tracking player performance, again it has had an impact. Rookies coming in know from very early on that we can see exactly what they are doing and there is no hiding place. During a game - while we don have real time technology - each player knows that his positional coach is watching him. After each series I will get my guys together and we will go over exactly what happened, what I saw. This can even be play by play if I rotate.

Im new here, so I don't know if this is allowed - apologies if not - but this is a video some of our rookies put together this past season. I had no idea they were doing it (part of an assignment for one of the team). But some of it talks about these concepts in a positive way and highlights the unity of the team. https://youtu.be/BH3nWCxh-xE

So to sum up!

I think that something like football will eventually get to the point where it is analysing what the players are doing in real time - as we are effectively already doing. Rugby has borrowed a lot from American Football (via Clive Woodward) so it is further down that path, but again I can see football going that way. If they do then yes - I think that they do need to look at the set up of how they manage it. At the pro level, you can get away with being more cynical and business like given the money involved. At the lower levels though, you need to make sure that you have the right environment to handle it. Otherwise - yes. You will drive people out of the sport.
03/09/15
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Michael
Really interesting to hear how you are using these things and to such a detailed extent too. The idea of promoting a self-coaching culture is particularly interesting and I guess technology gives you the opportunity to really help the players in this regard (i.e. I assume they don't have to be at training or even with anyone else from the team to be able to work on their own games, if they have video etc they can call upon).
04/09/15
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Coach_Browning
Yes. As students they have free time during the day and many of them (if they aren't in the gym) will get together to run through drills on their own. By teaching them to teach themselves they can do this. As you say, they can always refer back to Hudl, or highlighted YouTube videos for additional support. Practice time then isn't the be all and end all.

We (as coaches) still have a big impact in guiding them and correction where needed but they have more freedom, and trust, to take a level of ownership over their development.

Again it also helps unity as vets take rookies "under their wing" so to speak and help them outside practice. With them reinforcing the same messages we give but peer to peer it speeds up their development.
04/09/15
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Michael
Really interesting stuff, I guess it is more work for you as coaches (ensuring they are using the 'right' things from YouTube etc) but worthwhile in that they are taking a real ownership over their own development. It reminds me of an event we put on last year with Dr Ken Hodge, a professor from New Zealand who conducted an in-depth study looking at how the All Blacks developed a motivational climate (and how important this was to them winning, all the time!). You can read the case study on the link below. You might find it interesting as key features of their motivational climate were things you mention from your own coaching - empowering players to take ownership of their own development (in a dual-decision model) and how the climate has a positive impact on team cohesion.

http://www.haaga-helia.fi/sites/default/files/Kuvat-ja-liitteet/hodge_et_al_all_blacks_tsp_20141.pdf?userLang=en
04/09/15
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Coach_Browning
Thanks for the article link. Will take a read of that later.

Yes it can be full on. I am online doing something most nights of the week - even if it is just answering questions.

Another thing is it allows the players to develop whenever they want. As they are students it is not unusual for them to be reading stuff, watching film or sending me queries at 3am. Not that I respond then...my wife would have something to say about that!
04/09/15
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Coach_Browning
Managed to get a chance to go through that article - was a great read. Thanks again for sharing it
06/09/15
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Michael
No problem glad you enjoyed it!
07/09/15
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