In this off-skates class, teaching is geared toward techniques to critique game video for improvement. Looks at how to physically watch the footage as well as ways to pull strategies and techniques.
Culture of Critique
- Point is to glean some wisdom. Learn to be better. Not just look at yourselves.
- Most important part of critique: Build a positive culture for it!
- Critique is like anything else, it takes practice both to give and receive it.
How to Watch Video your own Footage
Movie Premier vs. Studying Footage
The Movie Premier – I watch one time, whole game, with popcorn, just for funsies. Pat yourself on the back. Blame the refs. Boo your opponents, whatever you want. The viewing should be completely separate from any kind of studying.
Study Viewing – What’s your objective?
- Initial Viewing – Just watch it straight through. What are the general overall ideas of what happened?
- Secondary Viewing – If you’re in the jam, study yourself. If not, study your team.
- Critical Viewing– Watch critically. Look for where things went wrong (or right). How can you improve in the same situation next time? Pause at each milestone.
- Comprehensive Viewing– Study the opponent in the situation.
Tips for Coaches
- As a coach, you watch first & have notes for viewing.
- Watching a whole game is too much for a team viewing
- Give them homework to view it once or twice on their own BEFORE the team viewing so that they will be more receptive to a structured review.
- Start with a positive jam first to practice the technique of critique.
- Then move on to some that need improvement but using the exact same process in both the positive and negative jams.
- Ask players from that jam to tell you what is happening or has just happened when you pause at the milestones.
- Discourage defensive comments.
Gaining Additional Insight from Video
If someone does something awesome, watch it in slow-mo to break it into simplest parts. How do you learn to do it? How can you coach that move?
Same for strategies, look at how to develop, watch the teams plan from the start and see how the strategy unfolds.
If you’re not learning from every opponent you play you are missing out on lots of chances to improve. Every game is a chance to critique your play. If your team is really new or you don’t bout often, you could also tape scrimmages and view them the same way.
These techniques are especially great to use for the best players on a team/league who often don’t get a ton of critique from their coaches. Critique yourself. Use a critical eye and you can see the same thing about yourself as you can anyone else on the video.