The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

October 30, 2013

Football: Technology changes the way of scouting

CLINTON — It wasn’t so long ago that on the Saturday morning after the Iowa high school football playoff pairings were announced, coaches from opposing teams had to jump in the car and drive for hours to exchange DVDs of three of their games for scouting purposes. Before that it was video cassettes and before that film.

It’s all changed now.

Like everything else in the 21st century, scouting has gone high tech.

“In ‘09 we were driving around, meeting in gas stations halfway, trying to exchange tapes,” Clinton coach Lee Camp said. “It’s just changed that much in the last four years.”

In some ways it’s made the life of coaches a lot easier, while in other ways it’s a lot more complicated. But, there’s no doubt it has made scouting opponents easier.

“We buy into a program called HUDL — everybody in our conference does — and every (Friday) night when we get back, one of our coaches uploads our film instantly on to that and it’s put up,” Camp explained earlier this week as his team prepared for today’s 7 p.m. Class 4A playoff game at Cedar Rapids Xavier. “The next morning — our conference rule is it has to be up by 8 or 9 o’clock — we will share it with the rest of our conference.”

For the playoffs, teams must exchange video of their sixth, seventh and eighth games of the season, so they can come up with a scouting report on opponents. Now, instead of having everybody gather around a television to view a tape, anyone with a computer and the password can see it.

“We can share it with anybody,” Camp said. “We give all of our players the password. They can come in and watch our films. When somebody like Xavier and I are going to exchange, the coaches just upload and release these three films to his email and vice versa.”

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