Regardless of which option works best for you, SkyCoach is an extremely user-friendly and efficient system to use. Much like using an actual video camera, the SkyCoach app uses a one button record function. Once recorded, video clips are uploaded to cloud-based storage. On the sideline, our coaches use the SkyCoach app on an iPhone paired with a television to view these clips with players. The iPhone acts as a remote for cycling through the recorded plays as well as slowing down and speeding them up. Our players now instantly head for the sideline when coming off the field.
SkyCoach allows us to put our players in the very best possible position to succeed by giving them instant visual feedback to correct mistakes or adjust our responsibilities. Prior to SkyCoach, during each game, our staff was having countless “teachable moment conversations” with players as they came off the field.
“What did the read key do?” or
“When you see X, you need to get your eyes to Y."
A great football coach is a great teacher. Great teachers use whatever tools are available to help their students grow and develop. SkyCoach is the most valuable tool we have found to help our players succeed during the game.
For those not familiar, Google Classroom is a web-based application that allows teachers to integrate Google Apps, Gmail, and Calendar into virtual classrooms. Google Classroom allows the teacher to group students into classes, distribute materials, interact/communicate online, and stay organized. Personally, I have just started using Google Classroom in my Biology 1 Honors class and love it. While I have only take a small step into what Google Classroom offers, I can already see the implications for our football program.
At the most basic level, Google Classroom would allow our coaches to more easily organize and share the various documents that pass through our football program. From scouting reports to physical forms to camp forms, Google Classroom would allow our staff to effectively distribute every piece of paper that our players need. It would also allow us to share links to videos for our players to review.
I know this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of using Google Classroom. I could easily see Google Classroom being used to manage points and participation for the accountability teams the many teams employ during the off-season. These accountability teams usually involve upperclassmen drafting teams to compete in a variety of off-season conditioning tests, activities, and events.
A HUGE thank you goes out to Coach Eric Thomas for sharing how his program uses Google Apps. I can’t wait to dive into more ways to use technology to become better coaches. What are some of the interesting ways that you use technology?
Next up: There’s a Coaching App for That! where I will highlight 3 apps that I use on a daily basis.