Coach's Corner: Chad Frigon 10/3
By Chad Frigon Liberty Head Coach
During the past 10 years numerous advances in technology have affected high school football. Success in high school football still comes down to blocking, tackling and execution between the whistles on Friday night, but technological advances have drastically changed the way many coaches prepare their teams for game situations.
HUDL has probably had the most impact on coaches in our area in terms of a tool that is easy to use and helpful for a program. I have had younger coaches think I am joking when I mention how coaches used to get up early and exchange VHS tapes and drink a cup of coffee with opposing coaches early on Saturday mornings.
HUDL started out as an easy- to-use website to store and exchange video but has evolved into an essential tool in many programs. HUDL has allowed coaches to work more efficiently and cut down on wasted time during video breakdowns. Roster management, player communication through text messaging, video playbooks and diagrams, practice schedules, document storage and game-plan presentations are all features that many coaches use regularly with their athletes. New features such as capturing and tagging games on iPhones and viewing on IPADS are useful additions to HUDL that I believe will become more widely used in the future.
Google Docs is a part of Google that allows documents to be worked on by numerous people at one time and is automatically saved. Coaches have been using this tool with depth charts, attendance, and grading among other things. Whether the document is a spreadsheet for attendance or a presentation similar to power point staffs can collaborate on files without having to worry about saving or using at separate times.
The video tool on iPads allows coaches to film a drill, play or even a lift in the weight room and then provide immediate feedback to the individual or team. This past spring a video at The University of Nebraska spring practices showed a coach filming every play of the practice.
If a coach needs to correct something or teach something before the next play they used the video, if they didn’t need it they deleted the file and recorded the next play. Many coaches are using the iPad in a similar way in the weight room to correct form and technique on individual lifts.
I have never had somebody in the squat rack agree with me when I told them they didn’t get to parallel when performing a squat. The video allows them to see what they need to do and correct it immediately.
The examples above are just a sample of the many ways coaches are using technology to help them prepare for football. Technological tools will not help a player block, tackle and execute on a Friday night, but players’ performances can be improved by using these tools in preparation for competition.
Chad Frigon is the head football coach at Liberty
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