Performing one-to-one coaching has many different benefits as you are able to focus in on that player’s individual needs and requirements. The same applies when it comes to performing video analysis sessions with your players. Of course, you can go into small details about certain individuals or groups of people (position specific) during group work, however it is impossible to cover the same level of examination and explanation which will help that player reach the next level of performance.
So how can you use CoachCam to maximise the effectiveness of your one-to-one analysis sessions?
Just like you would plan and prepare a coaching session it is important to set out a plan for your analysis. Firstly, decide who and what you want to focus on. Remember learning occurs best in small and regular bouts of information, opposed to large (and often overwhelming) chunks. For this example I have decide to focus on Raith Rovers Central Midfielder, number 21, with the main focus on preparation and use of the ball when in possession. Therefore, I gathered some match footage and clipped the video where appropriate. From here there are a few options of how to facilitate learning by incorporating video analysis and CoachCam
Review Completed Analysis Videos
This process involves the coach completing the analysis video, whereby all key information is added in ready for the player to view either with the coach or on their own. This method is perfect when introducing a new concept or way of playing to a player, as it clearly shows what you expect from them while providing information of how and why they should complete the action(s). The video below provides a demonstration of how this can be done….
As you can see, the video itself is very short with only a few analysis points which focus on the main theme or concept to make it clear to the player what you are trying to achieve.
Review Blank Analysis Videos
One of the main disadvantages of only reviewing completed analysis videos is that players (and sometimes coaches) can be falsely lead to believe they are learning by simply watching. A concept which has been referred to as ‘Sat Nav Learning’ within the industry. If you drive somewhere using a sat nav could you then repeat the journey a week later unaided or did you only know the way because of the information being provided.
For effective learning to take place, people must be able to fully engage within the process, providing their own thoughts and opinions in order to generate discussion in the quest to help players identify their own solutions to issues – after all they are the ones who must play the game! The following video contains the exact same clips as before although this time no analysis has been provided. Blank videos such as this can either be viewed with the player allowing the coach to stop and ask questions or own their own using a worksheet to help focus the player’s attention.
This approach has been echoed by former England Manager Roy Hodgson who shared the opinion that learning is accelerated when players are involved in the process, thus creating ownership of learning. He illustrated this point by explained that analysis sessions conducted at England training camps were player lead with them receiving blank analysis video clips in groups (position specific or mixed) or individually for them to critique and present back for discussion.
Hopefully this blog helps to give you some ideas of how to best conduct one-to-one analysis session using CoachCam. If you have any questions or would like to know more about the benefits of CoachCam please get in touch with the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or via social media.