This fall we are emphasizing 1-on-1 skills, form shooting w/video support and yoga in our workouts. (The short videos on yoga exercises will be complete next week.)
We are asking that for the first week and into the second, assuming more kids will be showing up, you focus on videotaping as many players ONLY grades 5 and up in our workouts so that we can start and organize files on each team player.
Please note that you will be compensated based on your time, your organizational skills in sharing and labeling the information, and for the quality of your analysis.
I’d like to break this down for you so that it does not feel as overwhelming to manage the first week.
1) If you are at West Side High School and/or PS 75 at night, the light is terrible. It will affect the quality of the shot, so you may want to NOT do the video if the light is so bad that the kids look yellow or dark. Also, put the light from windows behind you otherwise we have to critique a silhouette. Better light gyms: MS 54, PS 191, Rodeph, Stevenson, MS 44 (sometimes – light can come in hard and streaky mid-day). West Side High is OK during days – same with PS 75.
2) Ask all the kids in the gym if they have had their shot analyzed by another Motion staff member. If no, then shoot short clips from two angles (see below). If yes, then you do not have to re-do the analysis. One analysis per player.
3) Play the tape back on the spot for the kids who are only in for fall and if you have time for team players (knowing the team players will get a voice-over analysis sent via email). This way, you talk them through their three areas of weakness and suggest drills. You also check that player off your list. If the player is in for team play (or if there’s a chance they’re in for team play), you must save and upload the raw footage and we as a staff — either you or Ryan or I — must do an analysis that is emailed to the parent as proof we took extra time. We also want to do a BEFORE video this weekend and save it in the file so at end of the season, we do an AFTER video and announce “Most Improved Shooters” of the program.
3) If I am floating or Ryan is in the gym, by all means, ask us to help you with the shooting, the analysis in gym or at home and the correction drills. We also have some high school kids who are floating as helpers. Ask them to shoot the footage on your phone or on their phone if they are sharing the info with me.
4) If you are nervous or hesitant on the voice over analysis, let me know and I can help you get started. We do, however, need a few samples done by you so that we know our basic assessments are consistent (and that you are shooting raw footage properly from the two angles).
In addition, we will post a blog with some of my samples (which are not perfect by any means – but they so sound natural as opposed to scripted).
We will evaluate your first few samples sent to us, and send them from the office to the parents.
If I would like to do the voice over because I’ve done this analysis for several years now, then what I’ll do is reach into your RAW file, and do the analysis then send to the parent.
Either way – what we want is every team player having a file of their jumpshot.
We will also post the analysis on Facebook, YouTube, etc.
If any of this feels overwhelming or hesitant, reach out to me, and we’ll come up with a way to make it work.
Now for the details of How to Get Started:
Week 1 (and Week 2) assignment: Record your footage of the players in your gyms – at least the raw footage from two angles and the analysis if you have time – and share it with me (email@example.com) through a dropbox.com account (free – you just have to sign up). Remember that you are not to shoot or analyze the same player twice – so be sure the kids know that they get the X-ray done on their shot just once.
Here are the steps to get you started and to use the Coach’s Eye app.
STEP 1 – Download the APP
Here is where you go to purchase the basic $5 subscription to Coach’s Eye:
STEP 2 – Open an account at dropbox.com
Go to DropBox.com and set up a free account. I highly recommend that you download the dropbox.com app and even use it for your own personal use. Dropbox is used for files that are too big to be emailed. It is excellent for heavy video and still files and long PDFs. You drag your files into dropbox and then simply hit the SHARE and type in the email of person with whom you are sharing your files.
STEP 3 – Using the Coach’s Eye APP (learn it over time)
Here are simple tutorials on how to use Coach’s Eye (iPhone/Android)
OR if you are within the app itself, go to SETTINGS and scroll to the end for the TUTORIALS section. Very short, simple ways to learn the easy process of using this app.
Important: The raw footage is the most important footage for now – so you don’t have to be a whiz on Coach’s Eye in the first few weeks. Ideally you keep the footage on your camera roll and IMPORT it into Coach’s Eye (better resolution this way). You also will put this original footage into your dropbox file (file your name on it) from your camera roll – see below for simple directions. When you export to your analysis to your camera roll, then you upload that analysis to dropbox as well in a clearly marked file.
Please say the player’s full name as you are filming in the file in case you forget to label it.
STEP 4 – Shoot Files from Two Angles FROM YOUR CAMERA ROLL
A Angle (front): Younger players should be 1-2 steps in side the foul line. High school players should be around the foul line or one step behind (NOT shooting 3s unless a kid is at that level and needs to get under hood of 3-point shooting issues.)
