Thursday, December 12, 2013
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PLAYBACK: Waterville football offensive coordinator Ken Lindlof monitors a game video as players and head coach Frank Knight, standing, watch it on a larger screen Wednesday at the high school.
Staff photo by David Leaming
"I can actually have a telestrator and draw it out for them. I can spot shadow specialty guys," Rogers said. "It saves us from always drawing on the grease board and trying to show them. It's a lot easier to show them how to run it on look team, too."
The benefit of using online programs like hudl.com come with a cost.
Hudl.com, which is based in Lincoln, Neb., charges a sports team $800 a year for its basic package. Should two teams at a school want to use it, the price rises to $1,200. A platinum package, which offers 200 hours of video, can cost a team $3,000 a year.
Cony coach Robby Vachon says his program will join the hudl.com next year.
"If we have to fundraise, we will," he said. "It's a pain in the butt burning DVDs. If we have to spend $800 for the year, that is something we'll have to budget for. The advantages far out-weigh the costs. Having the kids watch film on their own is a big benefit.
"Plus, you can also monitor how long they're watching film and what they're watching. It's going to be a great tool."
This season, the Big Ten Conference (Eastern Class C) mandated its members sign up for WatchGameFilm.com, an online film service similar to Hudl.com.
At Waterville, coaches use the software to ask players to make self evaluations for each play they're on the field. Coaches can also personalize instruction by asking athletes to individually study certain plays.
"We as coaches can say 'On clip 53, you missed your block,' and they can go right to it," Waterville head coach Frank Knight said.
Gardiner coach Matt Burgess said he, too, would like to move toward digital film. However, he acknowledges the cost could be an obstacle.
"It's a significant expense," he said. "This is isn't cheap. We don't do programs like that here yet. We're still stuck on the DVD stage, which is OK. We're looking at hudl.com, or something else, but we'll see."
Gardiner hosts Hampden on Friday at Hoch Field. Burgess and Hampden coach Kevin Canty -- whose team uses an online software program for video -- exchanged film last weekend.
"I gave him some DVDs and he sent me an e-mail from his phone," Burgess said. "Once we can all get to that point, it will be a lot easier. But the key is, everyone has to have Internet access and be able to download it on their computers."