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Coach Evaluation Form

My (first) club season just ended and I’m trying to put together an eval form to give to parents and players. I hit the internet and here are some good examples of what I found (I’ll post mine at the bottom):

  • Medfield Youth Soccer (Medfield, MA): I could pretty much end here, the first hit on Google. This form seems pretty complete, both in terms of closed- and open-ended questions and in terms of what it covers. I like both the tone and the comprehensiveness.
  • Framingham United (Framingham, MA): I also like this one, as it brings a bit more detail and specificity to some of the same categories as the Medfield one.
  • (So I realized as I went through the Google results that all of the evals are relatively similar; I will leave the Medfield and Framingham ones as interesting variations of the same theme.)

And here is mine (adapted from the Medfield and FUSC evals):

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Coaching with Video – Hudl Technique

(This preamble will be repeated for each app entry.)

I’ve been meaning to try various video resources for the iPad and my first club game tomorrow has been the push I need. Our home games are at Worcester’s Foley Field, which means there are big enough bleachers that I can get the height I want for video.

These apps tend to be similar in the basics: recording, annotating, slow motion. It will be in the details, I suspect, where they distinguish themselves. They tend, however, to be designed to focus on individual and skill analysis and, while I will use them for that, right now I’m looking at them for game video.

My son had some friends over and they were playing basketball in the driveway, so I set up the iPad on the tripod and just let it go. (I had bought an iPad mount for the tripod last week from Amazon.) I first wanted to see if there were any limits to the length of the video; my goal was to capture between 15 and 20 minutes per app (I figured if it would take that much, then there was no limit).

These are the apps that I tried:

  • Hudl Technique
  • Coach My Video
  • Up My Game (the only one with video-length-limit)
  • Coach’s Eye

I’ll talk about Hudl Technique here and include the others in subsequent posts.

Here is the functionality of Hudl Technique:

Annotation Tools

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Comparison Tools (you can run the video you shot against another video, either another one you shot or a professional)

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Sharing and General Editing Tools

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The feature, though, that I was most impressed with is the scroll wheel at the bottom (the vertical dashes). This is a manual fast forward and rewind that allows you go back and forth at manual speed. It can apply to game video in that it allows repeated and close analysis of plays and of course it applies to individual skill as it allows focused attention on details.

The video below illustrates the slow motion and the scroll wheel.

ScreenFlow from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

 
 

Toca Football / Small Ball Training

Saw an ad for this company on a Soccer America email and checked it out. Interesting. Basically a jugs machine with a feeder with some added features (and I don’t say that to undercut its functionality but merely to provide context).

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Some added features of course are the feeder but also that it can be programmed and controlled via an iOS app (seems not Android; it specifically says iOS), in addition to a wide range of angles and speeds. For the full description, and some good graphics, of its capabilities, see here.

From a coaching standpoint, however, I’m probably (read: definitely) not going to foot the $8500 bill for one. But the site focuses on the advantages of small-ball-training. Eddie Lewis, the former USMNT player, founded the company after training with tennis balls in college to improve his first touch and buying a tennis ball feeder to make more efficient that training method.

Toca then seems to be not only selling a piece of equipment but also a training philosophy, that of small-ball-training to improve first touch. The Toca balls are smaller than a traditional ball.

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And Toca seems to market not only the trainer itself but also the idea of training centers, ‘staffed’ with a number of the trainers for use by teams or personal coaches.

An interesting both business model and approach to training, technology-independent.

 

Boston Breakers Testing / Diagnostics

Saw this on the Boston Breakers Snapchat and thought it was a kind of cool glimpse behind the curtain, so to speak. Things that we all do on some level, but certainly most of us without that kind of athleticism or equipment (for the record, here’s the company that sells those automatic timers: Fusion Sport; and here’s the specific equipment (they were using the Pro version)).

I wasn’t sure how to capture it, though, but ran across the answer to that very question on iphoneinformer.com, and wrote up the instructions with some screenshots on my Tech-in-Ed blog here.

And here’s the video / captured snapchat:

Untitled from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

 

Link Partnership with Easy2Coach.net

Wanted to announce that Easy2Coach.net and I have agreed to become link partners, i.e. we have posted each other’s link, logo, and description. So you can see me linked here at the bottom and I’ve posted Easy2Coach’s info below as well as in the Other Resources tab above. Thanks, and happy linking!

  • Easy2Coach provides a leading online football coaching software for coaches and clubs in Germany, accessible online or through our apps. Easy2coach allows coaches to plan their seasons, communicate with their team, shape their training days with over 500 drills with graphics and animations, as well as prepare and follow up professionally on games.

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Game Notes Template

Here’s what I came up with. It’s probably too much in the sense that I might not use all of it, certainly not each part in full, but I wanted to have too much rather than too little until I actually try it out and see what I like and what needs tweaking. Also, there are so many pages because I don’t intend to print it; I will take notes on my iPadPro with my Apple Pen. Printing it, I suspect, would make it particularly onerous.

Here is the full game-notes-template. And I’ve included screenshots of the pages below. (And there are two additional full fields at the end, just in case, so nine pages total.) Below the screenshots, I’ll describe how I’ll use it with the iPadPro.

Page 1 is a line-up sheet for both teams. Once I have my roster, I’ll type them in in a final / permanent version so I don’t have to repeat / write them in every game. I didn’t divide the teams because I wasn’t sure how big each team would be / how many lines each team would need.

Page 2 is a formation sheet (from Brent Wojack). I suspect I’ll use it less for subbing in-game and more for potential subs, i.e. filling in each position with who can play there.

Page 3 is a sheet for player-specific notes.

Pages 4-7 are sheets by half for general game notes in pairs of two: one general notes sheet and a field template.

Pages 8-9 are two extra blank fields just in case.

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Here’s how the iPad will work.

I’ve downloaded the template into Readdle’s PDF Expert. From there, it’s pretty straightforward. I’ll make a copy of the template for each game, and then use the ApplePen to take my notes. I’ve included some screenshots from the iPad below. Now I just need to hope for no rain….

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Templates & Downloads

I’m trying to come up with a game-notes template that I can use during games on my iPad. I started my own, then I hit the internet. Always interesting what’s out there, so here’s a list of useful sites / downloads.

And…that’s about it. So thanks to Brent Wojack for posting his interesting documents. Other than same basic roster sheets and field outlines, he seems to be the only game in town (pun intended).

I’ll post my own when I finish it and then talk about how I plan to use it with the iPad.