With the launch of the VolleyMetrics blog, we’d like to provide short insights on how to make your coaching job a little easier. Hearing from other coaches can help spark other ideas in training regimens with your team.
I had the opportunity to chat with UCLA volleyball men’s assistant coach Brad Keller.
The usage of video in volleyball is different than it used to be when Keller played at Loyola Marymount University in 2002.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen video of myself playing,” he said. “Quality is different. You couldn’t even read numbers on the jersey. The easier video is to use, so it becomes that much more important.”
Now, with the surge in sports analytics and technology, video is everywhere and of everything. How teams utilize video can be different, but the purpose is universal: to do better and win.
Knowing how to identify specifics in players is his specialty. Keller has rounded up a couple of the nation’s best recruiting classes. He was credited with signing the nation’s top recruiting class in 2013. The current incoming class includes Volleyball Magazine’s top-two ranked players.
His preference would be to have recruiting better utilize video. To Keller, the video makes all the difference when it comes to a good player and a great one. His advice? Get more footage of your recruits. It could mean a championship.
“If I can get a video from a kid with 6-10 minutes of highlights, hitting and blocking with the last five minutes of the player flat-out playing good and bad. We can’t get everywhere as volleyball becomes bigger.”
Video opens up recruiting by allowing coaches to virtually see anyone play. Tight budgets and strict recruiting calendars limit the number of players you can see in person, but using video to analyze and evaluate player attributes and skill levels creates more possibilities.
“We watch video individually with players and with the team,” Keller said. “We can identify specific things.”
Keller also highlighted what video does for his team.
“It’s all about the short clips, short spurts as fast as possible–how do you grab people’s attention?”
Whether using video in recruiting or in teaching your players, the goal is more knowledge, more efficiency and better results.