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Why You Have to Film When You Are Coaching Youth Football and How to Get Good Film

Game film is an invaluable tool when coaching youth football. This article will explain why and give your filmer some tips so the film that you do use, gives you the information you need to improve your youth football team. พรีเมียร์ลีกเปิดฤดูกาล

First of all film never lies, it tells the truth and never makes mistakes. Unfortunately, much of the information we get from our youth football players is inaccurate, either on purpose to cover up a players mistakes, or everything is happening so quick out on the field the player just forgets or doesn’t know. Youth Football Coaches and spotters are often either just watching the game instead of watching keys or they are keeping a close eye on their son only. These factors often leave a coach with just a partial picture of how his youth football team performed on game day.

Film has dramatically improved my coaching success and is the single biggest logistics coaching tool I use to improve my youth football teams.

Unfortunately, when most youth football coaches do get game film, it is often of little value. The dad or mom you have shooting the game often has the wrong angle on the shot or is just following their son on the play.

Here are some tips that help you get better shots that you can share with your filmer:
Use a tripod.

Shoot from the grandstand side that has the down and distance chains facing the camera.

Make sure and start the shot as the players line up on the line of scrimmage. Many filmers shoot the football plays at the snap, which is very difficult for the coach when it’s time review the initial formations and schemes. You can easily fast forward or edit out any extra footage.

Have the focus set such that the entire formation both offense and defense are included in the shot. But make the shot is as tight to that formation as possible.

Set the camera up at least 10 rows up in the bleachers (the higher up the better) and at the midpoint of the stands.

If there are no bleachers, line the camera up on the sidelines at a 45 degree angle or so from the ball and shoot behind your teams offense and behind your teams defense. A good rule of thumb is about 15 yards behind the team and at an unobstructed angle.

Follow the ball.

Verbally announce the down, distance and field position if the shot does not make that readily evident.

Follow the team down the field even in the grandstand if the shot is not in focus from your location in the stands.

I didn’t start getting film of my teams until 2003 and it was not great film. Our filmer was the grandparent of one of my youth football players. Grandpa often followed his grandsons play as any good grandparent would do, but the shots improved as the season wore on.

Of late I’ve hired a local TV cameraman to shoot and edit our games. He has some youth football in his background and does an excellent job at about $120 per game that I pay out of my own pocket. He now knows our offense well enough that he rarely gets those poor shots where he is following a faker and the defense, while on the other side of the field one of our running backs is alone in the endzone for one of those untouched touchdowns.

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