I wrote in a previous article about using the equipment that we all have around us and the cameras on our mobile phones are more than adequate for most of our coaching needs.
So if you want to boost your feedback to your players and add a coaching application to your phone or iPad then take a look at these options that i have tried out recently.
iPhone: Cricket Coach Plus and Cricket Coach Free
Both are excellent packages
that enable the user to film a player from different angles, synchronise the footage together (particularly good for bowlers) and insert angles, lines and shapes on the screen to highlight points to your players. You can then email the footage to your players for review.
iPad: Cricket Coach Plus HD
This is the bigger brother of the two applications for the iPhone and offers greater clarity on the excellent iPad screen. The increased screen size is very good when giving instant feedback to the players on the side of the ground or at the back of a net session.
SwingReader or Excelade
Igniting stills of the footage and applying text which can then be emailed to the player along with the video footage. I have received encouraging feedback on the reports that were sent through to the players that I worked with last week using the applications.
The best two software packages that I have worked with on my laptop are Quintic
which offer an incredible number of analysis and report options. These systems are ideal for coaches who use video analysis on a regular basis and have a bigger budget as the laptop and high quality video camera will also need to be purchased to complete the system.
Compact Camera: Casio Exilim EX-FC100
This camera is absolutely brilliant, can record HD quality video at 1000 frames per second, fits in your pocket and has a screen big enough for feedback to to players. It is relatively inexpensive for the features that it possesses and is a permanent member of my coaching back.
Digital Camcorders: Sony DCR-SR15E
Excellent features, cracking zoom for taking video from the boundary edge and works excellently with the Quintic and SiliconCoach software packages that are listed in this article.
Integrated System: PitchVision
Feedback is everything and PitchVision provides the ultimate in feedback for cricketers and coaches.
So there are my recommendations which hopefully provide all coaches, irrespective of the size of your pocket, some video analysis options to help your continual development as a coach.
Let me know of any other video analysis applications or products that you use within your coaching.