The saying, "The camera doesn't lie," is usually true, but coaches should be careful how they use it. "More is learned from positive images than negative ones." Many coaches use video analysis for baseball in a negative way, and I am guilty of that. The minute players begin to struggle with their baseball skills we pull out the video camera and film the negative results, in order to find fundamental mistakes. That is fine up to a point, because it helps players understand what may be going wrong. However, people should be careful of using video only in a negative way as players see themselves doing things wrong, time after time, deflating their confidence.
The problem with using baseball video analysis only for finding problems is twofold. First, players begin to associate baseball video analysis as a bad sign and secondly, when there is nothing to compare the incorrect action to, it is much more difficult to comprehend. Just seeing what is wrong is not that helpful without seeing the correct way. Without a positive picture of the correct way in their mind, it is difficult to figure out and improve.
Video Analysis for Baseball Best Practices
It is necessary for players to have a picture of the correct way of doing things and not simply their incorrect way. Baseball video analysis is a great teaching tool, when used correctly.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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