For both team and individual sports, most coaches would agree that videos are a powerful tool for helping athletes improve their performances. When I was in high school, this meant gathering the entire team into a room (usually on a Saturday morning), cramming around the biggest TV our coaches could find, and watching the film together (usually there was yelling involved too).
While sessions with the entire team have their benefits, now there are easier ways to use video and sports. For my latest season of coaching, I experimented with youtube commenting to have my players break down their own games.
This was middle school girls basketball, so I didn’t want to make it too intense. My goals were to have the players:
1) Reinforce positive basketball habits.
2) Build up each others’ confidence.
The prerequisites here are to be able to upload videos to youtube and have some knowledge about the sharing settings. If you are new to this, Craig has a detailed post that will fill you in. If you wondering if your teenage athletes have gmail/youtube accounts, I can answer that: they do.
The instructions were simple: watch a youtube clip of a game, and whenever you see somebody do something positive, add the time and what they did well in a comment. When they put in the time (3:23, for example), youtube will automatically skip to that part of the video when you click on the number.
Check the comments here for an example of what this looks like (to see the comments, you need to open in youtube rather than watching the embedded video):
As you can see, there is nothing revolutionary here, but if you are already uploading game film to youtube (which I recommend), this is a simple way to have players watch the games more actively, reinforce what you are trying to teach, and have your athletes build each other up.