The Filming Sports Dilemma
Is capturing good quality film a perceived hassle for your sport team or club? You wouldn’t be alone. Many coaches and parents struggle with this. Just finding equipment can be a challenge let alone the day-in and day-out set-up, filming and uploading. Add those worries to concerns of coaching, travelling or just making sure your child brought the right matching socks and their water bottle to the game - it can be a little overwhelming. However, the benefits of having good quality elevated film are substantial. Players perform better when they visually see what they are doing through good film review. Players at all levels are using video now because it is so impactful.
If you are struggling with organizing your filming activities, or just want to figure out the process, there are a few tips and best practices. We’ve put together this short blog to help you take the hassle and stress out of recording lacrosse, soccer, rugby and other sports.
At the beginning of the season, add the topic of filming to the team meeting agenda. Make sure to discuss the points below and outline responsibilities.
Equipment Selection Committee
We’ve covered this is different blogs, so we won’t spend time on this here. Below is a video that outlines the important items to consider in filming sports and selecting the sports video recording system that is right for you. This video focuses on recording soccer, but the content is applicable to filming many other sports.
Assign one or two parents as the set-up crew. We would recommend this crew be responsible for transport as well as the set-up and take down of the camera tower. Keeping this assignment to only one or two parents makes sure the camera tower is set up correctly, in the same way, and that items are not left behind. It also speeds up the set-up time since those setting it up become very familiar with the camera tower. We typically plan 10-15 minutes to set up a camera tower even though it only takes about 5 minutes.
Once the camera tower is up, filming is fairly easy. There may be some systems that are a little more complex. But for the SVT Advantage system, the filming is actually fairly simple. Many teams have youth film. The hardest part about filming the game is making sure that you let the person filming know what you want to capture. If you are using the film to capture positioning or other tactical aspects – make sure the person filming the sport understands what you are trying to see. If you are capturing highlight film of a single player, make sure to let the person filming is aware so they can zoom in and capture better detail, especially on the far side of a field.
Once you have the game footage, assign a person to handle uploading it (maybe after you review it or do film study). Many teams have one person responsible for this. This is not hard to do – just need to determine where you will upload the video. Many teams upload to hudl which provides many great tools and highlight tools for the team.
These simple steps will make filming your sport manageable. Recording sports can provide great insights for your players as well as improve recruiting opportunities.
SVT Can Help
Having a strategy for recording your games will significantly reduce hassles and confusion. We at SVT look forward to helping you capture your games. SVT provides economical and very mobile camera towers to help you record soccer games easier.
Why should you choose to go with SVT? We work with clubs and teams across the US and several other countries. We have several packages to choose from. Our Package 3 is the most popular and consists of a strong, lightweight aluminum tripod with a sturdy 16-foot carbon-fiber composite camera pole, plus a monitor and remote. We provide power packs and all of the cables and cords that you need to make the system work together. Once you purchase our system – use it as much as you like. There are no contracts. Contact us today for more information.