One rebounder is out of your way under hoop (right or left of you while you video the shooter). Turn the camera so it’s portrait (vertical) so you can get more of the shooters full body and follow-through. Shooter takes 1-5 shots where you can film a few shots or capture all 5 shots. Stop footage. Here is a sample of a lazy Zach shooting, swinging his arms and not jumping very high. It’s good because you roll the film back to him and show that the video does not lie. Also would like to point out that this is not BEST example, which is why I put Isabel in as second A example. Zach’s footage is shaky because I’m too tight to basket and under the basket where each shot I may be hit by the ball. In Isabel’s footage, I have a rebounder and more space (far more ideal).
B Angle (shooting arm side) – Here’s Tomas from the side – note that you need to be on the shooting arm side (Tomas is a lefty) and get the arc of the ball in the shot. Do not move the camera with the ball. Be still and focus on shooter but get the ball and if it goes in, but focus is on the player’s mechanics. Note that Tomas hadn’t shot in a long time and not in front of me, so he was nervous, not ready and not exuding the shooter’s desire to want the ball. Tomas has played for about a year (no form, footwork, lack of conditioning) without seeing us and it shows. This footage will really wake him up in terms of his body language and again, showing them the truth is far more effective than our asking them to make the changes. Please note that Tomas immediately saw his mistakes and changed implemented much better habits by the end of the workout.
TOMAS. Good light in this gym.
Here’s a nice sample of Isabel. Again, good light always, always helps.
STEP 5 — How to Use/Show the players in the gym on site or later as you are doing your analysis ideally in a quiet place.
• Open the Coach’s Eye App and hit the + file on upper left of home page aka “Device” to IMPORT the short videos from your camera roll
• Pick the players files that you want to import (you can pick more than one)
• Scroll through slow motion of player shooting. Mark the player with the animated tools if you see fit.
• Show the footage and talk to player as he or she watches (or record by hitting the RED record button top middle to start and to END your recording session).
• Break the corrections down into 1-3 corrections, hoping the remember all three.
• Give the kids correction drills to do on and off the basket and even at home (yoga drills are excellent and we will have an entire SET 2 of yoga drills dedicated to shot form).
• Decide to do a voice over analysis at that time or at a later time (in a quiet location) if you have not done it already.
• Use the red button to start your recording session. (Note that prior to starting, you can also add a compare image and time the images to work together or talk about them separately.) Try to start the voice over with a comment about potential or promise or that you saw good things in this slow motion video clip. Then ease into the three areas and repeat them at the end of your critique. Also at end of critique, remind the player of the drills he or she can do in the mirror by look and feel, and also drills one can do on a yoga mat, or with a med ball or with light weights to work on mechanical and strength issues that affect one’s shot. Try to keep the analysis between 1-5 minutes.
• Hit the red button to end the critique.
• Hit the SHARE button. It will process your video and you pick CAMERA ROLL. It will SAVE to your camera roll. Note that in the future, I can give coaches access to post to our facebook page or to our vimeo account, but ONLY DO THE TRANSMISSION TO THE INTERNET WHEN YOU ARE ABLE TO USE WIFI because it’s free and you won’t have to use your cell data plan. Don’t email a player the file from the gym or else it will cost you minutes from your cell data plan.
For now, it is best to go to your camera roll then you put it in your dropbox.com file through your cell or on a computer when you have wifi.
• Once your RAW files and your ANALYSIS files are in your folder, SHARE with firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEP 5 – Labeling RAW and ANALYSIS on dropbox
Organizing your files is key to your finding them easily in the future and makes it much easier for us to find them and get the files online and out to parents. First, create a folder with your name, RAW or Analysis in the middle of the name, Shooters and the time frame. For example:
KRISTEN – Raw Footage – Shooters – FALL 2014
KRISTEN – Analysis Samples – Shooters – FALL 2014
This way I can go in and work just with your files and kids in your workouts, and replace or add anything to your file.
When you have WIFI (free) upload the files.
By uploading the files to your dropbox, you’ll always know who you’ve shot and who you haven’t (when we get closer to team play).
Then you can remove the footage from your camera roll.
We will know what coaches are doing the work and compensate them accordingly.
MOST IMPORTANT – While this video work is extremely beneficial to the player and to our coaching staff, it becomes a colossal waste of time if you let the player do live drills that don’t address their mechanical issues in a disciplined, serious and rote manner. Do not give them all these pointers and then put them in live drill. Do not let a kid do it his or her way – the wrong way. Take the ball away from them and have them do the drills without the ball until they do it your way, close range, over and over. Make it fun and positive, and always tell them that you know this will work OVER TIME. Do not skip steps or let them go into live shooting drills unless they are in grade 9 and up – and even then it’s all close range and if they have issues, the pre-season is the BEST time to chisel the player into forming great habits and mechanics.
Let them shoot in scrimmage as they wish within reason, but 80-90 percent of the drills are CONTROLLED in the fall and spring.
Note that future blogs will show you
10 Common Mistakes
10 Correction Drills
Thank you for your time, support and passion.